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For Carrie Underwood, there's no place like home
Like the album, “Blown Away” has already been certified platinum. The vivid story song also inspired a music video that pays homage to “The Wizard of Oz” while telling the tale of an abused girl who leaves her drunken daddy to the violent winds of fate during an Oklahoma tornado.
“It is very dramatic. You can see everything playing out in your head when you listen to it. She gets a new start but something bad has to happen first. It was just really intriguing to me when I heard it and ... I just loved everything about it. I knew I had to sing that song when I heard it,” she said.
“The ‘Blown Away' video was so dramatic and so wonderful, we actually used a lot of content from that video — stuff that you see in the video and stuff that wasn't in the video — in the show. We want people to be able to ... tie everything together and make it all make sense together. I think it makes it a lot more memorable that way.”
More than seven platinum-selling, chart-topping, Grammy-winning years have whirled by since she won “Idol,” but Underwood said she still gets anxious before she releases a new album or goes out on tour.
“In my head, it's good, but then I start questioning, ‘Oh my gosh, what if it's just good to me? Nobody every thinks they're making a bad album, but then some come out and they're not very good. So where does that leave me and how do I fit into that?' So I just get nervous. I want people to like what I'm doing as much as I love it. And that's a little scary when you think about it,” she said.
While she “ain't in Checotah anymore,” as another of her songs goes, Underwood knows she will see herself when she plays her home state Wednesday.
“I love looking out in the audience and seeing myself in so many of these little girls that are sitting out there screaming and singing along. And I think it's important to be able to get up there and show them that they really can do whatever they want, they can come from a town with 3,500 people and be able to do something really cool.”
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I love looking out in the audience and seeing myself in so many of these little girls that are sitting out there screaming and singing along.”