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Kellie Pickler talks 'Dancing With the Stars,' her ditzy 'American Idol' persona and more

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For someone who's authenticity was questioned during her Daisy Mae days on American Idol, Kellie Pickler has been a natural performer and refreshing personality in the country music scene. At a time when everyone in Nashville, from Carrie Underwood to Luke Bryan, is looking to crossover, Pickler leans toward scrappy, old-school country. She's happy nodding to heroes Tammy Wynette and Dolly Parton.

"I grew up on traditional music," Pickler says. "If I could go and make the most backwoods country album, I'd do that. I love the classic sound. But with today's country music, you have to find that happy medium."

Pickler performs at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Friday. Tickets are $29-$55. Click here for details.

For more of Sean Daly's interview with Kellie Pickler, click here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 5:50pm]

    

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