Chuck Haralson and Ken Smith were inducted into the Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame during the 43rd annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism
Concertgoers at Sunday night's Carrie Underwood performance were served a generous helping of classic country with a saucy side of pop music. The fourth season “American Idol” winner sizzled and wowed audience members with her powerful, dripping-with-vibrato voice.
Multi-platinum country star Josh Turner kicked off the evening at 7:30 p.m. with “Firecracker,” the lead single off of his third and newest album, “Everything Is Fine.” He followed it with “One Woman Man” and “Everything is Fine” — the album's title track. The ladies in the audience squealed with delight as his deep baritone voice danced through the melodies.
Turner concluded his set with the top-20 hit “Long Black Train,” “Your Man,” the spiritual “Me and God” and the bluegrass tune “Would You Go With Me.”
Whereas Turner's show drew on the old-school country sounds of famous honky-tonkers like George Jones and Merle Haggard, Carrie Underwood's performance brought a unique and commanding mixture of pop and country to the stage.
In addition to stellar vocals and performance, Underwood also came armed with an arsenal of witty stage personality. The Checotah, Okla., native began her performance by belting out ballads “Flat on the Floor” and “Wasted” before slinging a sleek black guitar over her shoulder and strumming the upbeat, attitude driven “Get Out of this Town.”
Keeping the tunes fresh and the audience happy, Underwood followed the set of lively, sing-out-loud songs with the tender “Just a Dream” and “Jesus Take the Wheel,” in which Underwood had the audience sing the chorus.
After changing into jeans and a tank top, she sang “Crazy Dreams,” an inspiring song reminiscent of her own launch into stardom. Having been inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday, Underwood thanked the audience like a group of old friends for all they'd done to get her where she was.
The golden-haired songstress followed her moment of gratitude with fellow Grand Ole Opry member Randy Travis's love song “I Told You So” before plowing through a set of her own hits “Lessons Learned,” “Some Hearts” and “Last Name.”
Since it was Mother's Day, Underwood honored all the “mommas” in the crowd with a sweet rendition of “Don't Forget to Remember Me,” followed by “Twisted,” “All American Girl” and Guns N' Roses' “Paradise City.” Finally, Underwood gave the audience what they'd been waiting for all night: “Before He Cheats,” which she sang barefoot before waving goodbye to her crowd of about 6,500 satisfied fans.