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



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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