Country superstar Carrie Underwood returned to the Minnesota State Fair in Saint Paul for the second time on Saturday night and there was no doubt the Checotah Oklahoma native is here to stay. Opening for Underwood was Native Run a new duo on country superstar Toby Keith’s Showdog Universal label. Underwood took the stage about a quarter to nine to her multi-platinum hit Blown Away. She was dressed down for a performance show, choosing to wear blue jeans, camouflage jacket, with a black shirt and her near knee high boots. Her blonde hair was down and lightly fluffed and her blue eyes seemed to really shine as she looked lovingly out into the crowd and adored her fans.
Underwood’s vocals were spot on and powerful as she sailed through her massive catalogue of hits, including Before He Cheats, Jesus, Take the Wheel, See You Again (which she went into Wiz Khalifia’s hit of the same name for a moment), newer hits like Little Toy Guns and also performed for the first time live her latest single, Smoke Break from her upcoming release Storyteller which is slated to drop October 23.
Underwood’s vocal talent really shown through during her version of Randy Travis’ hit I Told You So and when she did a few acoustic versions of some of her bigger hits. She is currently not on a regular tour at the moment but is performing at various venues giving the fans exactly what they want to hear.
Underwood did not disappoint to tonight and is well on her way to becoming a true music veteran; securing her place in the country music world for years to come. Some of the newer upcoming talent should follow her example coming from humble roots and appearing to continue to embrace that upbringing. Her music has a way of bringing you back to things that once were, or were never meant to be. The painful reality of life shines through in songs such as So Small which addresses the need to love and get love and everything else slowly seems irrelevant, or having the need to have people who have hurt you having those memories utterly destroyed forever in Blown Away.
Another song with a similar message is Little Toy Guns which addresses the impact of domestic violence on families. With all these different universal themes, Underwood seems to have a song for just about anyone that comes to her concerts.
Last Name (which was very appropriate for a last song of the night) is a sassy tale about a young lady having a good time one night and kind of overdoing it just a little and then living through the results of those choices. Encores were The highly inspirational and Gospel driven Something in the Water and Before He Cheats.
Things definitely haven’t been slowing down for Underwood either, from starting a family earlier this year with the birth of her son, Isaiah Michael, to launching her new Calia clothing line with Dick’s Sporting Goods, a fitness and lifestyle apparel brand — which include capris, sweaters and tops for layering which is slated to debut it’s new line during New York’s Fashion Week on Sept. 10. Rounding things out she has a new album in the works for October, and everything seems to be happening just as it should for Mrs. Underwood at the moment.
So if you are afforded the opportunity to see a Carrie Underwood show, make sure you go, she just might have Something in the Water that’s perfect for you.
Two Black Cadillacs
I Told You So (Randy Travis cover)
Little Toy Guns
Don’t Forget to Remember Me (unplugged)
Leave Love Alone
Flat on the Floor
See You Again (with snippet of Wiz Khalifa’s song of same name)
Jesus, Take the Wheel
Some Hearts (Marshall Crenshaw cover)
Cupid’s Got a Shotgun
ENCORE: Something in the Water / Before He Cheats