Blake Shelton’s 2013 album, Based On A True Story. Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Records.
Blake Shelton has debuted the all-star music video for his latest single, “Boys ‘Round Here.” Filmed at The Walt Disney Golden Oak Ranch in Santa Clarita just after the ACM Awards, the video is one big party featuring the Pistol Annies and RaeLynn.
The cast spent a full day filming in 50mph winds, co-starring with a giant red pickup truck, which was over four feet high just to step into — and even the original Chik-Fil-A cow made a cameo.
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Blake Shelton’s 2013 album, Based On A True Story… Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Records.
CMA Entertainer of the Year Blake Shelton’s eighth studio album comes from a happy place. Based On A True Story…, which is due in stores March 26, tells the sort of tale you’d expect to hear from an artist clearly on the ascent with a soaring national profile and an ever-growing fan base. Working again with longtime producer Scott Hendricks (Trace Adkins, Jana Kramer), Blake dishes up 12 contemporary-leaning songs on the new record that serve as a lighthearted companion to his 2011 platinum-selling album, Red River Blue.
Things have been going well for Blake, whose national popularity skyrocketed after settling into a judge’s chair on the hit singing competition, The Voice. An increased role in the TV spotlight appears to be having an effect on his music as Based On A True Story… features some of Blake’s finest and most confident performances to date. The album opener, “Boys ‘Round Here,” which features wife Miranda Lambert’s band Pistol Annies as well as former The Voice contestant RaeLynn, gains strength from a subtle acoustic hick hop beat before Blake’s easy drawl falls perfectly in time with the music. Giving fun-loving shout outs to Hank Jr., chewing tobacco and dirt roads, the performance exemplifies Blake’s easygoing demeanor. On the cinematic power ballad, “Do You Remember,” Blake carefully builds the drama before breaking into a powerfully nostalgic chorus. And on the standout track, “Mine Would Be You,” a miss-her-badly whose full effect isn’t realized until the twist, Blake’s melodies are one part soothing, one part regret.
Popular reference points like dirt roads and Chevy truck beds do make steady appearances. Continue Reading
Photo courtesy of Twitter.com/Jason_Aldean.
Jason Aldean’s new single, “1994,” is a fun, nostalgic look back at the year Jason was a senior in high school, Joe Diffie had a mullet, Justin Bieber was born, the OJ Simpson trial was headline news and a gallon of gas was $1.09. To celebrate the release of “1994,” Jason took to Twitter to ask fans to submit their photos from 1994. It didn’t take him long to bring his country star friends on board.
Luke Bryan was one of Jason’s first targets. Jason tweeted a school photo of himself from 1994 and asked Luke an important question. “Hey @LukeBryanOnline were ur jeans as tight in #1994 as they are now? I gotta see a pic! Here’s mine. I had a pager!”
Photo courtesy of Twitter.com/LukeBryanOnline
In the name of friendship, Luke replied with an answer – and photographic evidence that he too used to wear a cowboy hat! “buddy, I’d say they aren’t as tight but they are just as cool. #1994,” he wrote.
Jason also reached out to Keith Urban – to thank him for his support and ask for his throwback photo. “Hey @KeithUrban thanks for all the love on the new song. You’ve always had style. Show us your #1994 look!”
Photo courtesy of Twitter.com/KeithUrban
Keith was kind enough to reply – with a photo. “I was rockin the oversize thrift store jacket in #1994!!!!!” he tweeted.
Jason revealed some dirt on Dierks Bentley to get him to offer up a photo of his 1994 look. “I heard @DierksBentley was a big Billy Idol fan around #1994 and he had the look to match! I know the ladies would love to see that, DB!” Jason wrote. Continue Reading
Country music stars sure love Twitter! This week, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton celebrate Team Blake’s The Voice win, Little Jimmy Dickens thanks fans for their birthday wishes with a blast from the past, Charlie Daniels surprises his granddaughter with an early Christmas gift and Brad Paisley and RaeLynn race the Mayans. Here are our picks for this week’s Top 10 Country Tweets Of The Week:
Photo courtesy of Twitter.com/JoeNichols.
Joe Nichols – JoeNichols: Someone doesn’t like the hat she’s wearing… And letting us know about it too.
Blake Shelton – BlakeShelton: We did it!! We did it! I love y’all!!!! Continue Reading
Country music stars sure love Twitter! This week, Brad Paisley asks Faith Hill for literary help, Miranda Lambert has a new favorite TV show, Blake Shelton makes a new friend, Brett Eldredge reveals his Grand Ole Opry superstition and RaeLynn makes a confession. Here are our picks for the Top 10 Country Tweets Of The Week.
Photo courtesy of Twitter.com/BradPaisley.
Brad Paisley – BradPaisley: Tell her to read it to Tim, its above his reading level. RT @Wildaboutmusic: @FaithHill is clearly enjoying the book.
Neal McCoy – NealMcCoy: I’m so sober, I just stepped on the plane and asked “How often do these planes crash?” pilot said:: “Just Once”
Mark Wills – MarkWills: Feeling like a sissy but EVERYTIME I see an Olympic athlete cry during the National Anthem, I CRY!
Photo courtesy of Twitter.com/hillaryscottla.
Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum – HillaryScottLA: Missing sweet faces like this baby girl today! I love the country of Haiti, but it’s the faces, and the hearts behind those faces that I love the most! Continue Reading
RaeLynn photo by Jewel Cole, courtesy of Republic Nashville.
RaeLynn, the 18-year-old Team Blake competitor from the season two of The Voice, has signed a record deal with Republic Nashville. Blake Shelton chose her for his team and became a fast fan, followed first by wife Miranda Lambert and then legions of fans who got to know her during her time on the show.
A performance on The Voice of Pistol Annie’s “Hell on Heels” served as an introduction to RaeLynn. She went on to give memorable performances of Maroon 5’s “Wake Up Call” and Jason Aldean’s “She’s Country” before being eliminated in the show’s battle round.
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Country music stars sure love Twitter! This week, the topic of conversation is CMA Music Festival. GAC’s Storme Warren goes shooting with Tim McGraw, Nan Kelley hangs with a problem solver, David Nail and Rascal Flatts’ Joe Don Rooney take a break from CMA Fest to celebrate anniversaries and Frankie Ballard looks forward to his first fan club party! Here are our picks for the Top 10 Country Tweets Of The Week.
Photo courtesy of Twitter.com/stormewarren.
Storme Warren - StormeWarren: Shooting orange birds with @TheTimMcGraw & his bro Mark in honor of Tug #CMAFest
Jake Owen – JakeOwen: Pretty fired up to see all my friends and people that have supported me all these years. This CMA week will be fun!
Jerrod Niemann – JrodFromOz: I love CMA Fest! Nothing like having ya here in Nashville with us celebrating the love of Country Music.
Photo courtesy of Twitter.com/nan_kelley.
Nan Kelley – Nan_Kelley: if there’s a problem, yo..he’ll solve it- @vanillaice !!! at #TheLodge #CMAFest2012 thks for the interview,Rob!! Continue Reading
Country music stars sure love Twitter! This week, Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley celebrate the release of her new album, Kip Moore sends a heartfelt thanks to his fans, Kellie Pickler gets the upper hand and Dierks Bentley shares a sneak peek from his “5-1-5-0” video shoot. Here are our picks for the Top 10 Country Tweets Of The Week.
Photo courtesy of Twitter.com/carrieunderwood.
Carrie Underwood – CarrieUnderwood: Just bought “Blown Away!” Glad they finally have a section for us country folk! Ha ha!
Brad Paisley – BradPaisley: @carrieunderwood has a new album out today. She sings like a bird. Actually a loon.
Kip Moore – KipMooreMusic: Thanks to everyone who went out and got my record opening week…I’m humbled and can’t explain my gratitude. Ur the reason I get to do this
Photo courtesy of Twitter.com/kelliepickler.
Kellie Pickler – KelliePickler: Gotta put my lil bro in a headlock to kiss him! Big sisters always win! Continue Reading