Long-awaited Carrie Underwood tour rolls into Pittsburgh
It’s been a long wait for fans of country music superstar Carrie Underwood who hurried to buy their tickets for her Oct. 12 concert at PPG Paints Arena when they first went on sale – on Aug. 18, 2018.
More than a year later, it’s finally time to get ready to welcome Underwood to Pittsburgh and experience the sights and sounds of her Cry Pretty Tour 360.
According to early reviews and fan reactions from other cities on the tour, it definitely will have been worth the wait.
New album, new record label
Underwood’s sixth studio album, “Cry Pretty,” after which the tour is named, was released on Sept. 14, 2018, as the singer and songwriter’s first album with Capitol Records Nashville, her new record label.
She took to her fan club website at the time to announce her “Cry Pretty” new single and offer an update on her recovery from a serious fall she suffered months earlier outside her Nashville home – in November 2017 – that required surgery for a broken wrist and facial injuries.
“The title refers to when emotions take over and you just can’t hold them back,” Underwood said. “It really speaks to a lot of things that have happened in the past year and I hope when you hear it, you can relate those feelings to those times in your life,” Underwood said.
Celebrating a milestone anniversary
Since then, things has been looking very good for the former 2005 “American Idol” winner who recently celebrated the 15-year anniversary of her “life-changing” “Idol” audition.
She has sold 64 million records worldwide and recorded 26 number-one singles, 13 of which she co-wrote, and she has earned seven Grammy Awards.
“Cry Pretty” debuted at No. 1 on the Top Country Album and Billboard 200 charts and has continued to win accolades.
CMA Awards to honor female country artists
Looking ahead, Underwood will join fellow female country stars Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire as hosts of the 2019 Country Music Association Awards, which will pay tribute to the legendary women of country music. The CMAs will air on ABC at 8 p.m. Nov. 13.
She has teamed up with other notable female country singers, Maddie and Tae and Runaway June, who are joining her as special guests on the tour, including the Pittsburgh concert date.
About Maddie and Tae
The country duo consisting of vocalists Maddie Marlow and Taylor Dye first met through their vocal coach. Marlow, a native of Sugar Land, Texas, and Dye, from Ada, Okla., are best known for their debut single in 2013, “Girl in a Country Song,” which achieved platinum status on the record charts.
They also have earned awards for their songs from the Country Music Academy and Radio Disney Music Awards. Their new EP, “Everywhere I’m Goin’” is due for release on Oct. 18. They have performed on the road with Dierks Bentley, Lee Brice and Brad Paisley.
About Runaway June
Naomi Cooke, Hannah Mulholland and Jennifer Wayne make up the country trio known as Runaway June.
Their debut single, “Lipstick,” became a Top 25 hit; their follow-up single, “Wild West,” became a Top 40 single and helped them to achieve a 2018 Academy of Country Music (ACM) nomination for New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year.
The trio’s latest song, “Buy My Own Drinks,” from their 2018 self-titled EP, earned them ACM nominations for 2018 and 2019 New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year, in addition to a CMT Award nomination. Their debut album, “ Blue Roses,” was released on June 28.
Candy Williams is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.