Jessica Simpson, Ken Paves

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Expect to see a little southern comfort to grace the cover of Jessica Simpson's new country album.

No, not the booze.

Sources tell E! News she'll likely be dressed in a cowboy hat and boots for the CD cover.

"This is her first country album, and she wanted to send home the message that despite her previous pop stuff, she's just a country girl at heart," the pal says.

Jessica posed for pics in Nashville on Monday in a cover shoot that included lots of cowgirl shots (in jeans and cutoffs), as well as glam-girl pics, according to our insider.

"They wanted a mix of stuff to choose from," says the insider. "But she is pushing for the simple country cowgirl-type thing."

Jessica's mom, Tina, was on set, but the men in her life (daddy Joe and beau Tony) were both absent. And that's a good thing, says Jessica's pal.

"She's got enough pressure on her," her friend says. "She doesn't need the men all tense around her. She's got so much hope pinned on this country record. She thinks this could reinvent her and finally give her the respect she's never had in the music industry. She simply can't live with Newlyweds as her only lasting legacy."

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