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Blake Shelton’s “Red River Blue”-Album Review

These days, many people identify Blake Shelton with his “other” jobs, like being a judge on NBC’s The Voice, or being “Miranda Lambert’s husband.” But Blake Shelton is, first and foremost, a country singer—and a darn good one. His 2011 release Red River Blue has been hailed by many as the best recording of Shelton’s ten-year career thus far, garnering three Grammy and CMA nods—not to mention landing him honors as the Country Music Association’s Male Vocalist of the Year for 2011. Not to mention that the record went Gold in just seven weeks—the fastest ever for a male country singer.

Red River Blue opens with the album’s first released single, “Honey Bee,” a catchy love song that has received plenty of airplay, with good reason. The record closes with the title track, a moving duet featuring wife Miranda Lambert that uses the couple’s home stomping grounds near the Oklahoma/Texas border as the imagery for the song. Between these two tracks is a terrific collection of tunes tailored perfectly to Shelton’s voice and musical style, and of course, performed flawlessly. My personal faves are “Over,” “Drink On It,” and another chart-topping single, “God Gave Me You.”

By the way, fans will want to throw down the extra couple of bucks on the deluxe edition of the CD to get the two bonus tracks, “Chill” and “Addicted.” Both are awesome.

With all that Blake Shelton has going on these days, you’d think he wouldn’t have the time to put out a top-selling album. Red River Blue proves us wrong; not only does Blake Shelton have the time, but he has the chops to pull it off with class. Definitely worth picking up.


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Music blogger Rob Burkhardt has been a fan of country music since he was a child, cutting his teeth on the sounds of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Reba McIntyre and George Jones. In the words of the now-legendary Barbara Mandrell song, he was "country when country wasn't cool." Nowadays, Rob is both intrigued and excited about the mainstream crossover appeal of modern country, as seen in the success of artists like Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts and Lady Antebellum. Even so, Rob's personal tastes in country music remain "old school," tied to the great legends of country. When he's not blogging about country music, Rob Burkhardt holds a day job as a middle school teacher, and is an avid sports fan. He lives with his wife and two teenage girls in southern Ohio.

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