How Carrie Underwood Got Blown Away

( After the uptempo pop fun of "Good Girl," the first single from her 2012 album Blown Away, Carrie Underwood chose a song of a different color for her next one. And by different color we mean something much murkier–the dark and stormy title track, "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, they didn't necessarily set out to write something this dark–much less a song that involved storm cellars, "tear-soaked whiskey memor[ies]," and "sweet revenge."

In fact, things started rather simply–as many songwriter sessions often do. "We began to build drums and the string parts that drive the intro and verse," Chris tells 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 is an official news provider for
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