A year without a Kelly Clarkson is, well, a cruel and unbearable drought, which is why it’s good that Clarkson gave fans something to tide them over with her country single “Tie It Up” and upcoming holiday album Wrapped In Red. But the Almighty Kellegend has another trick up her sleeve, too: In a radio interview this week, she admitted that she’s working on a full-length country album — and it’s already “almost finished.” In a word: ?!?!?!?!?!?!
Yes, the dulcet-piped songstress is turning out an entire LP of country tunes: “We’ve made almost a whole record,” she said. “We haven’t finished because I’m on tour, but we’ve made a whole record I’ll end up releasing.” But nonetheless, it’s just a diversion for her, not an entire sonic shift: “With Jewel and Sheryl Crow, they kinda quit in pop and came over to country,” she said. “I love both. I don’t necessarily know if I have one foot in it and one foot in the other.”
“Tie It Up” isn’t my personal favorite from Kelly — it’s a little honky-tonk, a little cartoonish for my personal sensibilities — but imagining a Clarkson record rendered with the withering wit of Kacey Musgraves or Taylor Swift‘s finely drawn details? It’s a dream come true.
As the famous patriot Patrick Henry once said: Give me country Kelly or give me death.