Man, I really needed this one just to know ol’ Blake Shelton still had it in him.
After Shelton’s last album, Body Language, I really believed the good ol’ days were gone, and the man who was once the mullet-haired cowboy singing songs like “Austin,” and “Ol’ Red” officially felt like an urban legend.
Although we still aren’t getting that OG sound that made us Shelton fans back in the day, it’s good to see the man going back to his roots every now and again, as he dropped a stripped-down, acoustic version of “Austin” today.
Just Shelton and an acoustic guitar, he delivers a version of the song that will take you straight back to the early 2000s.
Written by David Kent and Kirsti Manna, it was first recorded by Blake Shelton for his self-titled, debut album in 2001. The first single and the first #1 of his career, “Austin” spent five straight weeks at the top of the country charts, tying Billy Ray Cyrus’ 1992 smash hit, “Achy Breaky Heart.”
He would follow it up with “All Over Me,” and then a remake of the 1990 George Jones tune, “Ol’ Red.”