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For Carrie Underwood, there's no place like home
Dorothy Gale learned in “The Wizard of Oz” that there's no place like home.
As she brings her “Blown Away” headlining tour to her native state for the second time this fall, Carrie Underwood undoubtedly would agree.
“There's more people in the audience that I know, and there's a certain level of ownership that I have and that the crowd has because I'm the hometown girl,” Underwood said in a phone interview earlier this autumn.
The day before Thanksgiving, the Checotah native will bring her latest stage spectacle to Tulsa's BOK Center. “The Blown Away Tour” is supporting her new album of the same name, which already boasts two chart-topping hits, a dramatic third single climbing the charts and the sentimental ode “Thank God for Hometowns.”
It may sound like a cliche, but when it came to devising her “Blown Away Tour,” the country music superstar, 29, and her team wanted to live up to the name of her fourth album and its title track.
“No pressure other than we just always want to keep moving forward and outdo the last one. You always wanna come up with new ideas and have it look different and feel different than anything you've ever done before,” said Underwood, who brought her third headlining tour to Oklahoma City last month.
The singer-songwriter has taken a similar wide-open approach to crafting all her albums. With her three previous albums — 2005's “Some Hearts,” 2007's “Carnival Ride,” and 2009's “Play On” — Underwood has sold more than 15 million albums, making her the best-selling “American Idol” in the United States.
“I can mark my life by my albums and by my tours because they all feel different. It's not just kind of running over the same thing again and again,” she said.
“You let the songs write themselves; you know, when you come into a writing session having like no preconceived ideas of what you're gonna write for the day, you could write a love song, you could write kind of an adventurous type song (or) something really dramatic. You just don't know. And I love that.”
Although she co-wrote eight of the 14 songs on her latest album, including the singles “Good Girl” and “Two Black Cadillacs,” Underwood chose “Blown Away,” penned by “Before He Cheats” scribes Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins, as the title track.
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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.”