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Carrie Underwood returns to Fresno with ‘Storyteller’ tour

Carrie Underwood performed with a dazzling light show at Save Mart Center on March 5, 2013. She returns with her Storyteller tour Tuesday, April 5.
Carrie Underwood performed with a dazzling light show at Save Mart Center on March 5, 2013. She returns with her Storyteller tour Tuesday, April 5. Fresno Bee Staff Photo

Fresno has supported Carrie Underwood from the beginning – as far back as 2006. The singer was just a year into her “American Idol” win and had just released her debut album “Some Hearts” when she played the Saroyan Theatre on her first solo tour. She returned to Fresno in 2008 as an arena act and played to more than 7,000 fans at the Save Mart Center.

And she has returned every few years since. She played the arena in 2010 and 2013 and is right on schedule with her current “The Storyeller” tour, in town Tuesday, April 5.

Carrie Underwood performs Sunday, April 3, for the 51st AMC Awards show live on CBS.

Underwood broke into the spotlight by winning the fourth season of “American Idol” (and will return for “Idol’s” finale, April 7), but defined herself as a crossover country star. She has twice been named Academy of Country Music’s entertainer of the year and was the top female country touring artist in 2008, 2010, and 2012, according to Pollstar. She also played Maria von Trapp in NBC’s “The Sound of Music Live” (alongside Audra McDonald), sang the theme for Sunday Night Football and was one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People.

Rolling Stone magazine called her “The female vocalist of her generation of any genre.”

The album

In October, Underwood released her fifth studio album. “Storyteller” sees the singer displaying more than her voice. As the title suggests, the album showcases Underwood’s strength as a musician and songwriter. She has co-writing credits on six of the 13-tracks. The album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s country album chart (and No. 2 on the Top 200).

The tour

Lest the the name fool you, “The Storyteller” tour is no low-key VH1-style acoustic concert. Underwood (who sold out the first nine stops on tour) is accompanied by a full band during the close-to-two-hour performance, which includes its share of visual effects (laser light and pyrotechnics) and six costume changes (though she has 25 choices). The show is performed “in the round” with an elongated stage that runs through the center of the arena with fans on all sides.

Underwood tapped country upstarts Easton Corbin and The Swon Brothers to open the show.

Both acts should be well known to Fresno audiences. Corbin headlined by KJUG annual Jugfest in 2013 and has since played Table Mountain Casino. The brothers performed for KJUG’s Summer Concert Series in Tulare in 2014.

Joshua Tehee: 559-441-6479, @joshuatehee

Carrie Underwood, The Storyteller tour

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