Shelton - Concert Review
was standing room only on Friday February 20th when Blake Shelton and
his band took the stage at The Longbranch in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Despite mechanical problems during sound check, the show went off as
scheduled, and ran like a well-oiled machine.
Earlier in the day, WQDR contest winners were treated to "Steak
With Blake." The Meet and Greet included many repeat fans that were
greeted warmly by Shelton. His lovely new wife "Kat," who is
very involved in all aspects of the tour, snapped pictures. Shelton was
a security nightmare when he snuck off to buy Kat a birthday gift, which
included a cake that he decorated himself and presented to her
Shelton is known for his sense of humor and love of practical jokes.
This journalist was able to experience both first hand when Shelton,
with "Sharpie" in hand, crossed out "Joe Nichols"
name on the bumper sticker of my Blazer, and replaced it with his own.
The show opened with "Heavy Lifting" and included all of
Shelton's biggest hits as well as new material that will be included in
his upcoming album. Shelton said that he "loves performing at The
Longbranch because of its laid back atmosphere." Shelton continued
by saying "I feel very comfortable trying out new material
here." If the turnout of almost 3,000 fans is any indication, they
love Blake as well.