Blake Shelton will be honoring the 20th anniversary of “Austin” with a performance during the 2021 ACM Awards.
Shelton will perform his first No. 1 hit at the Grand Ole Opry during the awards show. “[It’s] shocking you know to wrap my head around that,” said in an interview prior to the telecast. “It’s unbelievable that I’m still able to do this you know.” Shelton will perform a mashup of “Austin” and his latest single, “Minimum Wage.” He added, “It’s gonna be exciting for me just ’cause there’s a lot of things that happened between that song and this song, it’s pretty crazy.”
Although Blake Shelton has had quite a long career in country music, he doesn’t look back on his beginnings.
“There’s never a time where I’m thinking in the back of my mind ‘Man, I just can’t wait to get to Austin,’” he shared. Shelton said that he has thought back to the times that he released “God’s Country” and “Happy Anywhere”. When he plays those recent singles live, he gets awesome fan reactions. However, when he performs “Austin” live, that’s a completely different story.
“It never happens for me with ‘Austin’ until I start the song. The way people respond to it’s like a reminder every night. ‘Oh yeah, that song is why I have a job,’ Blake Shelton explained. “I always forget that.”
He believes that the song takes fans back to specific memories and gives them a sense of nostalgia.
“When they hear that intro and they know every single word of the song and they sing it as loud as they can, I think it just represents a time in people’s lives – that whatever they were doing in 2001 at my shows apparently whatever they were doing was good times because people have a blast when I start that song,” he concluded.
Blake Shelton On His Upcoming Album
Blake Shelton will release his twelfth studio album next month. Shelton recently announced the release of his upcoming album, Body Language. The record is set to release on May 21 via Warner Music Nashville.
“We don’t do albums anymore, you heard – it’s been 3 1/2 years,” he said to media outlets. “My God!” He revealed that the first two singles from the record were “Happy Anywhere” and “Minimum Wage.”
Shelton explained that COVID put a stop to his record’s original plans that he had been working on for a long time.
“We just literally couldn’t go finish it,” he explained. “We couldn’t get musicians in the studio together we couldn’t do anything just like none of us could. And so that’s what’s taking this extra amount of time. But for me personally, some of these songs have been laying around that have been recorded for almost two years. So I’m glad to finally get them out there and get them off my table.”