"Idol" Alum Kellie Pickler, Semi Precious Weapons' Justin Tranter Team for Tune

September 3, 2009 5:54 PM ET

Here's something for the "unconventional collaborations" files: American Idol country sweetheart Kellie Pickler has found a new partner in crime in fiercely flamboyant glam rocker Justin Tranter of Semi Precious Weapons. The pair met at New York's Bryant Park last February, hit it off and stayed in touch. "We just clicked instantly, probably because we look like gorgeous blonde twins, both wearing 5-inch heels separated at birth and raised on different planets," Tranter tells RS. "I have the filthiest rock & roll band in New York, and she is a Southern Belle country music princess, but we can just talk for hours like we are the same girl."

Their initial plans involved collaborating on a necklace (Tranter has a jewelry line), writing a song and conducting "a racy photo shoot together wearing nothing but panties and heels for Rolling Stone!" The two have completed two out of the three (uh, thankfully?), and the necklace was up for sale at the merch booth when Taylor Swift's tour swung into New York's Madison Square Garden last week. (Check out photos and a full report from Swift's Fearless show.)

"After the show at Madison Square Garden, we went to a little restaurant and pigged out on French fries, macaroni and cheese and champagne," Pickler says. "We ended up writing a song in the bathroom!" Tranter tells us the tune is called "Black Tears" and is "all about crying while wearing too much makeup. So country, so glam, so rock & roll, so beautiful."

Tranter adds, "Kellie is so much more rock & roll than anyone knows. But I think the world will find out soon."

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