Luke Bryan, Kellie Pickler Performances Highlight Baseball All-Star Game
The music at this year’s Major League Baseball All-Star game will consist almost exclusively of contributions from country artists, including Luke Bryan and Kellie Pickler.
Bryan has been tapped to sing the national anthem before the All-Star game, which will be held July 10 in Kansas City. Pickler will perform “God Bless America” during the game’s 7th inning stretch.
Additionally, the most recent “American Idol” winner, Phillip Phillips, will perform his song “Home” before the game during a tribute to highlight tornado recover efforts in Tuscaloosa, Ala. and Joplin, Mo., which is near Kansas City. The tribute will highlight the fact that Habitat for Humanity is building nine houses in the two areas for low-income families.
The day before the All-Star game, David Cook – another “American Idol” winner – will perform the national anthem before the Home Run Derby. Zac Brown Band also will perform from the field that night.
Bryan is still riding high from his 2011 album Tailgates & Tanlines. His single “Drunk on You” chopped the Billboard Top Country Songs chart for the second week in a row this week. Tailgates & Tanlines is at number two for the second week in a row on the Billboard Country Albums chart. The album has been on the chart for 47 weeks now.
Pickler’s most recent album, 100 Proof, was released in January of this year. The album peaked at number two on the Billboard country albums chart and number seven on the overall Billboard 200 albums chart.
Late last month, it was announced that she was separating from her label, Sony Nashville. The country singer had been with the label since 2006, when she finished in sixth place on “American Idol.” Her manager, Larry Fitzgerald, said that the split from the label was amicable.
“Kellie’s contract with Sony came to an end and they mutually decided not to renew,” he said.