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Shelton returns to "Austin"

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 – Twenty years to the day after he released his first single, "Austin," Blake Shelton returns in April with a vinyl version.

After graduating high school, Shelton went to Nashville. He painted houses and roofed buildings as he took steps toward his goal: making songwriting connections, playing gigs, singing demos and working at a publishing company. Finally, in 2001, he landed a record deal that culminated in the release "Austin."

The song will be out on limited edition vinyl on April 16. True to the original single, the vinyl will also feature B-side track "Problems At Home."

"I remember the first time I heard 'Austin' on the radio," Shelton said. "I was driving on 440, and I kept looking to both sides trying to see if other drivers were singing along! At that time, the station had a slogan about how they played new artists and legends, and the DJ said something like, 'Who knows...maybe this artist will become one of the legends.' This song started it all for me. I couldn't be prouder to celebrate its 20th anniversary."


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