Carrie Underwood is no stranger to Fresno.

Since 2006, the American Idol winner has performed here every two or three years. So, fans have been able to see her transform from a rising star (playing at the Saroyan Theatre) to a full-on country music crossover sensation (with a draw worthy of the Save Mart Center).

Underwood returned to the arena last night with “The Storyteller” tour. The concert was performed in the round, with an elongated stage running down the length of the arena floor and the audience set on all sides.

Scheduling conflicts kept us from reviewing the show, so we’re looking to you for analysis.

How did the in the round format work with the crowd? Did it hit that intimate atmosphere it promised, this still being an arena show? What about the song choices and costume changes (Underwood is famous for her costume changes)?

I’m especially interested in hearing from hose who have seen Underwood before. Did the show stack up against past performance? What about openers Easton Corbin and the Swon Brothers? Will we be seeing them as headliners themselves anytime soon?

Feel free to add your review in the comments section, then check out The Bee’s gallery from the show.

To get you started, here’s some take aways from my mother, who did attend the show:

  • Underwood changed costumes six times, maybe seven.
  • She was impressed that Underwood could play the harmonica and the guitar, which she did on one song at least.
  • “Easton Corbin was great. The Swon Brothers I’ve seen before. They were good, too.”
  • Here’s what social media was saying about the show:

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    One thought on “You review: Carrie Underwood, “The Storyteller” tour

    • April 7, 2016 at 12:23 pm

      I am an avid country music fan and have seen over a dozen artists perform in concert. Carrie Underwoods performance Tuesday night easily ranked as one of the best I have ever seen, if not THE best. The show was essentially flawless and was unlike any other country concert I have ever seen. The pyrotechnics, light shows, elevator stages and other entertainment props left me the viewer in awe, engaged and impressed. The round format also was very impressive. it allowed the artists plenty of space to move while on stage and gave them an intimate 360 degree opportunity to see all the fans in the stadium. All of these things previously mentioned contributed to a country concert experience that I had never seen before.

      Carrie Underwoods performance was spectacular as well. She came out with a lot of energy and passion and strategized her performance well with song choices and timing. She entered the stage playing her cranked-up sassy songs, while the middle portion of her concert relied more upon her slower, more delicate songs. Underwood showed the ability to be a rockstar on stage playing such songs as “Hey Good Girl” and “Smoke Break” while also displaying her caring and angel-like ways with songs like Dolly Partons “I Will Always Love You,” and “Jesus Take The Wheel.” Underwoods vocals were spot on and incredible and also impressive were her abilities to play instruments such as the harmonica and acoustic guitar.

      Also worth noting was her wardrobe changes, which was another feature i had never experienced before at a country concert. Each segment of songs was broken up by her wardrobe change, wherein she would sneak below stage while her band transitioned the change by playing a guitar solo ending to a song, giving Underwood enough time to change and not leaving the audience awkwardly wondering “Hey, where did Carrie go?”. Easton Corbin gave a solid performance as well. He displayed a confidence and sense of humor on stage that could lend itself to being a headliner one day. The Swoon Brothers were good, showing a lot of energy and movement on stage and keeping the audience engaged.

      I didn’t buy my tickets for The Story Teller concert until a couple days before Tuesday, and boy was I glad I did. It was the first time I seen Underwood in concert and she left a memorable impression. I’d highly recommend seeing her to anybody who has the opportunity, while I myself look forward to seeing her again next time she comes to Fresno.


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