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Country Stars Go Plaid, Not Paisley


A plethora of plaid draped over New York City Tuesday night (April 5) for the ninth annual Dressed to Kilt fashion show and party, to benefit Sean Connery’s Friends of Scotland organization. This year’s theme was “Country Chic,” which honored country music’s Scottish roots.

It was fitting, then, that a number of country artists (and someone married to one) were on hand. Gary Allan pulled up to the event at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom in a bright plaid Mercedes coupe, and walked the runway in a striped gray kilt with matching vest. Gary told that after having a polyp removed from a vocal cord in November he's "feeling great." “That was a scary ordeal," he said. "I lost my falsetto, but now I’m singing like a 16-year-old again."

Meanwhile, newly solo Kix Brooks, who wore a vibrant black-and-white paisley shirt and black cowboy hat, said he was taking time away from recording to try his hand at acting. As previously reported, he landed a role in independent film Thriftstore Cowboy last year and is currently working in the tentatively titled To Kill a Memory, for which he also recorded a song. “I was a theater major in college, so it’s fun trying to bring back those skills,” he said.


Also lighting up the night was Kellie Pickler, who is close to wrapping her third album. Her focus now is husband Kyle Jacobs, whom she married on Jan. 1: “He is amazing. I don’t know why he picked me, but I’m glad he did,” Pickler said with a laugh. “I feel so blessed.”

Amy Grant—wearing a slim black bodysuit adorned with plaid leggings and scarf—walked with daughters Millie and Sarah and stepdaughter Jenny Gill twirling around her. Amy told backstage that she co-wrote three songs with husband Vince Gill for his upcoming album, which includes a duet between the two, “True Love.”

New country trio Stealing Angels is looking forward to the April 18 release of their second single, “Paper Heart,” a “hard-driving power ballad,” according to member Jennifer Wayne. It is one of only two songs out of 13 on the group’s upcoming debut album they didn’t write. “We fell in love with it when we heard it,” said the trio's Caroline Cutbirth.

According to show organizers, “Country music began with ballads, songs and instruments from the Scots and Scots-Irish that settled everywhere, from Tennessee to Texas.”

The event also included actors Christopher Noth and Kiefer Sutherland, as well as sports stars and other celebrities.

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