When it was announced that Blake Shelton and Trace Adkins would be hitting the road together on the “Country Music Freaks Tour” this year, you could almost hear the collective “yee-haw” from fans, anticipating the amazing music they would hear from both of these “Hillbilly Bone” good ol’ boys.
But big-time fans of both of these handsome and talented fellas also know that when it comes to razor-sharp wits and intense senses of humor, this pair has those things by the ton. They also have something else: A great friendship. In fact, one might even call it … a bromance.
That friendship/bromance was on full display when Blake and Trace were in Oklahoma to kick off their tour with Brett Eldredge and Carly Pearce.
Heading out to the stage’s thrust with just acoustic guitars, the good pals scaled it back for a sing-off. As Trace delivered his poignant 2008 chart-topping ballad, “You’re Gonna Miss This,” Blake looked so full of sheer joy and excitement that he could hardly sit still. But he did manage it, while also offering up some pretty sweet harmonies that had the goosebumps a-poppin’!
When the two country music brothers also performed their hit single, “Hillbilly Bone,” together, it was as if Blake couldn’t restrain himself any longer, and after Trace hit those rumbly low notes, he went in for the hug. A big one!
Now, don’t for one second think that the admiration isn’t mutual. Trace is just much more stoic than the affable Blake, and he pretty much shows his affection by teasing, joking and taking good-natured jabs at his friend.
The fan who shot this video of the two stars onstage together claims that after Blake made eye contact with Trace several times while performing “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking,” Trace jokingly told him those glances during the romantic song made him uncomfortable and asked Blake to stop.
Of course, both Blake and Trace had their solo moments in the spotlight, and we are once again reminded what remarkable voices they have and what great entertainers they both are.
There’s still time to catch this great lineup of performers on the “Country Music Freaks Tour,” but you might want to hurry up a bit. The tour wraps on March 17, and then it’s fair and festival season for all of the artists. To get a list of the remaining shows, you can check Blake, Trace, Brett or Carly’s websites.
Seriously, though, would anyone else be on board for an annual Blake Shelton and Trace Adkins tour? Because we think that not only could these guys make bank, they could also deliver some solid country grooves.
And a pretty hilarious comedy hour.