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Carrie Underwood thanks Oklahoma for her musical success

BY GEORGE LANG Modified: September 18, 2009 at 8:37 pm •  Published: September 18, 2009
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r upcoming disc, "Play On,” will be released Nov. 3, led by the single "Cowboy Casanova.”

Underwood said she had an opportunity to write more for "Play On” than she did for her previous discs, "Carnival Ride” and "Some Hearts.”

"I feel like I’m a lot more comfortable with myself as a writer,” Underwood said.

"That just happens — the more you do it, the easier it gets, I suppose. So I branched out and wrote with a lot of people that I’d never met before — people who weren’t even necessarily involved in country music.”

Among those collaborators was Zac Maloy, former lead singer of Oklahoma City band The Nixons.

"I had to be a fan,” Underwood said.

"I said, ‘I saw you when I was in high school.’ So it was a lot of fun for me to write with him.”

Frisco, a member of the hall of fame’s board who has shared stages with Eric Clapton and played with Flash Terry and the Gene Cross band, said his induction was a total surprise.

"Well I’m blown away — I never expected this. I’ve had a lot of lucky moments playing music with really important people in important places, but this takes the cake,” he said.

Underwood emphasized the high quality of performers inducted into the hall of fame this year and in past years, including Toby Keith, Vince Gill and The All-American Rejects, and she said it was emblematic of the unusual level of talent found in the state.

"It makes me feel good to join a long line of musicians from Oklahoma,” Underwood said. "We have it in spades. People always ask me, ‘What’s in the water down there?’”