Kellie Pickler entertains like she’s been doing it forever
If there is anyone out there who hasn’t seen Kellie Pickler since she and Simon Cowell exchanged comments about Calamari during season five of American Idol, then you haven’t really seen Kellie Pickler. I saw her tonight at the Appalachian Fair (Gray, Tenn.). This is the third time I have had the pleasure of seeing Kellie on stage, and each time she has been better than the time before. You can click here, to see what I said after her 2011 show in Kingsport, Tennessee. The article about her 2008 show in Abingdon, Va., is linked here.
I’m not sure if anyone knew where Kellie’s sixth place finish on American Idol would take her. I don’t know if Kellie even knew, or what she had hoped her appearance on that show would mean. But, what I have watched during the last six years is a young lady, who grew from ‘a kid who could sing a little’, into a first-class country music performer. There just aren’t enough words to accurately describe what the audience saw tonight. And I am certain, that everyone at that show feels the same way. Everyone loved it, everyone sang along with her songs, and not one person left that concert disappointed.
Normally when I go to a concert, I have my camera around my neck, a pen in one hand, a notepad in the other, and I’m ready to sit down, hear some good music, take a bunch of notes, and come home totally prepared to share my experience with all of you. Well, that didn’t happen tonight. I started out with my pen and notepad. And of course I had my camera hung around my neck. But as equipped as I was to take notes, I definitely was not planning on getting so involved in an excellent show, that I forgot to write anything down! So what you’re going to get here is really a little more than a ‘concert review’. It’s my recollection of a concert that is without question, one of the best I have seen in a very long time.
During Kellie’s show, she stops and talks to her audience, she tells stories, she jokes, she makes contact with the fans from stage. She a bundle of energy, who can sing her little heart out. If she didn’t sing, I am sure she would be in the entertainment field somewhere. Sitcom actress, model, comedian..there are a lot of things she could have done. I for one, however, am glad she chose singing. Kellie Pickler came to Gray, Tenn., to entertain. And that’s exactly what she did!
Even though I was totally not into taking notes tonight, I did manage to jot down the names of her band members, but I will have to admit it was only with the help of the man at her merchandise table that I got those names matched up with the instruments they play. So let me introduce you to the members of Kellie Pickler’s awesome band. Dave Baker, guitar; Jay Gorman, bass; Michael Hughes, keyboards; Josh Hensen, electric and acoustic guitar and banjo; and Greg Lowman, drums. You’ll be seeing some pictures of the band a little later in this post.
A few of the songs she did tonight were “Where’s Tammy Wynette,” “Unlock That Honky tonk,” Loretta Lynn’s “You Ain’t Woman Enough,” George Jones’ White Lightning,” “I Wonder,” “Things that Never Cross a Man’s Mind,” “Tough", “Best Days of Your Life,” “Stop Cheating on Me,” “Didn’t you Know How Much I Loved You,” and her encore, “Red High Heels”. There were others, but like I said – I didn’t do as much note-taking as I had intended. So, that’s what you’re getting from memory.
Kellie did a Meet & Greet before the show, and then she did something you don’t often see. When the show was over, and she was done singing, the band kept playing, and playing, and playing some more — while Kellie signed autographs from the stage. Probably hundreds of them. She seemed to know how much it would mean to those people, if they got to home with more than a ticket stub. And she made sure they got more – an autograph, a handshake, a hug, or even a photo with her.
Here are a few more pictures from tonight’s show. I’ve included some of the band, and some of the autograph signing (and kid hugging) after the show.
That’s all for tonight, I am going to get some sleep.I’ll talk to you all tomorrow. One more thing, if you aren’t following Kellie on Twitter, I hope you will. It’s @kelliepickler.
Tags: Abingdon, appearance, audience, country music performer, recollection, Simon Cowell, six years