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When Blake Shelton announced back in October that he was going to be heading out on a 14-date “Country Music Freaks Tour” alongside artists such as Brett Eldredge and Carly Pearce in early 2018, it was pretty cool.




When it was announced that Trace Adkins would also be joining them, it got even cooler.

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While the two men have been friends and collaborators for a while, the sheer idea of these two country music powerhouses together on the same stage was mind-blowing. But we wondered, how did the deal go down?

Well, now we know.

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“[Blake] just called me one day and asked me what I was doing early first quarter next year, and I said that I didn’t have a plan,” Trace told Rare Country during a recent interview before a show in Chicago. “He asked if I could come out for a few shows, and I said, ‘Well, OK’ and that’s the extent of our business conversations.”

And then Trace laughed loudly.

“[Blake and I] are just cut from the same cloth,” Trace added. “We both are from small towns and rural areas and would love to be in a hunting lodge rather than a four-star hotel. We just have always hit it off. It’s always been that way.”

The 14-date “Country Music Freaks Tour,” kicks off Feb. 15 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and runs through March 17 in Philadelphia.

We now know how Blake Shelton got Trace Adkins to go on tour with him Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT
Tricia Despres is the contributing editor for Rare Country, based out of Chicago, Illinois. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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