As the annual CMA Fest special premieres tonight on ABC, Blake Shelton is looking back on that whirlwind week in June, during which he also welcomed his Ole Red honky tonk to Nashville.
A new YouTube video follows a couple of busy days in the life of the country superstar, as he leaves his Ten Point Ranch in Tishomingo, Oklahoma via private plane, with a tumbler of Smithworks vodka in hand.
“This crowd is electric during CMA Fest week,” he observes. “It’s always when the hardest, hardcore country music fans are in this town. It’s chaos and I love it!”
Along the way, you’ll see Blake co-hosting the Today show from Ole Red with Hoda Kotb, and catch a glimpse of Thomas Rhett, Darius Rucker, Sugarland and Rascal Flatts. Blake also shares an acoustic snippet of a profanity-filled song that he claims once got him banned from the famed Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge in downtown Nashville.
Blake performs his most recent hit, “I Lived It,” Wednesday night on the three-hour CMA Fest musical extravaganza on ABC. You can preview his performance on YouTube, in advance of the show’s 8 p.m. ET premiere tonight.