Based on a True Story...

Based on a True Story...

by Blake SheltonBlake Shelton


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A few months before he released his seventh album, Based on a True Story..., Blake Shelton weathered a minor storm over comments he made to GAC's Backstory, where he claimed "nobody wants to listen to their grandpa's music." Shelton further explained "old farts" "don't buy records anymore...the kids do, and they don't want to buy the music that you were buying." At 36 years old, Shelton isn't exactly a kid, but he sure has his finger on the pulse of what America is all about in 2013, a perspective that informs every cut on Based on a True Story.... Not so coincidentally in terms of attitude, this is the first album Shelton has made since turning into a genuine crossover star thanks to his role on the televised competition The Voice -- Red River Blue, his last album, appeared just a month after the first season of The Voice wrapped -- and it reflects his newfound popularity via its reliance on rocking rhythms, woolly mammoth hooks, red state swagger, and pristine power ballads, all protected in a high-gloss coat of studio varnish. Some of that varnish includes a dose of heavy Auto-Tune on Blake's voice, a bit of trickery he doesn't need -- there's a reason why he's a judge on a singing competition; he has an easy, natural grace to his delivery -- but its artificially correct sound is simply another indication of the thoroughly modern Shelton: few other country albums of 2012-2013 are as unabashedly of the moment as this, celebrating all of the U.S.A. from the fame-hungry Sunset Strip to parties in the boondocks. By playing to both the high and low brow, Shelton consolidates the entire spectrum of his audience, from the country to the coasts. Both audiences buy into his increasingly macho strut, where he tosses out casual profanities, brags that he's "Still Got a Finger" (to flip you the bird, of course), and salutes his redneck brothers via the rapped "chew tobacco/chew tobacco/chew tobacco/spit" chorus of "Boys 'Round Here." That Shelton can pull off this big, swinging bravado isn't much of a surprise -- when his voice trills electronically on "Small Town Big Time" he makes it sound like a joke -- and the very sense that more is more is essential to the appeal of Based on a True Story...: every song is bigger, brighter, bolder than the next, super-sized country for a super-sized time.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/26/2013
Label: Warner Records
UPC: 0093624946113
catalogNumber: 530386
Rank: 5406


  1. Boys 'Round Here
  2. Sure Be Cool If You Did
  3. Do You Remember
  4. Small Town Big Time
  5. Country On the Radio
  6. My Eyes
  7. Doin' What She Likes
  8. I Still Got a Finger
  9. Mine Would Be You
  10. Lay Low
  11. Ten Times Crazier
  12. Granddaddy's Gun

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Blake Shelton   Primary Artist
Scott Hendricks   Background Vocals
Greg Morrow   Percussion,Drums
Gordon Mote   Piano,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Russ Pahl   Lap Steel Guitar
Danny Parks   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo
Jimmie Lee Sloas   Bass
John Willis   Banjo
Rhett Akins   Background Vocals
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle
Bryan Sutton   Acoustic Guitar,Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Troy Lancaster   Electric Guitar
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Perry Coleman   Background Vocals
Tom Bukovac   Electric Guitar
Ben Phillips   Percussion
Tommy Harden   Drum Loop
Adam Shoenfeld   Electric Guitar
Rodney Clawson   Background Vocals
Gwen Sebastian   Background Vocals
Dallas Davidson   Background Vocals
Charlie Judge   Synthesizer,Hammond B3
Pistol Annies   Background Vocals
RaeLynn   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Dean Dillon   Composer
Connie Harrington   Composer
Scott Hendricks   Producer,overdub engineer
Justin Niebank   Engineer
Tim Nichols   Composer
Craig Wiseman   Composer
Rhett Akins   Composer
Tommy Lee James   Composer
Drew Bollman   Engineer
Andrew Dorff   Composer
Deric Ruttan   Composer
Michael Dulaney   Composer
Katherine Petillo   Art Direction
Jessi Alexander   Composer
Bobby Pinson   Composer
Rodney Clawson   Composer
Dave Turnbull   Composer
Gary Hannan   Composer
Marv Green   Composer
Phil O'Donnell   Composer
Amanda Craig   grooming
Ian Kirkpatrick   Composer
Jimmy Robbins   Composer,Programming
Ben Hayslip   Composer
Dallas Davidson   Composer
Josh Osborne   Composer
Clint Lagerberg   Composer
Wade Kirby   Composer
Charlie Judge   Loop
Will Gray   Composer
Chris Tompkins   Composer,Programming

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