While American Idol has splintered and fractured in decline over the last few seasons due mostly to a revolving door of judges and mediocre talent, season four winner Carrie Underwood has spiraled upward into her position as one of our generations most beloved and honored musical citizens. Eight years after winning, Underwood is about to celebrate her fifth year as a member of The Grand Ole Opry, and the list of awards and industry honors she has earned so far is simply astounding.
During Underwood’s Milwaukee Blown Away Tour concert last Friday night May 3, she displayed her ability to transcend her country music genre while still maintaining her roots. While not as dramatic a departure from country as Taylor Swift, who currently has both feet planted squarely outside the circle of country music with “Red,” Underwood maintains one foot in and one foot out with songs such as “Good Girl,” the song Carrie picked to open up the concert, and “Flat On The Floor” which helped to round out the end of the show. Both songs earned Carrie fervent cheers from the amped up crowd and served their purpose as energizing moments in a nearly flawless stage show.
The bulk of Underwood’s performance took place on the end stage at The Bradley Center, but four songs featured Carrie and three of her band members floating above the crowd. Most notably the stripped down versions of “Get Out Of This Town” and “All-American Girl” played out well. Carrie was able to engage her fans up close and give the back of the venue a chance to feel like they had the best seats in the house for a few minutes. Numerous artists are trying this tactic for their arena shows, most notably Taylor Swift, in an attempt to make everyone feel like they’re more engaged with the show and artist directly. Pit tickets and special access areas near the stage are also becoming more common, and while the tickets carry a heavier price they also offer an unforgettable experience.
There was an ebb and flow to the night musically that felt very organic, with Underwood’s powerful and evocative voice leading the way. Soft ballads like “Temporary Home” and the stunning “I Know You Won’t” found room to breathe alongside “Last Name” and the show stopping and visually mesmerizing “Blown Away” with a convincing congruence that is a testament to the brilliance of Underwood’s vocal talent and engaging stage show.
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Carrie Underwood setlist – Friday May 3rd, 2013 Milwaukee, WI:
Good Girl, Undo It, Wasted, I Told You So, Two Black Cadillacs, Last Name, Temporary Home, Jesus Take The Wheel, Cowboy Casanova, Get Out Of This Town, Nobody Ever Told You, All-American Girl, One Way Ticket, Leave Love Alone (with Hunter Hayes), Remind Me, Cupid’s Got a Shotgun, Flat on the Floor, Before He Cheats
I Know You Won’t, Blown Away