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



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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