It was a packed house Friday night (Nov. 3) at Oz Arts Nashville as Pandora—the internet radio streaming service— celebrated the release of Blake Shelton’s eleventh studio album, Texoma Shore, as part of Pandora Music’s Fall Into Country digital country music festival.
The concert, Dubbed “Sounds Like You: Country,” featured intimate performances by Blake Shelton and Maggie Rose and is the first event of a larger overall campaign to grow the country audience on the streaming site. Additional country events will feature Luke Bryan, Kelsea Ballerini and Darius Rucker. Fans had a chance to win tickets to the concert by listening to Blake Shelton radio on Pandora.
Maggie Rose kicked off the show to a capacity 21 and over crowd. As fans crowded the stage, the country-pop singer’s vocals were pristine during her 30 minute set, which included her current single, “Body On Fire,” the first song from her independently released EP, Dreams > Dollars.
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Following a brief intermission, Blake took the stage clad in jeans and his signature denim shirt.
“Welcome, Welcome. This is unbelievable,” Blake said kicking off his set. “I didn’t know how [Pandora] picked people to come to this thing. They said they hand picked people that they could tell were listening to my music on Pandora. I didn’t know that this many people around the world that listened to my music, much less enough people to get in here. Thank you guys. We’re gonna play some stuff that you’ve heard on the radio over the years tonight, and we’re gonna throw in some of the new stuff that I got on this Texoma Shore album, that I hope you are all listening to on Pandora.”
While the crowd was treated to adult beverages from Smithworks Vodka, a giant Jenga tournament, a photo booth by Ashley Homestore that had guests posing in a bed and light up batons from Cracker Barrel —that fans waved high in the air, the Oklahoma native burst into hits “Neon Light” “Sangria,” and “A Guy with a Girl.”
But it wasn’t all about the past, Blake had the fans eating out of the palm of his hand as he showcased new songs from Texoma Shore, including “At The House,” “I’ll Name The Dogs” and “I Lived It.”
Texoma Shore is available now.