Walking onto the rotating stage in his finely pressed jeans, white button down oxford and vest that was a verifiable cross between all things GQ and country western, Blake Shelton let the roaring crowd at Reliant Stadium know "It's All About Tonight."
Before heading to the show, I did a quick Twitter check and instantly fell even more in love with Blake (@blakeshelton) as his timeline was filled with all things #RodeoHouston, sports and Bacardi. Most things any girl would love, especially a Houston country-loving girl.
Starting off his set with what just may be one of the best songs ever, it was Shelton who told the crowd to "Cut Footloose," not Kevin Bacon. And with his country twang, the crowd obliged.
Starting off his set with what just may be one of the best songs ever, it was Shelton who told the crowd to "Cut Footloose," not Kevin Bacon. And with his country twang, the crowd obliged, knowing full well the show was already setting up to be one of those RodeoHouston concerts we wait for each and every year because we know it is special.
Throughout his entire 12-song set list, it was as if a constant strobe light had taken over Reliant Stadium. Camera phone after camera phone was busy snapping shots of The Voice coach, who for an hour was not coaching contestants on how to sing, but showing the Houston crowd just how to do it.
Making it clear it was "All About Tonight," Shelton took a few strategic steps away from the mic to guzzle down whatever sat inside his own red Solo cup. He warned fans, especially those 9-to-5'ers who were sure to be bleary-eyed the next morning that they should focus on tonight and all the goodness that RodeoHouston has to offer. Again, fans obliged.
Not his first rodeo
Literally. Just before launching into his hit song "Home", Shelton took the time to thank Houston for how at home he felt in our big city as well as within the confines of the haystacks inside Reliant. As he launched into his ballad, it was clear why he felt so at home. The fans (myself very much included) love the guy.
Showing his personality, the one you often see on NBC's The Voice or in video clips with his beauty of a wife, Miranda Lambert, Shelton called himself out a time or two for missing his own lyrics. "I can't read, I can only remember," he said referring to the closed caption monitors which carefully contained his lyrics. For the rest of the show, he went with his memory, which was probably easy as he belted out the lyrics to his 2001 debut single, "Austin."
Shelton also threw in a few drinking songs for good measure including "Some Beach," "The More I Drink," and his new single, "Drink On It."
It was one of those rodeo concerts where your heart sinks a little seeing the black Ford pickup drive out onto the dirt, just moments before escorting the country star off the stage. After a show like this, you can't help hollering, "Yee haw."