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