Speaking with CMT, Underwood hinted at plans to hit the highway in early 2016, explaining, “We’re working out the details right now — tour routing and figuring out who’s going to come out with us and all that stuff. It takes a lot of love and a lot of planning. I feel like within the next couple of months, we should be announcing everything. We’ll just put it out there!”
The tour will help promote Storyteller, Underwood’s first album of new material in more than three years. Released on the heels of Greatest Hits: Decade #1, the album already sports a Top Five radio hit in “Smoke Break,” a song Underwood wrote with Chris DeStefano and Hillary Lindsey. Although she’s kept a tight lid on the rest of the album’s sound, “Smoke Break” points toward the familiar intersection of modern country and polished, punchy pop-rock, an area the singer has mined with platinum-selling results before. Storyteller arrives October 23rd.
Also on the horizon is a headlining appearance at this year’s Apple Music Festival in London. Underwood will perform on September 21st, three days into the 10-day festival, and joins a roster that also includes Pharrell Williams, Ellie Goulding, One Direction, Florence + The Machine, Mumford & Sons, Take That and Disclosure. Although the event takes place inside the 168 year-old Roundhouse, Underwood’s set will also be streamed live via Apple Music. She is the first country music artist ever to headline the event.