Carrie Underwood's Blown Away tour stops in Augusta Friday

Carrie Underwood performs at the Yakima Valley SunDome in Yakima, Wash., in February, her third show there.



Fans should get ready to be blown away when six-time Grammy Award winner Carrie Underwood brings her current tour to James Brown Arena on Friday, April 19.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. with special guest Hunter Hayes.

Underwood’s fourth album, Blown Away, was released in May 2012 and has sold more than 1.2 million copies. It debuted at the top of Billboard’s country album charts with sales of more than 267,000 copies during its first week and spent seven weeks at No. 1.

Underwood wanted to sing the title track because of its dramatic and intense lyrics about child abuse and revenge.

“I got chills,” Underwood said, in a news release, about the first time she heard the Josh Kear/Chris Tompkins’ song, which was named Best Country Song at the 2013 Grammy Awards.

“I remember where I was when I heard it and called my manager and said, ‘Do not let anyone else have this song. It’s my song.’ It’s such a visual song. You listen to it, and you can see everything that is happening. It’s so dramatic. I’m not a drama person, but when you can make a movie in song form in 3½ minutes it’s so surreal.”

Two Black Cadillacs is another visual song from the album. It tells the story of a wife and mistress who conspire for revenge against the man who betrayed them both.

“It’s just more drama,” said Underwood, who co-wrote the tune with Kear and Hillary Lindsey, from Washington, Ga.

“It was so much fun creating all this drama and singing about it. That’s the great thing about being an entertainer; you’re just a big actor. When we start sitting down and writing songs, you just never know what’s going to come out.”

Audiences have flocked to the concerts on the Blown Away tour. So far in 2013, all of the concerts on Underwood’s tour have been played to sellout crowds and have broken records for the fastest sellouts in several cities.

Underwood kicked off the tour in June, and by the time it’s completed she will have performed in 111 cities in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Ireland and Australia.

In between tour stops, she performed on the Academy of Country Music Awards on April 7. She was nominated for female vocalist of the year and album of the year.

On April 4, she made a return to American Idol, where in 2005 she became the first country singer to win the title. She performed See You Again on the show.


WHO: Carrie Underwood in concert: Blown Away Tour

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 19

WHERE: James Brown Arena, 601 Seventh St.