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Kellie Pickler Covers Maxim Magazine

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Country music’s own Kellie Pickler is the leading lady on the cover of Maxim magazine’s special military tribute issue, “Maxim Salutes The Military.” The issue, which hits newsstands on Tuesday, July 31st, features Kellie on the cover and in the centerfold in a 1950′s-style with a modern flare, and an in-depth personal interview on why she loves performing for the troops overseas with her USO Tours. The story, and full photo spread, is live on Maxim.com right now.

In the cover story, Kellie remembers the sacrifices made for her country’s freedom.

“I come from a military family. My grandfather is a retired Marine, and I’ve always had a great deal of respect for anyone who serves our country. It really does take someone special to sacrifice everything. I don’t mean just their lives, either. There are men who are sacrificing the chance to hold their newborn baby!” she says.

The issue will be available on July 31st for the month of August. Check out the cover picture below:

Maxim to Premiere Bucky Covington’s New Video

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Bucky Covington and Shooter Jennings have teamed up with Maxim.com to premiere their wild new music video for “Drinking Side of Country.” The neo-outlaw action filled adventure features guest appearances by Kellie Pickler, X Games medalist Kenny Bartram, and TNA Impact Knockout Wrestler Mickie James. The music video is available NOW for fans to watch on Maxim.com, so click here to watch “Drinking Side of Country” right here on Maxim’s site. The video will be featured on other online outlets and televisions stations in the next few days.

The video was filmed in Greensburg, Kentucky earlier this year during a record-setting heatwave in the region. The song was a co-write by Bucky with his twin brother Rocky, and Ducky Medlock, and will be featured on Bucky’s upcoming album “Good Guys,” due out September 11th.

Kellie Pickler Discusses Split from Sony

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Fans were shocked when Kellie Pickler and BNA Nashville announced their amicable split earlier this month. The singer released her new album “100 Proof” only this year. It was our favorite album from Kellie yet, and hers, too. She opened up with Entertainment Weekly about the split and the album making process, which she admits was “hell” this time around.

Kellie explains the difference between making an album at 19, and why she feels “100 Proof” was more who she was:

Luke Wooten and Frank Lidell — they helped me discover the artist in myself. Since American Idol, it’s been like a blur. I’ve been pulled in a hundred different directions by a hundred different people. You know, signing contracts that I couldn’t read, but I was 19 and green and it was, “Sign this contract or go back to working in fast food,” and I didn’t want to do that.”

Kellie continues:

“Luke and Frank sat me down and I got to just sit with an acoustic guitar and I got to sing songs to them that I grew up on. You know Tammy, Merle, Waylon, Al Dexter, Kitty Wells. I could just go on and on and on. I just love traditional country music. They saw that in me, and that’s real. That’s me. When this album came out, the people that know me, my friends, went, “There’s Kellie. There you are.”

Kellie was frustrated with what she believed was a lack of promotion behind her when her album was released. She didn’t like not having a single out on the radio when her album hit stores:

“Well, it wasn’t promoted. When my album came out, I didn’t even have a song out on the radio. Nobody does that. [The label was] spread thin. When I was making my record, the CEO left. He retired. They brought in Gary [Overton]. My A&R left. They brought in somebody else. I went through four heads of promotion when my record was coming out. The only consistency was inconsistency.”

As for what label she’s looking at joining now – she isn’t sure. Kellie is thinking about both major and independent albums, but there’s one thing that she wants from her potential new home:

“I’ve thought about the major labels versus the more independent ones. The ones that actually can probably do more for you. They have more to prove. [You want] to sign with someone that is about the music and gets you.”

Good luck, Kellie! Read the full interview on Entertainment Weekly’s site here.

PHOTOS: Kellie Pickler Performs “God Bless America” at All-Star Game

Recently returning from her fifth USO Tour in Kuwait and Afghanistan, Kellie Pickler made sure to pay proper respect to those who serve in our military with a captivating performance of “God Bless America” at Tuesday night’s 2012 All-Star Game in Kansas City, MO. Pickler’s rendition of the patriotic tune aired live on FOX during the seventh inning stretch. To view the full performance, click here.

Tuesday night, Pickler tweeted, “The last time I sang ‘God Bless America’ was in Afghanistan on Memorial Day for our military. Excited and proud to sing it at the All-Star Game.”

Photo Credit: Rob Vesely

Kellie Pickler Cut Off By Husband

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Kellie Pickler‘s songwriting husband Kyle Jacobs has finally put his foot down. Kellie tells PEOPLE magazine that her husband just won’t let her take home anymore animals when she’s out on the road. She admits in the interview that she’s known for giving away animals she finds at concerts, and that rescuing animals is one of her favorite things. Right now, Kellie has three dogs and a python named Boots, but that’s enough for Kyle.

“My husband will not let me have any more animals than we do now,” she tells PEOPLE. “He never knows when the bus rolls up at home, I open the bus door, and he’s wondering what critter’s going to crawl off of there now.”

While Kellie loves helping abandoned animals find new, loving homes, she admits that it’s not always easy to watch them leave.

“I love being able to take in rescue dogs, rescue animals,” Pickler says. “But the sad thing is when you get attached to them and you have to give them away.”

Read the full article on PEOPLE’s site here. Have you ever rescued an animal?

Kellie Pickler No Longer With Sony Music Nashville

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We’re sad to report that it’s been confirmed that Kellie Pickler and her label, Sony Music Nashville, have parted ways. The statement was made today by her manager, Larry Fitzgerald, to ABC News Radio:

“Kellie’s contract with Sony came to an end and they mutually decided not to renew.”

100 Proof, which was released on January 24, 2012, was Kellie’s last record on her deal with Sony Music Nashville.

We’re not sure what’s ahead for Kellie, but we still see her making music in the future and we wish her the best of luck!

Kellie has been with Sony Music Nashville since 2006.

Zac Brown Band Announced as Fourth Artist in “Road To The Ram Jam” Series

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The “Road to the Ram Jam” series and sweepstakes, presented by the Ram Truck brand, features five of today’s top country acts – Kellie Pickler, Brantley Gilbert, Easton Corbin, and newly added Zac Brown Band, and provides fans the opportunity to win prizes including trips for two to an invitation-only 2012 Ran Jam concert event December 29th in Nashville, TN where all five artists will perform – awesome!

Fans can enter the chance to win the sweepstake trips for two to the invitation-only 2012 Ram Jam concert event at www.RamTrucks.com/RoadtoRamJam or on the Ram Trucks Facebook page at www.ramjamsweeps.com. The Road to the Ram Jam series and sweepstakes helps bring country music fans closer to some of their favorite artists with exclusive video content, free music downloads, and the opportunity to win some cool prizes, like collectible posters and vinyl records through participating country radio stations nationwide.

Kellie Pickler Teams Up with Tone Body Wash

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In time for the summer season, Kellie Pickler teams up with Tone Body Wash to introduce Tone Fruit Peel Body Wash, with alpha-hydroxy fruit acids.  The Tone Tune it Up! Series provides exclusive access to Pickler while she is on tour for her current album, 100 Proof, and invites her fans to follow her via Facebook, personal blog posts, and a live chat.  Fans will be able to see exclusive video and photos of Kellie on tour as well on the Tone brand Facebook page.  Fans will also have the oppurtonity to participate in contest giveaways.  The grand prize will be an all-expense paid trip to Nashville to meet Kellie herself.

As a fan of the product, I am excited to partner with Tone® Body Wash. The Tone® Turn it Up!® series is a great way for me to connect with my fans nationwide and invite them along on my  tour. I also can’t wait to let them in on a few ways I turn it up before I hit the stage.

The Tone® Turn it Up!® series connects our body wash with consumers beyond the shower by giving them a behind-the-scenes look at how a highly celebrated female artist, like Kellie Pickler, turns up her day. Kellie’s enthusiastic approach to her music and positive spirit combined with her amazing skin makes her a perfect fit for Tone® body wash.  – Traci Mason, Senior Brand Manager of Tone brand at Henkel.

For more information on the Tone brand’s partnership with Kellie Pickler, and to enter for the many contest available, visit www.Facebook.com/toneskincare.  For more information on Tone Body Washes, Bars, and Liquid Hand Soaps, visit www.ToneSkinCare.com.

CMT Music Awards Presenters Announced

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With only two days remaining until the 2012 CMT Music Awards, Nashville is brimming with excitement in anticipation of the big night.

Today, a list of presenters were announced for Wednesday’s show. The list includes: Jason Aldean, Sara Evans, Ronnie Dunn, Alan Jackson, Jake Owen, and Kellie Pickler. Previously-announced performers The Band Perry, Carrie Underwood and Luke Bryan will also be on hand to present awards.

Several other presenters comprise the list, such as American Idol finalists Colton Dixon and Skylar Laine, CMT hosts Tom Arnold and Steve Austin, 2012 Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti, Twilight star Ashley Greene, Tony Hawk, Denise Richards, Dax Shepard and Jordin Sparks.

The show will feature performances from some of the best in country music: Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Willie Nelson, Brad Paisley, Pistol Annies, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, Hank Williams Jr. and Zac Brown Band.

The show, hosted by Toby Keith and actress Kristen Bell, will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena June 6th at 8PM EST on CMT and CMT.com.

We will be at the show, so be sure to check back with us as Keepin’ It Country will be up-to-date on everything related to the Awards and CMA Fest!

Katie Armiger Extends “Get Smart” Tour

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Fans of Katie Armiger who haven’t had the opportunity to check her out on tour yet are in luck. The songstress has added over twenty-five new dates to her “Get Smart Tour,” which is sponsored by Great American Country (GAC). The tour will end up hitting over fifty major cities across the U.S. with a stop at the Bud Lught Stage at the Bridgestone Arena on June 8th for CMA Music Fest.

The tour began in March and will continue through November, and has already been a great experience for Armiger. “This tour has been incredible so far getting to meet and make new fans – and it only keeps getting better,” said Katie. “No artist can ask for a better outcome from a tour than for it to be a success that dates are continually being added. Thank you to everyone for all of your support, it’s because of all of you that this tour is what it is!” 

The aptly named “Get Smart Tour” is Armiger’s first as a headliner and is hitting colleges, universities, fairs and festivals across the country. Armiger will be sure to play her hit songs including “Scream,” Kiss Me Now” and “Leaving Home,” while mixing in some new material that she’s been writing for her upcoming fourth album.

Amongst her repertoire as an acclaimed independent artist, Armiger was voted by fans as Country Weekly’s #1 hottest bachelorette. She has previously opened for the likes of Darius Rucker, Ronnie Dunn, Little Big Town, Kellie Pickler, and Luke Bryan

For more information and a full list of tour dates, check out www.katiearmiger.com.