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- 1Some Beach03:25
- 2Nobody But Me02:39
- 3Good Old Boy, Bad Old Boyfriend03:03
- 4Love Gets In The Way03:31
- 5Goodbye Time03:23
- 6Cotton Pickin' Time03:16
- 7What's On My Mind03:06
- 8When Somebody Knows You That Well03:41
- 9On A Good Day03:35
- 10The Bartender03:17
- 11I Drink03:29
Info for Blake Shelton's Barn And Grill
Blake Shelton's third album showcases a young country singer/songwriter with a penchant for storytelling and a willingness to mix poignancy and humor. On the opening track, 'Some Beach,' Shelton engages in a lighthearted romp highlighting the Jimmy Buffett influence that seemed to become more and more prevalent among country artists in the early 2000s.
A tropical lilt is also present in the self-effacing 'On a Good Day,' which goes so far as to flirt with a reggae groove. While Shelton delves into deeper emotions on 'When Somebody Knows You That Well' and the grandly unfolding 'The Bartender,' perhaps the most striking moment on „Barn And Grill“ is the closing song, 'I Drink.' Penned by cult-favorite alt-country songwriter Mary Gauthier, it deftly traces a drinking problem back to a troubled childhood and an alcoholic father, with no sentimentalism whatsoever, using punchy, sardonic songcraft to deliver a powerful message that could very easily have come off heavy-handed. It's a fine way to end an album, and a hopeful sign of what could be around the corner on Shelton's fourth.
Blake Shelton, acoustic guitar, vocals
Terry McMillan, harmonica, Jew's harp, whistle
John Willis, acoustic guitar
Bryan Sutton, acoustic guitar
Byrd Burton, acoustic guitar
Brent Rowan, electric guitar, bass
Sonny Garrish, steel guitar
Paul Franklin, steel guitar, lap steel guitar
Connie Ellisor, violin
David Davidson, violin
David Angell, violin
Rob Hajacos, fiddle
Kris Wilkinson, viola
Carole Rabinowitz-Neuen, cello
Jonathan Yudkin, violin, fiddle, viola, cello
Mike Rojas, piano
Gordon Mote, piano
Tim Lauer, Hammond b-3 organ, Wurlitzer organ
Bobby Braddock, Wurlitzer organ, synthesizer, mini-Moog synthesizer
Alison Prestwood, bass
Shannon Forest, drums
Ed Seay, cymbals
Shawn Simpson, shaker
Danny Myrick, background vocals
Curtis Young, background vocals
John Wesley Ryles, background vocals
Melodie Crittenden, background vocals
Paul Overstreet, background vocals
Wes Hightower, background vocals
Blue Miller, background vocals
Dennis Wilson, background vocals
Carl Jackson, background vocals
Engineered by Ed Seay, Jim Dineen
Produced by Bobby Braddock
Oklahoma native Blake Shelton moved to Nashville in 1994, two weeks after his high school graduation, to launch a songwriting career that would eventually make him one of the leading males in contemporary country music. Back home, he'd received statewide attention by touring the bar circuit and winning the Denbo Diamond Award, the top award for young Oklahoma entertainers. In Nashville, Shelton was able to maintain that momentum by selling songs to several publishing houses, including Naomi Martin Music, Warner/Chappell Music, and Jerry Crutchfield Music. He also landed a solo contract with Giant Records. Favoring a traditional style of country music that included sentimental ballads as well as blue-collar rock songs, he made a splash in 2001 with the chart-topping single 'Austin,' which spent five weeks at number one. 'All Over Me' and 'Ol' Red' followed in 2002, pushing Shelton's accompanying debut album — the self-titled Blake Shelton, released by Warner Bros. after the dissolution of Giant Records — to gold status.
With Shelton's songs still enjoying airtime on country radio, he returned to the studio to work on a second album. The Dreamer appeared in February 2003, hot on the heels of another number one single titled 'The Baby.' A third album, Blake Shelton's Barn & Grill, was released in 2004, along with an accompanying DVD featuring several of his music videos. Three years later, Shelton scored his fourth consecutive gold album with Pure BS, which featured a guest appearance by girlfriend (and fellow country singer) Miranda Lambert.
Lambert and Shelton attracted more and more media attention as their relationship progressed. Lambert made another appearance on his next album, 2008's Startin' Fires, and sang about their relationship on her own release, Revolution. Shelton eventually proposed in 2010, issuing a pair of well-received EPs — Hillbilly Bone and All About Tonight — that same year. The EPs yielded three number one hits, followed in 2011 by another chart-topper, 'Honey Bee,' which doubled as the lead single from his sixth album, Red River Blue. Shelton married Lambert that spring, several weeks after joining the judging panel of NBC's prime-time singing competition The Voice.
The Voice was a smash hit, elevating Shelton's profile and assisting the sales of Red River Blue. Two seasons of the competition arrived in 2012 and that year, Shelton also released Cheers It's Christmas, a seasonal album containing duets with Reba McEntire, Michael Bublé, Kelly Clarkson, and Lambert, as well as her band Pistol Annies.
Shelton delivered Based on a True Story... — his first full-fledged album recorded since the success of The Voice — in March of 2013, preceded by the single 'Sure Be Cool If You Did' which topped the Billboard country charts.
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