Country Music’s #CMchat was incredibly fortunate to attend a special event at the Grand Ole Opry. Tonight, Kellie Pickler unveiled a new line of home goods, inspired by her great-grandmother Selma Drye, that is available exclusively through the Opry.
Prior to her unveiling, Kellie performed on the iconic stage, brightening audience members’ nights with three songs – “Red High Heels”; Loretta Lynn’s “You Ain’t Woman Enough”; and “I Wonder”. We were also incredibly blessed to have been present for Kellie’s three high energy and vocally solid performances.
Following her Opry appearance, Kellie stood in front of an intimate group at the legendary venue and publicly launched her new line of home goods. She taught everybody about the wonderful woman who the singer-songwriter admires, even long after her passing. Kellie shared that Selma Drye (the subject of her song of the same name) lived in front of the North Carolina house in which Kellie grew up and resided alone long after her husband’s death. For forty years, Selma Drye lived without a driver’s license and without a bank account, as she believed these things were the devil. Instead, she kept two things at all times — a can of rose snuff and a .38 special. Kellie also told the small audience that her great-grandmother had “one tooth hanging on for dear life and we wouldn’t have it any other way!”
Included in Kellie’s home goods line (which will be the first of many to be featured at the Opry) are beautiful wooden frames, cutting boards, vases, and other like items. Of particular note are the Selma Drye pillows, which consist of teal designs in recognition of lung cancer, that Kellie explained will support the fight against the disease in memory of her grandmother. Kellie also created four special shirts in honor of the USO, with proceeds going to the Wounded Warrior Project. Each of the shirts will represent a different branch of the United States Armed Forces.
Before ending the night, Kellie performed her song, “Selma Drye,” for the audience. Due to technical difficulties, we were unable to record the performance, but you can watch the video below, courtesy of The Bobby Bones Show, to hear the song we were blessed with during the event.
Thank you to Kellie Pickler, Black River Entertainment, the Grand Ole Opry, and everyone else involved in this lovely event. It was truly an honor to be in attendance and represent Country Music’s #CMchat while being amongst so many renowned members of the media.
To learn more about Kellie Pickler’s line, Selma Drye, and purchase various items from her store click here. You can also find Kellie’s beautiful merchandise in the Grand Ole Opry Shop for a limited time.
It is quite important to note, prior to ending this article, that each and every Opry employee with whom I spoke on this evening was more helpful and generous than the one before. I have never experienced such a friendly and hospitable staff and I truly look forward to working with this spectacular group of people in this mind-blowing establishment for many years to come.