NYCS First Impression: Blake Shelton’s ‘Texoma Shore’
Blake Shelton has released his 11th studio album Texoma Shore today, the culmination of his 10 previous albums, bringing him back to his roots and to the traditional country genre. The title is derived from Lake Texoma on the border of Texas and his home state of Oklahoma. The project was recorded right near the lake, making the title relevant for many reasons.
Texoma Shore is light and playful featuring happy songs that imitate where he is in his life. His undeniable twang allows for the traditional country sound throughout the project. Majority of the tracks highlight affection, for instance, the first 7 songs all reflect on romance and being lucky in love (“Money”, “Beside You Babe”, “Why Me”). His current single and the first off of Texoma Shore, “I’ll Name the Dogs” is reminiscent of his number one single “Honeybee”. “When you listen to the record, it will go from something traditional to something that will make your head spin, back to something even more traditional,” says Shelton in a recent press release. “That’s just what you can expect from one of my albums.”
A stand-out on the record, “The Wave” features strong imagery and can be the perfect wedding song for 2018.
“I was a boat trapped in a bottle, dying for water, you were the ocean / I was a compass that couldn’t find heaven, I didn’t know how bad I was broken / I was a castaway with no land / I drew a broken heart in the sand and you were the wave that washed it all away”
Plenty of Nashville’s greatest songwriters are featured on the album including Ben Hayslip (“I’ll Name the Dogs”, “I Lived It”) Ashley Gorley (“Why Me”) and Rhett Akins (“When the Wine Wears Off”). Shelton only co-wrote one song on the record, (“Turnin’ Me On”) with Josh Osborne and Jessi Alexander, which features a subtle reference to his current girlfriend, pop-star Gwen Stefani’s Revlon partnership, and her bold red lips.
“Knows how to set me on fire, she’s always holdin’ the match / And when my body’s beside hers, there ain’t no turnin’ back / She’s Revlon red in the blackest night, lighting up the room in the world just like she’s turnin’ me on.”
Along with his album release week, Shelton announced on Monday his latest tour which will kick off in March. The Country Music Freaks Tour is hitting cities across the US and he is bringing Trace Adkins, Brett Eldredge, and Carly Pearce along for the ride.
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