iHEART RADIO LIVE SERIES
NEW YORK CITY
MARCH 27, 2013
On Wednesday night, Blake Shelton, one of country music’s hardest working stars, took to the iHeart Radio Theater stage in the heart of Tribeca, New York City. The intimate show was part of iHeartRadio Live, a Clear Channel entertainment production that features performances by today’s top recording artists. Blake has been able to juggle his time between hosting the Voice on NBC, his marriage with Miranda Lambert, touring across America, and still find time to create new music. On Tuesday, his new album, “Based On A True Story”, was released and his show at the intimate iHeart Radio Theater showcased some of the new tunes.
Blake took to the stage singing “Drink On It” and followed it up with a few of his past hits. In typical Blake Shelton fashion, his sarcastic wit and sense of humor played a role through his comments between songs. Before singing “Ol Red”, he said “I want to play something new, but I need to see if you all remember who the hell I am”. He followed it up with his first number one single, “Austin” and dedicated the song to all his fans watching on iHeart Radio’s internet live stream.
He then performed three new songs off of his new album. First up was “Country on the Radio” which is an upbeat song dedicated to people who love the simple things in life. He mentioned that he loves the song because growing up all he had was “tadpoles and country radio”. He followed it up with the first single off of the new album, which has already hit #1, “Sure Be Cool If You Did”. Blake stated what attracted him to this song was it reminded him of his favorite song of all-time, George Strait’s “The Chair”. He laughed as he said it does not sound the same at all, but it has the same message.
Next up was his newest single, “Boys Round Here”. Easily the most energetic song of the night, highlighted by former The Voice contestant, Gwen Sebastian’s background vocals, who served as a back-up singer for the entire night. “Boys Round Here” had the capacity crowd dancing and moving as the song adds a touch of rap to the verses and a full country sound to the chorus. Blake is able to showcase his vocals, sense of humor, and swagger in what is sure to be another hit.
Blake wrapped up the night with “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking”, “Honeybee” and “God Gave Me You”. Before the latter of the three, he actually got serious for a moment and stated how he came to find the song. He said he and Miranda had been in a fight and he was driving in his truck, when he stopped on a contemporary Christian station. He felt the words of God Gave Me You” were his life at that time and the song was singing to him. He had to record it because it meant so much to him and had him thinking about Miranda and getting his life together. It was a nice touch by Blake to add a personal moment to an intimate crowd setting. On that night and through his new album, Blake showcased just what he was put on this earth to do, above all else, tell stories though music.