Personnel: Ilya Toshinsky (guitar, resonator guitar, banjo, mandolin); Glen Duncan (guitar, mandolin, fiddle); Luke Wooten, Randy Scruggs, Richard Bennett , Rob McNelley (guitar); Paul Franklin (steel guitar); Gordon Mote (piano); Jay Joyce (keyboards); Chad Cromwell (drums, percussion); Eric Darken (percussion); Chris Stapleton, Jimmy Stewart, Wes Hightower, Morgane Hayes (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Luke Wooten.
Recording information: Ben's Studio, Nashville; Jane's Place, Nashville, TN; Ocean Way Studios, Nashville, TN; Station West Studios, Nashville, TN; Tragedy/Tragedy Studio, Nashville, TN.
Photographer: Kristin Barlowe.
Kellie Pickler's third album, the Frank Liddell-produced 100 Proof, led by the lead single "Tough," finds the former American Idol contestant deepening her country roots and continuing to find herself as a songwriter.
Kellie Pickler is living proof that the celebrity spinoff power of American Idol isn't limited to pop and R&B singers. At the tender age of 20, the North Carolina country crooner released her debut album, SMALL TOWN GIRL, parlaying her television popularity into a substantive musical statement. The album went gold, and Pickler found herself touring with Brad Paisley and appearing everywhere from the CMA Awards to The View, where she was she was presented with her gold record by Rosie O'Donnell.
Billboard (p.36) - "[A]n old-fashioned countrypolitan album -- and a really good one, at that -- is exactly what 100 PROOF is...11 handsome tunes long on fiddle, mandolin and sparkling steel guitar."