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Shelton covers Bare

Friday, November 2, 2018 – Blake Shelton released a cover of Bobby Bare's "Tequila Sheila."

Originally released in 1980 by Bare, a Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member on his album "Down and Dirty," the reimagined throwback tune features an introductory vocal by Bare. The song was written by Shel Silverstein and Mac Davis.

"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," Shelton said. "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. I recorded this song and didn't really have a plan for it - I just wanted to have my own version. I'm a huge fan, and I always felt like Bobby Bare's personality was the kind I wanted to have as an artist too."

"Blake Shelton is by far one of the biggest stars in country music right now and a great friend to traditional country. I'm glad to know him and thrilled he would include me on this record. It was a lot of fun," said Bare.

Shelton announced earlier this week that he would launch a tour in 2019.

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