This new Blake Shelton collaboration has been a long time coming YouTube/Grand Ole Opry
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It seemed inevitable. The first time we saw Blake Shelton perform with the Oak Ridge Boys at the Grand Ole Opry, it was a feeling that couldn’t be denied. They were going to record together.

Of course, they did. And if you picked up Blake’s album, “If I’m Honest,” when it came out last fall, then you’ve heard one of their collaborations—“Doing It to Country Songs.”

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Apparently, it wasn’t one and done though.

Blake and the Oaks recorded a second song together—the band’s signature 1981 hit “Elvira.” It’s the newest installment in Spotify’s singles series, and it’s hard to tell who loves it more—him, them or us!

The country star has been teasing the recording for some time on his social pages, even offering behind-the-scenes clips from inside the studio. It was hard to imagine at first, since it’s really the Oaks’ most popular song, but Blake comes in on that first verse and he just fits right in like it was meant to be. In fact, we wouldn’t mind hearing another collaboration like this.

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Now, when it came to the iconic “ahoom-papa, oom-papa mow mow” part of the song, Blake left that to the quartet’s bass singer, Richard Sterban, but you can hear his delight in the laughter at the end of the recording.


The burning question: is it “mow mow” or “mao mao?” Oh, and burning question No. 2: Is “Elvira” your favorite Oak Ridge Boys song? Check ‘em out — they’ve got a bunch of smashes. Let us know!

Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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