Country Throwback: Blake Shelton, Michael Bublé Sing ‘Home’ for 2008 Special

by Joe Rutland

Country music singer Blake Shelton and standards singer Michael Bublé have something in common. Both have hits with Buble’s song “Home.”

Bublé first recorded the song, which he co-wrote with Alan Chang and Amy S. Foster, in 2005. It went to No. 1 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart. Shelton recorded his own version of “Home” in 2008, which went to No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart.

Their paths first crossed when Shelton, who is a coach on NBC’s “The Voice,” asked Buble‘ if he could record the song. After Bublé gave Shelton the OK, both men became good friends and have stayed that way.

Blake Shelton, Michael Bublé Join Foster On Stage

In this video, Bublé and Shelton appear at a special concert put on by songwriter David Foster. Bublé and Foster are out there bantering back and forth, then the Canadian singer breaks out into a country-fied version of “Home.”

Foster stops playing, asks Bublé what he was doing, and he said that he’s singing the song in a country way. It’s at that point Foster points out there is someone on the show tonight who can actually sing country music.

With that, Foster brings out Shelton, who comes out and parks a stool right next to Bublé. Both men start to sing “Home,” Bublé going first, followed by Shelton, and then both bring their voices together. It’s an amazing performance from both men of a song focusing on what home means at a deep level.

Take a few minutes and listen to Shelton and Bublé perform “Home.”

Shelton Recalls Story Behind ‘Boys ‘Round Here’

The story around Blake Shelton and his smash hit “Boys ‘Round Here” starts the same way the song does…with the Beatles.

Songwriters Dallas Davidson and Craig Wiseman were in Wiseman’s office when Davidson noticed the framed Beatles poster on the wall.

“I looked up at the wall and started thinking, man, I like the Beatles, who doesn’t like the Beatles,” Davidson told “But honestly where I grew up, we didn’t ride around listening to the Beatles. We rode around listening to Hank (Williams) Jr., and Lionel Richie, but not the Beatles. That just didn’t fit in our lifestyle.”

That observation became the song’s iconic opening line. “The boys ’round here don’t listen to the Beatles. We run old Bocephus through a jukebox needle at the honky-tonk, where their boots stomp, all night.”

The songwriters actually worried it was too goofy, but it turned out that it only added to the song’s charm for Blake Shelton.

“’Boys ‘Round Here’ is a song that pretty much represents who I am as a human being,” he told “It’s a representation of the kind of people I surround myself with — just good old boys that work and listen to Hank Williams Jr. And that’s about as deep as it gets.”

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