Kellie Pickler has stood beside her best friend—a childhood friend who Pickler refers to as her “sister”—Summer Holt Miller throughout her breast cancer prognosis and subsequent treatment since receiving word of the diagnosis in June of this year, but yesterday in Nashville, Tenn., the inseparable duo took their stance against cancer one step further when they both buzzed their hair to bring awareness to the importance of early detection. As revealed on ABC’s Good Morning America exclusively, Pickler and Miller shared their story as Miller was just 36 years old when she received word of her diagnosis. Read the rest of this entry
Kellie Pickler salutes the troops on the cover of Maxim.
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On Newsstands Nationwide Tuesday, July 31
Pickler is the leading lady in the special newsstand issue, Maxim Salutes the Military, in stores Tuesday, July 31. Her show-stopping cover and centerfold images are reminiscent of the 1940s-50s era with a modern flare, and in her in-depth personal interview Pickler shares her experience performing for troops overseas on five USO tours and why she will always be an avid supporter of our troops. The story and full photo spread is LIVE now on Maxim.com.
On a crisp night in March, close to 200 Country Music fans sat quietly and respectfully as Victoria Shaw, sitting at the keyboard, sang, “The River.” Within a few notes, the fans recognized the tune from its days as a No. 1 hit, the fifth and final single from Garth Brooks’ 1991 album Ropin’ the Wind. What many in the audience may not have known about until that moment was Shaw’s participation with Brooks as co-writer of the song.
A similar epiphany followed, as Bob DiPiero, guitar in hard, strummed and sang the words to the George Strait hit “Blue Clear Sky.”
This scene is familiar to veterans of Nashville’s music scene. “In the round” is the usual term indicating a group of maybe four or five songwriters sitting in a circle, playing acoustic instruments and singing songs known primarily from their days as radio hits. In fact, this format got its start in Nashville, where the importance of the songwriter is well-known and appreciated throughout the music community. In these intimate settings, the songwriters pay homage to songs they created and, usually, others made famous. Often, before their “unplugged” performances, the songwriter tells the audience about the song’s origin and what inspired it, shares the story behind its lyrics and otherwise reveals details that are often left untold.
“I was born in the wrong generation,” said Kellie Pickler, looking through the windows at Sony Music Nashville’s offices toward somewhere far south of town. “I wish I would have been in the generation before Twitter and cell phones, when there was that mysteriousness about being an artist. I wish I could have been a part of that generation where you’d go to the Ryman and sing and then walk out the back door and go honky-tonkin’. Well, we do that anyway, but because it’s on YouTube the next day, you can’t really completely cut loose.”