Blake Shelton to Open Ole Red Restaurant in Nashville Airport

by Josh Lanier

If you have a layover at the Nashville airport, you can take in dinner and a show. That’s thanks to Blake Shelton and Ryman Hospitality Properties who plan to open an Ole Red location at the international airport next year.

Ole Red, named after Shelton’s hit song “Ol’ Red,” is a music venue and restaurant. Nashville already has an Ole Red downtown, but this location will bring a bit of Music City to anyone passing through.

“Folks from around the world come to Nashville lookin’ to have a good time and hear some of the best live music around. And now you can make it double with the Nashville airport venue,” Blake Shelton said in a press release. “I’m excited to give visitors the best fun, food, and music like only Ole Red can provide while they wait for their flight.”

Developers say the 5,500-square-foot restaurant and music venue will boast a 190-seat theater. It will also include a Grand Ole Opry-themed retail shop.

The Nashville International Airport is undergoing a $1.4 billion expansion. The city is one of the fastest-growing in the nation that attracts millions of tourists a year. Ole Red hopes to become the centerpiece attraction within the airport.

“Our new concessions program celebrates the best of Music City,” said Matt Jennings, vice president of Fraport Tennessee. “It’s exciting to announce plans for Ole Red’s new restaurant and live music venue in our busiest concourse. Ole Red and a Grand Ole Opry-themed retail shop will bring that Nashville Lower Broadway flavor and flair travelers are looking for.”

Blake Shelton Celebrates 20 Years in Country Music

Blake Shelton hit another major career milestone recently. The megastar marked his 20th anniversary in country music with his wife Gwen Stefani by his side.

Shelton released his first album on July 31, 2001. Since then his career has gone from strength to strength, giving him one of the most impressive résumés in the genre. He has 36 top 10 singles on the country charts and 28 No. 1 hits. And he sold millions of albums during that time and has more than 1 billion streams online.

To mark his 13 million albums sold and 52 million singles sold, The Recording Industry Association of America, better known as the RIAA, had them put into a giant plague.

Stefani was on hand when he received it, and she couldn’t seem happier for her hubby.

“Congratulations to this guy @blakeshelton. This is pretty unbelievable!” she posted on Instagram as she admired her husband.

To commemorate his 20th anniversary and celebrate his roots, Blake Shelton released an acoustic version of his first radio single “Austin” on Amazon Music.

“Man – 20 years may have passed, but sometimes I still feel like the kid from Oklahoma I was back then,” he told People. “The kid who came to Nashville just wanting to sing country music. I couldn’t be prouder to celebrate the anniversary of my debut album. ‘Austin’ is the first song we ever released from the album, and it is still a cornerstone of my live shows.”