Just seven months after giving birth to her first child, Carrie Underwood is navigating motherhood, gearing up to release a brand-new album and plotting the logistics of her latest headlining tour. Amid all that planned activity, however, the country superstar is taking some time to be a bit more spontaneous as she becomes the latest artist to stage a surprise concert for the CMT Instant Jam series.
Tonight, Underwood will perform a free show at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta (she teased the Georgia locale yesterday by sharing a photo of a peach on her socials). Fans who want to attend can wait in line for a wristband at Central Park in Atlantic Station beginning at 10:00 a.m. ET this morning. Doors at the Variety Playhouse open at 7:00 p.m. for the concert.
Previous shows under the CMT Instant Jam banner have been staged by Kenny Chesney, Florida Georgia Line, Hunter Hayes and Darius Rucker. Rucker’s show in his hometown of Charleston, South Carolina, was a tribute to the city’s resilience in the wake of the June mass shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Church. Hayes taped his pop-up concert for the series earlier this month in Lexington, Kentucky. It will air September 26th on CMT.
Although details of Underwood’s upcoming trek, including which acts will join her on the road, are still being worked out, all signs point toward an early 2016 launch. “It takes a lot of love and a lot of planning,” she said recently. “I feel like within the next couple of months, we should be announcing everything. We’ll just put it out there!”
Meanwhile, the singer-songwriter will release Storyteller, her first album of new material in more than three years, on October 23rd. The LP’s lead single, “Smoke Break,” which she penned with Chris DeStefano and Hillary Lindsey, is already in the Top Five. Other headlining appearances for the Oklahoma native include this year’s Apple Music Festival in London. When she takes the stage at the 168-year-old Roundhouse on September 21st, the third day of the 10-day festival, Underwood will become the first country artist ever to headline the event. Apple Music will also live-stream Underwood’s set.