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Shelton goes undercover again

Thursday, November 29, 2018 – Blake Shelton will release a cover of a 40-year-old Eddie Rabbit song, the last of three covers Shelton recorded, on Friday.

After releasing throwback tunes "Tequila Sheila" (recorded by Bobby Bare in 1980) and "The King is Gone (So are You)," (recorded by George Jones in 1989) Shelton will wrap his "Friends and Heroes Session" with the release of "Every Which Way But Loose." Originally recorded in 1978 by Rabbit as the title track of the adventure comedy film starring Clint Eastwood, Shelton provides his own take.

Shelton said of the "Friends and Heroes" tracks, "One of the coolest things I've been able to do in my career, because I've been fortunate, is be a little selfish along the way and be able to record some songs that I grew up loving. I feel like they have helped shape who I am as an artist and were what inspired me to want to be a country singer."

Shelton will hit the stage on NBC's The Voice on Monday for a live performance of his latest single "Turnin' Me On." The song is the third single from "Texoma Shore,:

"We were at a show last year in Louisiana, and I'm sitting on the bus with my guitar and started playing a little melody that I was hearing in my head, and then I wrote a verse and a chorus. I realized it was going somewhere and I felt good about it, " said Shelton. "I called up my friend Jessi Alexander and asked her if she could help me with it, and she and I and Josh Osborne ended up writing this song, I'm so proud of it - and it's not hard to figure out who this song is about."

The latter was a reference to girl friend Gwen Stefani.

Shelton will launch an 18-date "Friends and Heroes 2019" run next month. Lauren Alaina joins Shelton for the dates along with special appearances by the Bellamy Brothers, John Anderson and Trace Adkins. The tour will begin on Feb. 14 in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Tour dates are:
Feb.14 Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Energy Arena
Feb.15 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
Feb.16 Sioux Falls, SD Denny PREMIER Center
Feb.21 Indianapolis, IN Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Feb.22 Buffalo, NY KeyBank Center
Feb.23 Pittsburgh, PA PPG Paints Arena
Feb.28 Peoria, IL Peoria Civic Center
March 1 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center
March 2 Evansville, IN Ford Center
March 7 Jacksonville, FL Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
March 8 Tampa, FL Amalie Arena
March 9 Sunrise, FL BB&T Center
March 14 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena
March 15 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
March 16 Green Bay, WI Resch Center
March 21 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
March 22 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
March 23 Albany, NY Times Union Center

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Texoma Shore CD review - Texoma Shore
Blake Shelton's 11th studio album finds The Voice advisor in a contented, one might even say homey, frame of mind. The opening track and first single "I'll Name the Dogs" sets the tone. It's a rollicking ode to domesticity that manages to make household chore distribution ("You find the spot and I'll find the money / You be the pretty and I'll be the funny") both romantic and amusing. The beat switches to hip-hop on "Money," but the sentiment »»»
Live EP CD review - Live EP
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If I'm Honest CD review - If I'm Honest
Blake Shelton makes it abundantly clear that this is not going to be a light-hearted listen, despite his public demeanor. "I have never recorded a more personal or reflective album in my career," Shelton wrote on the cover insert. He said the 15-song release "touches both the highs and low of past year of my life." And that would first and foremost include his very public split with Miranda Lambert, which happened quickly and suddenly. Shelton forlornly looks back at a »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: There's a lot to be said about The Felice Brothers – The Felice Brothers have soldiered on, occupying the fringes of the musical world with ups and downs. After not knowing whether the group would even continue following the departure of half of the band a few years ago, The Felice Brothers continued with a new rhythm section and a new album, "Undressed," that is heavily political.... »»»
Concert Review: Turner bring it on (to his second) home – Frank Turner opined during the first of four sold-out nights of the Lost Evenings Festival that Boston was his home away from his British home. The likable, accessible singer hit the sweet spot not only with his perspective, but his performance as well demonstrated why. Turner made a major change in this year's festival. For the first time, he... »»»
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