Kellie Pickler performs a new song called “Rockaway” at a recent concert. Kellie co-wrote the tune with Barry Dean and Brent Cobb.

Kellie, currently putting the finishing touches on her 3rd studio album, tells Taste of Country, “I’m really excited about the direction we’re taking,” he says, “I’ve been able to work with some amazing musicians and writers. We’ve had so much fun in the studio. It’s really been such a blessing. It’s really been an incredible experience so far. We are very close to wrapping this whole thing up. We’ve still got the photo shoot and the artwork and what not, and then it will be ready to set out on the shelf after they distribute it all and make all the copies. I’m excited.”

“I really hope people dig the direction we are headed,” she continues. “There’s lots of fiddle, lots of steel, and some of my favorite instruments. So I’m happy with where we are and where we are headed.”

Kellie is set to shoot the music video for her current single, “Tough” next Tuesday.

What do you think of Kellie’s new “old-school” vibe? It’s cool that she’s sticking to her roots, rather than heading in the pop/country direction.

 
  • windmills

    SUCH a pretty melody and it seems like a heartfelt love song! The lyric about the guy carving their names into 2 rocking chairs comes from something Kyle did for Kellie <3

    The only thing I don’t like is the bridge, you can tell it’s not comfortable for Kellie and it’s too poppy for the rest of the song. But take the rest of it and this may be Kellie’s best melody yet. I’m liking the other songs she’s been playing live much better than the single and she’s definitely headed back in the right direction with this sound. Rockaway sounds like something Sunny Sweeney would sing and that’s a very good thing. Much better than anything on Kellie’s sophomore album which proved Kellie shouldn’t do pop/country.

    By the way I missed this in yesterday’s Idols Gone Country post but Kellie cowrote another song with Leslie Satcher (who’s the sole writer on Tough) called Turn On The Radio And Dance.

  • tomr

    I’m liking this! I think that her star continues to rise. Go, Kellie!

  • Blou38

    Love Kellie but it’s hard to tell from this video. Can’t understand the lyrics. Her voice sounds good though.

  • windmills

    Blou38: I can’t make out all the lyrics either but here’s the ones I could:

    I’ve been sitting watching
    ————-
    Doesn’t seem like it was long ago
    When you carved our names
    Into these old chairs of oak

    ——- —— heaven
    Counting on stars
    Talking about babies
    —–
    Hope they have your brown eyes and —- heart

    Don’t stop rocking with me baby
    Without you it wouldn’t be the same
    Don’t stop rocking with me baby
    Rock away.
    Let’s rock away

    ——- motion ——- our front porch
    Moving like waves
    Swaying back and forth
    Right now babe I swear I couldn’t love you anymore

    So don’t stop rocking with me baby
    Without you it wouldn’t be the same
    Don’t stop rocking with me baby
    Rock away
    Let’s rock away

    I whisper this rocking chair prayer every night
    If you’re ——
    I might not far behind

    Don’t stop rocking with me baby
    Without you it wouldn’t be the same
    Don’t stop rocking with me baby
    Rock away

    Don’t stop rocking with me baby
    Without you it wouldn’t be the same
    Don’t stop rocking with me baby
    Rock away.
    Just rock away.

  • happyhexer

    For the most part, I tend to lean more towards modern country than traditional country. But I think Kellie sounds better, vocally, when she sings songs with a more traditional sound. I don’t tend to like high-pitched female voices, so I haven’t been a big fan of Kellie’s up until now. But I really like her current single, “Tough,” and might buy it. I think this might be a good direction for her.

  • TylerWV

    tasteofcountry.com has a new Pickler video of Stop Cheating On Me. I really like this song. It does remind me of some of Loretta Lynn’s work. Her voice seems to work well on that song better then Tough, imo. Rockaway is ok.

  • LoveDaRocker

    Hard work pays. I think she is less talented than most trying to make it out there, and I believe she is not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but she is nice and works hard.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    I love Kellie. I’m a big fan of old school country, so I dig it.

    I believe she is not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but she is nice and works hard.

    Ah, disagree. Not only does she work hard, but she’s one of the sharpest tools in the shed. Just sayin..

  • jeepers

    windmills says: Much better than anything on Kellie’s sophomore album which proved Kellie shouldn’t do pop/country.

    From what I’ve heard so far Rockaway is one of her best songs and possibly the best. I disagree that her sophomore album proved she shouldn’t do pop/country. Kellie proved before and on Idol that she sings country and pop/rock very well and should do it. Her first and second albums have many great country/pop songs that were big hits and proved she does country/pop very well. Her sophomore needed better production, arrangements, less pop and more country music, all of which she got for her third album. Even without the best production, her sophomore has decent sales and produced at least 2 major hits including a platinum single. The best songs are Best Days Of Your Life, One Last Time, Somebody To Love Me, Didn’t You Know How Much I Loved You, Rocks Instead Of Rice, and Don’t Close Your Eyes. Kellie sings country best and it’s her #1 strength but she also does an excellent job with country/pop, so much so that the very pop/rock Best Days Of Your Life was her first top 10 hit and her biggest sellers are that and Red High Heels. She has also covered Dolly and Martina country/pop songs with ease starting before Idol and A Broken Wing was one of her audition songs. She does an outstanding job with country and country/pop songs at every concert and gets rave reviews.

    For her third album Kellie filled in the missing pieces of the perfect country album puzzle and worked with more country writers, a more proven country producer and added more country instruments. I’m thrilled about this and it’s exactly what I and other fans wanted her to do. I love traditional country so I most like her first album and current direction. The only thing that might not work as well is if she makes too many songs that are mostly pop rather than mostly country. Her second album went too pop for many country fans but I still loved it. I love anything she sings.

    List of country/pop artists:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Country_pop#Country_pop_artists.2Fgroups

    Proved they can sing country/pop: Kellie, Shania, Faith, Carrie, Martina, Dolly, Sara, LeAnn, Lee Ann, Hillary Scott, Gary LeVox, Keith Urban, Darius Rucker, Kimberly Perry, and others who have country/pop hits. Questionable: Miranda, Ashton, Rodney Atkins, and many others who have never had country/pop hits. There’s nothing wrong with this and I love when Kellie mostly sticks to country.

    LoveDaRocker says: Hard work pays. I think she is less talented than most trying to make it out there,

    Nope, she’s more talented than most trying to make it out there. That’s why she made it and bigger than most. She’s the #7 top Idol in Billboard. Talent plus hard work pays. She’s nice and smart too.