How Carrie Underwood Got Into Character for “Cowboy Casanova”

New Video Is Part of CMT's Big New Music Weekend

For the first time ever, Carrie Underwood took two days to film one of her music videos. And when you see all the stylish dancers and flashy costumes in “Cowboy Casanova,” you’ll know why.

The video premiere is part of CMT’s Big New Music Weekend taking place Friday-Sunday (Oct. 2-4), featuring nine world premieres from several of country’s biggest stars. In addition to “Cowboy Casanova,” the other videos include Tim McGraw’s “Southern Voice,” Kenny Chesney’s collaboration with Dave Matthews on “I’m Alive,” Keith Urban’s “Hit the Ground Runnin’,” Sugarland’s “Keep You,” Reba McEntire’s “Consider Me Gone,” Miranda Lambert’s “White Liar,” Billy Currington’s “That’s How Country Boys Roll” and Michelle Branch’s “Sooner or Later.”

For “Country Casanova,” Underwood enjoyed spending some extra time in shooting the video.

“Usually we cram everything into one day because, goodness knows, what else I have to do — I’m off flying somewhere else doing something crazy,” she tells “But it wasn’t all about me this time. We had dancers. We had a lot of people going on. It was just a lot of fun. You know, changing into one fabulous outfit after another and just going out and having a lot of fun with it. The energy was really good, and it made the day fly by.”

“Cowboy Casanova” is the first single from Underwood’s upcoming album, Play On, due Nov. 3. In the song, she warns her friends to watch out for smooth talkers, and with a wicked wardrobe, she’s a commanding visual presence, too. And the New Orleans backdrop doesn’t hurt, either. Underwood says the clothes helped her get in character for the sassy song.

“The girl that’s telling all these other girls is somebody who’s experienced, and she is very confident,” Underwood explains. “So when you put on something like high heels, it just makes such a difference. And when you put on some fabulous boots and stuff that fits the song so well, you get this aura of confidence, and you become that character. It definitely helps a lot.”

Asked how she learned the dance moves in the video, Underwood replies, “I watched what they were doing. … I’m not a dancer, but I love to dance on my own, you know, at home by myself. So being able to jump in here and there was just a lot of fun. I’d watch them and see what they were doing and throw something in every once in a while. People would be like, ’Oh, keep doing that!’ Yeah, it was a lot of fun.”