It’s been more than two years since Carrie Underwood released “See You Again,” the faith-fueled power ballad that doubled as her final single from 2012’s Blown Away. While headlining the Big Barrel Country Music Festival last Sunday evening, though, she gave the song a 2015 makeover, throwing a snippet of Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s own “See You Again” into the tune’s second half.
The mash-up arrived during the middle of her 21-song set, following a string of deep cuts like “I Know You Won’t” and “Flat on the Floor.” Then, with her pianist leading the charge, Underwood launched into an intimate version of “See You Again,” a song she co-wrote with Hillary Lindsey and Evanescence’s David Hodges. Everything sounded normal until the second chorus, which Underwood extended by singing an instantly familiar line: “It’s been a long day without you, my friend, and I’ll tell you all about it when I see you again.” Then, while the crowd was still processing what was happening, she moved from Charlie Puth’s vocal hook into Wiz Khalifa’s rapped verse, pausing only to laugh at herself before barreling right back into one of the biggest choruses of 2015.
The mash-up ended with a few final lines from Underwood’s own song, with the onstage Jumbotron catching one last laugh from the singer before the lights went dark. The concert continued from there — Underwood still had hits including “Jesus, Take the Wheel” (another Hillary Lindsey collaboration) and “Something in the Water” to perform — but for festivalgoers who’d spent the entire weekend beneath rainy Delaware skies, Underwood’s unexpected bridge between the country and hip-hop worlds was one of Big Barrel’s easy highlights.
Underwood’s summertime tour schedule includes stops at several additional festivals, including Milwaukee’s Summerfest, Michigan’s Faster Horses Festival and western Ohio’s Country Concert ’15.