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Record-breaking Carrie Underwood in area show

Monday, January 28, 2013

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Superstar Carrie Underwood will continue her critically acclaimed "Blown Away Tour" in 2013 with an additional 40 North American dates - including a recently-announced concert May 13 at Tyson Events Center in Sioux City. Special guest Hunter Hayes will open. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.; tickets are on sale now at $43.50-$63.50 through Ticketmaster, 800-745-3000.

The donation of $1 from each ticket sold on the North American leg of "The Blown Away Tour" will support Red Cross disaster relief.

Carrie's two previous headline tours, 2008's "Carnival Ride Tour" and 2010's "Play On Tour," performed for a combined total of nearly 250 shows with 2.2 million fans in attendance, and she wrapped both years as the top-ranked female country touring artist.

With more than 15 million albums sold worldwide, 16 #1 singles, five Grammys, and countless other accolades - all achieved with four albums in less than eight years - some artists might feel as though they'd earned the right to rest on their laurels, but not Carrie. Fueled by a restless creative spirit and good-natured competitive streak, she unleashes her most ambitious project yet with Blown Away.

Carrie delivers a 14-song collection that covers a particularly vast expanse of emotional territory. She celebrates the understated pleasures of small town living in "Thank God for Hometowns" and explores the exquisite fragility of life in "Forever Changed." She's not averse to tackling abuse and betrayal then doling out a little sweet revenge with such compelling tracks as "Blown Away" and "Two Black Cadillacs." Musically the songs range from rollicking up-tempo anthems, such as the hit first single "Good Girl" to the island-flavored escape of "One Way Ticket" and the steel guitar-laced country lament of "Wine After Whiskey."

Such musical and lyrical diversity is the foundation of Carrie's artistry. After all, this is a young woman who has performed with Steven Tyler on a top-rated edition of CMT's "Crossroads," scored a No. 1 country hit with good friend Brad Paisley on "Remind Me," and sang with the iconic Tony Bennett on the 2012 Grammy telecast, delivering the classic "It Had to be You."

The Oklahoma native is a fan of all types of music, yet she's purposefully planted herself in the country format, even while her eclectic tastes have influenced her creative output. She's been careful not to be predictable. "I feel like I've taken all of my albums into as many different directions as possible while still keeping them cohesive," she says. "I love this album from start to finish and love every song on it. There's not one single song that's like another song I've ever done."

Her ability to be unique yet accessible has been crucial to Carrie's career from the beginning. She became America's sweetheart in 2005 when she won the fourth season of American Idol, a vehicle that transformed her from a shy Oklahoma girl with a great voice to a budding superstar. Since then she's become the popular franchise's most successful alumnus.