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!”
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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.