It’s been one hell of a week for superstar Blake Shelton, who returned to Nashville this week for the Grand Opening of his Ole Red restaurant in Downtown Nashville.
The “I Lived It” singer’s grand opening coincided with CMA Music Fest, a four-day country music festival in Nashville. Blake also planned a grand opening party for his restaurant to be held on Wednesday June 6.
But first, Blake kicked off the day with press conference, with Ryman Hospitality Chairman and CEO Colin Reed inside his new venue.
“The town’s exploding and Nashville is the place to be but we don’t ever want it to get away from country music at the same time,” Blake said during the press conference. I think the way the music industry is changing so rapidly, I think it’s perfect timing for us as artists to stake a claim down here downtown and remind people that this is still a music based community. I’m proud to be a part of it.”
Later that night, Blake made an appearance at the CMT Music Awards where he not only performed “Turnin’ Me On,” featured on his current album Texhoma Shore, from The Lookout—Ole Red’s rooftop bar (nice plug— but he took home two top awards for Male Video of The Year and Video of the Year, both for “I’ll Name the Dogs.”
Following the awards show, Blake invited friends, family, fans and industry folk back over to his bar/restaurant/music venue for a massive party dubbed “Blake Shelton & Friends.”
Blake christened the Ole Red stage by opening the show with performances of his hit song “Neon Light” and a cover of Hal Ketchum’s “Small Town Saturday Night, and Eddie Rabbitt’s “Drivin’ My Life Away.”
Then it was time for the friends portion of the show, which saw a who’s who of country stars take the stage, including Trace Adkins, Lauren Alaina, Kelly Clarkson, Devin Dawson, Hunter Hayes, The Voice contestant Kyla Jade, Chris Janson, Jon Pardi, Raelynn, Michael Ray, Darius Rucker, Dan + Shay and Little Big Town. NASCAR driver Clint Boyer also made an appearance to sing John Anderson’s “Seminole Wind” on stage with Shelton.
Blake shut down the show late into the evening with a few hits and covers of 80s and ’90s country classics by George Strait and Conway Twitty.
If that wasn’t enough, the following evening, Blake headed over to the Grand Ole Opry to perform two shows on the iconic stage.
Ole Red Nashville, the second restaurant Blake has launched, following Ole Red Tishomingo in his home state of Oklahoma, is officially open to the public. Head on down and enjoy some hot chicken, fried pickles and skillet cornbread Ole Red style.