Carrie Underwood Shows Growth With New Single, ‘Drinking Alone’

Carrie Underwood’s latest album, Cry Pretty, showcases the superstar’s growth as a vocalist and songwriter, and her brand new single,…


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October 30, 2019


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Carrie Underwood’s latest album, Cry Pretty, showcases the superstar’s growth as a vocalist and songwriter, and her brand new single, “Drinking Alone,” is no different.

The song, which marks Underwood’s fourth single from her Cry Pretty album, was co-written by Underwood alongside David Garcia and Brett James.  The bluesy number finds the seven-time Grammy winner tackling new territory, both as a vocalist and storyteller.

“We should be drinking alone, together / Drowning the pain is better / With somebody else who got problems / We ain’t gonna solve ‘em / But misery loves company / Tonight all I need is a stranger / Lips with a whiskey chaser / And a corner booth kiss / To make me forget that he’s gone / We should be drinking alone /We should be drinking alone, together,” she croons throughout the chorus.

Underwood’s performance of “Drinking Alone” is a standout moment from her Cry Pretty Tour 360, so it’s no surprise she chose to release it as a single. Overall, the song is a bit of a departure from Underwood’s previous radio singles, but sometimes change is good.

Underwood is slated to perform “Drinking Alone” at the 53rd Annual CMA Awards where she will host alongside special guest hosts Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton. She’s also nominated for a number of trophies that evening, including the night’s top honor, Entertainer of the Year.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.