Country star, Season 16 Dancing With The Stars champion, and Season 5 American Idol finalist Kellie Pickler revealed plenty of details about her upcoming in a new interview with Rolling Stone magazine, including its title and release date.

The new album, Kellie’s 4th and her 1st release with her label Black River Entertainment, is set to come out on November 12, 2013 will be called The Woman I Am, named after a song Kellie cowrote with her husband, Kyle Jacobs (an established Nashville songwriter with current cuts on albums from George Strait, Tim McGraw, Scotty McCreery, and more). Kellie tells Rolling Stone she was inspired to write the title track after a journalist asked her which song she would play to introduce her music to a new listener.

More from Rolling Stone on several other cuts set to appear on the album:

Included on Woman is an up-tempo rocker called “Bonnie and Clyde,” a tune Pickler co-wrote with Jacobs and Liz Rose — the songsmith behind a handful of Taylor Swift cuts, including Swift’s debut single “Tim McGraw.” She also finds herself in a lighthearted mood on “Ain’t No Cure for Crazy,” and exploring her roots on “Selma Drye,” a song she wrote with Phillip Lammonds and Billy Montana, that was inspired by its namesake: her tobacco-chewin’, pistol-packin’ “hillbilly” great-grandmother. “She was a spitfire,” Pickler recalls. “She lived in this little trailer in front of [my grandparents' house] for over 40 years. She never drove a car, never had a driver’s license – that was the devil. She was just a strong woman and that song is really about her and her generation of women, and how they were raised.”

“Ain’t No Cure For Crazy” is cowritten by Kyle Jacobs, Joe Leathers, Billy Montana, and John Ozier. Also set to appear on the album is “I Forgive You,” cowritten by Michael Busbee, Hillary Lindsey, and Aimee Mayo, a song that Kellie has been wanting to record for five years and that will allow her to revisit her difficult history with her mother and father with the kind of maturity and perspective her current place in life gives her.

Also set for the album: lead single, “Someone Somewhere Tonight” (which peaked at #49 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart and #48 on the Country Aircheck/Mediabase chart), and current single “Little Bit Gypsy” (which just debuted at #59 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart), which Kellie describes to Rolling Stone as the new album’s poppiest song. Kellie has also recently been performing a song called “Ring For Sale” (video here, the song is cowritten by Jim Beavers and Chris Stapleton). Kellie also cut the Kalissa Ewing/Rivers Rutherford song “Where Did Your Love Go?” (demo here) for the album.

In describing the The Woman I Am‘s sound to Rolling Stone, Kellie says:

I love that classic, traditional sound. I love that tear in Tammy Wynette’s voice. There’s still a little bit of that sound that we did on the last record, but it’s not the same album.”

Like Kellie’s critically acclaimed 3rd album 100 Proof, The Woman I Am is produced by Frank Liddell and Luke Wooten.

Are you excited for Kellie’s album? Do you foresee country radio getting on board with “Little Bit Gypsy,” and how do you foresee Kellie finding an audience for her music outside of country radio?

 
  • Jon Glass

    YES! I am so excited!!

  • Wfish88

    Feel like this album has more buzz than her last one. Hopefully she’ll get a performance slot on Dancimg With Stars.

  • undrwood9098

    I’m STOKED for this new album. “100 Proof” was easily the best album released that year, and one of the best Country albums released in recent memory. Hopefully she can get some love at the GRAMMYs this year since she’s on a new label and has more room for promo, and the GRAMMYs don’t involve themselves in the political nonsense the way the CMAs and ACMs do.
    Unfortunately, I doubt the album will give Pickler much of a breakthrough, but as long as she keeps making music, I really don’t care at this point. Her music is incredible and authentic, so I’ll take anything she releases. She’s such a talent.

  • Miss Blue

    I so agree with every word you’ve written. 100 Proof should have been a smash and won every award in sight. This girl does not get the success she deserves.

  • windmills

    As bad as the CMAs and ACMs are, the Grammys have their fair share of politics, at least on the pop and R&B sides. Maybe less on the country side for now, but it’s not like the Grammys are perfect either: Lady Antebellum has 2 Best Country Album Grammys that should have gone to Miranda’s Revolution/Dierks’s Up On The Ridge/Jamey Johnson’s Guitar Song in 2011 (Lady A won for Need You Now, which wasn’t a great album beyond the title track) and to Eric Church’s Chief in 2012 (Lady A won for what most people agree was the very mediocre Own The Night).

    Kellie will have Someone Somewhere Tonight and Little Bit Gypsy eligible this year for the Grammys this year, and then The Woman I Am will be eligible for next year’s Grammys. ITA it’d be great to see her get some support. This year is going to be extra tough with Kacey Musgraves likely to rule and Ashley Monroe also on people’s radars with one of the year’s best albums . Actually, next year might be tough too because Brandy Clark’s 12 Stories (out in October) is getting huge advance rave reviews. From what I’ve heard of her album, those raves are really well-deserved. But hopefully Kellie’ll make an impact with her album too.

    What this all really does is show how much of the great country music of 2013 is nowhere to be found on country radio :

  • windmills

    I have no doubt that DWTS will be one of Kellie’s promo stops, whether it’s to promote her single or her album :) Good Morning America too, and I bet her ABC connection also get her a presenter’s slot at the CMAs (would love a performer’s slot but I’m trying to be realistic). Another possibility: maybe one of her songs could be featured on Nashville.

  • Lynn Di Resto

    Still do not understand why country station NASH FM does not play her music. They keep playing the same artists and songs all day long.

  • Kariann Hart

    I hope Kellie’s new album receives acceptance in the Country Music community. There’s just so much competition. Best of luck to her.

  • Fred Ruthke

    I’ve always LOVED Kellie’s music and can’t wait for November.
    100 PROOF album makes me wipe tears every time I listen to it.