OFFSTAGE: Carrie Underwood: Country Tells the Truth

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Like I wrote yesterday, I love music. And shows about music. But what I really love is when the artists talk about that music. So when Carrie Underwood was telling Steven Tyler about “Just a Dream” on Saturday night’s (Feb. 4) CMT Crossroads , I was in total agreement when she said, “The great thing about country music, it will tell the truth no matter what.” She went on to say that country is good even when it’s bad. “Even when it’s not pretty. Even when it’s not the happy ending. It can’t always be positive and upbeat. ’Just a Dream’ was definitely one for me that it wasn’t a happy ending. It wasn’t all wrapped up in a pretty little bow. But those are the things that mean something to people. Those are the songs that they hear the story and think. ’Oh, my gosh. This is my life, and nobody has ever talked about this before.’ And in some way, I don’t know, you’re connected to those people forever.” Tyler agrees and goes on to rave about the way Underwood sings those words. “That melody under those words. ’I can’t even breathe,'” he sings. “I mean that’s insane. Anybody that lost a husband in the war and was handed a flag would drop to their knees hearing this song. Physically, drop to their knees and bawl like a baby. Just brilliant, brilliant, brilliant.”