JAMESTOWN - Country music star Kellie Pickler will perform at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena on Thursday Jan. 23, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets went on sale Friday, and are available online at www.jamestownarena.com, charge by phone at 716.484.2624 or at the Arena Box Office located at 319 West Third Street in Jamestown.
"My life is a country song," she has said on occasion, and no one who knows her or has watched her career evolve from her days as a breakout presence on American Idol would argue in the least. Over the course of three albums, hundreds of concert appearances, and a breathtaking 2013 win on ABC's Dancing With The Stars, she has earned the admiration and affection of countless fans, serving as both inspiration and role model.
Now, with the release of her latest album, her first for new label home Black River Entertainment, she takes yet another long step forward. The project reflects her continuing growth as an artist and as a person. It features the instrumental talents of many of Nashville's best musicians and songs from some of the city's most talented writers, as well as some she wrote herself and with co-writers including her husband Kyle Jacobs.
"This album is just Kellie Country," she says, and for a working definition look no further than what she wrote for the project.
"When I write a song," she says, "I just write about who I am and where I've been, where I am and what I'm going through, or about people who have had an impact on me."
The results here include the title track, "The Woman I Am," an honest look inside Kellie's worldview, "Bonnie and Clyde," a look at relationships with a sly nod to the well-known outlaw couple, and the truly remarkable "Selma Drye," which Kellie wrote about her pistol-packing, snuff-chewing great-grandmother.
As for the rest of the project, there is also her current single, "Little Bit Gypsy," and "No Cure For Crazy," both of which provide insights into Kyle's perspective on his wife. "Someone Somewhere Tonight" is a heartfelt and passionate look at the power of love to heal and restore us, to give us purpose in the midst of the good and bad that is the human condition, and others range from the sassy "Ring For Sale" to the poignant "I Forgive You."
"I'm excited about the new record," she says, "about getting it out there. "I'm so blessed to be surrounded by a great team of people at Black River that not only care about the music but about people. It's been such an enjoyable process putting this first project together."
She is, more than anything, a down-to-earth fan of her genre who also happens to be one of its best interpreters, a classic country singer with a state-of-the-art approach to life. There is also an echo of her idols in her love of taking her music to fans, one show at a time.
"I love country music," she says, "and I love the stories behind the song. I love being on my bus. Like the song 'Little Bit Gypsy' says, I'm a traveling circus. I love being in that little house on the highway somewhere."
It's plain too that that's just where her fans want to continue to see her and that fact makes her someone whose future is assured.