Blake Shelton Calls Upon Trace Adkins for ‘Hell Right,’ His New Radio Single [Listen]
"Hell Right" is Shelton's new single, the follow-up to "God's Country" and one he says he wouldn't have ever discovered had he been working on a studio album in the traditional sense. "Rednecker" singer and "God's Country" co-writer Hardy wrote it with David Garcia and Brett Tyler, and Shelton only heard it after he was done recording for awhile ... or so he thought.
"Hell Right" references the classic country of Hank Williams, Jr., in its lyric, but it's pretty far away from that sensibility in its construction, featuring spoken-word verses that border on rap before it ramps up into a singing chorus that's an unabashed celebration of good clean fun.
"Hell right / Hell right / Everybody's throwing down on a Friday night / Somewhere in America / There's a bottle to burn and a fire to light / You ain't done nothin' if you did it halfway / If you're gonna raise hell, then you better damn raise hell right / Hell right / Hell right," the chorus states.
Speaking to media at his No. 1 party for "God's Country" last week, the 43-year-old said songs like this are exactly why he's enjoying going song by song. It's an in-the-moment approach he had not tried before.
"Everything is icing on the cake for me at this point," Shelton says, "and all I want to do is make the records that I want to make with the people I want to make 'em with. Outside of that I don't care how they (his record label Warner Music Nashville) package them or what they do with it."
Shelton just sounds happy to be working with his old friend again.
"The guy's got so much personality in his voice and the way he sings," he explains of Adkins, "and I still think he's one of the most underrated vocalists out there."
"Hillbilly Bone" was a chart-topping, award-winning hit for Shelton in 2009. It kicked off what would be his most successful commercial period. "Hell Right" is available digitally beginning on Friday (Aug. 16), and it will be pushed for radio airplay starting Aug. 19.
Did You Know? Shelton scored his 26th No. 1 hit with his previous single, "God's Country."
Blake Shelton and Trace Adkins' "Hell Right" Lyrics:
Hey / Yeah? / Tell 'em that story you were tellin' me / A couple boys clock out about 5:35 / Tryin' to put a little hammer in their head / Standing in the liquor store, staring at a fifth / But they picked up a handle instead / Hell right / Hell right / Hell right / Okay
Couple girls with their boots on got their Bluetooth on / T-shirts saying "Go Sooners" / Then the girl from the small town took off the O-Town / Put on a little Hank Jr. / Thank God / Hell right / She got all her rowdy friends comin' over tonight
"Hell right / Hell right / Everybody's throwing down on a Friday night / Somewhere in America / There's a bottle to burn and a fire to light / You ain't done nothin' if you did it halfway / If you're gonna raise hell, then you better damn raise hell right / Hell right / Hell right,"
There's a guitar on the ground that was making some sound / 'Til somebody pulled a hillbilly slip / Now there's fog on the window, she never would've kissed him / If he didn't play a lick like this / Hell right / Hell right
Now it's 7 AM, damn if there ain't an empty handle on a square hay bell / Everybody's passed out drunk, but when they wake up, they're all gonna hurt like hell right / Yeah boy
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