Entry: Top of the morning to ya Monday, August 28, 2006

Review: Underwood charms, sparkles at Fair

By Victoria Welch
Free Press Staff Writer

ESSEX -- Carrie Underwood is a puzzlement.

The 22-year-old singer has only one album of material to her name, but she headlines a national tour. She can play guitar, but tends to keep the instrument packed away backstage. Her merchandise items include a $20 stuffed animal wearing a Carrie Underwood T-shirt. She's a hybrid country star -- a poppy, tune-croonin', blue-jeans gal who channels Faith Hill, but covers Guns 'N Roses. Mainstream enough for the youngters, country enough for the older crowd.

Most of all, she's an American Idol that shies away from referencing the show -- and is actually pretty gosh darn good.

Underwood swung by the Champlain Valley Fair on Sunday night, joined by brand new tourmate Andy Griggs. Equipped with a seven-piece band and rock-star stage show, Underwood's plucky charm worked its magic on the enthusiastic crowd. Banter about fair food and fried candy bars peppered the space between songs about Jesus and two-timing; Underwood informed the crowd that they had managed to catch her at her goofiest as she laughed and tried to keep warm in the slight August chill.

"It's cold and the best way to beat the cold is to dance," she said. "The only problem is that I'm not very good at it. But I'll do it anyway." More...

REVIEW: Detroit

Chesney, friends pull off stadium show

The Flint Journal First Edition

By Doug Pullen

DETROIT - "We love playing here," Kenny Chesney said near the end of his revved-up Ford Field show Saturday night. I don't think he was just saying that.

The two-time Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year has been selling out arena dates in Detroit for the last few years, but he'd never attempted anything here as big as a stadium show before. Like everything else tried by the 38-year-old Tennesseean, it paid off with a sellout crowd of nearly 45,000 and a six-act, 61/2-hour spectacle. The event deftly showcased country's heir apparent to Garth Brooks and an emerging new guard, including Gretchen Wilson, the night's most pleasant surprise, and last year's "American Idol" winner, Carrie Underwood, the genre's most scrutinized new face.

The awesome scale of the show - at the level to which rock fans are accustomed - was not lost on the artists.

Opener Jake Owen said it was his first time performing in a stadium, and Underwood had a little difficulty working the 60-foot wide span. "We've got a big stage here; kinda gets me out of breath here trying to run across it," said the rail-thin singer.

"This has got to be the biggest building I've played in my life," marveled Dierks Bentley, who added later, "This isn't a concert. This is an event."

That summed it up. With tickets selling for $65 and $81, Chesney and his handlers seemed intent on giving a lot of bang for the buck.

Owen set the tone with a short but spirited performance that got a big cheer for the Saginaw reference in his debut hit, "Yee Haw." Blaine Larsen followed, his tradition-drenched country going over better than the jersey of new Detroit Lions quarterback Jon Kitna he donned late in his set.

Underwood had the richest voice of the night...


Up In Spins

LW: Aug 14 - Aug 20
TW: Aug 21 - Aug 27
Updated: Mon Aug 28 1:01 PM PST
Rank Mediabase Sortable Stats™ - Click any Blue Header Spins Aud.
lw TW   Artist Title TW lw Move
1 1 WRECKERS Leave The Pieces 4872 4791 81 41.889
3 2 STEVE HOLY Brand New Girlfriend 4520 4348 172 37.960
2 3   RODNEY ATKINS If You're Going Thro... 4353 4523 -170 38.769
5 4 GEORGE STRAIT Give It Away 4287 3783 504 36.622
4 5 LITTLE BIG TOWN Bring It On Home 4267 4233 34 34.890
6 6 FAITH HILL Sunshine & Summertim... 3810 3421 389 32.306
7 7 BROOKS & DUNN Building Bridges 3766 3446 320 31.446
8 8 JOSH TURNER Would You Go With Me 3599 3395 204 30.040
10 9 PAT GREEN Feels Just Like It S... 2686 2573 113 23.106
12 10 DIERKS BENTLEY Every Mile A Memory 2866 2681 185 23.096

14 11 HEARTLAND I Loved Her First 2563 2104 459 22.682
11 12 BILLY CURRINGTON Why, Why, Why 2779 2776 3 22.270
22 13 KEITH URBAN Once In A Lifetime 2198 1486 712 20.932
17 14 DANIELLE PECK Findin' A Good Man 2317 2266 51 16.912
16 15   BIG & RICH 8th Of November 2079 2092 -13 16.665
19 16 ALAN JACKSON Like Red On A Rose 2172 1966 206 16.597
21 17 SUGARLAND Want To 2047 1623 424 16.941
18 18   TRACE ADKINS Swing 2114 2215 -101 15.665
27 19 KENNY CHESNEY You Save Me 1940 1353 587 16.658
20 20 LONESTAR Mountains 1867 1768 99 14.124

23 21 BLAINE LARSEN I Don't Know What Sh... 1742 1691 51 13.215
24 22 MONTGOMERY GENTRY Some People Change 1602 1522 80 12.020
26 23 JACK INGRAM Love You 1493 1422 71 11.791
29 24 CARRIE UNDERWOOD Before He Cheats 1560 958 602 13.053
28 25 RASCAL FLATTS Life Is A Highway 1536 1411 125 14.214

Source: Mediabase

Survey Says: Pink Floyd's 'Comfortably Numb' Is Greatest Guitar Riff

Pink FloydPink Floyd track "Comfortably Numb" has topped a poll of the world's greatest guitar riffs. The song beat off competition from Guns N' Roses hit "Sweet Child O' Mine" and Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Freebird," in second and third place respectively.

The chart was conducted by U.K. digital music channel Planet Rock in honor of a return to guitar-based rock - with sales of the instrument in the country rocketing to a staggering $189 million.

The top five guitar riffs are as follows:

1. Pink Floyd, Comfortably Numb
Guns N' Roses, Sweet Child O' Mine
Lynyrd Skynyrd, Freebird
Van Halen, Eruption
Guns N' Roses, November Rain

Source: Starpulse


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