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Carrie Underwood Shines on Louisville Tour Stop

“It feels so good to be back on the road,” singer says of The Storyteller Tour

photo by Steve Jennings/Schmidt Relations

Carrie Underwood launched the biggest tour of her career last week with The Storyteller Tour—Stories in the Round, on which she performs on a stage that spans 150 feet of the arena floor and rotates 360 degrees. The stage both literally and figuratively puts her in the round, sharing the stories behind her songs with fans. The 100-minute concert on Friday (Feb. 5) at KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky., showcased Carrie’s undeniable vocal talent as she belted out energetic hits like “Last Name,” “Undo It” and “Good Girl,” as well as more poignant ballads like her new single, “Heartbeat,” performed several feet off the ground as a disco ball glimmered above her. Also among the downtempo numbers was the moving “Jesus Take the Wheel,” which she says is one of her favorite songs to sing, and the set closer, “Something In the Water,” during which a shower of lasers, blue spotlights and special effects engulfed the stage, giving the visual appearance of being surrounded by water.

“Welcome to the Storyteller Tour,” Carrie said four songs into her set, dressed in a short, form-fitting sequined yellow dress, one of five ensembles that covered her in rhinestones. “It feels so good to be back on the road and back in Louisville tonight! I hope you’re ready to party because I know we are on this stage, so let’s do it!”

Carrie and her band brought much more than a party to Louisville—they created an experience that invited fans into her everyday life as she sang songs by artists who inspired her, including a breathtaking version of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” and a fun-filled cover of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s “Fishin’ in the Dark,” on which she brought out openers Easton Corbin and The Swon Brothers. Later, she displayed never-before-seen photos of her family life with husband Mike Fisher and son Isaiah on the venue’s four video screens while she sat atop a piano and sang the heartfelt “What I Never Knew I Always Wanted.”

Additional highlights included back-to-back performances of the edgy “Dirty Laundry” and the harmonica-driven “Choctaw County Affair,” which she said were a good representation of what she hoped her Storyteller album would get across to listeners. Offering what is undeniably a memorable show, the Storyteller Tour proves why Carrie has been a staple in country music for more than a decade now, with every indication that she will continue to grace stages for years to come.

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