Academy Of Country Music Award Nominee Blake Shelton put on a high-energy, entertaining show, to a sold-out crowd at the historic Ryman Auditorium on Thursday night in Nashville, Tenn.
Shelton performed fan favorites and new songs from his recently released album, Hillbilly Bone, including the No. 1 title track from the album and sixth No. 1 for Shelton, featuring longtime friend Trace Adkins. The fans were in a frenzy when surprise guest Adkins took the stage to perform the smash hit, and it only escalated when singing along to the incredibly catching chorus, “you can’t help, but hollerin’ yee haw.” Shelton also performed his first multi-week No. 1 single “Austin,” and his multi-week No 1 singles, “The Baby.” “Some Beach,” “She Wouldn’t Be Gone,” and “Home” among others. He also performed his next single, “It’s All About Tonight,” which will be featured on his next release.
“I’m not going to lie to you, well …. I would lie to you,” Shelton said with a smirk. “But, I’m not lying about this ….I’m nervous as crap up here. I didn’t know if people would come out and see me, but I’m sure as hell glad you did.”
In addition to the comedic, sing-along duet with Adkins, the new album includes six new tracks from Shelton. Hillbilly Bone is produced by Scott Hendricks. The album debuted at No. 3 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart, making it last week’s highest charting debut album and his highest debut of his career on the all-genre chart. The new album also came in at No. 2 on the Top Country Albums Chart. His last single, “I’ll Just Hold On,” broke into the Top 10 on the country singles charts and was the follow-up to his back-to-back multi-week No. 1 singles “She Wouldn’t Be Gone” and “Home.” Shelton‘s hits also include his five-week No. 1 debut single, “Austin,” and two additional multi-week No. 1singles “The Baby” and “Some Beach.”
Photo Attached (l-r): Chris Stacey, Senior Vice President Of Promotion, Warner Music Nashville; Brandon Blackstock, Starstruck Management Group; Rob Beckham, William Morris Endeavor; John Esposito, President & CEO, Warner Music Nashville; Trace Adkins; Sally Williams, General Manager, Ryman Auditorium; Blake Shelton; Narvel Blackstock, Starstruck Management GroupPHOTO CREDIT: HEATHER BRAND/RYMAN ARCHIVES