Blake Shelton Shares Resurfaced Photo of Earliest Days in Nashville: ‘Just Trying to Make It’

by Joe Rutland

While he’s filled with success and fame these days, country singer-songwriter Blake Shelton has not forgotten his own salad-eating days.

There was a time when Shelton and a number of his friends would do what they could do to make ends meet. Sometimes, that meant performing in front of people for tips or just the experience itself.

Shelton shares a picture from those hard times as this group of musicians was looking for their big break in the country music industry.

Take a look at this throwback shot Blake Shelton shares on Twitter.

Blake Shelton Has Friends Who Also Reached No. 1 Spot

One of the people mentioned in the photo is Phillip White. His career as a songwriter over the past 20-plus years has led him to write songs for country music artists like Shelton, George Strait, Luke Bryan, and Reba McEntire.

When performing, White has made stops at the legendary Ryman Auditorium, The Grand Ole Opry House, and the Lousiana Hayride.

White is an Academy of Country Music award-winning songwriter and Grammy Award-nominated songwriter and producer.

Another person mentioned is country music singer Joe Nichols. Starting with his 2002 release “Man With A Memory,” Nichols put up six No. 1 songs and eight Top 20 songs.

They include classics like “Brokenheartsville” and “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off.” Nichols has been nominated for Grammys three times and won ACM, Billboard, CMA, and CMT awards.

As you can see, Blake Shelton was part of a group of up-and-coming artists who would find their way to the top of country music’s charts.

Shelton Wants George Strait To Do Marathon Hits Concert

Yet Shelton, like all of his friends around that table in the picture, has a lot of respect for those artists who came before him. One of those is the legendary George Strait.

Shelton has tossed out the idea of Strait doing a long concert simply of all his No. 1 songs. That’s it, nothing else. “That’s my big idea for George, anyway. … (George) loves to work, I tell ya,” Shelton said in an interview with talk-show host Bobby Bones.

That Strait concert idea popped up when Bones asked Shelton if he would want to do a concert of just his 28 No. 1 hit songs. But Shelton’s concert would include some of his popular songs that didn’t make it to No. 1. Bones says Shelton could perform the hits over two nights in one city.

“I want to play in front of a full crowd and two nights would probably be one night too many for me,” Blake Shelton joked. “I guess if the people would promise that they would come back again the second night, then, yeah, that would be a blast.”

H/T: Joe Nichols