Story Powering the Track: Carrie Underwood’s ‘Cowboy Casanova’

Carrie Underwood

Tale Powering the Song: ‘Cowboy Casanova’

The Tennessean

“He is a great time cowboy Casanova, leaning up in opposition to the record equipment,” Carrie Underwood warned listeners in 2009.

“He appears like a awesome drink of water, but he’s candy-coated distress.”

In actuality, writing about a person who’s almost nothing but bad news was a ton of exciting for Underwood and Brett James — specially since it was their very first time working with Mike Elizondo, who’d built a name on his function with Dr. Dre, Eminem and 50 Cent.

James instructed the story powering the tune to Bart Herbison of Nashville Songwriters Affiliation International.

Bart Herbison: You and the titles, dude. We did “Jesus Choose the Wheel” (in an before installment). Here’s yet another a person. There are specific titles — in the writer local community, we’re all close friends, and everyone supports each other … but you hear any individual go, “I wish I’d penned that!” So 1st, tell us about your co-writers.

Brett James: It was Mike Elizondo and Carrie Underwood. It was a truly very exciting day. I feel it was Mike Elizondo’s initially co-create in Nashville ever, if I am not mistaken. Carrie and I bought established up to publish with Mike because he was this kind of a significant deal in L.A. He is grow to be just one of my dearest buddies. But you read through his credits at the time, and he obtained identified as in essence (the) urban bass participant with Dr. Dre and all these amazing urban writers. That was sort of out of my wheelhouse.

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We kind of didn’t know what to count on. Certain adequate, Mike Elizondo walks in … and he could not have been cooler and much more down to earth. Mike had a tiny piece of songs created that working day, that groove and the defeat. Carrie and I the two lit up and we cherished it.

I bear in mind that title happened to be on my title checklist that working day, and I imagined, “We could do a little something with this.” We experienced so a great deal entertaining composing that music. … We are getting to make fun of (the “casanova”) a little bit and warn other women about him. It became this complete-on mindset working day, and Carrie is these kinds of an amazing author. Her enter into all of that was enjoyment to enjoy, like “Let us just sting a little tougher.”

… Everything she sings sounds like the best line. She could sing the tune at the water bottle or the sofa, and you just unwind. Fantastic. “Produce that down since it all sounds so good.”

BH: I assume we get “The Fighter” (Underwood’s duet with Keith City) because of that song. (We) re-fell in really like with this edgy, “I am going for it” moment from her.

BJ: She crushes these type of tracks. … It can be nevertheless fun all these a long time later to view her do it live because she normally owns the character, and even looks like her. I’m positive she’s sung that tune a thousand times, but she appears to be like like she’s singing (it) for the very first time — as she does with all of her music.

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