Three albums into her career, [artist id="1933910"]Carrie Underwood[/artist] is already a country-music vet, paving the way for ladies like Taylor Swift to find success outside of Nashville. On her latest album, Play On, the “American Idol” alum is proving her songwriting muscle, especially on the sassy first single “Cowboy Casanova.”
“I think to every woman, this song would be telling a story about someone they know or met or has tried to pick them up in a bar,” she said in an interview with CMT. “There’s definitely guys in my past, even if it was a friend’s boyfriend or something.”
Underwood, who has released her fair share of sassy country/pop hits, insists that her song is in no way bashing the title dude. “We’re not trashing this guy; we’re just warning these other girls about him. Who knows, maybe now people can listen to this song and better identify these men,” she said, jokingly adding, “I’m helping women around the world!”
Although Underwood helped write seven of the 13 songs on the album, working with writers like “Idol” judge Kara DioGuardi and Mike Elizondo (Jay-Z and Snoop Dogg), Underwood would rather a song on her album be good than written by her.
“It’s really not that important to me. I love to write, but the best songs win — end of story — whether they’re mine or not,” she said. “There were a couple where I was like, ‘No way’ — and they were my own! You’d think I’d be pushing, but I’m not. There are some awesome songwriters out there.”