Blake Shelton is one of country music’s biggest stars, but his stardom transcends musical genre. His relationship with pop star Gwen Stefani and his high profile position as a judge on "The Voice" have made him a household name whether you’re a country music fan or not.
Shelton’s universal, down home appeal make him a perfect artist for the upcoming Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, running from Feb 27-March 18 at NRG Park, where he will perform on March 1. For RodeoHouston 2018, Shelton will join some of country and pop’s biggest stars including Garth Brooks, Leon Bridges, Kelsea Ballerini, Alessia Cara, Zac Brown Band, Chris Stapleton and more.
For such a blockbuster event, Shelton is sure to pull out all the stops for his performance. While the setlist will ultimately be up to Blake, here are five songs we hope to hear from Blake Shelton at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo 2018.
Although the song was initially recorded by George Jones and later by Kenny Rogers, Shelton included “Ol’ Red” on his 2001 self-titled debut album. It’s a pretty safe bet Shelton will play the song at RodeoHouston as it has become a concert favorite over the years. Shelton also considers it one of his signature songs.
“Honey Bee” is the lead single from Shelton’s 2011 album Red River Blue. The song has since become one of Shelton’s most popular. “Honey Bee” and Red River Blue also garnered Shelton his second and third Grammy nominations at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards in 2012.
“Sure Be Cool If You Did”
This song from Shelton’s 2013 album Based on a True Story… became his second highest debut on the US Billboard Country Airplay chart at #32. It eventually topped the chart and became Shelton’s eighth consecutive #1. Plus, it’s a reference to the Richard Linklater’s cult classic film about 1970s Texas, "Dazed and Confused," and would go over well with a Lone Star State crowd. But will Shelton play the song? It sure would be cool if he did.
Speaking of Texas classics, no Blake Shelton Texas show would be complete without his debut single and breakout hit “Austin.” The song climbed the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart until finally hitting #1 and remaining there for 5 weeks. The stint on top tied Billy Ray Cyrus’ record for “Achy Breaky Heart.”
From Shelton’s 2015 album, Bringing Back the Sunshine, this Latin-tinged songs already feels like a Blake Shelton staple. The song continued Shelton’s amazing streak of consecutive #1 hits. “Sangria” was Shelton’s 15th #1 hit, an accomplishment unmatched in country music. The song will undoubtedly get a rise from the Houston crowd as Sangria wine is a Texas favorite.