Photo: @grandoleopry

Kellie Pickler performed a cover of “Don’t Close Your Eyes”  and her country hit ” Red High Heels” at the Grand Ole Opry tonight.

After her set, Bill Anderson did a short interview with her about her new album. He said he’s been hearing great things about some of the stuff she’s recording.  Kellie believes it’s her best work yet.

Anderson said he heard she was going more country with the album. Kellie said she’s really been soaking up the Waylon/Eddy Arnold/Tammy/Hank Cochrane/Dolly records that her grandparents love and was going to go as far back to traditional country as “they’d let” her.  (“They” probably meaning the label.)

So, what do you think about Kellie going old-school country? I think it suits her!

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  • heidijoy

    Kelly looks good. It looks like she lost weight. I think she’d do very well with Old school Country. Her twang will be even more charming. She has done well since Idol and interviewers love her.

  • NOLA

    Suits her to a T. Glad to hear she’s making a change.

  • Miss Blue

    I love her. I’ve never bought one of her Cds, as that’s not my type of music, but I have downloaded a couple songs.

    I wish her great success. She deserves it.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    YES!!! I am an old skool county lovin girl, so I welcome this. Dolly is her “idol” so it makes so much sense.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    Also, she’s so savvy. I am not saying she doesn’t love that music, because I truly believes she does. But it will set her apart from the bland country blondes doing bland crossover hits.

  • JudyOhio

    Kellie has really made a good career for herself post idol. After over 5 years since idol, still moving right along. Good for her! Traditional/old-school country should be right “in her lane” (tm JLo).

  • geekygirl

    Ahhh, that’s the first picture I’ve seen of Kellie that looks like the Kellie I remember. She looks great. She was starting to look like a 40 yo. Good for her, wish her success on her career!

  • http://stores.ebay.com/BookWomanBlues-Book-Nook Bobbi

    Kellie looks fantastic and I’m really looking forward to her new music. She needs to set herself apart and I think with her deep appreciation of traditional country music, this is the way for her to do it. I have a feeling it will be great!

  • tomr

    LOVE Kellie!!! Have seen her in concert 3 times…love everything about her. Great picture! Can’t wait for the cd since I already own the first two. She’s proof that you don’t have to win to have a successful career post Idol. She has great instincts so I think it will be wonderful. :) :):):):)

  • car3278sweet

    It seems like there’s something going on in country – some kind of movement back to the more roots, bluesy, gritty music and away from the pop country that’s dominated over the last few years. Does anyone else sense this?

  • BootStar

    So, what do you think about Kellie going old-school country?

    I think it sounds awesome. If she pulls it off, I will definitely spend some money on her. I’ve always liked her, but couldn’t get into her music.

    It seems like there’s something going on in country – some kind of movement back to the more roots, bluesy, gritty music and away from the pop country that’s dominated over the last few years. Does anyone else sense this?

    I’ve been wondering the same thing for a while but can’t tell if it’s my own personal biases (or wishful thinking). I hope you’re right though!

    I’m no country music expert, so maybe windmills can answer this: Does anything from the Americana charts ever cross over to mainstream country radio? Because I LOVE the music played on Americana radio, but the spins in that format make AAA look like a huge market by comparison.

    Will be interesting to see what direction Scotty McCreery is taken in if he wins this season. He probably has a better chance of making the kind of music he loves if he comes in second or, better yet, third (where the intense scrutiny over sales figures and radio play isn’t so OTT).

  • car3278sweet

    Will be interesting to see what direction Scotty McCreery is taken in if he wins this season.

    Right now, unless he stops singing the same damn song every week, I don’t think he’s going to win. But, heck, there’s still time to surprise me.

    As far as after the show? I just think the kid needs some seasoning. Other thread comments have speculated there must be a million or so writers in Nashville right now diligently writing songs for the Great Scotty. Why is it that I find this hard to believe? And what kind of songs? No drinking songs. No real love songs – except first love maybe. No sexy songs. He’s got his driver’s license, right? Maybe some truck songs then. Yep. I can see it now. A CD filled with Scotty singing truck songs that all sound the same. Hm.

    Don’t get me wrong, I like the kid – he seems like a good sort. But out of the AI bubble, he’s facing some challenges.

  • partyintheusa

    But it will set her apart from the bland country blondes doing bland crossover hits.

    That was a not-so-subtle dig at Carrie.

    I tend to like more of the modern country, but I still appreciate some of the long-time artists like George Strait, Garth, Reba, etc. It seems like Kellie’s second album was VERY twangy which is why I didn’t buy it. I only like a few songs on that one. Ultra twangy OLD country just is not my thing.

  • JohnP

    I tend to like more of the modern country, but I still appreciate some of the long-time artists like George Strait, Garth, Reba, etc. It seems like Kellie’s second album was VERY twangy which is why I didn’t buy it. I only like a few songs on that one. Ultra twangy OLD country just is not my thing.

    I thought her first was a bit more twangy than her second, but both had a fair amount of perhaps over-produced pop country.I think she is really good when she does traditional Country particularly in concert, where her natural and lower voice is prevalent. Here’s a recent clip of her singing trad. with twang set to max.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Y3PZAp0LcA

  • windmills

    IMO the problem with Kellie’s 2nd album is it was too pop. There was the Taylor Swift cowrite which was her 1st top 10 country hit but didn’t do that much for her sales, there were other songs that were her trying to be Martina McBride/Carrie but weren’t very good and didn’t fit her, and not enough Kellie Pickler songs. She needs songs where she can do her stylized type of country singing, kind of like Reba. Old school country would be a better fit for her than country pop.

    BootStar there hasn’t been anything crossing over from Americana to country lately. We can dream.

    It’s hard to say there’s a push against country/pop when you look at Jason/Kelly hitting #1 for 3 weeks, Tim Mcgraw getting #1 for a couple weeks with a s**teous pop/rock song (Felt Good On My Lips), Kenny Chesney staying at #1 3 weeks with Somewhere With You, and so and so forth. Keith Urban’s songs are pop/rock and they’re hits.

    But the up & comers lately are not country/pop. They lean roots and they lean rock. Miranda, Jason Aldean (who isn’t roots but he’s rock), and you have people like Eric Church and Sunny Sweeney making waves. There still aren’t big signs of traditional country making a comeback which is probably why BNA might be telling Kellie she’s still got to give them something contemporary enough that radio’ll play.

  • TreeFrog

    I hope she starts a trend. Twang forever!

  • NOLA

    It seems like there’s something going on in country – some kind of movement back to the more roots, bluesy, gritty music and away from the pop country that’s dominated over the last few years. Does anyone else sense this?

    One can only hope!