Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Kellie Pickler Rocks Braxton Co. Fair

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Kellie Pickler Rocks Braxton Co. Fair

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Although she's expanded her career - dabbling in dancing and reality television - Kellie Pickler's original passion, singing, is still going strong. As an avid "American Idol fan, when I found out that Pickler, who gained her fame from "Idol, was coming to the Braxton County Fair, I was determined to watch her perform live.

On July 25, Kellie opened with her sassy tune "Where's Tammy Wynette?, which is from her album "100 Proof.

She sang a lot of classics that she said she grew up listening to, such as Johnny Cash and June Carter's "Jackson, Loretta Lynn's "You Ain't Woman Enough, George Jones' "White Lightning, and Tammy Wynette's "Stand By Your Man.

I think what really helped Pickler win votes on "Idol was her personality. She isn't the best singer, but she isn't bad either.

When she said she was going to sing Tammy Wynette, I was a bit nervous. However, she did phenomenal on this song, and I was quite impressed by her vocals. I think she's improved a lot from her time on "Idol.

She also sang her own hits, such as "Best Days of Your Life, "Makin' Me Fall in Love Again, "I Wonder, "Didn't You Know How Much I Loved You, "Tough, "Little Bit Gypsy and "Don't You Know You're Beautiful.

The crowd seemed to enjoy her original songs as well as the classic covers.

Her band was awesome. Pickler let them all take their own time in the spotlight while she stepped back and witnessed their musicianship. They each played instrumental versions of different classic rock songs.

Pickler also performed the song "Selma Dyre, which is about her great grandmother. She talked about how her grandmother was a spitfire - carrying around smokeless tobacco and a gun - and how she spent a lot of time with her grandmother before she passed.

It's clear that Pickler is comfortable on stage. She talked and goofed off on stage with her band. I've never witnessed a band that appeared to have so much fun. …

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