Blake Shelton Lyrics Challenge with Lindsay Ell

In just a few short weeks, singer/songwriter/guitar slinger Lindsay Ell will hit the road with country superstar Blake Shelton on…


Lauren Jo Black

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July 6, 2021


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Blake Shelton, Lindsay Ell

In just a few short weeks, singer/songwriter/guitar slinger Lindsay Ell will hit the road with country superstar Blake Shelton on the Friends and Heroes 2021 Tour

Before she embarks on the 16-city, 17-date run, which also features appearances by Martina McBride, Tracy Byrd and Trace Adkins, Country Now put her Blake Shelton lyrics knowledge to the test asking her to recite the lyrics to some of his most popular songs. 

In the exclusive clip below, Ell attempts to finish the lyric to songs such as “Boys Round Here,” “Austin” and “Honey Bee.” We have to admit, she did an A+ job! 

The Friends and Heroes 2021 kicks off on August 18 in Omaha. The tour will make stops in Denver, Nashville, Detroit and more before wrapping on October 2 in Milwaukee. Tickets for the tour are available now. 

Ell is more than thrilled for the opportunity to tour with Shelton. 

“Nashville is so amazing how it’s just a small town and you get to meet everybody and artists really support one another it’s amazing to see how the town can come together in so many ways,” Ell shared in a recent interview. “Blake and I have just known each other through award shows and festivals and everything that we’ve played over the past few years so I’m really excited to be able to get to go out on the road with him and meet his fans and warm up that stage every night.”

She insists it’s a show that fans don’t want to miss. 

“It’s kind of incredible, he brings out Martina McBride, Trace Adkins and Tracy Byrd as a part of his show so we’re the only openers and then his show is like this extravaganza of country music,” she said. “It’s gonna be quite the tour to come see.”   


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Fans can also catch Lindsay Ell on the road with various tour dates scheduled throughout the fall. Her latest album, heart theory, which was released in 2020.  The project was Ell’s first original studio album in three years and explores the seven stages of grief: shock, denial, anger, bargaining, depression, testing, and acceptance.

“If theory is the science of music, heart theory is the science of a heart,” Ell previously shared of the record. “I hope this roadmap can be a comfort if you need it, reassurance when you need to remember to believe in yourself or maybe just a glimpse into a memory that’s made you who you are.”

The album includes 12 tracks, 11 of which were co-written by Ell, who recruited artists and songwriters such as Kane Brown, Tyler Hubbard, Brandy Clark and more to work with her on her most personal project to date.

Click below to listen to heart theory

Lindsay Ell participated in the lyrics challenge prior to her appearance on the Country Now Live series. Fans can watch the live shows for free via CTRL_Music_ on Twitch. Upcoming shows include Craig Morgan (July 7), Laine Hardy (July 14) and Maddie & Tae (July 21). 

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.