Carrie Underwood brings her tale of dark revenge to the Grand Ole Opry Grand Ole Opry/YouTube screenshot
Grand Ole Opry/YouTube screenshot

Carrie Underwood has delivered some big performances of her latest hit, “Church Bells,” including that dramatic time she played the drums on the song on the ACM Awards in April. She brought in a gospel choir to give a boost to the dark, twisted song on the CMT Awards in June, but this new performance at the Grand Ole Opry may be our favorite yet.

There’s nothing on the Opry stage but Carrie and her band delivering the lyrics about a poor girl named Jenny who marries a rich man. Of course, that rich man turns into an abusive drunk, but Jenny makes sure he’s gone for good with a little help from some untraceable poison.

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Now, that’s country.

“Church Bells” is reminiscent of songs that have lit up the Opry stage for decades, including Reba McEntire’s dark, southern ballads “Fancy” and “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia” or Tanya Tucker’s epic songs from the ’70s, “Delta Dawn” and “Blood Red and Going Down.”

We’re grateful Carrie is carrying on that tradition with “Church Bells.”

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If you haven’t checked out the official video for “Church Bells,” Carrie decided to make it a showcase for her current Storyteller Tour. She’s got a few festival dates lined up this summer, but the tour officially kicks off again on Aug. 31 with a show in Anchorage, Alaska.

Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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