Carrie Underwood sings of the Cowboy Casanova
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
– Cowboy Casanova
is the first single from Carrie Underwood's upcoming third album, "Play On." Underwood wrote the track with Mike Elizondo and Brett James, one of the writers behind her huge hit Jesus, Take the Wheel.
Originally slated to arrive at country radio on Sept. 8, the leak of a rough, unfinished version of the song prompted a rushed-to-radio delivery of the real single late Wednesday evening. Fans can hear the genuine single of Cowboy Casanova online now at both carrieunderwoodofficial.com, as well as youtube.com/carrieunderwood.
Underwood is continuing work on "Play On," which drops Nov. 3. She is again teamed with Mark Bright, who produced her "Carnival Ride" collection as well as seven tracks from "Some Hearts."
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