Country music sweetheart Carrie Underwood may not have received as much media attention as Taylor Swift this year, but 2009 has still been a...

Country music sweetheart Carrie Underwood may not have received as much media attention as Taylor Swift this year, but 2009 has still been a strong year for the former American Idol. With a new album under her belt, she hopes to continue that success into the New Year with fresh spring tour plans.

The chart-topping singer will head from coast-to-coast next year with her 45-date Play On Tour, which also includes a few performances in Canada. The venture kicks off March 11 at Sovereign Center in Reading, PA, and concludes May 30 at Spokane Arena in Spokane, WA.

Underwood’s routing includes performances on March 20 at MGM Grand at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, CT; April 9 at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN; May 7 at Lakefront Arena in New Orleans, LA; and May 22 at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, NV.

Craig Morgan will be featured along with a special guest along with Sons of Sylvia, who formerly performed as The Clark Brothers and are featured on Underwood’s latest album.

Public ticket sales for all dates of the tour will begin December 18. Tickets for the tour are affordable across the board, with most U.S. venues offering a $35 to $55 range, not including fees. Some venues have lower ranges, but prices only vary by a few dollars at most.

“I am getting so excited about next year as we are currently working through all the big plans for the tour,” Underwood said in a prepared statement. “I cannot wait to perform new music and see familiar faces across the U.S. and Canada!”

Underwood is touring behind her third studio album, “Play On,” which she released on November 3. In its first week of release, the album sold 318,000 copies and earned the former “American Idol” concestant and Season 4 winner her second consecutive No. 1 position on the Billboard 200, following 2007’s “Carnival Ride.”

Carrie Underwood itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)

March 11Reading, PASovereign Center
March 12Albany, NYTimes Union Center
March 13Providence, RIDunkin’ Donuts Center
March 15Portland, MECumberland Co. Civic Center
March 16Bridgeport, CTArena At Harbor Yard
March 19Atlantic City, NJAtlantic City Boardwalk Hall
March 20Mashantucket, CTMGM Grand At Foxwoods
March 21Worcester, MADCU Center
March 23Hamilton, ONCopps Coliseum
March 24Ottawa, ONScotiabank Place
March 26Trenton, NJSun National Bank Center
March 27Amherst, MAMullins Center
March 29Wilkes-Barre, PAWachovia Arena At Casey Plaza
March 31Rochester, NYBlue Cross Arena
April 1Pittsburgh, PAPetersen Events Center
April 3Pikeville, KYEastern Kentucky Exposition Center
April 6Columbus, OHSchottenstein Center
April 7Peoria, ILPeoria Civic Center Arena
April 9Indianapolis, INConseco Fieldhouse
April 10Rockford, ILRockford MetroCentre
April 12Fort Wayne, INAllen County War Mem. Coliseum
April 13Saginaw, MIArena at Dow Event Center
April 14East Lansing, MIBreslin Student Events Center
April 23Grand Rapids, MIVan Andel Arena
April 24Toledo, OHLucas County Arena
April 25Cincinnati, OHU.S. Bank Arena
April 27Richmond, VARichmond Coliseum
April 28Charleston, WVCharleston Civic Center Coliseum
May 1Columbia, SCColonial Life Arena
May 2Augusta, GAJames Brown Arena
May 4Tallahassee, FLTallahassee-Leon Co. Civic Ctr.
May 5Pensacola, FLPensacola Civic Center
May 7New Orleans, LALakefront Arena
May 8Lafayette, LACajundome
May 10Beaumont, TXFord Park Arena
May 12Austin, TXFrank Erwin Center
May 13Corpus Christi, TXAmerican Bank Center Arena
May 15Tucson, AZTucson Arena
May 18Fresno, CASave Mart Center
May 20Sacramento, CAARCO Arena
May 21Reno, NVReno Events Center
May 22Las Vegas, NVOrleans Arena
May 29Everett, WAComcast Arena At Everett
May 30Spokane, WASpokane Arena