Few things are more potent than a song that washes over the listener, each cinematic line surging with emotion and taking the audience on an unexpected journey.
She last played here in June 2010 at the arena, offering a show that included strong vocals, splashy special effects -- including a blue truck that flew over the crowd's heads as she sang "Take Me Home, Country Roads" -- and several glitzy costume changes.
Watt co-hosted the the Country Music Television Awards on Wednesday in Nashville and couldn't help but see one common denominator among the women in the room.
Watt then brought up country star Carrie Underwood, who is married to Predators center Mike Fisher. My schedule's so crazy and life's so busy, it just hasn't worked." Watt was recently romantically linked to Kate Hudson when he was spotted out on what appeared to be a date with her, but the actress set the record straight. Yeah, we have the same agent." Underwood, meanwhile, has been happily married to Fisher since 2010 and attended his milestone 1,000th NHL game during this past season, which caused his wife to beam with pride.
Fisher then stood up and pretended to remove his suit jacket to throw down and Watt did the same, saying he loves hitting people in Nashville, eluding to the rival Titans. The Texans defensive end has been notably single and even addressed it with the media last year. "Oh, oh we actually just have the same agent," Hudson told Entertainment Tonight in April. "It's very special for our family to get to be here for Mike," Underwood told in March after attending the game.
This tour, performed in the round and named after her 2015 "Storyteller" album, finds Underwood at the top of her game, playing to sellout crowds in many cities.
Recent setlists, including a March 30 show in Denver, indicate that Underwood is performing 25 songs on the tour, ranging from "Renegade Runaway" to "Something in the Water." Her stage agenda is peppered with hits such as "Blown Away," "Before He Cheats," "Heartbeat," "Cowboy Casanova," "Last Name"/"Somethin' Bad" and "Jesus, Take the Wheel." Thus far, Underwood's Birmingham date is the only Alabama show on her 2016 tour schedule.