Blake Shelton gives a nod to one of his musical heroes with his newly released cover of Bobby Bare's "Tequila Sheila." Shelton remains faithful to the original recording, which was featured on Bare's 1980 live album Down and Dirty. The "I Lived It" singer delivers the south of the border tune with a boozy swagger and the help of a lively, singalong crowd.
The song, written by legendary songwriters Mac Davis and Shel Silverstein, follows a card player who gets into trouble in Juarez, Mexico and turns to Sheila, his friend turned foe, in his hour of need.
In a press release, Shelton said he grew up loving the song and jumped at the chance to record his own version.
"One of the coolest things I've been able to do in my career, because I've been fortunate, is be a little selfish along the way and be able to record some songs that I grew up loving," Shelton said in a press release. "I feel like they have helped shape who I am as an artist and were what inspired me to want to be a country singer. I recorded this song and didn't really have a plan for it - I just wanted to have my own version! I'm a huge fan, and I always felt like Bobby Bare's personality was the kind I wanted to have as an artist too."
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Shelton recently announced his 2019 Friends and Heroes Tour, which will take him on the road with John Anderson, the Bellamy Brothers, Trace Adkins and Lauren Alaina. The first leg of the tour will kick off in February in Oklahoma and hit over a dozen cities before wrapping up in Albany, N.Y. in March.
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