How Carrie Underwood Got Blown Away
Earning two Grammy Award nominations this year for Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song, "Blown Away" was written by Chris Tompkins and Josh Kear. They are the same duo who penned Carrie's 2008 Grammy-winning smash "Before He Cheats." And as the two songwriters told Radio.com, they didn't necessarily set out to write something this darkmuch less a song that involved storm cellars, "tear-soaked whiskey memor[ies]," and "sweet revenge."
In fact, things started rather simplyas many songwriter sessions often do. "We began to build drums and the string parts that drive the intro and verse," Chris tells Radio.com. After that, the lyrics just started "leaking out."
"We were searching for a highly dramatic story song," says Josh. "We started with strings and a four-on-the-floor kick drum, still with no idea what the song would be about. At one point Chris decided he wanted to mess around with sound effects and almost instantly landed on these samples of storm sounds." more on this story