Rockefeller Plaza welcomed Carrie Underwood to the Today stage on Thursday morning as part of the Citi Concert Series. The country star ran through a packed set of songs, mainly pulling from the forthcoming deluxe edition of her latest album Denim & Rhinestones, set for release on Sept. 22.
In a shimmering green romper, Underwood delivered her date night anthem “Take Me Out” and haunted an ex from her past on “Out of That Truck.” Both songs come from the extended edition of Denim & Rhinestones, but the singer also worked in “She Don’t Know” from the standard version. To round out the set, she revisited her 2016 album Storyteller with “Church Bells” — and of course she couldn’t leave without performing “Before He Cheats.”
“I didn’t want it to end, so we decided to add some tracks that kind of fit in the family of Denim & Rhinestones,” Underwood explained about the album’s expansion. “It’s just more denim, more rhinestones, more fringe, more sparkles, more all of it.”
Denim & Rhinestones (Deluxe Edition) will feature six new releases, including the two singles she performed today and the recently shared “Give Her That.” The album will be extended with other songs titled “Drunk and Hungover” and “Damage,” as well as a live rendition of “She Don’t Know,” recorded on the Denim & Rhinestones tour.
For the tour, Underwood partnered with the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, a non-profit honoring the military and first responders. Proceeds from every ticket sold were donated to the organization. “They help those that help us,” the singer explained. “We decided to partner up with them for the Denim and Rhinestones tour and the fans raised over $420,000 just being there, making the world a better place, hanging out, partying and listening to music, having a good time.”
Underwood recently kicked off her 11th consecutive season of singing the opening song for NBC’s Sunday Night Football. This past summer, she played three concerts opening for Guns N’ Roses and tailored her set to the rock audience with covers like Motörhead’s “Ace of Spades.”