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Nov 17, 2010
Sons of Sylvia's Adam Clark talks about touring with Carrie Underwood

Hi there, Lindsay Deutsch here. Last night I went to the Baltimore, Md. stop on Carrie Underwood's Play On tour. It was quite a show--an energetic crowd, glittery costumes, dynamic sets and of course plenty of singing. The night was full of surprises ... let's just say there was a flying pickup truck involved. Stay tuned for show highlights.

I caught up with opener Sons of Sylvia's oldest trio member, mandolin-playing Adam Clark, outside after last night's Carrie Underwood show, standing nondescriptly near his tour bus about 100 feet from where a group of Underwood fans waited anxiously for her to exit the venue.

"She's not going to come out," he deadpans, watching the crowd with an amused smile. "She never does until all the fans leave."

Sons of Sylvia has been touring with Underwood for the better part of 2010—they were her first openers from the tour's inception in March through June, and reconvened in September for this current run. The Nashville-based country group is the winner of The Next Great American Band, FOX's short-lived American Idol spinoff for musical groups. From the win, they gained management with 19 Entertainment and a contract with Interscope Records, and subsequently landed the spot on the Play On tour.

"You know, most shows are sold out and the response is pretty much always the same," Clark beckons at the Underwood-devout and chuckles.

"Being on tour is, well, being on tour. It's a lot of fun. We play pranks on each other but most of them I can't tell you. There's a video we put up on YouTube where [Sons of Sylvia frontman] Ashley is running and trips over a speaker then falls," he laughs. "Oh, and on Halloween, Ash came out to sing his duet with Carrie wearing vampire's teeth and completely freaked her out. That was great."

While we were talking, fans walking by recognized Clark, stopping to scream out praise.

"You were in the opening band, right? My daughter loved you!" says one particularly excited father, whose pre-teen daughter rushed up for a picture and autograph.

"What an incredible show. I just loved when Carrie sang the harmony with the lead singer from Sons of Sylvia—you know they're a band to look out for. They're going to take the industry by storm," says Janet Pogar, 55, of Glen Burnie, Md.

One girl stops to ask if she can use the bathroom on Clark's tour bus. Another drunk couple gushes their praise while stumbling home. There is a constant stream of fans snapping photos of the musician.

As it gets later and Underwood still does not emerge from the stadium, fans start to thin out, a few lingering with the hope of seeing their idol. Is this fan reaction normal?

"Oh yeah," Clark says. "Just life on the Carrie tour."