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Blake - My Country 96.1 [04.14.2018]

How ya doin', man? You got - I mean, it's just amazing what Blake Shelton's got going on. The TV is still cranking, you and Gwen, just, I love watching you on social media. Life is good right now for Blake Shelton.

It is good, man. I feel guilty about it, y'know. You start waiting for the other shoe to fall, but, uh - It's just, you know, a long journey I've been on. To now, almost twenty years into my career, getting close anyway, uh, to still be here talking to you guys, and getting to do it. And of course I couldn't be happier with my personal life. You're right. Life's good. I don't know what to say. 

You know, I haven't interviewed you in a while because, you know, when you used to host this, the hosts don't come through cos you're so busy. Take this is a good way, you sound and look so happy, like you - You're in a GOOD spot right now. I can tell just by looking at ya, Blake.

Oh, wow. Thank you. I am, man. I'm having a blast with life. It's amazing to be forty-one and, you know, feel like life's just now, that chapter's opening where the good times are just now starting to happen. What you thought was fun before, uh, what you thought were the good ol' days are for me, anyway, I feel like those are just now starting to happen. 

Blake - 99.5 WYCD [04.14.2018]

We were talking about you because we were playing a clip of Gwen when she was on with Ellen. 

Oh, yeah.

And we wanted to give you, uh, a chance to rebut all that.
I'm sure you didn't hear about it, right? 

Which thing did she say?

Ellen asked her if she thinks about getting married -

Yeah.

- and she said she thinks about it all the time.

I did hear that.

And then Ellen said, does Blake? And she said, uh, I dunno. 

Of course I think about that all the time.

Save that clip. Are you closer to thinking about it more now than you were, let's say, a year ago?

Of course. Of course. 

Save that one.
Are you thinking about it in the next year? 

Uh, I will be thinking about it for the next year. 

You're avoiding the question. Do you think that you guys will be doing something in the next year?

Doing something? Well, of course. Absolutely. The answer is yes. 

You will be doing something?
Do you think you'll be getting married in the next year?

No, no, I don't think that. 

You don't think so? Within the next two years?

I dunno. I can't -

Oh, Blake.
You know, let's not make - He gets tired of this, okay? 

I answered the first question, which is 'no'. 

Okay.
He gets tired of this. 

I mean, you could sit here and say, Hey, I think tonight's gonna be a strawberry moon tonight, and if you say it long enough, eventually you're gonna be right, yeah?

It's gonna happen.

So I would say, y'know, we're happy and things keep goin' good, I mean, that's the obvious course of events. But I don't think either one of us are in just a super big hurry. I haven't had a girlfriend for a long time. I'm kinda enjoying that. 

Are you nervous about being the captain of a blended family? Does that bother you at all?

No, not at all. I have a blast with that family. 

You know what, though? We're happy that you're happy. 

Thank you.

And that's all that matters. 

Thank you. I'm sorry I dress like crap. 

Blake - Official Website [11.09.2017]

Shelton explores the album as a whole, sharing: “You know when you put on Texoma Shore and start playing it, I think the first thing you notice after the first two, three, four songs is wow, this album, this guy singing these songs must be in a good place. I am, and I wanted my album to reflect where I am right now. I just felt like, coming out of the last album, I wanted to come out of that dark place and be happy again and be, you know, the guy that people know to be laughing all the time and having fun and cutting up.I think this album is a reflection of that and where I am right now and how good I feel and how confident I feel about where I am in my life.”

His new song “When The Wine Wears Off” has Shelton, like many of his Texoma Shore tracks, at home with someone he loves. The twist on this Ashley Gorley, Rhett Akins, Ross Copperman-penned tune is that this time Shelton doesn’t know if she loves him back.

“I love ‘When The Wine Wears Off,’” explained Shelton. “It’s one of those songs that I think we’ve probably at some point all been there, whether we were drinking or not, where you got wrapped up in the moment the night before and had something that you thought was incredible. There’s always that thing in the back of my mind thinking, I wonder if this other person feels the same way I do about it. I just love it because it’s so real.”

Blake - iHeartRadio [05.13.2016]

"'Came Here to Forget' is a song that I absolutely fell in love with the first time I heard it. Craig Wiseman and Deric Ruttan actually wrote the song, and I didn't realize it but Craig Wiseman was kind of given the task to write a song for me about what had happened to me. And basically about how things went down. I had my personal life, and when I first started seeing Gwen, it's kind of all in there really. The only difference is we didn't actually meet up at a bar, it would have been kind of hard to keep that on the down low."
 

Blake - Country Countdown USA [05.20.2016]

From there, the conversation turned to Blake’s new album, “If I’m Honest,” available Friday.  Blake discussed the theme of the album: “I wanted the record to follow the timeline of my life last year.  I wanted it to start out with life’s normal, everything is going like it’s been for a long time.  Then straight into how it happened, all of a sudden the bottom falls out, and people can go on that journey with me. That’s why there’s such a contrast from from the first song to the second song.  Then it gets sad, then gets happier, then really happy, and ends with ‘Savior’s Shadow.'”

Blake went on to say he wrote more songs for this album than for any previous project.  But he also sought material from some of Nashville’s best songwriters: “A lot of writers knew my story and wrote for this project for me.  They knew what the situation was and wrote these songs for me for this record.  For that to happen and for these to be the incredible songs they are is meant to be.  When I started to weigh my songs against some of these other songs, I felt they said it way better than I did, and I don’t care who writes the songs.”

That was the case with the first single, “Came Here To Forget:” He said, “This is a song I absolutely fell in love with the first time I heard it.  Craig Wiseman was given the task to write a song for me about what had happened to me in my personal life and when I first started seeing Gwen, it’s all in there.  The only difference is we didn’t actually meet in a bar.”

The last time Blake co-hosted the Countdown, in November, he made national news describing 2015 as the worst year in his life, but the way it ended made it the best year in his life.  Lon played that quote for Blake and asked him to explain what he meant: “At the time, when you go through what I went through with my divorce, you never know when it’s the right time to step out and say I’ve started seeing someone.  But what I found out, because it wasn’t someone from my hometown, it was Gwen Stefani that I was beginning to have this relationship with.  There was no hiding it.  If I glance her way, it’s the cover of magazines.  If I could have kept my personal life private, I would have.  Since I can’t, I might as well let people in on the truth.  If I’m doing my job as a country singer, I’m supposed to sing about my real life experiences.”

Speaking of Gwen, Blake co-wrote and sings a song with her on the album called “Go Ahead & Break My Heart.”  He talked about writing the song: “Coming out of separating with somebody, Gwen & I both had some trust issues.  So I wrote the first verse to this song and I sent it to Gwen.  She was like, ‘This is exactly how I feel.’  I said why don’t we write it together?  And we did, and she actually wrote the second verse, and I knew we had to do it as a duet.”

In addition, we play an excerpt from the second song on the album, one that’s received some attention lately, called “She’s Got a Way With Words.”  Blake didn’t write it, and he explained, “That was a song I’ve had for a while, that dates back before my divorce.   It was so crazy that I had that song and it fit this project.  I loved the song, thought it was so clever, it’s one of the most well-written songs I’ve heard in my life.  It’s so tongue-in-cheek.” (there’s a YouTube performance of this song below)

Another song they discussed was “Every Goodbye.”  Blake said, “That’s where my life started to go from a dark place going through a divorce, and Gwen was going through the same thing.  It started as a friendship, something we could talk about here at The Voice, to eventually we traded emails, and then traded phone numbers.  That’s how it developed.  We basically saved each other’s lives.  So that’s where the album turns.  One door shuts and another one opens, I would have never thought it would be that door.”

One song you DID write is “Friends,” which is also included in the Angry Birds movie.  But this deals with the subject of your relationship with Gwen: “Yeah of all the people, she was the last person I expected to step out of the crowd and be the one to have my back, and be there and be the shoulder and be the one to fight that fight with me, getting back on my feet, and out of nowhere, there she was.”

Blake didn’t write “A Guy With A Girl,” but it sounds like one he could have. Blake described it this way: “It’s fun to go somewhere like the ACM Awards and people come up to me, exhaust all conversation, and you realize they want to meet Gwen.  That’s what it’s all about.  It’s a song I had for a while, and then all of a sudden it made sense for me to record it.  I could have done it 3 albums ago.  I can’t remember exactly.  I keep reading how surprised people are that I’m seeing Gwen.  I’ve got to do this song!”

Are there songs that someone else wrote that are hard for you to sing? “Yes, ‘Bet You Still Think About Me.” I think anybody who’s gone through any break-up, even after you’ve moved on, you still have that in the back of your mind. It says I know it couldn’t work out, it is what it is, but I bet you miss me sometimes, that’s basically what the song is about.  You get to a point, speaking for myself, that you go there’s no way, we’ve exhausted every avenue, and we just have to move on.”

The final song on the album is one Blake wrote called “Savior’s Shadow:” “That song is still a mystery. Last Spring was not a good time in my life personally.  I woke up and it was raining outside.  And I was trying to remember my dream.  There was a song in my dream.  So I grabbed my guitar and sang into my voice memo the first part of this song.  I’ve dreamed songs before, but always been too lazy to write them down.  So when I got sad, I’d sing this song to myself.  But I didn’t know what it meant.  As time passed by, I realized God was on this journey with me.  That’s when I wrote the second verse.  Then I called a couple writer friends who helped me with the chorus.  I’ve probably listened to their demo 15 times and cried like a baby each time.  I knew I had to get this song out to the public.”

Blake wrapped up talking about the album this way: “For me, this album is the way that I’m going to finally heal, get over it, and move on.  As I’m speaking to you right now, I’m really a happy guy.  I hope people understand that, and I get it, because what they see and what they read in the magazines.  I saw a quote from Jerry Seinfeld that said, ‘If you read tabloids, you deserve to be lied to.’  And I thought that’s perfect.  That’s great!  That’s kind of how I feel.”

Blake - CMT Hot 20 Countdown [09.17.2014]

“I’m having so much fun this year, I’m probably having as much fun this year with The Voice judges as I did that first year,” Shelton told CMT Hot 20 Countdown . “It’s hard to explain why, but I think it’s because they were so unexpected to me.

“I had no inkling what Gwen Stefani was gonna be like, at all. She’s the most sweet and, I mean, if I could be that normal, I’d be better off. I love her. I mean, I really do. I like working with her. We’ve had a ton of fun.

The Voice Coaches - Yahoo [02.26.2017]

YAHOO MUSIC: OK, if you were an unknown artist and you tried out for The Voice and got a four-chair turn — so you could join any team — who would you choose as your coach?

GWEN: Blake! That was easy. I love Adam — but I would want Blake. And by that, I mean, I want him.

ADAM: You are obviously biased. I don’t know who I’d choose. I’d choose me.

GWEN: You wouldn’t choose me?

ADAM: Well, you didn’t f***kin’ choose me!

GWEN: But I chose Blake because I want to make out with him…

ADAM: So choose Blake to make out with — and choose me as your coach. And then I’ll choose you. Deal?

GWEN: OK. Actually, honestly, I would probably choose Alicia at this point. Both you and Blake are so burned out.

ALICIA: I would definitely pick Team Alicia! You can ask all the coaches: Everyone picks Team Alicia.

BLAKE: Wow. She’s very cocky. I just think people love an underdog. They look at Alicia and think, “Well, she’s never gonna win this thing! Let’s just give her a chance.” That’s what it is.

ALICIA: Actually, I might pick Gwen, because I feel like we would have an interesting combination. I love her quirky side. She’s very opposite of me as a woman, in her style and approach. So I think together, it would be a very cool mix. That would be fun.

BLAKE: I feel like this question has really got me backed against the wall. C’mon, I have to say Gwen!

YAHOO MUSIC: Are you excited to be working together again? And are there any drawbacks or challenges to being a couple on the set?

BLAKE: You know, because that’s how we met, I think we just kind of fell right back into our routine. All it really does is bring the banter to a new level, because we know each other well enough. Now I really know how to push her buttons! Now I can really get her fired up. So that actually makes it a lot of fun, I think.

GWEN: I was nervous to come back and be on the show with Blake now.

ADAM: It’s so weird! It’s so f***in’ bizarre that this is a thing now!

GWEN: I actually love thinking about it. I think about before the first season, when I didn’t even know him, and now I see him at my house at, like, a Super Bowl party. Like, “How did that guy end up at my house right now? Like, this is so weird!” I wouldn’t think we’d be friends, or even anything! So it is fun being on the show with him again.

ADAM: She’s changed a lot. He changed her a lot, too. Now I go to her house and there’s, like, chickens running around. He basically turned it into a farm. There’s like a rifle and a guitar leaning up against the counter.

GWEN: He has changed things a lot, that is for sure. In good ways. Growing up in L.A. and Orange County, our nature was the beach. We never went fishing; we never spent time just doing nothing in nature. So just being able to explore Oklahoma has been really fun — not just for me, but for my kids. It’s a different perspective, growing up in middle of America. It’s a different culture.

Blake - Rolling Stone [06.01.2016]

Last year, Blake Shelton's four-year marriage to Miranda Lambert fell apart, and the saga turned the country star into a tabloid fixture. "I had to piece my life back together," he says. But happiness turned out to be just two chairs over on the set of The Voice. Shelton bonded with fellow coach Gwen Stefani, who was going through a divorce of her own, and the two started dating. "If you had told me that that's who I'm gonna end up with, I would have thought you were crazy," he says. "But she became my closest ally."

Shelton chronicles his road back from heartache on his new album, If I'm Honest, which features a duet with Stefani, "Go Ahead and Break My Heart." "We realized that we were both having a hard time letting our guard down," Shelton says. "But I sent a voice memo to her, and then she sent back her verse to me. We wrote it communicating to each other. And that's why it's so special to the both of us."


Do you ever take Gwen hunting?

I know you know better than that. [Stefani is an animal-rights advocate.] I can just see her: "Get 'em!" That makes me laugh.


Any assholes in country music? Nashville doesn't exactly seem to be a place where many feuds brew.

Only people that do interviews in y'all's magazine. [Laughs] I don't know what it is about Rolling Stone. People say the most asinine stuff in these interviews for some reason. I remember the last one that bubbled up was with Luke and Zac Brown. But we're all pretty close. Since I started seeing Gwen, I realized that there's not as many really close friendships of the artists in maybe pop and rock. With country music, I'd say 95 percent of us either live in Nashville or used to live in Nashville. We're around each other. And because of that, yeah, there's gonna be times when there's an argument or somebody gets sideways and says something and it gets back to 'em. But it seems like it always works itself out. 

Like your album, Beyoncé's Lemonade deals with a relationship falling apart. Have you checked it out?

I watched the movie, and it blew me away. One lyric really hit me: "Who the fuck do you think I is?/You ain't married to no average bitch." Whoa! That's not a marketing stunt. I can't believe that's anything other than true. 

What was it like to channel the pain of your divorce through this new music?

Well it's damn sure a shitty way to end up making what I feel like is the best I can do. When I started going through what I went through last year, the last thing on my mind was making a record. I was trying to figure out how I was going to piece my life back together. And I figured out making this record helped me get that out of my system. But as I was making the record, other developments were happening. I was spending some time with Gwen all of a sudden, and she became my closest ally, my friend, my person in my life who had my back, and I had hers. And created this bond with somebody that I never would have thought in a million years.

So that's kind of how the album develops. It starts out with "Straight Outta Cold Beer," it's kind of like a continuation of a lot of my music that I've had in the past. And then the tape kinda slows down and it fades off like the bottom just drops out. And then all of a sudden I'm in this dark place for a long time on the record. Slowly it starts getting better and starts getting better and happier and happier until we end up with "Savior's Shadow."

When did you realize that you and Gwen had a connection?

We were starting The Voice last year, and  I had to sit down and go, "Look, by the time this thing airs, my life will have completely changed, and we need to talk about this now because it may affect what we talk about on the show." I just felt like there doesn't need to be secrets. And then the same thing [happened] with Gwen. It was like, "Here's what's going on, this show ain't gonna air until three months from now, so let's get this talked about right now."

That's how we even found out what was going on. And we just started to develop a friendship after that. And it took awhile, because it's chaos. But just over time, seeing each other a lot at work, it just kind of developed into that.


It seems like you, Miranda and Gwen are on the cover of every tabloid these days. What's that like?

It used to upset me, but it turns out it just pays really well. They can't let go of anything I do. I literally was followed to work today. It must mean my career is doing pretty well, because my personal life's not that exciting. I'm almost 40 years old. I don't do that much. I'm kind of a slug. But they damn sure want pictures of it.

Blake - E! Live [01.18.2017]

Also ridiculous, your girl looked good out there in the audience when you won. 

She did.

How are you guys celebrating tonight? Where are you going?

We’re going to go drink. Um, yeah. I mean - 

Drink of choice?

What do you do when you win two People’s Choice Awards? You go drink twice as much. That’s what you do.

That’s the justification you’re using?

Yes. Yes. 

Okay. We know she’s coming back on The Voice. Any collabs with you two coming down the line?

I hope so. I mean, we always collaborate when we’re on the show together. The coaches do. And, uh, look, she’s an incredible singer/songwriter, and anytime I can get her to collaborate with me, you’re damn right I’m going to

Blake - Extra [01.18.2017]

We saw a lot of pictures of you and Gwen over the holidays. Did you have fun enjoying the holiday season?

We did. You know what, we’ve said this to each other before. Gwen and I have fun literally no matter what we’re doing, whether we’re on vacation, at a party, y’know, going to the grocery store. We have fun, we laugh, and that’s why it’s so much fun to be with her.

She looks amazing tonight, by the way.

Oh my god. She looks incredible.

Seriously.

I mean, what the hell. I feel like, y’know, like the fat, ugly guy in high school that got the hottest girl in school to go to the prom with him. That’s what I feel like.