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Kellie Pickler to headline concert at the Crown Theatre on Nov. 18

November 15, 2013


Nov. 15--You'll forgive country music star Kellie Pickler if she's a bit busy these days.

On Monday, Pickler will headline the WKML Stars & Guitars concert at the Crown Theatre, which also features country singers Joe Nichols, David Nail and Dustin Lynch.

The concert comes hot on the heels of Tuesday's release of her fourth album, "The Woman I Am," and within two weeks of the 2013 Country Music Awards ceremony. Then, she and hip-hop mogul Diddy presented the award for vocal group of the year to Little Big Town.

"It's gonna be a crazy week," said Pickler in a recent phone interview from her home in Nashville. "It's a good problem to have now."

The good problems keep coming. Pickler was recently nominated for music video of the year at the upcoming fourth annual American Country Awards for "Someone Somewhere Tonight." Pickler also won the 16th season of ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" in May. In the video, she dances with professional dancer Derek Hough, her partner on the show.

Pickler, originally from Albemarle, first made a name for herself in country music in 2006 after finishing sixth in the fifth season of "American Idol."

Since then, Pickler's had a number of hits on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, including "Red High Heels," "I Wonder" and "Things That Never Cross a Man's Mind."

DeanO, WKML's Stars & Guitars organizer, said the concert will offer an intimate atmosphere for the singers and the audience. The format will feature singers sharing their songs and the stories behind why they're important to them or why they wrote them.

"It's an old Nashville practice," said DeanO, program director and on-air personality for WKML. "It's going to be such an impromptu kind of show. All our singers will be on stage at once interacting. So, you never know who's going to sing backup or jump on accompaniment. That's the magic of this show."

For Pickler, after being so busy getting "The Woman I Am" ready for release, plus the accompanying promotional appearances, she said she's looking forward to the down-to-earth and grounded performance.

"It's so different than doing a stadium or arena show or festival show," she said. "It's more one on one. Audiences will feel like they have more access to the artist."

Pickler said the show will give audiences a glance at each performer's personality, as well as a look behind the curtain of the songwriting process. For example, Pickler said she might talk about writing music with her husband, Kyle Jacobs, for her latest album.

"It's one thing to buy someone's album and listen to it in your car," said Pickler. "But when you have those intimate settings, which allow you to make it more personal, it creates more of a living-room setting. Like we're just performing at the house."

Pickler said her recent experience -- and victory -- on "Dancing With the Stars" helped her evolve as an artist.

" 'Dancing With the Stars' challenged me in a different way than I'm challenged in my music career," said Pickler. "It really helped me with my confidence."

Staff writer Caitlin Dineen contributed to this report.

Staff writer Brian Dukes can be reached at or 486-3523.


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