Fresh off winning two more CMT Music Awards and a triumphant show at CMA Fest, Carrie Underwood is bringing her “Cry Pretty Tour 360” to Pinnacle Bank Arena Sunday
“Throwing it back to the first time I saw our stage for the #CryPrettyTour360. This tour is everything I could’ve ever hoped for and more!” Underwood posted on social media last week. “I am so proud of what we’ve all been able to accomplish ... and we’re just getting started! I also have to say how proud I am of my family for coming together and making it all work! Having a 4-year-old and a 4-month-old out on the road is not easy, but it’s beyond worth it! I am so blessed that I get to be a road warrior AND a mom simultaneously!”
Being on the road with an infant, however, isn’t easy.
“I must be a duck, calm on the surface and paddling like crazy underneath,” Underwood told multiple media outlets at CMA Fest earlier this month.
“It’s definitely a different ballgame because (Jacob’s) so much younger than Isaiah was when I took him on the road. There’s a huge difference between four months and 11 months. I wasn’t feeding Isaiah in the middle of the night. It’s like he knows when I have a really busy morning or a ton of stuff to do the next day, because that’s the night that he’s going to be up like four or five times.”
Underwood brought out Joan Jett at her CMA Fest show and praised the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer as a trailblazer for women in music.
For her part, Underwood is bringing Maddie & Tae and Runaway June on the 50-plus date tour, an all-female bill in a time when women struggle to get songs on country radio.
Sunday, Underwood will return to the arena where, in March 2016, she shot the video for her song “Church Bells” during a sold-out concert. This time, she'll play the show “in the round” with the stage in the center of the floor -- hence the 360 in the tour name.
“I love performing in the round,” Underwood said in the tour announcement release. “It’s so much fun for me and the band to play in every direction and creates a much more intimate and immersive experience for the audience, even in a larger arena setting.”
The “Cry Pretty Tour 360” is likely to again make Underwood the top female country touring artist, as she has been on each of her headlining tours in 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2016.
The rarest of entertainment rarities, Underwood is an “American Idol” winner who became a superstar. She’s sold more 64 million records worldwide and recorded 26 No. 1 singles, 13 of which she co-wrote. The first female artist to be named the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year twice, she’s won seven Grammys, six Country Music Association Awards and 14 ACM awards.
She’s also known for co-hosting the TV broadcast of the CMA Awards with Brad Paisley — 11 times so far and, for the last six years, providing the opening theme song for “Sunday Night Football,” prime-time television's top-rated program.
Tickets for Sunday’s 7 p.m. show are $43 to $93 and will be available at the arena ticket office, ticketmaster.com and by phone at 800-745-3000.