OFFSTAGE: Finding Carrie Underwood’s Upcoming Songs

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Carrie Underwood‘s next album is just about done. Well, the singing and songwriting parts are, anyway. And her website had some of the details on the fan club page. That alone is great news, but what I really love hearing is that Underwood did some of the songwriting on this one. She helped pen some of my favorite songs from her past three albums, like “I Ain’t in Checotah Anymore,” “So Small,” “Last Name,” “Play On” and “Temporary Home.” (She also co-wrote “All-American Girl,” “Crazy Dreams,” “Undo it,” “Mama’s Song,” “Cowboy Casanova,” “Unapologize” and ” What Can I Say,” just for the record.) So I tried to find out what kinds of songs might have put together for this 2012 album. But the trouble with that was, I found too many. When you search the BMI website, you’ll find 80 songs in Underwood’s repertoire. And all of them sound like good ones, including titles such as “Faith Hope Love,” “He Rides Away,” “Forgot to Forget,” “Neverlasting Love,” “Truth Hurts” and “To My Favorite Fan.” And so on. I don’t know which ones will make the upcoming album, but I do know this: I’d hate to have to be the one to narrow down that list.

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