OFFSTAGE: Carrie Underwood to Put Down Rural Roots

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It is almost impossible to imagine how big Carrie Underwood’s new home will be. Mostly because it’s so hard to imagine how big her property is. Underwood and hubby Mike Fisher just bought about 400 acres in a rural part of Nashville. So if my math is right, that’s like 300 football fields. Which is a lot of privacy. Which I’m sure they will love. I live extremely close to my neighbors, so if I need to borrow a cup of sugar I can just yell out the window, “Can I borrow a cup of sugar?” It’s the only life I’ve ever known, so the thought of being neighborless would be a huge culture shock. But that kind of close-knit community is not for everyone. The good thing about Underwood’s new ’hood is that if she and Fisher ever do get lonely, they can wander east a few miles and go to Puckett’s Grocery and Restaurant in Leipers Fork. That’s the place that is like half restaurant, half music venue. So you may wander in for a fried bologna sandwich and end up staying for a show. Come to think of it, maybe that’s why Underwood chose the part of town she did. And who knows? Maybe when she’s not touring, she’ll head into Puckett’s for open mic night.