Blake Shelton coming to Brookings Feb. 25

Katie Rusch

Katie RuschJuice Columnist

“It is all about Feb. 25.” That is the night Blake Shelton will heat up the stage in Brookings for a stop on his “2011 All About Tonight Tour.”

Blake and opening acts Easton Corbin and The Band Perry are sure to make the night one to remember.

Shelton, the fiancé of fellow country star Miranda Lambert, started his career out strong. His debut single “Austin” held the number one spot on the Billboard Country chart for six long weeks in 2001.

He went on to score two more number ones with “The Baby” and “Some Beach”, but superstar status was just out of reach until recently.

2010 was by far his best year yet.

“This has been an amazing year for me,” Shelton said in his website biography. “If you would have told me when I started out that I would have two major awards, a CD in the upper reaches of the charts, a sold-out show at the Ryman Auditorium and a career that’s generally on fire, I would have thought you were pulling my leg.”

Shelton sings about the things he knows best. He is guaranteed to have the crowd on their feet for party anthems such as “The More I Drink” and “Hillbilly Bone”, but he can also show a serious side. His raucous recollections of the night before are balanced by songs that reveal regrets about relationship mistakes and reminisce about home.

His opening acts also have a lot to offer.

The Band Perry is a sibling trio that plays a unique mix of country and rock. Lead singer Kimberly Perry’s hauntingly sweet voice makes their standout hit “If I Die Young” something to look forward to hearing.

Florida native Easton Corbin is also sure to make a splash. He is a George Strait sound-alike that will prove he is “a little more country than that” with a lineup of traditional yet fresh songs.

As for Blake, it is a miracle what getting rid of a mullet can do for a career. The 2010 CMA Male Vocalist of the Year said goodbye to his signature hair style a few years ago, and hello to a new approach to country music.

He has become an innovator in how he approaches releasing new music and uses social media to connect with fans.

Blake has chosen to release new music in extended play albums he calls “Six Paks”, because they each contain six songs.

“I can record a lot more and release a lot more,” Shelton said in a USA Today article.

He promotes his music on Twitter, but the networking site has also become his go-to outlet for speaking his mind on topics such as PETA and gun control.

Whether people find his tweets funny or offensive, he has drawn a following of over 174,000.

On December 8th, 2010 at 1:54 AM, he tweeted, “I’m so drunk right now I just defrosted my cat…In the microwave….”

You can follow Blake on Twitter at @BlakeShelton and still get tickets to the concert through the Swiftel Center or