Carrie Underwood Announces Spring Play On Tour

The country star says she wrote some songs on her new album specifically for her live shows.

[artist id="1933910"]Carrie Underwood[/artist] is taking her act back on the road. After hosting the CMA Awards and her own Christmas TV special this year, the country singer will tour the country in support of her third chart-topping album, Play On, beginning in March.

The American Idol kicks off the trek in Reading, Pennsylvania, at the Sovereign Center, according to the singer’s site. She wraps up the 45-date tour on May 30 in Spokane, Washington. Craig Morgan and Sons of Sylvia will open for her.

“I am getting so excited about next year as we are currently working through all the big plans for the tour,” Underwood said in a statement. “I cannot wait to perform new music and see familiar faces across the U.S. and Canada!”

Recently, Underwood told CMT that while recording her latest album, she kept in mind the fact that she’d have to play many of the songs live. “You have to think about that,” she explained. “I think one of things I’m kind of known for are big ballads, but [with just] a show full of big ballads it’d be a snoozefest. I have to think about things like that, but there are certain songs in there just for the sake of: ‘This is going to be so much fun live.’ ”

Underwood even prepared herself for the possibility that the songs that will be best live won’t be her fans’ favorites from the album. “You don’t if … they might flip through it every time on the CD, but … you just think of production and all the stuff you can do with it [live],” she said. “You’ve got to think ahead.”

Carrie Underwood’s Play On tour dates, according to her site:

» March 11 – Reading, PA @ Sovereign Center
» March 12 – Albany, NY @ Times Union Center
» March 13 – Providence, RI @ Dunkin Donuts Center
» March 15 – Portland, ME @ Cumberland County Civic Center
» March 16 – Bridgeport, CT @ Arena @ HarborYard
» March 19 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Boardwalk Hall
» March 20 – Mashantucket, CT @ MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods
» March 21 – Worcester, MA @ DCU Center
» March 23 – Hamilton, Ontario @ Copps Coliseum
» March 24 – Kanata, Ontario @ Scotiabank Place
» March 26 – Trenton, NJ @ Sun National Bank Center
» March 27 – Amherst, MA @ Mullins Center
» March 29 – Wilkes Barre, PA @ Wachovia Arena
» March 31 – Rochester, NY @ BlueCross Arena
» April 01 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Petersen Civic Center
» April 03 – Pikeville, KY @ Eastern Kentucky Expo Center
» April 06 – Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
» April 07 – Peoria, IL @ Peoria Civic Center
» April 09 – Indianapolis, IN @ Conseco Fieldhouse
» April 10 – Rockford, IL @ Rockford MetroCentre
» April 12 – Ft Wayne, IN @ Allen County War Memorial
» April 13 – Saginaw, MI @ Dow Events Center
» April 14 – Lansing, MI @ Breslin Student Events Center
» April 23 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena
» April 24 – Toledo, OH @ Lucas County Arena
» April 25 – Cincinnati, OH @ US Bank Arena
» April 27 – Richmond, VA @ Richmond Coliseum
» April 28 – Charleston, WV @ Charleston Civic Center
» April 30 – Fayetteville, NC @ Crown Coliseum
» May 1 – Columbia, SC @ Colonial Life Arena
» May 2 – Augusta, GA @ James Brown Arena
» May 4 – Tallahassee, FL @ Tallahassee County Civic Center
» May 5 – Pensacola, FL @ Pensacola Civic Center
» May 7 – New Orleans, LA @ Lakefront Arena
» May 8 – Lafayette, LA @ Cajundome
» May 10 – Beaumont, TX @ Ford Park Events Center
» May 12 – Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
» May 13 – Corpus Christi, TX @ American Bank Center
» May 15 – Tucson, AZ @ Tucson Arena
» May 18 – Fresno, CA @ SaveMart Center
» May 20 – Sacramento, CA @ ARCO Arena
» May 21 – Reno, NV @ Reno Events Center
» May 22 – Las Vegas, NV @ Orleans Arena
» May 29 – Everett, WA @ Comcast Arena at Everett Events Center
» May 30 – Spokane, WA @ Spokane Arena