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Carrie Underwood sold out three shows to kick off her Cry Pretty tour. Is Fresno next?

Carrie Underwood’s Cry Pretty tour is underway and stopping through California

See exclusive shots from Carrie Underwood's Cry Pretty tour, which kicked off with three sold out performances. The tour stops May 12, 2019 at Fresno's Save Mart Center Arena and continues on to other California cities.
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See exclusive shots from Carrie Underwood's Cry Pretty tour, which kicked off with three sold out performances. The tour stops May 12, 2019 at Fresno's Save Mart Center Arena and continues on to other California cities.

Carrie Underwood announced dates for her spring tour last August, on the same day she announced she was pregnant with her second child.

Fast forward those nine months and the American Idolist/country music star welcomed her second son (born Jan. 21) and kicked off the Cry Pretty tour with a trio of sold out performances and positive reviews.

The tour, which is at Fresno’s Save Mart Center on Sunday, is being called “visually stunning” and “sonically transfixing” and features a 360-degree stage, something of an Underwood staple at this point. The production features 36 projectors and 19 projection screens, 15 stage elevators, more than 400 moving lights and at least a few costume change, no doubt.

Expectantly, it’ll be a long show.

Last Friday’s performance in Birmingham, Alabama, ran two hours and featured close to 40 songs — a few were done as medleys.

Carrie Underwood - Birmingham, AL - Women of Country Medley - Photo Credit Ralph Larmann (1).jpg
Ralph Larmann Capitol Records

The openers

In interviews, Underwood says the tour was built as a response to perceived lack of women in country music. This is an all-female lineup. The duo Maddie & Tae opens the show, along with the Academy of Country Music Award best new vocal group (2018) Runaway June.

“It’s like, ‘Well, nobody is going to do it for us,’ ” Underwood told The (Nashville) Tennessean. “We have to do it for ourselves and we have to lift each other up and we have to support each other.”

Carrie Underwood

7 p.m. Sunday

Save Mart Center

$46-$96

800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

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Joshua Tehee covers breaking news for The Fresno Bee, with a focus on entertainment and a heavy emphasis on the Central Valley music scene. You can see him share the area’s top entertainment options Friday mornings on KMPH’s “Great Day” and read more of his work here.
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