As Carrie Underwood prepares to launch her new album, Blown Away, on Tuesday, May 1, she sat down with Billboard’s Chuck Dauphin this past Friday for a live Q&A session to talk about her new music, life on the road and answer a few fan questions. Carrie talked in depth about the darker tones that run through Blown Away, but assured fans it lightens up if they can just hang in there.
“We start off a little heavy, a little darker, a little more ominous, and definitely lighten up after that so if you listen to the album don’t be worried when you hear the first three songs, it does get happier,” she said.
The darker songs, including the album’s lead track and first single, “Good Girl,” are part of Carrie experimenting with new sounds and themes on her latest project. “I feel like we took things in a lot of different directions, things that are new for me, that darker, heavier tone, a little more dramatic,” she said. “We also do some songs that are really really organic and sweet, Just groovy songs. The only plugged in instrument on a couple of them is the bass guitar. And then we get a little redneck in the end.”
The title track, “Blown Away,” is one of Carrie’s favorites on the album. She heard it for the first time through self-described ‘terrible’ computer speakers while listening to a batch of demos she’d received. After one listen, she knew she had to record it.
“I was in the kitchen, making dinner and I played that song and I had to find my headphones so I could listen to it and get a better listen,” she said. “I found them, listened to it, had chills. I called the manager up and said ‘Hey, I have to have this song.’ And as soon as we got off the phone, I listened to it again. It’s one of those songs that I just want to listen to over and over again.”
Carrie again has songwriter credit on several tracks on Blown Away. She shared with Billboard that when she goes into a writing session, she sometimes adopts a character. She doesn’t want fans to believe the darker songs on her album reflect her real life.
“My life is wonderful,” she said. “I don’t want people to try and draw any parallels with those songs and my life because my life is wonderful. I have a great husband and I’m very, very happy at home and in my life. My heart is very happy right now with everything in it. It’s so much more fun to write about everything else. I live the love story at home, I don’t want to live the love story at work.”
As part of her promotional tour for Blown Away, Carrie will be performing on the ‘Live On Letterman’ webcast. The concert will stream live and on demand at http://www.cbs.com/late_night/liveonletterman/ tonight, April 30 at 8/7 PM CT. Carrie will be on the Late Show with David Letterman at at 11:35 p.m. Eastern on CBS tonight as well.