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Concert review: Carrie Underwood nearly flawless in performance

June 28, 2014

By Jocelyn Syrstad, The Leader-Telegram, Eau Claire, Wis.



June 28--CADOTT -- The thousands of fans who held out an early evening downpour to wait to see headliner Carrie Underwood perform at the second night of Country Fest on Friday certainly got their money's worth.

From her very first song, "Good Girl," Underwood killed her set and had fans out of their lawn chairs dancing and singing along with her.

By the time Underwood was done, she sang 21 songs over the span of 1 hour, 32 minutes -- with barely a break to catch her breath or grab a drink of water. And she didn't leave her fans disappointed.

The 31-year-old "American Idol" winner and six-time Grammy Award winner sounds just as good live as she does on her studio-recorded albums. Her powerhouse voice, superb tone and wide vocal range kept fans engaged throughout the entirety of her show.

And for those who were wondering if Underwood was lip-syncing or not, it became clear she was certainly singing when she messed up the lyrics to two songs. The first was "Last Name," when she messed up a lyric, pulling the mic slightly away from her mouth and giving her million-watt smile while mouthing, "What?" The second time came during "We're Young and Beautiful" when she made a small error in the lyrics. She told her fans afterwards, with a slight giggle to her speech, that she was concentrating too much on her impromptu dancing and had trouble multi-tasking.

It was that bubbly personality and charm that added to the overall appeal of Underwood's performance. Dressed in a white fringe top, silver skinny pants, brown cowboy boots and a headband, Underwood never stopped moving the entire show. Whether she was adding little dance moves to her songs or walking along the edge of the stage to high-five fans, Underwood was full of energy and charisma the entire evening.

The Oklahoma native played many of her big hits including "Good Girl," "Undo It" and "Wasted" to open the show and "Blown Away" and "Before He Cheats" to close her set.

The only time Underwood ever lost grasp of her fans was while playing some of her lesser-known newer songs such as "This Time," "One Way Ticket" and "Cupid's Got a Shotgun."

All in all, Underwood's set included eight songs from her most recent album, "Blown Away," which was released in 2012. Underwood did tell her fans Friday that she has been working on some new music and couldn't wait to share it with everyone.

For Underwood fans who have yet to see the country star in concert, it is well worth the time. Underwood looked and sounded phenomenal and didn't slow down from the time she started to the time she came back on stage for a two-song encore of "Paradise City" -- a Guns N Roses cover -- and "Before He Cheats."

It is clear why Country Fest keeps having Underwood back on stage, because she put on quite the show.

Country Fest continues Saturday with performances by Raised Reckless, Big Back Yard, Joel Crouse, Jana Kramer, Randy Houser, Gary Allen and headliner Brad Paisley.

Syrstad can be reached at 715-833-9206, 800-236-7077 or jocelyn.syrstad@ecpc.com.

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