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Woman I Am
     

The Woman I Am

by Kellie Pickler
 
By all rights, Kellie Pickler's third album 100 Proof should've been a blockbuster. A savvy update of classic country in the Tammy Wynette tradition, the 2012 record confirmed that Pickler could be a hell of a country singer, but the record stalled out on the charts, moving just a handful of copies -- a significant decline from

Overview

By all rights, Kellie Pickler's third album 100 Proof should've been a blockbuster. A savvy update of classic country in the Tammy Wynette tradition, the 2012 record confirmed that Pickler could be a hell of a country singer, but the record stalled out on the charts, moving just a handful of copies -- a significant decline from 2008's eponymous album, which almost went gold. BNA Records left her behind and she signed to the independent Black River Entertainment, working once again with 100 Proof producer Frank Liddell but also Luke Wooten, coming up with The Woman I Am, a record that's a bit bright and sweeter than its predecessor. At times, the record's indie roots are fairly apparent -- the songs are modest, the production crisp but just short of gleaming -- and the slight shift from neo-traditional to chipper country-pop suggests a tonal change that would perhaps have been called label-driven if a label had been involved. The sound might be happily commercial, but the songs are too subtle to be considered pandering, which means The Woman I Am is that rare record that manages to feel like a bid for mainstream success coming straight from the independent sector. It might lack a big strong hook -- there is no song to pull in a skeptic -- but the album has a nice, gentle sway and Pickler has expertly modulated her diva moves so she's now a skillful country singer. It's not an album that makes a career, but rather one that helps a career be built.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/11/2013
Label:
Black River Ent.
UPC:
0851491003069
catalogNumber:
20131
Rank:
55162

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kellie Pickler   Primary Artist
Jimmy Carter   Bass
J.T. Corenflos   Guitar
Greg Morrow   Drums
Mike Rojas   Piano
Randy Scruggs   Guitar
Glenn Worf   Bass
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle
Russell Terrell   Background Vocals
Fred Eltringham   Percussion,Drums
Bryan Sutton   Guitar
Rivers Rutherford   Background Vocals
Luke Wooten   Guitar,Percussion,Background Vocals
Justin Davis   Guitar
Rob McNelley   Guitar
Guthrie Trapp   Guitar
Jessi Alexander   Background Vocals
Chris Stapleton   Background Vocals
Kyle Jacobs   Guitar
John Randall   Background Vocals
Sarah Zimmermann   Guitar
Kalisa Ewing   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Gary Nicholson   Composer
Billy Montana   Composer
Carson Chamberlain   Composer
Jim Beavers   Composer
Aimee Mayo   Composer
Rivers Rutherford   Composer
Leslie Satcher   Composer
Frank Liddell   Producer
Luke Wooten   Producer,Engineer
Phillip Lammonds   Composer
Walt Wilkins   Composer
Davis Raines   Composer
Hillary Lindsey   Composer
Fred Wilhelm   Composer
Kellie Pickler   Composer
John Ozier   Composer
Liz Rose   Composer
Phil O'Donnell   Composer
Chris Stapleton   Composer
Busbee   Composer
Kyle Jacobs   Composer
Joe Leathers   Composer
Wade Kirby   Composer
Robert Chavers   Art Direction
Steven Moakler   Composer
Katie McCartney   Art Direction
John Osborne   Composer
Kalisa Ewing   Composer
Tammi Kidd Hutton   Composer
T.J. Osborne   Composer

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