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Blake Shelton: ‘Body Language Deluxe’ – Album Review

Country superstar, Blake Shelton released the deluxe version of his eleventh studio album Body Language on Friday (December 3), containing four new tracks including his current single “Come Back As A Country Boy.” Keep reading below as we discuss these tracks in more detail.

Blake Shelton has had a legendary career in country music, making him a celebrity inside the genre and out. With six platinum records, 28 number-one singles, and nine GRAMMY-nominations, Shelton will go down as one of the biggest artists in country music history. His ability to blend modern and traditional country sounds has allowed him to stay at the forefront of the genre.

Jordan Schmidt and HARDY received writing credits on the first two songs. “Come Back As A Country Boy” has a similar vibe to his 4x Platinum smash hit, “God’s Country,” paying homage to country life and the hard-working, small town folk. Like “God’s Country,” “Come Back As A Country Boy” contains backing steel-guitar and woodsy sounds. “Fire Up The Night” is tailgate party anthem which also features HARDY’s vocals. The two describe what needs to happen to get the good time started. Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley also helped pen this song, along with Bart Butler.

The other two songs are placed on the back of the record. “Throw It On Back” is another fun, drinking tune featuring iconic 90s country duo, Brooks & Dunn. They discuss the feeling they get when they revert back to old-school items, styles, and songs. The project concludes with a love song Shelton co-wrote with Craig Wiseman titled “We Can Reach The Stars.”  Shelton sings about how strong the love is between him and his romantic partner and how it allows them to overcome even the most difficult of times.

Body Language Deluxe Tracklist:

  1. Come Back As A Country Boy
  2. Fire Up The Night (feat. HARDY)
  3. Minimum Wage
  4. Body Language (feat. The Swon Brothers)
  5. Happy Anywhere (feat. Gwen Stefani)
  6. Now I Don’t
  7. Monday Morning Missin’ You
  8. Corn
  9. Makin’ It Up As You Go
  10. Whatcha Doin’ Tomorrow
  11. The Girl Can’t Help It
  12. The Flow
  13. Neon Time
  14. Bible Verses
  15. Throw It On Back (feat. Brooks & Dunn)  
  16. We Can Reach The Stars
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Blake Shelton releases the deluxe version of his album ‘body language’ out now.

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about upcoming Blake Shelton announcements and releases.

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Body Language Deluxe is available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released tunes on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

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Blake Shelton Releases New Song “Come Back As A Country Boy”

Blake Shelton’s new song, “Come Back As A Country Boy” is out today, October 1st, on all streaming platforms. Learn more about the brand new track below.

Ahead of his Body Language Deluxe Album, due out December 3rd, today, Blake Shelton dropped a brand new track titled “Come Back As A Country Boy.” The Oklahoma-raised superstar doubles down on being a good ole country boy on the fun new song.

With a vibe similar to his smash hit “God’s Country,” the new song is sure to entice fans. Shelton leans into all the stereotypes of country-living, showcasing his undeniable pride for the way he was raised in each lyric he sings. “Come Back As A Country Boy” is a true anthem for the country way of life.

“When I die, I wanna come back as a country boy // No there ain’t no better life if you ask me // If my neck don’t come out red, then lord just keep me dead // Cause a country boy is all I know how to be”

The track is a true declaration for hard-working people. The single, written by HARDY, Josh Thompson and Jordan Schmidt will be included as one of four brand new tracks of the deluxe version of Shelton’s Body Language. The record will be released on December 3rd.

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Blake Shelton’s new song “Come Back As A Country Boy” is available now on all streaming platforms.

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news and announcements about future Blake Shelton releases.

To keep up with Blake Shelton, follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and  Facebook.

“Come Back As A Country Boy” is available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released tunes on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

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Get to Know the Opening Acts of Summer 2021’s Hottest Country Music Tours

All of the greats we know and love today were once the opening acts, too. Get to know today’s openers from summer 2021’s hottest country music tours.

Not only did your favorite superstars reunite with the stage this past summer, but your future favorite entertainers had the opportunity to share it with them this country concert season as well. Country music is famous for having incredible ‘superstars-to-be’ open for their major tours, and here at Country Swag, we have your guide to all the of the show openers. Learn more about this year’s opening acts below.

Tenille Arts just earned her first #1 on country radio with the smash “Somebody Like That”, following the release of her second studio album, Love, Heartbreak & Everything In Between. All her hard work is paying off this year, as she gears up for new releases and as summer set in, Arts found herself as the opening act on on Lady A’s ‘What A Song Can Do Tour’. Tenille Arts is without a doubt one of the best vocalists and songwriters of this new class of country artists and if you caught the show, you will probably agree.

Matt Stell, one of our artists to watch and Live Swag Session alums is taking over country music one single at a time. His debut single, “Prayed For You” is one of the most popular love songs in country music, and his new single, “That Ain’t Me No More” has been sent to country radio. This summer, he joined Old Dominion and Miranda Lambert on their respective run of shows.

Lainey Wilson and HARDY were both opening acts for Jason Aldean’s ‘Back In The Saddle Tour’ and if you caught the show, you know they rightfully earned their time in the spotlight. This isn’t the first time the two have toured together either; they opened for Morgan Wallen on his first headline tour over two years ago. HARDY and Wilson both released critically acclaimed albums in the past year (A ROCK and Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin’, respectively) and as those albums indicated, their fiery songs got fans up and out of their seats each and every night just as fast as they sat down in them!

The full list of country tours and their opening acts are listed below. One of the best feelings is when you go to a show not knowing the opener and leaving a forever fan. If that rings true for the show’s you attended this year, be sure to remember their names, follow them on socials, stream the music and get ready to see those artists when they head back your way. For New York City country fans, head to our calendar to find out when the next shows in the area are.

SUMMER 2021 TOURS:

Blake Shelton
Lindsay Ell
Martina McBride
Trace Adkins
Tracy Byrd

Brad Paisley
Jimmie Allen
Kameron Marlowe

Brett Eldredge
Morgan Evans

Brothers Osborne
Tenille Townes
Travis Denning

Dan + Shay
Band Camino
Ingrid Andress

Dierks Bentley
Parker McCollum
Riley Green

Ingrid Andress
Georgia Webster

Jason Aldean
HARDY
Lainey Wilson

Kane Brown
Restless Road

Lady A
Carly Pearce
Tenille Arts

Little Big Town
Caitlyn Smith
Hailey Whitters

Luke Bryan
Caylee Hammack
Dylan Scott

Old Dominion
Blanco Brown
Caitlyn Smith
Matt Stell
Randy Houser
Scotty McCreery
Walker County

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Check out more new recently released tunes on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

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Blake Shelton: ‘Body Language’ – Album Review

Blake Shelton’s new album, Body Language, featuring “Happy Anywhere,” “Minimum Wage,” and the title track co-written by The Swon Brothers is out now, May 21st. Read our full review of the project below.

For an artist like Blake Shelton, it would be easy to rest on his laurels, his greatest hits, and his seemingly permanent seat on NBC’s The Voice. However, Shelton has continued to release new music, including a greatest hits collection in 2019 and 2017’s Texoma Shore. Today, May 21, Shelton released his first full-length offering in nearly four years, Body Language.

The album opens with “Minimum Wage,” a hooky uptempo which finds Shelton comparing his woman’s love to money, as that love can “make a man feel rich on minimum wage.” Despite initially capturing some negative and unwarranted social media attention, the song is the perfect intro to Body Language with an anthemic sound that is somehow typical of Shelton while also introducing a new, more confident troubadour. 

The title track features former “Team Blake” members, The Swon Brothers, and was co-written by the 2013 The Voice contestants, along with Matt McGinn and Ryan Beaver. When the duo played the song for their mentor, Shelton was immediately taken aback and asked to record what has become one of his favorite tracks. “It’s such a cool phrase,” Shelton says of the title track. “The song has really proven itself over time. Even after my producer Scott [Hendricks] put the album together and listened and lived with it for a while, it jumped out every time and still never gets skipped listening back.”

The sunny side of Shelton is on display on songs like “Whatcha Doin’ Tomorrow?,” “The Girl Can’t Help It,” “Happy Anywhere” and “Makin’ It Up As You Go,” which is the perfect summer track, despite being a breakup song. “How long does it take for a heart to unbreak?” Shelton croons breezily. “I’m just makin’ it up as I go.” Meanwhile, “Happy Anywhere” features Shelton’s fiance, Gwen Stefani, and highlights airy steel guitar punctuated by Stefani’s background vocals. 

It’s not all sunshine and rainbows on Body Language, however, as Shelton is feeling bittersweet on “Now I Don’t,” reminiscing about his ex and all the ways he’s moved on from his broken heart. Co-written by Jessi Alexander, Alysa Vanderheym, and Michael Hardy, the song has Shelton defiant in the face of heartbreak. “I took a pretty good beatin’ to bounce back // Now I’m back on my feet laughing at the fact // That I ever used to wish I could get you back,” Shelton sings. “‘Cause now I don’t.”

While Shelton experiments with different sounds on Body Language, one of the album’s most tried and true country songs is “Corn,” a tongue-in-cheek ode to the vegetable Shelton has most often surrounded himself with. While it may be silly, it’s a fun and fiddle-filled three minutes. If Luke Bryan’s “Rain Is a Good Thing,” had a long-lost cousin, “Corn” would certainly be it.

“Monday Mornin’ Missin’ You” is Shelton at his most Shelton, with its modern meets traditional country sound, while “Neon Time” is another beachy anthem. Co-written by Jaron Boyer, Michael Tyler, and Ben West, the track is a musical vacation, an ode to slipping into a bar and escaping real life for the weekend. “Yeah, we’re living on neon time // Smoking up the room and clearing our minds // Little lean back and kick it // Little cold beer with it,” Shelton croons. “Let it hit ya just right, yeah // Something ’bout the way the neon shines // It goes perfect with a Friday night // You ain’t thinking ‘bout 9 to 5 // When you’re living on neon time.”

The album ends with “Bible Verses,”  a somber and introspective look at a complicated relationship with religion. “As far as saving me goes, it’s a battle up a hill,” Shelton admits as he tries to find solace in the Bible, feeling like he’s not measuring up to what’s inside. For now, Shelton is trying to give himself a little grace, as he longs for a better day. “That I can open up the good book // And heaven don’t look like it’s out of reach // When it feels like those apostles are giving me the gospel // And not the third degree,” He reflects on the stunning track. “Like bible verses and not the bible versus me.”

On Body Language, Blake Shelton stays true to himself, releasing a classic Shelton collection that still manages to sound new and fresh. With songs like “Bible Verses,” “Happy Anywhere,” and “Neon Time,” Shelton has ensured that he’ll achieve the one goal he had with putting out this album. “I want to have some great country songs to sing,” he revealed. “I want people to hear the album and enjoy it.”

Shelton will be hitting the road later this year for the Friends and Heroes Tour 2021, kicking off August 18 in Omaha, Nebraska. The tour will hit Philadelphia on September 2, featuring special guests Martina McBride, Tracy Bryd, Trace Adkins, and Lindsay Ell.

NYCS Picks:

  1. Body Language
  2. Happy Anywhere
  3. Corn
  4. Neon Time
Blake Shelton's new album, Body Language is available now, May 21st, on all streaming platforms

Blake Shelton’s new album, Body Language is available now, May 21st, on all streaming platforms

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about upcoming Blake Shelton announcements and releases.

To keep up with Blake Shelton, follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and  Facebook.

Body Language is available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released tunes on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

Blake Shelton Releases New Song “Bible Verses” Ahead of New Album

Blake Shelton released a brand new song, “Bible Verses” ahead of his 12th studio album, ‘Body Language’ due out May 21st. Take a look below as we dig a little deeper into the new music.

As we anticipate the release of country superstar, Blake Shelton’s 12th studio album, Body Language, the singer gives fans another taste of the upcoming record. After releasing “Minimum Wage” and his duet with Gwen Stefani, “Happy Anywhere,” Shelton debuts the another track off the project called “Bible Verses.”

In a recent press release the singer shared, “No matter where you are in your faith, there are times you feel like you don’t measure up,” adding, “[The song] is an honest take on that conflict, but without preaching too much, it’s hopeful that everything will all work out in the end.”

One of Shelton’s most vulnerable ballads to date, the singer conveys what it’s like to struggle with your flaws. Written by prolific songwriters, Joe Fox, Andrew Peebles, and Brett Sheroky, the story is one that many people can find themselves in. It is clear in the singer’s impactful delivery that he is baring his heart, playing the role of a tortured soul.

“That I can open up that good book // And Heaven don’t look // Like it’s out of reach // When it feels like those apostles // Are giving me the gospel // And not the third degree // I just want it to read // Like Bible verses // And not the Bible versus me”

In the twenty years that Shelton has been a staple in country music when he burst on to the scene with “Austin,” he has provided us with an incredible catalog of songs. From the looks of it his next studio album, Body Language seems to fit the bill!

Blake Shelton's new song, "Bible Verses" is available now, April 23rd

Blake Shelton’s new song, “Bible Verses” is available now, April 23rd

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about upcoming Blake Shelton announcements and releases.

To keep up with Blake Shelton, follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and  Facebook.

“Bible Verses” is available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released tunes on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

Blake Shelton Releases “Minimum Wage” & Shares a Timeless Lesson

Blake Shelton just released his new song “Minimum Wage” written by Corey Crowder, Jesse Frasure, and Nicolle Galyon. This follows two consecutive number one songs from Shelton with fiancé  Gwen Stefani: “Happy Anywhere” and “Nobody But You”.

“Minimum Wage” is the story of love not having a price tag; reminding us that it’s not about the money, the things you have, or the places you go, it’s about the one your with. Shelton said that he connected with the song immediately when he heard it. He shares, “I relate so much to the lyrics of this song. I have a lot of great memories playing dive bars in Nashville and then driving back to Oklahoma to play a gig,” Shelton continues. “I gravitate toward songs that feel like the stories of where I’ve been and where I am currently in my life, and I’ve got a lot of happiness in joy in my life these days.” 

Blake Shelton's new song "Minimum Wage" is available everywhere now

Blake Shelton’s new song “Minimum Wage” is available everywhere now

“You can make a six pack on the carpet / taste like a million dollar bill / you could make a one-bedroom apartment feel like a house up on the hill / you could make my truck out in the driveway / roll like a cleaned-up Cadillac / Girl lookin’ at you lookin’ at me that way / could make a man feel rich on minimum wage”

This song is certainly relatable and a humble reminder of what’s important in life.

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about future Blake Shelton releases.

To keep up with Blake Shelton, follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and  Facebook.

“Minimum Wage” is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

Blake Shelton’s “Happy Anywhere” with Gwen Stefani Goes Number 1

Blake Shelton’s “Happy Anywhere” with Gwen Stefani earns him a number one song.

For two decades, singer-songwriter Blake Shelton has given us incredible songs and records that have become the soundtrack of our lives. A bonafide superstar and a celebrity personality in his own right, Shelton’s career only gets more impressive. Today, the entertainer landed his 28th number one single, “Happy Anywhere,” his second hit song featuring fiancé, Gwen Stefani.

Fresh off the heels of “Nobody but You” going number one earlier this year, Shelton and Stefani achieve a second top song with “Happy Anywhere.” The track is an upbeat country song yet one that celebrates love and happiness with your partner. Shelton encouraged fans to share a photo and description of the person that makes them happy anywhere, which he has been adding to his map on his website.

“I’m running wide open / I was born with my feet in motion / But since I met you, I swear / I could be happy anywhere / Any map dot location / You’re always my destination / You’re the only thing that I’m chained to / I could be happy anywhere / I could be happy anywhere with you”

“Happy Anywhere” is all about the person and not the destination being the ultimate prize. The two lovebirds and talented entertainers are proving to be quite the dynamic duo both in love and music. It will be interesting to see if there are more musical collaborations to be heard and how fans continue to resonate with their work in the future. Congrats to Shelton and Stefani on their love and music!

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“Happy Anywhere” is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

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2020 American Music Awards – The Complete Recap

Twelve country artists were up for awards at the American Music Awards, which aired last night on ABC. Take a look below to find out which artists took home the awards.

 

Dan + Shay were the big winners last night at the fan-voted award show, winning Favorite Country Duo/Group, Favorite Country Song for “10,000 Hours” and Collaboration of the Year with Justin Bieber. Country Song and Collaboration were the only two country awards televised and their performance of “I Should Probably Go to Bed” was the lone country performance of the show. Dan + Shay won Duo/Group of the Year and Favorite Song for “Speechless” in 2019 as well.

“We literally did not expect to win this at all,” Shay Mooney admitted after accepting the award for Collaboration of the Year. Up against some of the biggest pop-songs of the year, such as “WAP” – Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion; “Rockstar” – DaBaby and Roddy Ricch; “Rain on Me” – Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande; and “Savage Remix” – Megan Thee Stallion and Beyonce;  Mooney went on to say “it’s a tremendous honor just to be in this category. These are some of our favorite songs of all-time.”

Blake Shelton took home Favorite Country Album for his latest record Fully Loaded: God’s Country, Maren Morris won Favorite Female Country Artist and Kane Brown took home his third straight AMA for Favorite Male Country Artist.

“Thank you fans for all the votes!” Brown tweeted after the announcement. “Y’all got me here and y’all keep me here! Thanks for everything you do for me and my family we love you guys.”

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Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani Are Engaged!

Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton are engaged! The two shared posts with fans on Tuesday, October 27th across social media platforms announcing the big news.

Shelton wrote in an Instagram caption, “Hey @gwenstefani thanks for saving my 2020… And the rest of my life.. I love you. I heard a YES!” While Stefani added her own photo, captioning the shot “@blakeshelton yes please! 💍🙏🏻 gx”

A source close to Stefani confirmed to PEOPLE that the two got engaged over the weekend in Oklahoma.

 

Congratulations Blake and Gwen!

 

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Underwood, Combs, Church, Bryan, & Rhett to Open ACM Awards Show

Exclusively announced with Billboard earlier today, the 55th Annual ACM Awards unveiled what will be an epic start to the special show. 2020 Entertainer of the Year nominees Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Thomas Rhett, and Luke Bryan, will come together to perform a medley of their greatest hits.

Additionally, the awards show announced the winners of a few early awards. Thomas Rhett takes home the award for Video of the Year with his smash hit, “Remember You Young”. While Miranda Lambert earned the award for Music Event of the Year for her collaboration on “Fooled Around and Fell In Love” along with female powerhouses Maren Morris, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes, Caylee Hammack, and Elle King. Hit songwriter, Hillary Lindsey received the award for Songwriter of the Year.

Previously, the awards show also confirmed the winners of the New Female and New Male Artists of the Year. Tenille Townes and Riley Green earned the accolades, and will each perform during the special show.

The rescheduled 55th annual awards show will air this Wednesday, September 16th on CBS at 8PM ET.  Hosted by superstar Keith Urban, this time performances will take place at multiple iconic venues across Nashville, including the Grand Ole Opry House, the Ryman Auditorium, and the Bluebird Cafe. This is the first time that the show will be held in Nashville in the award shows history. For a full list of performers, click here.

Although it is sure to be different, we feel that this might be the most incredible ACM Awards yet. The 2020 ACM Awards, “A Night of Heart and Hits” will be exactly what the country music community needs during these times. Make sure to gear up for the big night and set your DVR’s for 8PM ET on September 16th and follow along on Twitter as we live-tweet the show, @NYCountrySwag.

Fans can also join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about the upcoming performance announcements in the coming weeks.

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