100 Proof

100 Proof

by Kellie Pickler Kellie Pickler




It made some sense to gussy Kellie Pickler up as a genuine diva on her eponymous second album -- she's a reality star veteran after all -- but the makeover didn't quite stick. Too corny to truly seem glamorous and lacking the self-effacing panache of her idol Dolly Parton, Pickler came across as a girl dressing up in her big sister's clothes: charming enough at a glance, but the loose fit, not to mention the glue on the sequins, is all too apparent upon closer inspection. Kellie wisely puts the spangly threads away in the closet for her third album, 100 Proof. The title alone gives a good idea of what she's getting at here: she's serving the hard stuff, potent and straight, and it has a kick, one that hits harder than anything she's done before. A lot of this is due to the smart selection of producers -- Frank Liddell and Luke Wooten, the former instrumental in shepherding Miranda Lambert's transition from TV to respected recording star and now performing a similar feat here, stripping Kellie's music to its basics, emphasizing hard country over cornpone comedy. Pickler will never be mistaken for a gutsy brawler but she never adopts a crazy ex-girlfriend stance, either. She merely plays it clean and simple, sometimes adopting a heavy-handed twang but usually sounding comfortable in these down-home surroundings of Telecasters, steel guitars, and acoustic guitars. The back half of this tight 35-minute album drifts slightly into sleepy, pretty territory (the title track veering just a bit too close to pageantry) but curiously, this is where Pickler reigns in her vocal mannerisms, so they come across as heartfelt, while the purer honky tonk -- "Where's Tammy Wynette," "Unlock the Honky Tonk," "Stop Cheatin' on Me" -- resonates in a way her earlier records never suggested. In short, 100 Proof is the album where Kellie Pickler stops being a TV star and turns into a genuine recording artist: it's an album that's not just good when graded on a curve, but good by any measure.

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Product Details

Release Date: 01/24/2012
Label: Bna Entertainment
UPC: 0886979158726
catalogNumber: 791587


  1. Where's Tammy Wynette
  2. Unlock That Honky Tonk
  3. Stop Cheatin' On Me
  4. Long As I Never See You Again
  5. Tough
  6. Turn On the Radio and Dance
  7. Mother's Day
  8. Rockaway (the Rockin' Chair Song)
  9. Little House On the Highway
  10. 100 Proof
  11. The Letter (To Daddy)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kellie Pickler   Primary Artist
Glen Duncan   Fiddle,Guitar,Mandolin
Eric Darken   Percussion
Richard Bennett   Guitar
Chad Cromwell   Percussion,Drums
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
Jay Joyce   Keyboards
Gordon Mote   Piano
Randy Scruggs   Guitar
Glenn Worf   Bass
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Luke Wooten   Guitar
Rob McNelley   Guitar
Morgane Hayes   Background Vocals
Chris Stapleton   Background Vocals
Ilya Toshinskiy   Banjo,Guitar,Mandolin,Guitar (Resonator)
Jimmy Stewart   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Barry Dean   Composer
Dean Dillon   Composer
Natalie Hemby   Composer
Leslie Satcher   Composer
Dale Dodson   Composer
Frank Liddell   Producer
Luke Wooten   Producer,Engineer
Jimmy Ritchey   Composer
Morgane Hayes   Composer
James T. Slater   Composer
Kellie Pickler   Composer
Rodney Clawson   Composer
Brent Cobb   Composer
Liz Rose   Composer
Chris Stapleton   Composer
Don Poythress   Composer
Kyle Jacobs   Composer

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