Blake Shelton Recalls Earliest Memories of ‘Austin’ on 20 Year Anniversary

by Quentin Blount

Country music star Blake Shelton took to social media on Wednesday afternoon to reminisce about the earliest memories he has from his first-ever single.

Shelton posted a video to his official Twitter account where he talks about his memories from the song “Austin.” He says that his earliest memory of the hit song was when he would call his friends and family and have them listen.

“My earliest memory of performing ‘Austin,’ I think, would have been when I was calling my friends back in the day,” Shelton explains. “I’d call them on the landline and sit the phone down on the kitchen table. I would play my friends and family this song and I’d say, ‘what do you think about this song? I’m thinking about recording it.'”

The song, of course, went on to be Shelton’s very first single. But at the time, he wanted to get input from his friends and family and make sure the song was as good as he thought it was.

“And thank God I did that,” Shelton admits. “It was kind of my way of taking a poll I guess way back in the day. But everybody loved the song. It gave me the confidence to come with it as our first single.”

You can watch the short clip below.

“My earliest memory of #Austin. Cheers to 20 years y’all!” Shelton wrote alongside the video.

Blake Shelton Releases ‘Austin’ 20 Years Ago Today

Today is the 20th anniversary of Blake Shelton’s “Austin.” The song was released in April of 2001 as Shelton’s first-ever single and was the first song on his self-titled debut album.

The popular country tune was co-written by David Kent and Kristi Manna. It tells the story of a woman who moves to Austin after breaking up with her boyfriend. Not long after she decides to contact him but is consistently greeted by his answering machine. The message on the machine always ends with the phrase: “And P.S. if this is Austin, I still love you.”

And talk about going big with your first-ever song, that’s exactly what Shelton did. “Austin” found itself in the number one spot on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for five weeks. That span tied a record set by Billy Ray Cyrus in 1992 when “Achy Breaky Heart” stayed on top of the chart for five weeks.

Meanwhile, Austin even managed to crossover as a pop hit, peaking at number 18 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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