Red River Blue

Red River Blue

by Blake Shelton


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Back in 2010, Blake Shelton and the shrewd A&R department at Warner Nashville gambled with a new format, releasing Shelton's singles, "Hillbilly Bone" and "All About Tonight," as separate "six pack" EPs (five other tracks filled each of them out, creating one full-length album in two installments). It paid off. Both singles were hits, and fans bought the EPs in droves. Shelton, producer Scott Hendricks, and Warner wasted no time following them up. In early 2011, Shelton was back with "Honey Bee," a single that hit the number one spot on both the Billboard and Mediabase country charts within seven weeks. It became the fastest-selling download single by a male country artist to earn a gold certification; it eventually went platinum. Shelton and Hendricks were caught by surprise with the success of the single, because they had only half an album finished. They were given two weeks to complete the rest. In the meantime, Warner followed "Honey Bee" with another album track: a rocked-up cover of contemporary Christian music songwriter Dave Barnes' "God Gave Me You." The 11-song Red River Blue reflects that rush of energy; while it never sounds panicked, it does feel just a tad rough around the edges in terms of song choices. The music is almost pure contemporary honky tonk with some balanced material woven in. Basslines are elevated in the combination love song/party anthem "Ready to Roll," while the spirit of Jerry Jeff Walker is evoked on "Get Some" (with backing vocals by Miranda Lambert and Martina McBride). "Good Ole Boys" sounds exactly like its title, and pays tribute -- intentionally or not -- to Hank Williams, Jr.'s rockist brand of country. The other tunes tunes include the summery, midtempo shuffle that is "Drink on It," and the ballads "I'm Sorry" and "Over," both of which contain tension-built-to-crescendo bridges. The album's title track closes the set, and follows "Hey," an overly formulaic rowdy party anthem. The song "Red River Blue" is Shelton at his most uncharacteristically tender. It's a broken love song fueled by accordion, fiddle, and acoustic guitar. There's enough pedal steel to take the human heart and wrench it around before Lambert's backing vocals kick in and the tune goes over the edge into tearsville. For Shelton's fans, this is a whole helping of what you like best, and it's carefully formulated to be exactly that.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/12/2011
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0093624958482
catalogNumber: 527370
Rank: 14038

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Blake Shelton   Primary Artist
Eric Darken   Percussion
Martina McBride   Background Vocals
Mike Brignardello   Bass
Paul Franklin   Pedal Steel Guitar
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar
Chris McHugh   Percussion,Drums
Greg Morrow   Percussion,Drums
Gordon Mote   Piano,Hammond B3
Russ Pahl   Pedal Steel Guitar
Pamela Sixfin   Strings
Jimmie Lee Sloas   Bass
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle,Mandolin
Tim Akers   Piano,Hammond B3
Bryan Sutton   Acoustic Guitar
Troy Lancaster   Electric Guitar
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Perry Coleman   Background Vocals
Tom Bukovac   Electric Guitar
Ilya Toshinsky   Acoustic Guitar
Elizabeth Lamb   Strings
Adam Shoenfeld   Electric Guitar
Miranda Lambert   Background Vocals
Jessi Alexander   Background Vocals
Carole Rabinowitz   Strings
Eberhard Ramm   Strings
Mike Johnson   Pedal Steel Guitar
Conni Ellisor   Strings
Paul Jenkins   Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Scott Hendricks   Producer,Engineer
Steve Marcantonio   Engineer
Gordon Mote   Programming
Craig Wiseman   Composer,Producer
Rhett Akins   Composer
Jon Randall   Composer
Jim Beavers   Composer
Zac Maloy   Composer
Chris Stevens   Producer,Engineer
Buddy Owens   Composer
Dave Barnes   Composer
Jessi Alexander   Composer
Rodney Clawson   Composer
Ashley Gorley   Composer
Ray Stephenson   Composer
Chris Stapleton   Composer
Jonathan Singleton   Composer
Brooke Boling   Art Direction
Ben Hayslip   Composer
Dallas Davidson   Composer
David Elliott Johnson   Composer
Clint Lagerberg   Composer
Chris Dubois   Composer
Lorena Lopez   grooming
Paul Jenkins   Composer
Chris Tompkins   Composer

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Red River Blue 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Joyachiever More than 1 year ago
“Red River Blue” by Blake Shelton contains an assembly of uplifting songs. I was initially introduced to him through the cheerful “Honey Bee” song from “Now 39”. Naturally, getting this cd was the next step and worth it. The following are a few of the musical tracks that caught my attention: God Gave Me You: I admit that I’m not a religious person, but this song caught my attention because of its implied symbol of enduring love. “God Gave Me You” is a beautiful message of a romantic partner standing by someone through both happy and challenging times. The video to this song is also deeply touching because of the appearance of his wife (Miranda Lambert). One can see the enormous love that they have between each other through this video. Ready To Roll: “Ready to Roll” is a catchy song about enjoying a person’s company by just simply hanging out with them over the weekend. Over: “Over” is a heartfelt song about wanting to be in someone’s life to bring them joy. “Red River Blue” by Blake Shelton is best for those who enjoy contemporary country music.