There is a first time for everything, and for Warner Bros. Records/Reprise Recording Artist Blake Shelton, the next few weeks will bring him a couple of firsts.
Shelton, an Ada native who now lives in Tishomingo, recently announced the release of his first Six Pak album, “Hillbilly Bone,” which will debut Tuesday. Today, he announced he will play his first headlining show in Nashville at the historic Ryman Auditorium. Shelton’s headlining show at The Ryman is set for Thursday, March 18. Tickes will go on sale Friday, March 5.
Beginning Tuesday, there will be a BSer Fan Club only pre-sale. For full details, including the pre-order code, fan club members can visit www.blakeshelton.com on Tuesday. Fans can join Shelton’s fan club by going to www.blakeshelton.com/membership.
Also on Tuesday, Shelton and fellow Oklahoma native Reba McEntire will read the nominees for the 45th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards live at 7:15 a.m. (Oklahoma time) on CBS’ “The Early Show.” Shelton also will perform on the show.
The ACM Awards will air live from Las Vegas April 18 on CBS, with McEntire as host.
In addition to the title track, a comedic, sing-along duet with Trace Adkins that is currently No. 6 on the Billboard and Country Aircheck (Mediabase) charts, the new album “Hillbilly Bone” will include five new tracks from Shelton. “Hillbilly Bone” is produced by Clinton native Scott Hendricks.
Shelton has previously released five studio albums, including his most recent, 2008′s “Startin’ Fires.” 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 six-week No. 1 debut single, “Austin,” and two additional multi-week No. 1 singles, “The Baby” and “Some Beach.”
I recently talked to Shelton about making his new album, shooting the raucous “Hillbilly Bone” video with Adkins and myriad other topics. Look for that interview here on BAM’s Blog in the coming days.
In the meantime, for additional information on Blake Shelton, go to www.blakeshelton.com.