OFFSTAGE: Carrie Underwood: Not a Hockey Groupie Wife

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Carrie Underwood was on my country radio this morning, talking openly about everything from her new kitchen and hockey groupies to the slight Canadian accent she may or may not be picking up and what her plans are now that she’s off the road. So on watching husband Mike Fisher play hockey, she said, “I can’t be like groupie wife. I gotta learn how to be a hockey wife.” And as for her kitchen in her new house in Canada, she said, “It’s almost to the point of like, ‘Get outta my kitchen.’ We were trying to do Christmas cooking and it was me and Mike’s mom. It was really nice trying to get stuff together, and everybody was coming in grabbing food.” On being a vegan: “I don’t wanna be responsible for cooking meat cause I’ll get everyone landed in the hospital. Some people, like, drag me into this horrible conversation about how you should eat meat. I’m like, ‘Wait a minute. I don’t care what you put in your body, leave me out of this.’” And on her blossoming Canadian accent: “I am very malleable as far as what I sound like. If I go back home for a while, I come back using double negatives, I use ‘ain’t’ all the time,” she admitted. Then when she talked about her plans for the next six months, she said, “I’ll be here in Canada hanging out. When you come off the road, it’s kind of like ‘How do I become a person again?’”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.