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Andi Zack-Johnson “Live” from the Red Carpet

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RIGHT: Andi Zack-Johnson and BFF Kellie Pickler at the CMT Music Awards. We’d love to see both of these ladies at our big event next year. Andi, Kellie…clear your calendars for the first Monday in March, 2018.

By Chris Manson


As promised in our previous issue—which featured Andi Zack-Johnson and husband Ken on the cover—here are some thoughts on the recent CMT Music Awards that Andi attended as part of the network’s reality show I Love Kellie Pickler.


“We arrived at the red carpet with Kellie and (husband) Kyle Jacobs,” says Andi. “We posed for photographers from E! News, People, Access Hollywood and Entertainment Tonight, among others. And we got to chat with our friends Big and Rich.”


Andi wore a dress created by local designer Nicole Paloma of Grayton Beach’s Monet Monet, and jewelry from Wendy Mignot Pearls. Ken wore Wranglers and a Vera Wang jacket, plus an authentic 8 Reale Silver Coin necklace from the 1715 Spanish Fleet Shipwreck designed by Mignot. “We posed for pictures and did some interviews on the red carpet, then took our seats for the show. It was fun sitting in the celebrity section, chatting with friends Lo Cash Cowboys, Lauren Alaina, Luke Bryan, Runaway June, Brook Eden, Jon Pardi, Kelsea Ballerini and Brothers Osborne.”


Backstage, Ken bumped into actress Claire Bowen, who plays Scarlet O’Connor on the CMT series Nashville. “He got to tell her in person that he loved her recording of his song ‘Every Time I Fall In Love’ that she sang at the Bluebird Cafe in Season 2,” says Andi, referring to the song that Harry Connick Jr. also recorded on his recent long player.


“We also saw Little Big Town’s Phillip Sweet and his wife Rebecca. Their daughter Penelope is a particular fan of Huck & Lilly’s song ‘The Fiddler Crab.’”


Some of Andi’s favorite moments from the awards show included watching Brothers Osborne perform with Peter Frampton, and Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban’s duet, “The Fighter.”


“After the awards, we went to the 30A hospitality room and sampled some of (Mike Ragsdale’s) 30A wine. Mike has been a great supporter of Huck & Lilly, plugging us on 30A social media and having us for an interview and performances with Cory Davis from 30A Radio.”


Alas, the Johnsons had to call it a night since they were due to film I Love Kellie Pickler the very next day. The new season debuts in August. * DVR alert *

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