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Carrie Underwood hopes her home-state fans will be 'Blown Away' when she brings her new tour to Oklahoma

The country music superstar and Checotah native is playing Thursday at Oklahoma City's Chesapeake Energy Arena and Nov. 21 at Tulsa's BOK Center.
by Brandy McDonnell Published: October 19, 2012

Both “Blown Away” and its cinematic title track, a vivid story song about an abused girl who leaves her drunken daddy to the swirling winds of fate during an Oklahoma twister, already have been certified platinum. Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins, the songsmiths responsible for Underwood's 2006 smash “Before He Cheats,” penned the single, and director Randee St. Nicholas worked with Underwood to develop a music video that accented the storytelling with “The Wizard of Oz”-inspired flourishes like a pair of ruby-colored boots, a golden-yellow road to a new future and, of course, a tornado fearsome enough to blow a house away.

“When I first heard the song, I knew my album was gonna be titled ‘Blown Away.' It was that instantaneous, like ‘Oh my gosh, this is so perfect. I need this song, I have to sing this song, the album's going to be called “Blown Away.”' And then of course, the tour, we really do, it sounds so cheesy and I've said it a zillion times and other people say it to me, too, but I want to blow people away. I want them to leave saying, ‘Oh my gosh, that was such an amazing experience,'” she said.

Still flying high

The 2005 “American Idol” said her team devised a set piece for the new tour that soars even higher than the flying pickup she rode and sang in during her “Play On Tour.”

“It's such a cool moment. My thing is, I love to get in the back (of the arenas). I love to see everybody because if I had a ticket to a concert, I would most likely be up at the top at the back. We just want to be sure everybody really feels that they get their money's worth and that they leave saying, ‘I thought I had terrible seats, but it turns out I did not.' So we just have fun with it and I feel like I get to have a little moment with pretty much everybody in the entire arena, which is really cool for me,” she said.

She may be an arena headliner instead of a cheap-seats spectator these days, but Underwood still is surprised by some milestones, like when the producers of “Behind the Music” came calling.

“I was like, ‘Are they sure they want to do one over me?' Because my life, you know, it's pretty charmed, and I really haven't been in too many scandals or had near-death experiences or anything like that. But yeah, they were really great. I really liked the way it turned out,” she said.

“I'm just really happy with how everything turned out. I love this album and I think it's my best album to date. And I feel the same way about the tour. I feel like in every way, we've all really stepped it up and made something that's really fun. It's fun for me to go on tour and sing those songs every night. So I look forward to seeing what else is gonna happen.”

by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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