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Country singer Blake Shelton will perform on the Michigan Lottery National Stage on Monday at 6:30 p.m.
Blake Shelton opens up about touring with Rascal Flatts, working with Reba's husband and being one of the judges on TV's Nashville Star. He also tells us about his latest single "The More I Drink" on the new album Pure B.S.
I caught up with the country musician on the phone. He was getting ready for a show in Muncie, Indiana. Shelton will headline the 10th Annual Chrysler Arts, Beats and Eats festival on the Michigan Lottery National Stage. He will perform at 6:30 p.m.
Shelton moved to Nashville at the age of 17. Most artists that are looking to make it big in The Music City don't move there until their 20s or 30s. He was able to move there right after graduating from high school.
"About two weeks after I moved there, I turned 18," Shelton explained. "All my friends, after high school, they had plans to go to college. I knew I wasn't gonna make it there. So I decided I was going to chase this music business. I figured I'd get there immediately and start beating down doors and try to get a shot at this."
In 2005, Shelton opened up for Rascal Flatts on the Here's To You Tour. However, not all the fans at the concerts were fans of country music. Shelton describes his experiences with Rascal Flatts:
"I love to perform LIVE. I still get a thrill from being on stage. That was a hell of a good time. That was their first big headlining tour that they did. It was just great exposure. They've gotten so big and popular that it's not necessarily only country fans coming to see them.
"They're drawing all the country fans and people that wouldn't normally listen to country music. For that reason, I was getting up there and I was in front of thousands of people each night. A lot of them have never heard of me. Hopefully, we won some of those other people over also. On top of that, those guys are just great guys to be around."
Blake Shelton's manager is also Reba McEntire's husband. His name is Narvel Blackstock and he manages both artists at the same time. Shelton enjoys working with him.
"It's great. Narvel is somebody that has been around the business for a while," Shelton said. "He's managed quite a few different people. He takes what he does seriously. It's pretty interesting to be around him in a situation where Reba's there. I've always been a big fan of hers. She's kind of a different level, though. It interesting to see that side of what Reba does."
Shelton's latest album is titled Pure B.S. on Warner Bros. Records. It was released on May 1, 2007. What is his favorite song on the album?
"My favorite song is 'She Don't Love Me.' I love the sarcasm in it. I've had a lot of fun with all the songs on the album. It's still new enough that I haven't gotten tired of it yet. 'The More I Drink' is another one of my favorites."
His latest single is a song called "The More I Drink." It's been climbing up the charts over the last few weeks. It was the second song to be released to radio stations from the new album. Shelton explains the story behind that song:
"David Lee Murphy wrote that song and sent it over to me. It reminded me of me. I've been known to get drunk. When I heard that thing, I knew it was something I wanted to record just because I could relate to it. I think people have kinda got to where they expect me to record some sarcastic stuff on my record. It was a natural fit for me."
Blake Shelton had the honor of being one of the three judges on this year's season of Nashville Star. He was very emotional about it in this part of our conversation.
"It was pretty nerve racking for me," Shelton said. "They hired me to be outspoken and be honest with these people and be entertaining at the same time. There's a fine line there. You don't want to be an ass. You also gotta be honest. If they suck, you gotta tell them. I was very nervous about how I was going to approach that. It turned into something that was a lot of fun for me. TV wasn't something that I've done a lot of before that."
Shelton is currently dating fellow country singer Miranda Lambert. The two met each other during the CMT 100 Greatest Duets concert. Will there be a tour starring Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert in the future?
"No. She and I musically couldn't be any more different. We're more apt to just hop on each other's buses and go with each other for the weekend and just hang out. We're more apt to do that than do a concert together. For now, anyway. There's no tellin' what might happen in the future. I can't say that it will never happen."
Blake Shelton has three number one singles under his belt. The songs are "Austin," "The Baby," and "Some Beach." Which of them is his favorite to perform LIVE?
"'Some Beach' is my favorite to perform LIVE. Just because it's a lot of fun. People come to the show ready to hear that as soon as they get there."
Once again, Blake Shelton will headline the 10th Annual Chrysler Arts, Beats and Eats festival in downtown Pontiac. The country singer will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. What can we look forward to hearing at the show?
"We'll obviously do all our hits. I kinda work in some of the new stuff -- not too much. I know people show up to hear the hits. There's no tellin' what we'll do. Sometimes we'll pull out some stuff we've never done before. Just try it on the stage. It's pretty laid back when you're on stage with me."
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