OFFSTAGE: Kellie Pickler Sets “Gypsy” Free

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I am the absolute opposite of a gypsy. When I settled down, I stayed down. But still, I have always been drawn to songs about being set free. But too often those songs came from the guy’s perspective. Like Dierks Bentley‘s “Modern Day Drifter” and “A Lot of Leavin’ Left to Do.”

So I’m thrilled that Kellie Pickler‘s new single, “Little Bit Gypsy,” is shining a light on the girl’s perspective on that kind of drifting. It’s about how if you want to hold her, you have to set her free. And how she doesn’t need a rock, she needs a rolling stone and how someday she’ll settle down.

Pickler’s husband Kyle Jacobs co-wrote it, and it sounds like she loves the music as much as the spinning-weather vane message of the song. “I’m drawn to songs that are country, but everybody’s definition of country music is different. I’m more of a Loretta Lynn fan as far as country music goes, but of course, no one could ever fill her shoes — Dolly or Tammy,” Pickler said in a radio interview. “But I love bringing that traditional sound into my music.”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.