Carrie Underwood’s The Storyteller Tour is one the most anticipated tours of 2016 and for good reason – she’s a Superstar! Not only does she have great songs but her powerhouse vocals blow you away with every note. The tour has been going on for several months and it finally made its way to a sold out crowd at the BOK Center in Tulsa, OK. She brought along Easton Corbin and The Swon Brothers to entertain us and they did not disappoint. Here are five fun facts about The Storyteller Tour I think you should know.
1. Carrie Underwood Knows How To Work A Stage
The ever evolving stage on The Storyteller Tour was just as much of a star as the artists. The stage was “in the round” however it was really three different round stages with multiple runways that jetted out all over the arena floor and Underwood covered every inch of it all night long. The middle stage rotated so the band wasn’t always facing the same people and it lowered and raised to give Underwood angelic properties as she was high above the floor for different songs. My favorite part was when she sang “Cowboy Casanova” atop a large jukebox that shot out fireworks. The stage was large and had a lot of moving parts, yet it was still very simple and they used lights and lasers to bring each song to life in its own unique way.
2. When You Are Carrie Underwood, One Outfit Per Show Is Never Enough
I think Underwood will go down in history as a style icon. This woman never goes wrong with fashion. She wore five different outfits during her two hour show and each one was just as breathtaking as the one before it. The long flowy dresses were gorgeous, the short skirts showed off her amazing legs and her shoes were sometimes even more fabulous than the dress she was wearing. Having so many costume changes also gave her band a chance to shine with a few instrumental songs to fill in the gaps while she was below stage changing into the next show-stopping outfit.
3. Carrie Underwood Isn’t Afraid To Get Personal
Underwood took a break about half way through the show to get personal with everyone. She sang an amazing acoustic rendition of “I Will Always Love You” as she paid tribute to her idol Dolly Parton. Then she gushed about being a mom and wife and sang “What I Never Knew I Always Wanted” while pictures of her husband and baby boy flashed across the screens. I’m not sure there were many dry eyes in the place by the end of that song.
4. Easton Corbin Isn’t Just ‘A Little More Country Than That’
The second opener of the show was Easton Corbin. I had the chance to see a mini acoustic concert at the local radio station K95.5 FM earlier in the day and we learned there that Corbin’s newest single “Are You with Me” has actually been remixed by a DJ in Europe and hit No.1 on the international Electronic Dance Music Charts. While we definitely didn’t see any EDM versions of Corbin’s songs that night, we did have reason to dance in our seats and sing along as he played many of his hits including “Lovin’ You is Fun,” “Roll with It,” “Baby Be My Love Song,” and, of course, “A Little More Country Than That.”
5. Okies Stick Together
Not only is Carrie Underwood from Oklahoma but her show openers, The Swon Brothers grew up in a neighboring town and have known her for years. They all seemed to be extremely excited to play for their home state crowd. The Swon Brothers did an acapella rendition of Merle Haggard’s “Okie from Muskogee” during their set and Underwood mentioned how she couldn’t keep the smile off her face because she was so happy to be home. As Underwood left the stage after her final encore song “Something in the Water,” she sang out the opening line to our state song “Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweeping down the plains.” Oklahoma has a rich history with country music and you can add both Carrie Underwood and The Swon Brothers to that long list of great artists that call this state their home.
The Storyteller Tour is a night full of extraordinary entertainment. From the minute the openers set foot on the stage, to the last song of Underwood’s, you are captivated with the charisma and mind-blowing vocal talent of the artists along with the incredible stage, costumes and lighting effects. This is one show you do not want to miss. The Storyteller Tour is about to wrap up the first leg in the next month but they have announced a Fall 2016 leg of the tour. So go get your tickets now and be ready to witness one of the best shows of the year.
Author: Shannon Herrold
I’m a self-proclaimed music nerd from Oklahoma who enjoys all genres and can pretty much sing a snippet of any song you can think of. Being a mom of 2, a Zumba Instructor and a volunteer at my kids’ school keeps me busy but I can never go to too many concerts. Live music is my passion and I love writing about those experiences.