Kellie Pickler will be back on the Opry stage Tonight (March 17) and has quite the night planned at the Opry. First, she’ll be in The Opry Shop from 5:00 – 6:30 pm signing autographs (voucher requred; click here for details) and meeting her fans before performing as part of two Opry shows (7 & 9:30 pm). She’ll also be performing an exclusive backstage performance in Studio A. Want to get a sneak peak from home? Follow the Opry on Twitter (@Opry) for tweets, updates, and photos from both her performance and the Grand Ole Opry. Plus, you can tune in here to listen to the show live on the Opry’s FREE app!
But before Kellie takes the stage, we want to share some of the topics on her mind recently. She talked with us backstage at a recent Opry performance about her new album, what it’s like to be a guest artist at the show that made country music famous, and much more. Here’s what she said, and a few videos of songs she’s performed from her latest album, 100 Proof. What songs should she sing on the Opry tonight?
“It’s such an honor. I still get, I guess, star-struck, at the Opry,” Kellie said. “Because there’s so much history here and there are so many legends that are still walking around backstage, so it’s really an incredible, incredible experience for somebody like me that grew up listening to all of them. And to be able to share the stage with them is something that I treasure.”
Kellie’s music reflects that, too. In fact, she’s a “sucker” for the classics.
“I worked on this record for awhile,” she said. “I’m such a sucker, honestly, for the classics because that’s what I grew up on. That’s just what was played around me, so my soul is just so in love and connected to that era. I know that music has changed and evolved over time and we even have new ways of buying music and everything is digital now – you know, times have changed – so I have to try to evolve with the time and stay relevant, but still make music that moves me. I definitely feel like I am triggering another part of me that maybe I haven’t displayed. I know based on my music that’s been out before, you wouldn’t know that I grew up on Tammy Wynette and Loretta Lynn, but I did.”
“Stop Cheating On Me,” written by Chris Stapleton, his wife Morgane Hayes, and Liz Rose, was one that Kellie knew she wanted to record right away.
“The minute I heard it I went, now that’s country. That’s a country song. I want that song,” Kellie told us. “So we cut that one, and actually Chris and Morgane came in the studio and sang the background vocals on it and did the harmony. We had fun making this record. It really was a good time. It’s Pickler. It’s me.”