Texoma Shore

Texoma Shore

by Blake Shelton

CD

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Overview

Texoma Shore is a shout-out to the beaches of Lake Texoma, a body of water that's close to where Blake Shelton grew up. It's also near where he recorded this, his tenth studio album, and if there's an implicit homecoming in his choice of naming the record after his old stomping grounds, it's a sentiment that can't be heard in the music. Relaxed and easy, Texoma Shore is the sound of "Blake Shelton: Superstar," the good ol' boy who made good in Hollywood. His paramour and Voice co-star Gwen Stefani isn't heard, but she's felt, specifically in the album's deft blend of glamour and comfort, but also in a fleeting lyric reference to Stefani's endorsement deal for a specific cosmetic line. This line undercuts Shelton's occasional attempt at down-home charm, particularly on the disingenuous "Money," a song where he and his girl aren't able to afford Charmin, sport second hand cut-offs/ and leave "the doors unlocked because there's nothing left to steal." The tell in "Money" is how he dreams of sipping sake at Nobu, a reference that flows easily from Shelton's lips because he's now a celebrity, not a mere country star. He acts this way throughout Texoma Shore, sanding the twang out of his voice -- it only surfaces when things get a little rowdy but things only get a little rowdy, and not that often -- and opting for a polish so slick it shines. What distinguishes Texoma Shore from its predecessor, If I'm Honest, is that it's a groove album, not a collection of ballads. Shelton sounds settled and happy, singing about longterm romances and memories, the kind of songs that reflect a relaxed middle age. There are some surprises to be found in the production by Scott Hendricks -- notably, "Beside You Babe" has a nimble R&B beat and "Turnin' Me On," the only song co-written by Shelton, plays like Lindsey Buckingham producing Alabama in 1982 -- and that's enough to make Texoma Shore into a cozy record that's not complacent.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/03/2017
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0093624909590
catalogNumber: 564386
Rank: 14556

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Blake Shelton   Primary Artist
Kenny Greenberg   Electric Guitar,Guitar (Baritone)
Gordon Mote   Synthesizer,Piano,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Jimmy Olander   Electric Guitar
Russ Pahl   Pedal Steel Guitar
Jimmie Lee Sloas   Bass
Craig Wiseman   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Charles Dixon   Violin,Viola
Derek Wells   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Bryan Sutton   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Mandolin
Troy Lancaster   Electric Guitar
Perry Coleman   Background Vocals
Jamie Moore   Synthesizer
Sari Reist   Cello
Jessi Alexander   Background Vocals
Mark Trussell   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals,Synthesizer Bass
Matt Dragstrem   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Electric Guitar
Jeneé Fleenor   Fiddle
Abe Stoklasa   Background Vocals
Ilya Toshinskiy   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Bouzouki,12-string Guitar,Hi String Guitar (Acoustic),Guitar (Resonator)
RaeLynn   Background Vocals
Nir "Z" Zidkyahu   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

James Bailey   Composer
Scott Hendricks   Producer,overdub engineer,Vocal Engineer
Steve Marcantonio   Engineer
Justin Niebank   Engineer
Jimmy Olander   Engineer
Craig Wiseman   Composer
Rhett Akins   Composer
Drew Bollman   Engineer
Clarke Schleicher   overdub engineer,Vocal Engineer
Jamie Moore   Composer,Whistle
Blake Shelton   Composer
Ryan Ogren   Composer
Ross Copperman   Composer
Jessi Alexander   Composer
Matt Jenkins   Composer
Paul DiGiovanni   Programming,Engineer
Ashley Gorley   Composer
Mark Trussell   Composer,Engineer
Matt Dragstrem   Composer
Ben Hayslip   Composer
Dallas Davidson   Composer
Seth Morton   Engineer
Josh Osborne   Composer
Abe Stoklasa   Composer
Josh Thompson   Composer
Mike Moore   Art Direction
Nir "Z" Zidkyahu   Programming
Chase McGill   Composer
Nich Jones   overdub engineer,Vocal Engineer

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