Blake Shelton Announces 2013 Ten Times Crazier Tour

Blake Shelton To Kick Off 2013 Ten Times Crazier Tour in July! Thankfully Blake Shelton has not given all his time over to his new gig, mentoring on The Voice, as the country singer has just announced his brand new 2013 Ten Times Crazier Tour! Kicking off on July 19th in Virginia Beach the tour will hit stops all over the U.S. through October (so far)! I guess since Miranda is hittin’ the road with Dierks, Shelton needed to do something with his free time!! Blake will be joined by the talented Easton Corbin and Jana Kramer throughout the tour! Stick with us for more details as they’re announced by following us on Twitter and Facebook! Ticket info is below!

Blake Shelton Sure Be Cool If You Did Single Review

Blake Shelton Releases New Single “Sure Be Cool If You Did”: Review. It was shrouded in secrecy and only announced a week or so prior to release, but January 1st saw Blake Shelton release his brand new single, “Sure Be Cool If You Did“. This follows the huge success of his 2011 album “Red River Blue“, with the charting “Honey Bee“, “God Gave Me You“, “Drink On It“, and “Over“, all of which reached #1 on the Billboard Country Charts. To add to that, his 2012 Christmas album, Cheers, It’s Christmas reached #8 on the Billboard 200 and has so far sold around half a million copies, not bad for a Holiday album that’s only been around a couple of months! So after all this success and personally enjoying Red River Blue immensely, I had high expectations for Blake’s new single to start 2013 off with a bang. And it did start off with a bang, if you consider a bang to be not as loud as you thought and trailing off a little at the end. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a solid track, but it’s sincerely lacking where I think for someone who is so talented and successful. Not So Country. The song errs on the side of country pop, with smooth strings and a nice solid guitar and drums unit that is equally smoothed over. This is accompanied by finger snaps, little acoustic guitar licks, a chorus and echo effect on his vocals during the second verse, and lead guitar dropping in every now and then to play the riff. That and the occasional note of steel guitar are the only things which really make me think COUNTRY country, but that’s not really my issue with this because the country charts these days are full of songs that don’t sound as typically country (it’s just a measure of this era in country music). A Little Too Safe. Mainly, I feel that the song is very safe. It’s a nice track, the line ‘and you’re standing in the neon, looking like a high I wanna be on’ is one of my favorite parts of the song for no other reason than it sounds nice the way they’ve constructed it, lyrically and musically. It’s similar to “God Gave Me You“. It’s very smooth, polished, pop with guitars and a touch of twang which was fine in “God Gave Me You” because that was a really catchy, lovely song with a great chorus. This new song is equally as sweet but there’s just something missing for me. Just A Little Boring. It’s not the lyrics, which tell the story of someone falling in love with a girl in a bar, and saying that she doesn’t have to stay, or carry on, but it’d sure be cool if she did. That kind of “I’m a man, I’m so casual… PLEASE COME HOME WITH ME” that I’ve definitely heard before. It depicts how a real man would say it pretty well, and Continue reading Blake Shelton Sure Be Cool If You Did Single Review

Luke Bryan Co-Hosts 2013 ACM Awards with Blake Shelton

Hear Luke Bryan Make Co-Host Announcement for the 2013 ACM Awards with Blake Shelton! The Academy of Country Music has just announced that Luke Bryan will be filling the spot of co-host with Blake Shelton for the 2013 ACM Awards! We’ve all been wondering who was going to step into Reba McEntire’s boots after she announced she wouldn’t be co-hosting anymore, and I’m going to speak for the whole CMNB Team and say, this is exciting! Bryan and ACM released a special video to make the announcement, and it bodes well for the hilarious antics that are sure to take place with both Blake and Luke hosting the show together. Now we’ve all got at least two great reasons to tune in to CBS on Sunday, April 7th at 8pm ET/PT. Watch: Luke Bryan’s ACM Awards Co-Hosting Announcement! Current Luke Bryan Tours and Tickets

Who’s Joining Blake Shelton as 2013 ACM Awards Host

Find Out Who’s Joining Blake Shelton to Host the 2013 ACM Awards! As we all know Reba McEntire announced last year that she would no longer be co-hosting with Blake Shelton at the Academy of Country Music Awards! They had a good run, and we’re very sorry to see Reba go. But she’s off to other things like her new TV show, Malibu Country! This leaves us with the burning question, though…who will be Blake’s new co-host for the 2013 ACM Awards? Well, the ACM is keeping their lips sealed for now, but country fans who are active on Twitter can help speed up the announcement! All you have to do is head on over to their official page, and follow the prompts! You’ll send out a Tweet that will help unlock the official announcement! For now, let us know, who do you want to be Shelton’s co-host? Sound off in the comments section below!

Blake Shelton Plans To Be Less Controversial On Twitter

Blake Shelton Wants to Be a Less Controversial Tweeter In The New Year…Not Off To The Best Start. Blake Shelton recently shared his 2013 New Years Resolution with US Weekly stating, “I need to work on being a less controversial tweeter.” Now, this is an admirable resolution, sure, but I for one particularly enjoy the outlandishness of Shelton’s tweets. His twitter feed is pretty much always a good place to go for a good laugh! Those of who like to get a chuckle from seeing what crazy thing Blake had to say, I don’t think we have too much to fear. It’s not looking like his New Year’s resolution is sticking so far. Check it out below. Blake Shelton Tweets: Controversial or Not? Hey @tmkansas…. Kiss my ass. That’s all… — Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) January 4, 2013 “@okwildlifedept: how about an #FF for your friends at ODWC? It’s almost paddlefish season!”Will this get me out of a ticket?! — Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) January 4, 2013 Nothing helps me make up my mind about the issues of this country like the tweets of celebrities. Thank you for your endless knowledge.. — Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) January 4, 2013 “@ladysiarra80: Having a bad day, need a falling down, pissing myself laugh. Whatcha got?”Well I can’t post a picture of it!!! — Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) January 3, 2013 Be sure to join in on the fun and follow @blakeshelton!

Top Country Artists of 2012

Check Out The Complete List of The Top 20 Country Artists of 2012 via Billboard! The past year has definitely been an exciting one for country music with new music, lots of great tours and festivals, and old and new faces rising in the ranks! Newbies like AI alumn Scotty McCreery and Hunter Hayes had great years, and artists we’ve known and loved for some time like Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum, Kenny Chesney and so many more also did really well in 2012! We’re especially proud to see CMNB favorites like Zac Brown Band, Eric Church, and Jason Aldean and Miranda Lambert in the Top 20! See the complete list below, and tell us who you’re happy to see and who you think is missing! Top 20 Country Artists for 2012! 1. Taylor Swift 2. Jason Aldean 3. Luke Bryan 4. Lady Antebellum 5. Carried Underwood 6. Eric Church 7. Zac Brown Band 8. Blake Shelton 9. Toby Keith 10. Kenny Chesney 11. The Band Perry 12. Tim McGraw 13. Miranda Lambert 14. Rascal Flatts 15. Lionel Richie 16. Lee Brice 17. Hunter Hayes 18. Scotty McCreery 19. Brantley Gilbert 20. Little Big Town Check out the remaining Top 50 Country Artists on Billboard.

Video: Blake Shelton In New Teaser for The Voice Season 4

Video: Blake Shelton Will Make You Laugh In New Teaser for The Voice Season 4! Well, Season 3 of The Voice has finished up, and Team Blake was victorious yet again with Cassadee Pope walking away as winner! So, maybe this season is over and done with, but we’re already gearing up for Season 4, and luckily we’ve already got an idea of what’s to come! Sadly, Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera will be moving on to other career opportunities, but they’ll be replaced by two talented folks, Latina pop singer Shakira and R&B artist Usher. I for one, am really curious to see what the chemistry will be like this go round between Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and these two newbies! Check out the teaser below, and let us know what you think! Watch The Voice Season 4 Teaser! [youtube:]

The Voice Season 3 Winner

Team Blake Wins The Voice For The Second Year In A Row. Blake Shelton is sure to be one happy camper/hung-over mentor this morning as both the top 2 finalists of The Voice were from his team. Terry McDermott took second place and Cassadee Pope was the winner for season 3! We are all very happy for Mr. Shelton, being part of the country music family and all, but also have some love for Ms. Pope. She won many over this season with her ballads and rocker songs, but especially perked up the ears of some country fans with certain song selections. Shelton said numerous times that Pope could perform country songs so well, because she was able to connect with the lyrics. Well connect she did, nailing “Over You,” “Stand,” “Stupid Boy” and “Cry.” Congratulations to her and the rest of the team members and coaches! The Voice Season 3 Winner Sing “Cry“!

RaeLynn Premiers Boyfriend On The Voice

RaeLynn Premiers Her New Single, “Boyfriend,” On The Voice. Last night we found out that another contestant wouldn’t be making it to the finals. Trevin Hunte was eliminated, leaving the top 3 of season 3. Cassadee Pope and Terry McDermott remain for Blake Shelton‘s team and Nicholas David for CeeLo Green’s team. A contestant from last season, a Shelton team member, also made an appearance last night. RaeLynn premiered her new single, “Boyfriend.” Although she didn’t win, or make the top finals, RaeLynn does have a record deal with Republic Nashville. You can find her single on iTunes and should get to hear a full length album in 2013. There has been much debate on whether the young girl is “country” or not. So we would love to hear what our readers have to say. Do you like the song? Do you like her voice? Is she country? Watch the video of her performance below and fire away in the comments section!

Shot of Country Playlist

of Country Playlist: Drink Recipes Inspired by Country Music Lyrics! The CMNB Team has been hard at work on an original video series we like to call “Shot of Country“! We take the country music lyrics we leave, and craft drink recipes that are inspired by those songs. We then share those recipes with you through our weekly posts! Sometimes, we even throw in a drinking game. We’ve already created quite a few recipes, and so, we decided to put them all in one place for y’all. Consider this your one stop shop for drink ideas for that next bonfire! Cheers! Watch: Shot of Country Playlist.