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A fan’s Carrie Underwood review; Kristy Lee Cook signs new record deal

kristy-lee-2dSeason seven finalist Kristy Lee Cook has landed another record deal to extend her 15 minutes of fame. Broken Bow Records, which also has Jason Aldean and formerly Craig Morgan on its label, has picked her up.

She was most recently seen hosting a hunting show on Versus called “Goin’ Country.”

Her first post-”Idol” album, “Why Wait,” with 19 Recordings and Arista Nashville, was released in 2008 and produced one minor hit “30 Minutes of Shame” (which scraped the top 30) before disappearing. She lost her record deal soon after.

- Here is Kelly & Carrie Fan’s review from Wednesday night’s Carrie Underwood concert. She’s a lot more knowledgeable than I am!

This is clearly a fan review and I’m still on the post-concert “high.” But I will say that this was one of the most visually and vocally stunning shows I’ve ever been to. Last night Carrie impressed and won over everyone in that audience.

Mesmerizing. If I had to choose one word to describe Carrie’s performance, that would be it. She has come a long from her shy beginnings. She owned the stage with her spot on vocals and comfortable demeanor. She was funny and very much in touch with her country roots.

She opened with Cowboy Casanova sitting on the same prop couch she used for the AMAs last year. Instead of going for the super revealing shorts, she opted for a female tux. A nice, fun outfit.

During Some Hearts, she got rid of the jacket and strapped on her guitar for her chance to rock out. I appreciate when she gets the chance to play instruments.

For I Know You Won’t, she opted to sit on the steps of her “wedding cake-like” middle part of her stage. The notes she hits on that song are impressive, even more to belt them sitting.

She sat at the piano for Mama’s Song. Having pictures flashing on the backdrop of Carrie and her mom was an adorable touch. The wedding photo of Carrie and Mike drew a loud cheer and it was super sweet how she looked at it.

At one point, she had a tree with a swing come down from the ceiling, right in time for Just a Dream. She sang while on the swing, which made for a pretty visual. I suppose that might be as close as she ever gets to any Pink-style acrobatics.

I loved the idea of the pick up truck over the audience. It seemed quite appropriate for Take Me Home, Country Roads. She said she wanted a way to reach/be closer to everyone in the audience. It was definitely a neat effect. Yes, she does it at every one. It was incorporated from the first leg of the tour in the spring.

For Undo It, they played the clips of the video behind her. To see Carrie sing live at the exact same moment as she was singing on the screen was pretty impressive. [RODNEY'S NOTE: We were both marveling over how she and the band managed to stay in time with the video for the entire song!] It was like having Carrie twins.  It does go to show how well-rehearsed the show is. Seriously, the two weeks she spent down in Mobile prepping for the tour definitely served her well. It doesn’t hurt that this was the second leg of the tour.

The What Can I Say duet with Sons of Sylvia sounded really strong. I was glad that Ashley Clark was able to prove a suitable duet partner, and I think Carrie can effortlessly hit notes that few can. It did seem a bit  like Ken and Barbie’s duet.

I found her little tribute to the Grand Ole Opry to be really classy, and having the virtual duet with Randy Travis on I Told You So was very well done. It sounded a lot better than the previous times I’ve heard them together. Or perhaps I was distracted by all the shiny onstage. And let me tell you, there was a LOT of shiny.

During Songs Like This, she did the customary addition of White Liar and Single Ladies. It made the show come to a fun end, and she seemed to genuinely be enjoying herself.

The production for the show must have been ridiculously expensive, because it was visually stunning. I honestly can’t pick a single element that I liked more than the others. From the truck, to the swing set. If I had to choose one, I think the fiber optic dress made for an extremely high-tech visual.

PS. I have one rant: After she finished Songs Like This, she was still on stage with the band playing. She was enjoying the moment and dancing around…as people started heading for the exits. I mean, really? After such an awesome show, you’re in a hurry to sit in traffic? It seemed quite rude, in my opinion. [RODNEY'S COMMENT: It was almost 11 p.m. and there were a lot of kids there on a school night. And people sometimes think they can BEAT the traffic. I didn't!]

14 comments Add your comment

Deirdre

October 29th, 2010
1:43 pm

Thanks so much k&cf! You made me feel like I was there.

I think the key word in your review is “effortless”. Carrie is one of those rare singers who just seem to find the note without thinking, without struggling. You never find yourself hoping she’ll hit the note…you just know she will.

kelly&carriefan

October 29th, 2010
2:04 pm

Rodney, thanks for sharing my review. I really appreciate it. And I you’re right about the kids in the audience. I guess my main comment was about the grown ups seated near us. By the way, from what I’ve seen, the production of the show was around 500k. It sure looked it!

D, I’m glad you enjoyed it. It’s one of the reasons I enjoy fan reviews. If you can find a semi-decent writer, they can transport you to the show. But yes, I think it’s a testament how far Carrie has grown that her “act” seems to have caught up to her voice.

Harriett

October 29th, 2010
2:13 pm

Thanks, kcf! Outstanding review, and very well-written and thought out. As, D, said, it made me almost feel like I was there. And, you are right about fans. Those that really love the artist can glimpse things that others don’t think about.

JTesla

October 29th, 2010
2:15 pm

Great review thanks.

I think you need to update the picture of KLC, she doesn’t really look like that anymore. She still looks good, but different. Good luck to her, hopefully this isn’t another footnote that gets tacked onto a discussion about her 2 years from now.

Nana

October 29th, 2010
2:18 pm

WOW k&cfan!!!! What an excellent review. Makes one feel like they were there with you and Rodney. You gave us a very visual review and I appreciate that very much.

Heather MacDonald

October 29th, 2010
2:55 pm

Thanks, K&C Fan. Well done!!! :-) I, too, love the song “What Can I Say” and think it’s the best one on the entire CD. I had to work HARD to learn how to hit those notes solidly, but I bet Carrie had it in no time flat. Sigh…. she’s incredible. :-)

kelly&carriefan

October 29th, 2010
3:10 pm

Heather, I’m still working on it. For some reason, I can only hit those notes in the privacy of my car/shower. Weird. ;)

Heather MacDonald

October 29th, 2010
3:40 pm

K&CF, keep working on it! :-) I can hit them in public now! :-P LOL

Harriett

October 29th, 2010
4:24 pm

‘Bout that time. Happy weekend!

Jordan Stacey

October 29th, 2010
5:28 pm

just to correct Craig Morgan is no longer with Broken Bow.

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

October 29th, 2010
9:45 pm

wow k&c….awesome fan review!!!! i too felt ALMOST like i was there.. sure wish i coulda’ been!!!

in any event, thanks!!!

Rickster

November 1st, 2010
8:45 am

Rodney… if you give K&CF another chance for a review… your blog gig could definitely be in trouble!

Great job K&CF!

Rickster

November 1st, 2010
9:04 am

I added Kristy Lee Cook to my “American Idol Alum” channel on Pandora Radio and the first song it played of hers was “Not Tonight.”

Pretty good if I say so.

Rickster

November 1st, 2010
9:39 am

Carrie twins??? Oh the possibilities! :-)