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Carrie Underwood, “Just a Dream”

July 8, 2008 Kevin John Coyne 41

The music Carrie Underwood has released since her stunningly successful debut album has been an interesting contrast between commercial music recorded with a clear eye for radio and compelling cover songs recorded for charity. While

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Carrie Underwood, “Praying For Time”

April 23, 2008 Kevin John Coyne 11

Last year, the first Idols Give Back special found Carrie Underwood transforming the Pretenders classic “I’ll Stand By You” into an immaculate country ballad. This year, she reinvents the George Michael smash “Praying For Time.”

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Carrie Underwood, “Last Name”

March 15, 2008 Leeann Ward 27

The glaringly obvious comparison to Alan Jackson’s “I Don’t Even Know Your Name” cannot be overlooked here. Likewise, the comparison to Carrie’s own “Before He Cheats” is also rather evident. Moreover, this song doesn’t do

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2008 ACM Nominations

March 4, 2008 Kevin John Coyne 33

Apparently, Entertainer of the Year will be fan-voted.  Seriously. Analysis to come, but let me briefly say “Woo-hoo! Miranda Lambert!” ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR Kenny Chesney Brad Paisley Rascal Flatts George Strait Keith Urban TOP

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2007 CMA Awards Live Blog

November 7, 2007 Kevin John Coyne 53

Winners: Entertainer – Kenny Chesney Male Vocalist – Brad Paisley Female Vocalist – Carrie Underwood Vocal Duo – Sugarland Vocal Group – Rascal Flatts Horizon – Taylor Swift Album – George Strait, It Just Comes

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Carrie Underwood, Carnival Ride

November 4, 2007 Kevin John Coyne 16

Carrie Underwood Carnival Ride Carrie Underwood’s been spending a lot of her time lately rebutting her detractors, or as she calls them, “the haters.”  Let me go on the record and say, I’m not a

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