On July 31, Carrie Underwood joined top Nashville songwriters for a two-hour acoustic in-the-round performance as part of the CMA Songwriters Series in Boston.
Underwood — who was accompanied by industry heavyweights Bob DiPiero, Luke Laird, Carey Barlowe, Hillary Lindsay and Brett James — proved to be “the best singer I’ve ever heard,” according to DiPiero. These songwriters have an impressive resume of penning some of Country music’s biggest hits — ranging from Underwood, Tim McGraw and Blake Shelton to Martina McBride, Scotty McCreery and Lady Antebellum. Much like previous sessions, each tunesmith took on one of their massively penned hits, according to where they sat on stage, while the other singers joined in at their leisure.
The musical extravaganza kicked off with DiPiero strumming on his guitar and belting out McGraw’s “Southern Voice.” Then the show continued down the line with several other craftily written hits like Underwood’s “So Small” and “Jesus Take the Wheel.” Also, Lady Antebellum’s “American Honey” and Little Big Town‘s “Pontoon” were definite highlights of the evening.
There was even some pop crossover appeal when James broke out his guitar for a lovely cover of Kelly Clarkson‘s hit “Mr. Know It All.” It certainly was interesting to her the male perspective on such a female power anthem. In addition to this unexpected treat, Lindsay later introduced an uncut song called “Concrete Heart” that was the perfect balance of convincing songwriting, Country twang and melodic goodness.
As the evening wound down, Underwood had the pleasure of closing out the night with a rousing rendition of her No. 1 single “Good Girl,” much to the satisfaction of the throngs of fans in the audience. Needless to say, the evening of good music demonstrated exactly why Underwood, Lindsay, James and the rest are the best to come by in the business. They have what it takes to produce chart-topping success time and time again.
Here is the full setlist:
“Southern Voice” by Tim McGraw
“Take a Back Road” by Rodney Atkins
“So Small” by Underwood
“Do You Think About Me?” by Underwood
“The Truth” by Jason Aldean
“Daddy’s Money” by Ricochet
“Pontoon” by Little Big Town
“Undo It” by Underwood
“Jesus Take the Wheel” by Underwood
“Mr. Know It All” by Kelly Clarkson
“If You Ever Stop Lovin’ Me” by Montgomery Gentry
“Hillbilly Bone” by Blake Shelton and Trace Adkins
“Temporary Home” by Underwood
“American Honey” by Lady Antebellum
“Cowboy Casanova” by Underwood
“Gone” by Montgomery Gentry
“Dink in My Hand” by Eric Church
“Two Black Cadillacs” by Underwood
“Concrete Heart” (uncut track)
“When the Sun Goes Down” by Kenny Chesney
“Good Girl” by Underwood