Thursday, October 21, 2010

Carrie Underwood brings her pop-country to Tampa

A big, strong voice, smart song selections (and, well, beautiful blonde looks) have propelled Carrie Underwood from 2005 “American Idol” winner to Nashville superstar. 

Her country-pop hits range from the faith-affirming breakthrough ballad “Jesus, Take the Wheel” to recent tear-jerker “Mama’s Song.” Although both those titles are a bit weepy, Underwood has been known to rock out in concert. 

When I saw her perform at Raymond James Stadium in 2006 — on a monster roster headlined by Kenny Chesney — she crushed with a thunderous cover of Gun N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine.” 

Opener Billy Currington’s string of recent hits include “People Are Crazy,” the feel-good ode to God, beer and the luckiest encounter a bar patron could ever fathom.

With Billy Currington and Sons of Sylvia. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25, St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $32.75—$52.75. (813) 223-1000.

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