Country music superstar and “American Idol” winner Carrie Underwood on March 23 returns to Roanoke Civic Center for the third time in four years.
Underwood, whose fourth album, “Blown Away,” is also her fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard country chart, has previously opened for Keith Urban (February 2008) and headlined the venue (November 2010). Both shows were sellouts, while Urban’s 2009 concert was a a few hundred short of a sellout, for what that’s worth.
“Blown Away” was No. 5 this week on the Billboard country albums chart (and No. 25 in the top 200), and the title cut was at No. 2 on the Billboard country singles chart.
Though it would seem an inopportune time to promote a show that’s part of the “Blown Away” tour, this mitigates it a bit — according to a news release, Underwood’s camp is donating $1 from each ticket sold on the North American leg of “The Blown Away Tour” to support Red Cross disaster relief. Ticket prices and on-sale date information was not included in the news release.
Along for the show this time around is Hunter Hayes, also no stranger to the Roanoke concert scene. Hayes opened for Rascal Flatts in January, performed at Festival in the Park in May. He had opened for Phil Vassar at the Oct. 2011 Pajama Jam
All of that presaged a slow climb up the charts for the young country-pop guitar hero, who this week had his self-titled debut album at No. 7 on the country chart after 54 weeks (it peaked at No. 4) and at No. 31 in the Billboard top 200, where it was rising after 18 weeks there. His single “Wanted” hit No. 1 on the country top 10, and it sat at No. 4 this week.
It adds up to a big night for country-pop music lovers in the Roanoke Valley.