Blake Shelton Says ‘Austin’ Is ‘Still As Powerful’ 20 Years Since Its Release

by Katie Maloney

Twenty years ago Blake Shelton soared to fame with his song, “Austin.” Now, two decades later, the song is just as popular as it ever was.

Austin” is the epitome of love songs. It’s about two people who continue to love each other for a year without realizing that the other feels the same way. That is until the woman calls the man for the first time and discovers that his answering machine recording includes a proclamation of love for her. During the song, Shelton sings, “Three rings and an answering machine is what she got…If your callin’ ’bout the car I sold it. If this is Tuesday night I’m bowlin’. And if you’ve got somethin’ to sell your wastin’ your time, I’m not buyin’. If it’s anybody else wait for the tone you know what to do. And P.S., if this is Austin, I still love you.”

During a recent interview, Blake Shelton talked about how “Austin” is still just as relevant today as it was when he first released it.

“Twenty years may have passed, but sometimes I still feel like the kid from Oklahoma I was back then!” said Shelton. “I couldn’t be prouder to celebrate the anniversary of my debut album.”

Shelton added that “Austin” is still one of his most requested songs during live shows.

“‘Austin’ is the first song we ever released from the album. And it is still a cornerstone of my live shows,” said Shelton.

In fact, the song is so popular that Blake Shelton just released a rerecorded acoustic version of the song.

“I’m excited to share a new version of one of the most important songs of my career with an Amazon Original.”

The song has all the emotion that the original contained. But it focuses more on Shelton’s vocal talents than any additional instruments. And, despite the fact that answering machines are pretty much obsolete nowadays, Shelton said that audiences still connect with the song.

“I’m not sure how many people actually have an ‘answering machine’ anymore. But the song is still as powerful and special as the first time I ever sang it,” he adds. “I’m grateful for all the fans who continue to connect with it like I do.” 

Blake Shelton Says He Still Feels Like a Young Kid From Oklahoma

Despite his success, Blake Shelton says he’s still a country boy at heart.

“Man – 20 years may have passed, but sometimes I still feel like the kid from Oklahoma I was back then!” said Shelton. “The kid who came to Nashville just wanting to sing country music.”

Famous or not, you’ll always be one of our favorite country boys, Blake Shelton!