September 4, 2015
By Rebecca Bullis
A steamy Thursday night in Allentown didn’t stop fans from dancing along to country superstar Carrie Underwood.
From the first notes of “Somethin’ Bad,” a duet sung with fellow country girl Miranda Lambert, the Great Allentown Fair crowd was hooked.
Underwood, dressed in a casual tank top, jeans and cowboy boots, showed fans you don’t need glitz and glam to make a great concert; all you need is great singing.
There was certainly no shortage of great singing at Thursday night’s show, with Underwood belting out hits “See You Again,” “Toy Guns” and “Good Girl.”
During “See You Again,” Underwood created a mash-up of her 2012 single with this summer’s hit “See You Again” by rapper Wiz Khalifa.
While Underwood’s vocals made you feel as if you were listening to songs straight off one of her albums, her stage presence is what brought the show to life.
During most every song, the 32-year-old country star was waving to fans as she bounced back and forth across the stage. Her storytelling ability and overall bubbly personality radiated throughout her performance.
She brought the nearly sold-out crowd of about 10,000 to their feet during her 2009 breakup anthem “Undo It.”
Underwood put her whole heart into each song during her performance. It almost makes listeners feel as though they are reliving her past heartbreaks right along with her.
Underwood slowed things down with a cover of “I Told You So” by country legend Randy Travis, whom she said she idolized since she was a child.
She discussed the first concert she ever attended, which was Alan Jackson and Faith Hill. The show happened to be at a state fair, which she said made her proud to be on stage this year in Allentown.
“I feel so blessed to be able to be here”, Underwood said.
Giving tribute to the end of summer and students going away to college, Underwood performed “Don’t Forget To Remember Me” off of her debut album “Some Hearts.”
“With kids going back to school soon I feel like this song is appropriate,” Underwood said of “Don’t Forget To Remember Me,” which describes a young girl moving away from home and taking time to call home to her family.
The singer may have some extra special connection to the song now, being a mother herself.
Just seven months ago, Underwood and husband Mike Fisher welcomed to the world their son Isaiah. Both husband and son were able to spend some time with Underwood on tour earlier this summer.
After singing her newly-released single “Smoke Break,” Underwood followed with her oldest hit “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” which she said “never gets old.”
Underwood was not alone on stage. She had a group of eight musicians behind her, including guitarists, violinists, a keyboardist and a backup singer.
All in all, Underwood was a class act who put on a strong show and gave fans something to sing about.
Carrie Underwood set list:
Two Black Cadillacs
I Told You So (Randy Travis cover)
Don’t Forget to Remember Me
Leave Love Alone
Flat On the Floor
See You Again
Jesus, Take the Wheel
Cupid’s Got a Shotgun
Something in the Water
Before He Cheats
Rebecca Bullis is a freelance writer. Find lehighvalleylive on Facebook.