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Pickler pitches ‘real country’ in fair concert - Davenport IA 8/4/2010

Discussion in 'Concert Reviews' started by ChrisKellieFan, Aug 5, 2010.

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    Pickler pitches ‘real country’ in fair concert

    Who would have thought that one of the biggest testimonials for traditional in the past few years in the Mississippi Valley Fair grandstand would come from a former “American Idol” wannabe?

    But that’s what a crowd of more than 22,000, estimated by fair general manager Bob Fox, got Wednesday in the second night of grandstand entertainment.

    Besides her own seven country hits, including the current “Making Me Fall in Love Again,” Kellie Pickler devoted much of her 75-minute set to classics from Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, Keith Whitley and Dolly Parton.

    “I did grow up real country and listening to real country music,” the 24-year-old North Carolinian told the crowd.

    She gave a good read to Lynn’s “You Ain’t Woman Enough” and matched the breathiness of Wynette’s “Stand By Your Man,” even giving the latter a strong sound in its finale.

    Later in the show, she did an acoustic set that featured Whitley’s “Don’t Close Your Eyes” and Parton’s “Jolene” and “Two Doors Down.” On both those Parton songs, plus the “9 to 5” with which she began her encore, for better or worse Pickler became a virtual Dolly soundalike, down to the arrangements and vocal inflections.

    Pickler was heard before she was seen by most of the crowd, as she launched into her recent hit, the kiss-off song “Best Days of Your Life,” the minute she stepped on stage. Wearing a pink, gray and white sundress, she had nice interaction with the crowd all night, even acknowledging one of the cowboys hoisted above the crowd on the racetrack in front of her.

    “If I wasn’t engaged already,” she told the delighted male fan, followed by the “got my eyes on you” gesture.

    The singer was backed by a four-man band (the fifth, a second guitarist, was at home with a new baby, new godmother Pickler said), each of whom let out a classic-rock riff when introduced.

    But it was classic country that many of the fans got Wednesday night. Whether the large number of teens and preteens in the crowd appreciated hearing Dolly, Loretta and Tammy songs was uncertain, but Pickler did give the rest some unexpected moments.


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