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When it comes to country artists that are proud to represent the format, it’s hard to top Blake Shelton. Even though he is now a TV and movie star, he has often said that, first and foremost, he is a country singer and songwriter. And with his newest single, “I’ll Name the Dogs,” he reminds us of that.

Blake and his team just released the video for “I’ll Name the Dogs” and, musically, it is filled with those elements of traditional country music that the Oklahoma boy cut his teeth on, like lots of acoustic guitar, fiddle and … hey, that’s either steel guitar or a really masterful electric player! Either way, we’ll take it.


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The lyrics for “I’ll Name the Dogs” are also extremely country-centric, conjuring up images of front porch swings, gravel roads, tall glasses of cold sweet tea and nature’s musicians, crickets and frogs.

Of course, the video element of Blake’s new soon-to-be smash is right in line with the tune, but there is a surprise twist in this wedding-themed mini-movie. Actually, there are a few twists. From the bride and groom, to the wedding band, to some of the guests, if you keep your eyes opened, you might catch some of them.

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Here, we’ll help you out. That talented and handsome silver-haired guitar picker is Diamond Rio’s Jimmy Olander. And there are a couple of special little boys there as wedding guests. See them? We bet Gwen Stefani does.

On some of his previous recent singles, Blake and his production crew have dabbled with some more contemporary sounds, but the country star has never strayed far. In a release, he says, “It brings the sound back a little more traditional for a minute, which I felt like needed to happen musically for me.”

We approve!

Oh, and don’t forget to tune in as Blake Shelton and Reese Witherspoon host the “Hand in Hand” telethon from Nashville to benefit the victims of Hurricane Harvey. It broadcasts live on your favorite network September 12.

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