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Pickler returned to the states last Wednesday (12/19) from what was her sixth USO tour overseas to perform for U.S. troops as part of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey’s annual USO holiday tour.

“It’s always different coming here this time of year,” Pickler said, prior to her performance at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan on Dec. 16.

Other celebrities that joined her on the seven-day, four-country tour throughout the Middle East include  Ross Detwiler and Craig Stammen of the Washington Nationals, Matt Hendricks of the Washington Capitals and comedian Iliza Shlesinger.

All participated in an array of hospital visits and USO meet and greets, each tailored to bring a touch of home to the servicemen and women making the biggest sacrifice. Stops included: Bagram Air Base and Kandahar Air Field in Afghanistan, U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart in Germany; and a visit with Sailors stationed aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis, among other locations.

“[During] the holidays, everyone wants to be home with their families and loved ones. And I know it’s just as hard for [your] families back home, so they’re making a sacrifice as well. I just want to say thanks so much for all that you do, and thank you to your families as they make a huge sacrifice. This time of year is really hard so I hope that you know that we love you. The USO, all of us, we are praying for a safe return home for you all. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”


Spearheaded by the release of her critically-acclaimed album 100 Proof in early January and rounded out with the signing of a new record deal in October, the year 2012 has meant tons of excitement and career momentum for the country music songstress.  

Now, as the nation’s top music critics reflect on what a year it’s been with their “Best Of 2012” album nods, Pickler celebrates the merriment of the season with coveted placement at the top of Rolling Stone’s “Best Country Albums of 2012” list, No. 7 on Washington Post’s “Best Music of 2012” list, No. 2 on Rhapsody’s “Top 30 Country Albums for 2012,” and No. 6 on AOL’s The Boot “Best Country Albums of 2012.” 

Fans can expect 2013 to also be an exciting year for Pickler as she gears up to release a new single from her forthcoming new album.

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Ram Truck continues its connection with country music by creating a 2012 “Road to the Ram Jam” concert series that will allow fans to see their favorite country artists up close and register for a drawing to win gifts and prizes.

Five concerts are scheduled this year, plus a year-end invitation-only Ram Jam concert in December.

The first officially announced concert will be with “American Idol” alum Kellie Pickler, who gets to use a fully loaded Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn for the year that will be auctioned off in 2013 with proceeds going to the USO, a nonprofit group dedicated to lifting the spirits of America’s troops and their families.

She told the Chicago Tribute yesterday at the Chicago Auto Show: “The first thing I learned to drive was my grandpa’s truck, so I’m definitely a truck girl. I’m excited to be part of Ram Truck’s Road to the Ram Jam. We’re going to have a lot of fun on that ‘Road’ — me and my Laramie. I’m also excited that we will be auctioning off my Ram truck at the end of the year to benefit our veterans in need.”

Other concerts will be announced throughout the year, with each performer given a new Ram truck for auctioning at the end of a 12-month run.

TBP will be there live and Swift reportedly will be featured on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest as a highlight replay from 2009’s rewind which was Seacrest’s first year to take the mic from Clark, an ABC special airing Wednesday (Dec. 31).

The activities begin at 10 p.m. ET with Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest, featuring performances live from Times Square, and continue with two parts of the usual New Year’s Rockin’ Eve airing at 11:35 p.m. and 1:05 a.m. ET.

Meanwhile, two-time Dancing With The Stars champion Julianne Hough will be in Atlanta to headline the music at the 20th annual New Year’s Eve Peach Drop. Taking place at Underground Atlanta, the event will be co-hosted by country artist Rissi Palmer and seen on syndicated TV in more than 40 markets. Also in Atlanta, Jason Michael Carroll will be performing at Cowboys Concert Hall.

The NBC special, “A Michael Bublé Christmas,” will air December 6.  Stories from New York suggest Kellie Pickler could be part of the show.  Pickler tweeted from New York recently and a makeup artist said she saw Pickler on stage with Bublé.

Here’s a tweet we picked up.

“Back stage with Michael Bublé and Kelly Pickler! They’re singing the cutest duet together for Michael’s Christmas show!,” Belinda Moss tweeted. 

The taping for the NBC special was November 4 in Brooklyn. 

Bublé recently released an album of holiday standards.  The CD includes a duet of “White Christmas” with Shania Twain among the 15 songs in the project. 
100 Proof is the new album coming from Kellie Pickler in late January.  Pickler wanted to do something more akin to her North Carolina upbringing and grabbed veteran producer Frank Liddell to help make that happen.  

The first cut on the CD, “Where’s Tammy Wynette”, shows off a different kind of sound for Pickler.  Kellie wrote more than half the songs on the CD.  

You can order the CD now as maybe an after Christmas gift to yourself.

Kellie Pickler will perform at the Billboard Country Music Summit’s closing party on Tuesday, June 7th in Nashville.

Pickler will play a short set that will include her new single, “Tough.”

About the song — the first single from her forthcoming, still-untitled third LP, due later this year — Pickler said, “When I heard that Leslie had written a song called ‘Tough’ for me, I just wanted to love it so much and I do! She knows me, she knows my heart and she captured who I am.”
The party will cap two solid days of music, business, conversation, networking and fun in the heart of Nashville.

The Billboard Country Music Summit — featuring Q&As with Carrie Underwood and Kenny Chesney and two days of programming that encompasses virtually all aspects of the country music business — is June 6 and 7 in Nashville.