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Monday, August 28, 2006
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Review: Underwood charms, sparkles at Fair

By Victoria Welch
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ESSEX -- Carrie Underwood is a puzzlement.

The 22-year-old singer has only one album of material to her name, but she headlines a national tour. She can play guitar, but tends to keep the instrument packed away backstage. Her merchandise items include a $20 stuffed animal wearing a Carrie Underwood T-shirt. She's a hybrid country star -- a poppy, tune-croonin', blue-jeans gal who channels Faith Hill, but covers Guns 'N Roses. Mainstream enough for the youngters, country enough for the older crowd.

Most of all, she's an American Idol that shies away from referencing the show -- and is actually pretty gosh darn good.

Underwood swung by the Champlain Valley Fair on Sunday night, joined by brand new tourmate Andy Griggs. Equipped with a seven-piece band and rock-star stage show, Underwood's plucky charm worked its magic on the enthusiastic crowd. Banter about fair food and fried candy bars peppered the space between songs about Jesus and two-timing; Underwood informed the crowd that they had managed to catch her at her goofiest as she laughed and tried to keep warm in the slight August chill.

"It's cold and the best way to beat the cold is to dance," she said. "The only problem is that I'm not very good at it. But I'll do it anyway." More...


REVIEW: Detroit

Chesney, friends pull off stadium show

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By Doug Pullen

DETROIT - "We love playing here," Kenny Chesney said near the end of his revved-up Ford Field show Saturday night. I don't think he was just saying that.

The two-time Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year has been selling out arena dates in Detroit for the last few years, but he'd never attempted anything here as big as a stadium show before. Like everything else tried by the 38-year-old Tennesseean, it paid off with a sellout crowd of nearly 45,000 and a six-act, 61/2-hour spectacle. The event deftly showcased country's heir apparent to Garth Brooks and an emerging new guard, including Gretchen Wilson, the night's most pleasant surprise, and last year's "American Idol" winner, Carrie Underwood, the genre's most scrutinized new face.

The awesome scale of the show - at the level to which rock fans are accustomed - was not lost on the artists.

Opener Jake Owen said it was his first time performing in a stadium, and Underwood had a little difficulty working the 60-foot wide span. "We've got a big stage here; kinda gets me out of breath here trying to run across it," said the rail-thin singer.

"This has got to be the biggest building I've played in my life," marveled Dierks Bentley, who added later, "This isn't a concert. This is an event."

That summed it up. With tickets selling for $65 and $81, Chesney and his handlers seemed intent on giving a lot of bang for the buck.

Owen set the tone with a short but spirited performance that got a big cheer for the Saginaw reference in his debut hit, "Yee Haw." Blaine Larsen followed, his tradition-drenched country going over better than the jersey of new Detroit Lions quarterback Jon Kitna he donned late in his set.

Underwood had the richest voice of the night...

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LW: Aug 14 - Aug 20
TW: Aug 21 - Aug 27
Updated: Mon Aug 28 1:01 PM PST
Rank Mediabase Sortable Stats™ - Click any Blue Header Spins Aud.
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lw TW   Artist Title TW lw Move
1 1 WRECKERS Leave The Pieces 4872 4791 81 41.889
3 2 STEVE HOLY Brand New Girlfriend 4520 4348 172 37.960
2 3   RODNEY ATKINS If You're Going Thro... 4353 4523 -170 38.769
5 4 GEORGE STRAIT Give It Away 4287 3783 504 36.622
4 5 LITTLE BIG TOWN Bring It On Home 4267 4233 34 34.890
6 6 FAITH HILL Sunshine & Summertim... 3810 3421 389 32.306
7 7 BROOKS & DUNN Building Bridges 3766 3446 320 31.446
8 8 JOSH TURNER Would You Go With Me 3599 3395 204 30.040
10 9 PAT GREEN Feels Just Like It S... 2686 2573 113 23.106
12 10 DIERKS BENTLEY Every Mile A Memory 2866 2681 185 23.096

14 11 HEARTLAND I Loved Her First 2563 2104 459 22.682
11 12 BILLY CURRINGTON Why, Why, Why 2779 2776 3 22.270
22 13 KEITH URBAN Once In A Lifetime 2198 1486 712 20.932
17 14 DANIELLE PECK Findin' A Good Man 2317 2266 51 16.912
16 15   BIG & RICH 8th Of November 2079 2092 -13 16.665
19 16 ALAN JACKSON Like Red On A Rose 2172 1966 206 16.597
21 17 SUGARLAND Want To 2047 1623 424 16.941
18 18   TRACE ADKINS Swing 2114 2215 -101 15.665
27 19 KENNY CHESNEY You Save Me 1940 1353 587 16.658
20 20 LONESTAR Mountains 1867 1768 99 14.124

23 21 BLAINE LARSEN I Don't Know What Sh... 1742 1691 51 13.215
24 22 MONTGOMERY GENTRY Some People Change 1602 1522 80 12.020
26 23 JACK INGRAM Love You 1493 1422 71 11.791
29 24 CARRIE UNDERWOOD Before He Cheats 1560 958 602 13.053
28 25 RASCAL FLATTS Life Is A Highway 1536 1411 125 14.214

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Survey Says: Pink Floyd's 'Comfortably Numb' Is Greatest Guitar Riff

Pink FloydPink Floyd track "Comfortably Numb" has topped a poll of the world's greatest guitar riffs. The song beat off competition from Guns N' Roses hit "Sweet Child O' Mine" and Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Freebird," in second and third place respectively.

The chart was conducted by U.K. digital music channel Planet Rock in honor of a return to guitar-based rock - with sales of the instrument in the country rocketing to a staggering $189 million.

The top five guitar riffs are as follows:

1. Pink Floyd, Comfortably Numb
2.
Guns N' Roses, Sweet Child O' Mine
3.
Lynyrd Skynyrd, Freebird
4.
Van Halen, Eruption
5.
Guns N' Roses, November Rain

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Saturday, August 26, 2006
This Weekend in Carrieworld

Here are pics and some commentary from our Carrie-palooza 3-
concert road trip from earlier this month.

Excerpt from my review of Carrie-palooza road trip: Day Two...

Our first mission was to find the KJUG radio booth near Jimmy's Watering Hole.
They were giving away tickets and meet and greet passes.  A KJUG temp
tattoo on the cheek made for 2 entries for the contest and I couldn't resist. I
also wanted to make it a point to say hi to DJ Pepper Daniels because he gave
me such wonderful info to share with everyone about the contest. Everyone
was very nice. 

Then, lo and behold, some of Carrie's band walks by. We were able to say
hello, take some cool pics with everyone and I got to meet Ed for the first
time. He is one cool dude!

Ashley Clark, Mark Childers, cu1fan, Rich (me), Ed Eason, Amy (Queen of Carrie merchandise).

I told Ed how I love all of Carrie's music, but how Sweet Child O' Mine always is
a crowd pleaser and really just blows people's minds. He agreed and said he
likes the reviews they get. Who knows, maybe he'll read this review. Well, that
would be fun if he did. "Hi, Ed!" lol.

Ashley, Mark C., Me, Ed, Amy, and Sharkbait.

Cherie Bebout (Carrie's backup singer) and some guy named Rich (inexplicably doing an impression of Quasimodo).

We went to get our goodies from the car and rushed back to make sure we
didn't miss the ticket giveaway. Winning was not in the cards today, but it
sure was fun to play along. Time seemed to have slipped away as it was now
getting closer to showtime. We made our way into the grandstand area and
the place was huge! We passed out some glow sticks and I went up to the
front of the venue to hand out the "Carrie, We Love You" hand fans we had
assembled the night before. Opening the night's musical event was Phil Vassar.

Let me tell you, this guy is goooood! So much personality and he just connects
with the audience. I was very impressed. Since I'm writing this almost 4 weeks
after the fact, I won't even attempt to remember what songs he performed,
but it was very enjoyable.

He brought some girls on stage and they finished the set with him at the piano. I'm sure
sharkie would've liked to be up there, too. She met Phil a few months ago, so she was
well aware of his skills. And then…the moment we had all waited so patiently for…

Well, not just yet. Hold your horses! There was a break while everyone set up for Carrie.
I meandered around looking for trouble. Um, I mean saying hello to people. About 30
minutes later and (yes, now you can cheer!) Miss Carrie Marie Underwood entered the
picture with those familiar drum beats of We're Young And Beautiful.

I've gotta tell you, the excitement was overflowing as Carrie seemed to be even more of an
entertainer to go along with her now world-famous vocals. Carrie brought the house down with
Sweet Child O' Mine. We held up some signs we had made, about a dozen or so.

Praise for Carrie, for the band, for, well, just about everyone. Jesus, Take The Wheel is a huge
crowd pleaser as we all waved our glow sticks for Carrie and the band.

One thing that stands out in my mind is how appreciative Carrie was of her fans, as she thanked
everyone repeatedly for putting her where she is. You could tell how much these sentiments
were heartfelt from Carrie. After the encore of I Ain't In Checotah Anymore, we were
left wanting more. But, no problem! There were two more Carrie concerts coming up!

A security guard confirmed that Carrie would be signing at the merchandise booth. So, we made
our way to the line and there must've been only about 50 people in front of us. It seemed like
we were closer to the front than when we were in San Diego. But, who really knows. I was in a
semi-euphoric state (yes, y'all know how excited I get when it seems like we're gonna meet Carrie). 
And then, the moment we've all been waiting for, yes, THAT MOMENT! I walked up to what I'll call
the "on-deck circle" and asked Keith if he wanted to take the now-infamous bag of goodies for Carrie.
He said I should just give it to her myself. No problem! So, up I strolled (or something
approximating a stroll) and handed the bag in Carrie's direction. I say "in Carrie's direction"
because, as is typical with my overtaxed brain cells, when I'm in Carrie's presence, everything
above the neck seems to shut down. Well, fortunately not everything.

Carrie with that guy named Rich who keeps getting in these pictures.

I told Carrie that CarrieNEWS had held a contest and quite a few members wrote some essays
about how her music gives everyone so much happiness. I also mentioned that the book of
essays may be something her and her mom may enjoy reading together. Again, I don't
recall her exact response because, as I mentioned, all of my brain cells are focused on
outbound verbiage and nothing is left for retaining any input. There was heart and lung activity
(at least I'm assuming), but I can't tell you what she said. She seemed to be pleased,
let's put it that way.



Carrie and Sharkbait.

After I scampered away, in the most dignified of ways, I began to regain my presence of mind
enough to be able to discreetly celebrate another wonderful Carrie encounter. I was so happy
to be able to finally give Carrie the essay book that so many of you contributed to. There
were also pictures of our contest winners. Thank you so much to everyone who contributed
your essays to this project. I'm sure Carrie and her family will love them! Could I feel any more
spoiled with 2 more nights of Carrie awaiting? What will happen next? Well, we'll have to wait
and see. To be continued….

Read my full review at CarrieFORUMS.


Pics from Thursday's Carrie concert in Cleveland...






Photos: Rockmysox124

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Pics from July's Carrie concert in Great Falls, Montana...



(l -r) Matt Desch (Bear Promotions Manager), Carrie Underwood,
Holly Desch and their son Ethan.







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Friday, August 25, 2006
TGIF

New batch of Kenny Chesney tickets released

A batch of lower-level seats has been released for Kenny Chesney’s concert at Ford Field on Saturday.

Tickets are available through Ticketmaster’s Web site (
www.ticketmaster.com) or phone charge line: 248-645-6666.

Seats are $68.50 and $81 for the 4:30 p.m. concert, which also features country performers Gretchen Wilson, Dierks Bentley, Carrie Underwood, Blaine Larsen and Jake Owen.

Source: Detroit Free Press


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NEW MUSIC ON 3C!

Carrie Underwood, "Before He Cheats"- A completely different
direction for Carrie, no more ballads for this girl! Her voice has
grit and a blues style edge that makes her sound like she really
means the destructive things she is talking about. After hearing
this song, the furthest thing from your mind would be cheating on
her! That's why it's this week's 3C Hitbound Sound!

AUDIO: Listen to continuous cool country on the live stream from The U.K.

Tonight is the 40th week of Listening Parties here at CarrieNEWS and you're
invited! I thought it would be nice to celebrate, but with a twist. Tonight's party leads
off with the live stream from 3C of The U.K. More details at CarrieFORUMS.
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Thursday, August 24, 2006
Carrie Pics n Stuff Like That

AUDIO: WGAR's Chuck Collier interviewed Carrie last Friday, Aug. 18th - Listen here 


It's Carrie Underwood vs. Carrie Underwood on Friday's edition of CMT
Power Picks. Voting is in progress right now and all night. Of course Carrie will win,
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Life after `Idol'

Performing whirl has young singer Carrie Underwood learning as she goes
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Thursday, August 24, 2006
By Doug Pullen

It may seem odd for "American Idol" alumna Carrie Underwood to think of herself as a student.

She graduated magna cum laude from Northeastern State University in her native Oklahoma last June. The 2005 "Idol" champ's debut album, "Some Hearts," has sold more than 3 million copies since it came out last fall.

Underwood has toured with some of country's biggest names, done myriad interviews, made numerous TV appearances and is fast becoming the go-to girl to sing the national anthem at major sporting events, including last year's NBA Finals at The Palace of Auburn Hills, an NFL playoff game and this summer's Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

So what's to learn?

How about how to go from "Idol" to star?

"It's a total learning process. I was thrown into everything so quickly. I'm picking it up as I go along," says the 23-year-old singer from the small town of Checotah, Okla. She made one of her first post-"Idol" concert appearances last December at a Hurricane Katrina benefit with her idol, Martina McBride, and LeAnn Rimes at The Palace.

It's gone pretty well for the pert performer with the crystal-clear voice whom notoriously tough "Idol" judge Simon Cowell praised as having the "it factor." Since winning the vastly popular TV talent show 15 months ago, Underwood has seen her singles "Inside Your Heaven," "Jesus, Take the Wheel," "Some Hearts" and "Don't Forget About Me" variously scale the country and pop charts, with new release "Before He Cheats" on its way up.

Her debut album sold 315,000 copies in its first week, making it the best-selling country debut since 1991. It has gone on to sell nearly 3.5 million copies. Underwood has won Country Music Association, Academy of Country Music and Dove Awards, signed endorsements to pitch everything from Hershey's chocolate products to Skechers footwear, and is one of the newest celebrities to sport a "Got Milk?" mustache for the International Dairy Foods Association.

Heck, she even was 2005's Oklahoman of the Year.

And to think she graduated from high school only five years ago.

Carrie Marie Underwood admits her vision of what this would be like is different from the reality she's experiencing.

"You honestly think things will be all glamorous and you sleep until 3 every day and get up and sing, but it's a lot more crazy than I would have thought, but in a totally good way," she said from a tour stop in Lewisburg, W.Va. "You have all these ideas of what will happen, what stardom will be like, but it turns out better in some cases." More...

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ENCORE VIDEO:
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"She just came out of her skin, she was just really
great and confident and took it big."

- Ann Wilson of Heart talking about Carrie


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 ENCORE VIDEO: Carrie talks about performing "Alone" on DRL


For those in the L.A. area, tune in to this morning's broadcast of the KTLA Morning Show on channel 5.
Ex-KZLA Morning Show personality, Peter Tilden will be the guest in the 9am block. For those who missed the interview, Kevin at CountryBoards.com has posted the transcript here.


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If you missed the concert broadcast the first time around, be sure to check out these
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Watch Carrie rock New York's Bryant Park.

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Konami Signs Simon Cowell And Randy Jackson For 'Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol'

Simon CowellKonami Digital Entertainment, Inc., caught up with American Idol's famous judges Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson to get their comments about the upcoming video game Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system. Gamers will not only come face-to-face with Cowell and Jackson as they rate performances and provide feedback, but Konami's groundbreaking artificial intelligence (AI) inside the game will also enable them to critique specific parts of any performance, a first in the award-winning video game's history.

"Over the years American Idol has produced some amazingly talented singers, but let's be honest most of the people who turn up for the auditions are useless," said Simon Cowell. "For anyone who wants to know what it's like to audition in front of me, now you're about to find out. This game is a great representation of American Idol."

"The number one show on television and the top karaoke video game around – wow, this is going to be big time!" said Randy Jackson. "It's amazing what Konami has accomplished in making this game look and feel like the TV show." More...


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Wednesday, August 23, 2006
KZLA: In Memoriam

The last banner at Country 93.9 KZLA.com, before the format flip

On August 1st, Katie, Jen, Sharkie, and I were fortunate to be able to visit the studios of KZLA, in Burbank, and meet Vicki Pepper (for the first time), Shawn Parr, and Whitney Allen. Here are some cool pics of our visit which was a wonderful way to start off our 3-concert Carrie-palooza road trip.

KZLA Bumpersticker

Excerpts from my Carrie-palooza review, day 1...

After making our way past NBC Burbank, where we had seen Carrie on The Tonight Show, 9 months earlier, we arrived at the KZLA studios. We said hello to the receptionist and after a short wait, we were greeted by the effervescent and very pretty, Vicki Pepper. She's the Programming Assistant and is someone I've been in contact with for several months, but had not yet met. What a delight! After our introductions, she escorted us into the non-public areas and we saw a lot of cool studios where a couple of producers were working on mixing stuff, and then out pops Shawn Parr! He's the mid-day personality and also hosts the 8 o'clock block and is host of the Top 20 Countdown on Sunday mornings. We all took pictures, but I'll leave the pictures of Sharkie and Katie to tell the story better than my little camera can.



Katie, Shawn, Jen, Me, Vicki

We bid farewell to Shawn and got to take a peek into the office of Peter Tilden, the host of the morning show, which Ashley Paige co-hosts with him.

 Peter and Ashley

We got to take a peek into the back-up studio which we heard was used recently. There's always a little something like a snafu when you least expect it, huh? We passed by many, many records and awards on the walls. Very impressive! We happened to get there just when Whitney Allen was starting her show and, tada, this was the place. The main studio and Whitney was standing and doing her announcing. I was surprised that many DJs stand while broadcasting. Hmmm. Something about energy and projecting the voice. Very interesting! For those of you who don't know who Whitney is, she's just the evening drive DJ for "America's Most Listened To Country Station." Plus she hosts a couple of syndicated shows: The Big Time Saturday Night and America's Hot List. Plus, she's just a darn nice person. 



Vicki, Jen, Me, Whitney, Katie

Whitney came out from the studio to say hello and we got to take some pictures with her. We spoke with Vicki some more while Whitney went back in the studio and then Whitney came out to show us her tattoo. 

Whit and Sharkie

Whit had to get back to work so Vicki took us in search of more tour goodies. I asked Vicki about syndication and we spoke ever-so-briefly about companies such as Westwood One.

One of many awards lining the halls of KZLA, this one from SHeDaisy

Everyone was so nice and Vicki even gave us all KZLA caps and cup cozies. We said our goodbyes and I know I'm not the only one who felt very fortunate to be able to see the inner workings of our favorite radio station. It looks like a really fun place to work. We decided to act like tourists in our own backyard as we all mugged for the camera in front of the KZLA logo in front of the building. What a wonderful day to start off our Carrie-palooza road trip!

As we now know, a mere 16 days later, Emmis Communications would flip the format from country music (KZLA's format for 26 years) to "Rhythmic AC" and would go by the name of "Movin' 93.9." This would turn out to be our first and last visit to our friends at Country 93.9 KZLA. So, it is somewhat bittersweet for me to present this here. But, it was a wonderful year for me. If I had not tuned in to American Idol for the first time last year, I would have never met Carrie. If I had never met Carrie, I would, most likely, never have become a huge fan of country music. So, to have been able to meet such wonderful people at KZLA is really something for which I'm truly blessed. They were and are the nicest people. Vicki and Kevin (the station's webmaster) appear to be the only employees who have been retained for the new operation.

Many of us listeners in Los Angeles are deeply saddened for this loss to our airwaves and are working hard via a petition and letter-writing campaign to help shed light on the urgent need for country radio in our major cities, in this case Los Angeles. Artists, fans, record labels, and radio all benefit from this wonderful art form: country music. Sure, there are some reasonable alternatives if one is only looking for the music itself. But, what KZLA and it's on-air personalities brought to all of us is a local community and a family through which we shared our love of country music. This is something we want to recapture and country radio is a wonderful addition to our lives. I understand the ACM and the CMA are working diligently through their board members to find a solution to this void, so this is also something that is a positive note.

To Peter Tilden, Ashley Paige, Shawn Parr, Whitney Allen, Brian Douglas, Blair Garner, Buzz Brainard, Paul Freeman, Larry Santiago, Justin Michaels, Vicki Pepper, Tonya Campos, RJ Curtis, and anyone at Country KZLA who I may have left out, a huge thank you so much for giving all of us so much listening pleasure. We miss you!

Whitney Allen can still be heard on numerous stations on her awesome show The Big Time Saturday Night and America's Hot List. Blair Garner is also going strong with his After Midnite show, now in it's 13th year. I understand Peter Tilden is looking into syndicating his show called "Hollyville." We're still looking forward to many years of listening to these fantastic on-air personalities. This isn't the end, it's just the beginning! Feel free to sign our petition here and visit Country Boards.com and Country Fanlink.org to stay up-to-date on our blossoming projects to help bring back Country in the City. To our friends at KZLA, we'll be right here ready to celebrate the return of country radio in L.A! More pics at CarrieFORUMS.


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Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Heeere's Amy...aaand Gordie...

This is the first of many stories on people who are connected to Carrieworld in some way.

Heeere's Amy...

Some of us have been very fortunate to make the acquaintance of Amy, the lovely
merchandiser, who will be at most of the Carrie concerts this year. Here are a couple of
pics to help introduce Amy to everyone who hasn't met her yet.



That's Amy above on the right. This picture was taken at the Ironstone Vineyards concert.

Carrie's band and others at the Mid State Fair concert. Ashley Clark, Mark Childers, Me,
Ed Eason, Amy, Sharkie.

So, this is Amy! If you see her selling all those t-shirts and other fun Carrie stuff, buy tons
of stuff! There's the black Carrie shirt, the white Carrie shirt, the pink hat, the celphone
strap, the plush doggie, the keychain, the Carrie pic, and the concert photobook, which I
think is a work of art! Amy is usually pretty busy with her Carrie goodie sales, but be sure
and give her a big hello from CarrieNEWS!

- Rich


WGAR Cleveland

Beginning Monday August 21st, countdown to the front row with Mantel and Michelle!

Listen at 7:10a for the time you’ll hear the Carrie Underwood Double Play of the Day and you could be at the show courtesy of Arista Nashville and part of a private sound check party where you’ll meet Carrie on Thursday!  

Mon 8/21-3p
Tue 8/22-11a
Wed 8/23-4p
Thur 8/24-8a


 

Profile of Gordie Sampson

Hits/Cuts/Chart Action: "Jesus, Take The Wheel," Carrie Underwood; "My Name," George Canyon; "Paris," Faith Hill; "The Hard Way," Keith Urban; "This Life," LeAnn Rimes

The following is an excerpt of an interview from Music Row Magazine


Gordie recalls his first trip to Nashville: "I want to say I was 26, something like that. I hooked up with some Canadians in town—Ralph Murphy and Tinti Moffatt were two important ones. I slept on their floors and they introduced me to people and guided me through the choices that you make when you're eager and starving. I'm forever indebted to them for that. The more time I spent in Nashville the easier it got, the more doors became unlocked. It just really feels like home there now."

His first Universal Canada album was released at about the time of that first Nashville visit. "I had singles in Canada that were doing really well and was getting video play on MuchMoreMusic up here, our version of MTV2. Sort of a triple-A video station."

But two albums' worth of respected material, despite generous Canadian airplay, hardly prepared Gordie for what would happen when "Jesus, Take The Wheel" became hitched to the meteoric rise of a certain American Idol
winner. "I got way more press out of writing a song for Carrie Underwood than I ever did for anything I did as an artist," he's quick to admit. "The cool thing is that I'll do a show as an artist and draw some people as a result of riding on Carrie's wave. It's very strange 'cause people will ask me to sing the song and I can't sing it! There's a bit of sorting out involved in maintaining the two paths."

From his earliest Nashville days Gordie has enjoyed the benefits of co-writing. "I confess to being a born co-writer. I really enjoy the process. One of the coolest things I learned in Nashville was being able to surrender your trust to the other person. When you're trying to hack out a line you learn a lot by saying to yourself, 'OK, even though I don't agree with him I'm gonna trust my co-writer on this.' That's happened for me a couple of times on songs that got cut, where I look back and go, 'Oh my God, If I'd have gone with my own feeling it wouldn't have been as good!'

Read more about Gordie Sampson at Musicrow.com


Just released today...

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More pics from last weekend's Carrie concert in Louisville...





Photos: Carrie Underwood Fanspace


CHART DATE: 08/21/2006
LAST UPDATE: 08/22/2006 14:06:32
NOW IN: FINAL
LW TW artist / album label power index % change
-- 1 CHRISTINA AGUILERA RCA/RMG 355,598 --
BACK TO BASICS
-- 2 LYFE JENNINGS SONY URBAN/COLUMBIA/CRG 136,520 --
THE PHOENIX
-- 3 TRACE ADKINS CAPITOL NASHVILLE 106,957 --
DANGEROUS MAN
-- 4 CHERISH SHO'NUFF/CAPITOL 91,051 --
UNAPPRECIATED
-- 5 CHEETAH GIRLS 2 WALT DISNEY RECORDS 80,044 --
SOUNDTRACK
3 6 NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL MUSIC V22 SONY MUSIC GROUP 79,016 -23%
VARIOUS
-- 7 OBIE TRICE SHADY/INTERSCOPE 76,679 --
SECOND ROUND'S ON ME
1 8 RICK ROSS DEF JAM/IDJMG 75,881 -61%
PORT OF MIAMI
5 9 STEP UP LAFACE/ZLG 70,470 +12%
SOUNDTRACK
9 10 NICKELBACK ROADRUNNER/IDJMG 52,469 +15%
ALL THE RIGHT REASONS
7 11 GNARLS BARKLEY DOWNTOWN/ATLANTIC ATL G 50,282 -8%
ST. ELSEWHERE
2 12 BREAKING BENJAMIN HOLLYWOOD 50,208 -62%
PHOBIA
11 13 RASCAL FLATTS LYRIC STREET 39,513 -5%
ME AND MY GANG
4 14 CASSIE BAD BOY/ATLANTIC/ATL G 38,618 -62%
CASSIE
15 15 PUSSYCAT DOLLS A&M/INTERSCOPE 38,569 0%
PCD
12 16 HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL WALT DISNEY RECORDS 38,155 -4%
SOUNDTRACK
26 17 JOSH TURNER MCA NASHVILLE 37,430 +30%
YOUR MAN
6 18 KIDZ BOP KIDS 10 RAZOR & TIE 36,722 -34%
VARIOUS
22 19 HINDER UNIVERSAL REPUBLIC 35,452 +14%
EXTREME BEHAVIOR
17 20 YUNG JOC BAD BOY/ATLANTIC/ATL G 34,945 -7%
NEW JOC CITY
20 21 RIHANNA DEF JAM/IDJMG 34,332 0%
A GIRL LIKE ME
13 22 LETOYA CAPITOL 32,015 -19%
LETOYA
21 23 PANIC! AT THE DISCO FUELD BY RAMEN/WMG 31,091 -6%
A FEVER YOU CAN'T SWEAT OUT
18 24 TOM PETTY AMERICAN/WARNER BROS. 30,727 -15%
HIGHWAY COMPANION
10 25 DMX SONY URBAN/COLUMBIA/CRG 30,626 -30%
YEAR OF THE DOG...AGAIN
24 26 PHARRELL STAR TRAK/INTERSCOPE 28,903 -5%
IN MY MIND
25 27 RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS WARNER BROS. 28,841 -4%
STADIUM ARCADIUM
16 28 STONE SOUR ROADRUNNER/IDJ 28,124 -26%
COME WHAT(EVER) MAY
23 29 NELLY FURTADO GEFFEN 27,287 -12%
LOOSE
27 30 THE FRAY EPIC 26,836 0%
HOW TO SAVE A LIFE
34 31 CORINNE BAILEY RAE CAPITOL 26,599 +18%
CORINNE BAILEY RAE
28 32 NE-YO DEF JAM/IDJMG 25,813 -2%
IN MY OWN WORDS
31 33 CARRIE UNDERWOOD ARISTA/RMG 24,684 -1%
SOME HEARTS
30 34 DIXIE CHICKS OPEN WIDE/MONUMENT/COL 23,028 -8%
TAKING THE LONG WAY
33 35 TIM MCGRAW CURB 22,438 -3%
GREATEST HITS VOL.2
36 36 RODNEY ATKINS CURB 21,168 -3%
IF YOU'RE GOING THROUGH HELL
29 37 INDIA.ARIE UNIVERSAL MOTOWN 21,099 -18%
TESTIMONY: VOL.1, LIFE & REL...
37 38 AFI INTERSCOPE 21,049 -2%
DECEMBERUNDERGROUND
32 39 FIVE FOR FIGHTING AWARE/COLUMBIA/CRG 20,073 -19%
TWO LIGHTS
39 40 WRECKERS MAVERICK/WARNER BROS. 20,027 +5%
STAND STILL, LOOK PRETTY
38 41 BLUE OCTOBER UNIVERSAL MOTOWN 19,893 +4%
FOILED
19 42 STEVE HOLY CURB 18,856 -47%
BRAND NEW GIRLFRIEND
-- 43 SNAKES ON A PLANE NEW LINE 18,442 --
SOUNDTRACK
8 44 SLAYER WARNER BROS. 17,702 -66%
CHRIST ILLUSION
-- 45 K.T. TUNSTALL VIRGIN 17,451 --
EYE TO THE TELESCOPE
46 46 TOBY KEITH SHOW DOG NASH/UNIVERSAL 16,256 -6%
WHITE TRASH WITH MONEY
48 47 BUSTA RHYMES AFTERMATH/INTERSCOPE 16,183 +3%
THE BIG BANG
-- 48 JAMES BLUNT CUSTARD/ATLANTIC/ATL G 16,135 --
BACK TO BEDLAM
42 49 BUCKCHERRY ELEVEN SEVEN MUSIC 15,899 -12%
15
-- 50 SNOW PATROL A&M/INTERSCOPE 15,728 --
EYES OPEN

Source: Hits Daily Double


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Monday, August 21, 2006
Concert Pics plus an Amazing Review From Illinois!

Carrie Underwood
Arista
When "Jesus Take The Wheel" was making it's momentous run up the charts,
my pastor mentioned Carrie Underwood in one of his sermons, saying that he
loved the song. However in his view, the good lord would rather that we take
the wheel, in fact he said God gives us the keys and we take charge. I'm
pleased that Carrie got the memo. In fact, she not only has the keys, she rips
them into her cheating boyfriend's 'suped-up four-wheel drive' with a
vengeance. And so is the story of, "Before He Cheats," the new single from
our new superstar. Underwood displays a whole new side here, with enough
soul, swagger and spit-fire to make Aretha proud. The pretty school marm
from the church choir just changed into her leather skirt and boots and like a
true chameleon, she looks great in both. In my opinion this is the best single
so far this year, okay maybe the last two years. Impacting everywhere now.

Source: AllAccess


Pics from Saturday's concert in Louisville

 

Carrie Underwood, who won the 2005 American Idol title, said she
never thought in her wildest dreams that she would open a show for
Brad Paisley, below, as she did at Freedom Hall on Saturday.
(By Geoff Oliver Bugbee, Special to The C-J)





Source: The Courier-Journal


The Centennial CD project entitled "Oklahoma Rising" is a two disc CD saluting the artists and
music of Oklahoma.  Carrie and "Inside Your Heaven" will be featured on Volume 2 of the set.
The CD will be available for purchase online at www.oklahomacentennial.com and at 7-11
Stores in the metro area (106 stores).  The retail price is $19.99.  Net proceeds will benefit
Habitat for Humanity in Oklahoma. Click here for a list of those artists who will be featured
on the CD. Stay tuned for the exact date of when this wonderful set will be available.  

Carrie's opening act at Musikfest: Tandem

CCMA Nashville recording artists, Tandem, were Carrie's opening act at Musikfest on August 12th. Tandem tells CarrieNEWS about the experience...

"We had a great time at Musikfest with Carrie. 
She was very kind to our people. We took pics,
swopped tshirts, etc. She sounded great.
We hope that we get the opportunity to open up for
her again down the road."

Tom/Tandem

More pics can be found at TandemSings.com

Photo reprinted with permission.


REVIEW: Illinois State Fair

Underwood's sound vibrant
'American Idol' winner's own songs, covers best heard in live performances

Published Monday, August 21, 2006

The best way to hear Carrie Underwood is the same way that inspired millions of quick-fingered "American Idol" voters to give her the title - as far away from the sterility of a studio as possible.

Underwood's robust voice could cut through titanium, so it still slices through the overproduced clutter on her album, "Some Hearts." But when music sounds embalmed, so can the mood.

Not so Sunday at the Illinois State Fair Grandstand, where the 23-year-old Oklahoma sweetheart brought to her own songs what the crowd of 9,687 already knew from watching her sing chestnuts on TV. She's an unfailingly vibrant performer whose towering talent makes any song work live.

Underwood belted the dickens out of well-performed, full-band ballads - "Starts with Goodbye," "Lessons Learned," "I Just Can't Live A Lie" - but sounded like she was having more fun with the uptempo songs. She gave a seductive sales pitch worth biting on for the familiar call to cut loose on show-opening "We're Young and Beautiful." And although the revenge-seeker of "Before He Cheats" clearly is a character, the lie sold a little stronger on stage.

"American Idol" gurus never would let it happen, but Underwood would be best off in mostly acoustic shows. A stripped-down middle portion scorched the corn off of "Don't Forget To Remember Me" and "AI" signature song, "Inside Your Heaven." Plus, Guns 'n' Roses music rarely could be described as pretty, but she made it happen on a cover of "Patience."

Better yet was a fully rocking, nasty nailing of "Sweet Child O' Mine" - right down to Underwood's vocal "cha" right before guitars kicked in or mimicking Axl Rose's sucking in of air. It easily was one of the song's best-ever cover versions, followed by a dainty "thank you" at its finish.

If Underwood is a bit green at anything, it's stage chatter. Copious amounts of gratitude given out to the audience after each song were 100-percent sincere. But she said "thank you" as many times as Ruben Studdard says "sorry" in his song "Sorry 2004." Nice gesture, but a few times is fine.

Underwood sent her departing cowgirl fans into a dancing frenzy with "Some Hearts" before returning with an encore, "I Ain't in Checotah Anymore." What seemed at the start another mopey song about big-city blues was instead a rollicking romp that put Underwood on par with one of her own idols, Martina McBride, and put every other female country arena-filler on notice to watch out.

Last time Phil Vassar opened at the Grandstand, he shook his butt. On Sunday, with a running start, he slid it Dukes-style across his Yamaha piano. As caffeinated as the Jolt Cola on his T-shirt, Vassar's performances of recent hits like "Last Day of My Life" and "The Next Thirty Years" and staples like "American Child" drew more crowd hoots as his set went on. Kudos, too, for a "Saturday Night Live" Buckwheat reference with a "Wookin' Pa Nub" thrown into "I'll Take That As a Yes."

Source: Springfield State Journal Register


CHART DATE: 08/21/2006
LAST UPDATE: 08/21/2006 18:03:16
NOW IN: 40.37%
LW TW artist / album label power index
-- 1 CHRISTINA AGUILERA RCA/RMG 110,412
BACK TO BASICS
-- 2 TRACE ADKINS CAPITOL NASHVILLE 72,207
DANGEROUS MAN
3 3 NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL MUSIC V22 SONY MUSIC GROUP 51,367
VARIOUS
-- 4 CHEETAH GIRLS 2 WALT DISNEY RECORDS 42,386
SOUNDTRACK
-- 5 CHERISH SHO'NUFF/CAPITOL 34,258
UNAPPRECIATED
-- 6 LYFE JENNINGS SONY URBAN/COLUMBIA/CRG 30,759
THE PHOENIX
26 7 JOSH TURNER MCA NASHVILLE 27,225
YOUR MAN
9 8 NICKELBACK ROADRUNNER/IDJMG 23,713
ALL THE RIGHT REASONS
11 9 RASCAL FLATTS LYRIC STREET 21,710
ME AND MY GANG
6 10 KIDZ BOP KIDS 10 RAZOR & TIE 21,443
VARIOUS
15 11 PUSSYCAT DOLLS A&M/INTERSCOPE 17,596
PCD
12 12 HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL WALT DISNEY RECORDS 17,545
SOUNDTRACK
5 13 STEP UP LAFACE/ZLG 15,979
SOUNDTRACK
19 14 STEVE HOLY CURB 15,812
BRAND NEW GIRLFRIEND
31 15 CARRIE UNDERWOOD ARISTA/RMG 15,443
SOME HEARTS
20 16 RIHANNA DEF JAM/IDJMG 14,927
A GIRL LIKE ME
4 17 CASSIE BAD BOY/ATLANTIC/ATL G 14,741
CASSIE
7 18 GNARLS BARKLEY DOWNTOWN/ATLANTIC ATL G 14,269
ST. ELSEWHERE
33 19 TIM MCGRAW CURB 13,882
GREATEST HITS VOL.2
36 20 RODNEY ATKINS CURB 13,420
IF YOU'RE GOING THROUGH HELL
1 21 RICK ROSS DEF JAM/IDJMG 11,877
PORT OF MIAMI
13 22 LETOYA CAPITOL 11,787
LETOYA
2 23 BREAKING BENJAMIN HOLLYWOOD 11,550
PHOBIA
18 24 TOM PETTY AMERICAN/WARNER BROS. 11,239
HIGHWAY COMPANION
22 25 HINDER UNIVERSAL REPUBLIC 11,204
EXTREME BEHAVIOR

Source: Hits Daily Double


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Sunday, August 20, 2006
The Louisville Slugger story continues...

WAMZ On-Air Personality Gator Glass was very nice to provide CarrieNEWS these
great pictures of last night's concert at the Kentucky State Fair. He had a
personalized Louisville Slugger bat made up to give to Carrie Saturday night, with
her name, the song title, and the station's logo on it. That is way too cool!


 

Here's Carrie with Gator's wife Beth, their 2 1/2 year old son Caleb, and Gator with
the LS bat. According to Gator, Carrie really liked her bat. She said she didn't want
to smash anything on stage with the bat because her band wouldn't like it.

Gator says Carrie put on a great performance. 

I was listening to WAMZ quite a bit last night. But, unfortunately, I missed our
shoutout. But, it's all good. A big thank you to Gator Glass for helping all of us get
more of a sense as to what went on yesterday at this special show right there in the
heart of Louisville Slugger country. It looks like everyone had a wonderful time.

Photos: Gator Glass
Evening On-Air Personality 97.5 WAMZ


VIDEO: Carrie talks about her favorite actors, actresses, and her favorite music

 

Tune in tonight to see if Carrie wins her two nominations!

Choice Music - Female Artist

Choice - Breakout Female

2006 Teen Choice Awards airs LIVE August 20th 8PM ET/PT on Fox.


Recommended KZLA alternatives for syndicated programs:

The Big Time Saturday Night w/ Whitney Allen: Saturday 4pm - WGAR Listen Live

After Midnite with Blair Garner (Larry Morgan Sa-Su): Daily 12 midnight - KUSS Listen Live

Bob Kingsley's Country Top 40: Sunday 6pm - KXY Listen Live


 Country radio Taku 105 in Juneau, Alaska, is giving away tickets to
Carrie in concert at the Puyallup Fair on September 18th. Included in the prize
package are roundtrip tickets for 2 on Alaska Airlines and $105 in spending money!
Click here for details.


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Saturday, August 19, 2006
This Weekend in Carrieworld

Welcome to Louisville Slugger Day at CarrieNEWS!

In honor of Carrie's performance at the Kentucky State Fair this evening, CarrieNEWS is naming this day Louisville Slugger Day!

As most of you know, the lyrics of Carrie's new single "Before He Cheats" includes references to Louisville Slugger. A representative of Louisville Slugger tells CarrieNEWS that the company has teamed up with WAMZ-FM to produce and present a bat for Carrie. How cool is that?!


More pics of Carrie from her performance on CBS' The Early Show...

       
       
       
       
       
       


Neighbors raise money to help fire victims

Kjerstin Ramsing/News4 Reporter

LOON LAKE -- A mulit-faceted fundraiser was held on Saturday for the victims of the August 9th Valley Mill Fire. The fire destroyed 10 homes near the town of Valley, Washington.

Neighbors in the Loon Lake community held car washes, yard sales and a spaghetti feed and silent auction to raise money for the uninsured families that lost their homes.

The spaghetti feed at Loon Lake Saloon and Grill drew support from local supporters and national celebrities alike. County Music stars Faith Hill and Carrie Underwood each donated autographed guitars to be auctioned off.

Patricia Sponsel of Loon Lake told News4 that "big names aside, it is a small close knit community that usually helps out the most in times of need".

The Valley Mill fire scorched 300 acres.

Source: KXLY.com News


From a Q and A with Anthony Federov....

Do you still keep in touch with past Idols? If so, who?
*Andrea*

"I keep in touch pretty much with everybody. I talk to Carrie most of the time. We talk quite a bit."

I know you're both huge animal lovers. Did that bring you together?
*Mrs. Jones*

"Actually, no. Carrie and I first bonded because our personalities connected. Carrie – she's a great girl and we started hanging out. The less people that were on the show, the more we just bonded and hung out."

More Q and A at Mrs Jones on Idol


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