Hot on the heels of the number-one success of “God’s Country,” Blake Shelton has released a new single and this time he has invited his longtime pal and former collaborator, Trace Adkins, to join him on his new tune, “Hell Right.”
While the arrangement is gritty and swampy in the verses, in a similar way that “God’s Country” was, the melody of the chorus opens up like the next big country music singalong. To those who don’t have rural roots, it may feel kitschy, but to those who did grow up cruising dirt roads and hanging out at barn and farm parties, the lyrics feel like a nostalgic slice of Americana. And if the title is puzzling to you, a clever turn of phrase in the chorus explains, “If you’re gonna raise hell, then you better damn raise hell right.”
Blake says, “This song is about taking things to the max. You can raise hell or you can raise hell right. It’s about cutting loose and having fun the right way. I spend a lot of time in Los Angeles these days, but when I hear songs like this on the radio, I am immediately thinking about being back home and what I’d be doing if I was there.”
The singer has an uncanny ability to push the envelope, whether through production or lyrics, while still remaining true to his genuine Oklahoma raising. This certainly isn’t the first time we’ve heard him on a recitation (remember “Boys ‘Round Here”) but this song, written by David Garcia, Brett Tyler and Michale Hardy, feels as if the singer is, again, exercising his creative artistry…and having a little fun, too.