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article imageReview: Blake Shelton puts on stellar concert at Jones Beach, New York Special

By Markos Papadatos     Jul 23, 2013 in Entertainment
Wantagh - On July 21, reigning Country Music Association (CMA) “Entertainer of the Year” Blake Shelton headlined his concert at the Nikon at Jones Beach Amphitheater in Long Island, New York, as part of his “Ten Times Crazier” tour.
Country singers Easton Corbin and Jana Kramer shared opening slots for him. Previously, Blake had played in New York at the intimate iHeartRadio Theater on March 27 for iHeartRadio live, which was presented by P.C. Richard and Son.
He commenced his set with “All About Tonight,” prior to greeting his Long Island audience.
“How ya’ll doing on a Sunday? This is a country concert where music and drinking go hand in hand,” he said prior to singing “The More I Drink.”
“What’s happening everybody? Are we completely underwater yet? I genuinely appreciate one person coming to see me on a Sunday night much less this crowd. I’m going to give it my best,” he said prior to singing “Over.”
“I’m loving some Jones Beach, man,” Blake said. “I don’t know how to act in this part of the country. Ya’ll make me nervous.”
After interacting with the crowd, “The Voice” coach promised, “I will sing eventually.”
He continued with “Kiss My Country Ass” and “She Wouldn’t Be Gone.”
“Thank you,” he said. “There are so many people.”
Blake went on to sing his new single, the soothing ballad “Mine Would Be You.”
He immediately broke into some songs that he referred to as “oldies but goodies,” which included “Playboys of the Southwestern World,” which happened to be one of my all-time favorite up-tempo songs of his, as well as “Some Beach” and “Ol’ Red.”
“Hang on one second,” Blake said and subsequently noted that he has been singing “Ol’ Red” since his first studio album.
Particularly impressive about Blake is that during his performance of his “oldies” songs, he wore his cowboy hat and mullet to remind his fans how he used to look like when those songs were out on radio.
It was followed with the gorgeous love ballad “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking,” my all-time favorite Blake Shelton song, as well as “Sure Be Cool If You Did,” which was his lead-off, chart-topping single from his latest studio album “Based on a True Story.”
“I don’t know if ya’ll have been watching it but I have been doing a television show called ‘The Voice.’ Have you been watching it,” he asked his fans.
Blake noted that he has had the good fortune to work on “The Voice” with such artists as Shakira, Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera and Adam Levine, but one of the colleagues that he is most proud of working is Usher, who helped him raise money for “Healing in the Heartland,” his Oklahoma tornado benefit concert.
To pay tribute to Usher he sang a few lines from his hit single “Yeah,” but then Blake admitted that he is a country singer and that this is the genre of music he is most comfortable with.
He broke into “Hillbilly Bone,” where the audience sang along with him. “Here it is ya’ll. I had always wanted to sing a ‘bone’ song at Jones Beach,” he said.
Blake performed a two-song solo, acoustic medley and he referred to these tune as the “two most important songs of his life.” He delivered an emotional and vulnerable rendition of “Over You,” which is a homage to his late brother and following its warm reception, the country crooner was left fighting back tears. Equally moving was his version of “Austin,” the first No. 1 single of his career and gold-selling record.
He continued with “Drink On It,” a country rendition of Michael Buble’s “Home,” as well as “Honey Bee” and “Boys ‘Round Here.”
Blake closed his set with yet another superb love song, “God Gave Me You,” which was vocal perfection.
“This is a huge deal for me,” Blake said with excitement. “Thank ya’ll so much. I will never forget this Jones Beach. I want to see you again next time.”
The Verdict
Blake Shelton was able to command the stage in Jones Beach, New York. He showcased his versatility and range as an artist where he was able to nail his ballads and have fun with the audience with his up-tempo tunes. His witty and funny personality was infectious.
If the upcoming Country Music Association (CMA) awards have any doubts who deserves to be nominated for and subsequently win “Entertainer of the Year” for the second consecutive year, all they need to see is a highlight reel of Blake Shelton’s Sunday night concert at Jones Beach, New York.
After seeing him perform live three times in New York this year, it is safe to say that the Oklahoma native only gets better each time. His live shows are highly recommended for all music fans.
To learn more about Blake Shelton, visit his official website.
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