Kellie Pickler on Womack and Wine Pity Parties

I know I sound like a Debbie Downer, but I always want the bad news first. So when I saw the story about Kellie Pickler in the new country special issue of People magazine, I went immediately to the part about her down-in-the-dumps song.

“When I’m having my own pity party, it’s Lee Ann Womack,” she said. “She has a song called ‘Have You Seen That Girl.’ I’ve sat on my bus, drunk a bottle of wine, cried and felt sorry for myself to that song I don’t know how many times.”

The opposite extreme is her stuck-in-her-head song, which is currently Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball.” Pickler and her husband Kyle Jacobs were mesmerized while watching one of Cyrus’ recent TV appearances.

“Kyle and I were on my bus the other night watching Saturday Night Live, and she was on,” Pickler said. “I was blown away. I know she’s controversial, but that girl can sing.”

The other musical moments that mean so much to Pickler include:

Most romantic song: Her husband playing “Say I Do” for her on the piano in their bedroom. (For the record, just having a piano in your bedroom might be the most romantic thing I’ve ever heard of.)

Desert island discs: Her ideal list would be made up of the women she could listen to on repeat every day — Tammy Wynette, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Kitty Wells and Patsy Cline.

First concert she attended: “My friend won two tickets off a radio station to a Kenny Chesney concert when I was 17 or 18,” she said. “I don’t know how he does it, but he can connect with 50,000 people. He leaves every ounce of himself onstage.”

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