Blake Shelton Promises Surprises At Upcoming Free Show At Ole Red Tishomingo

Shelton will perform an then welcome a “debut artist” to the stage.


Lauren Jo Black

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August 10, 2023


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Blake Shelton; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Blake Shelton is set to play a free show at Ole Red in Tishomingo, Oklahoma later this week, and he has a few surprises in store for fans lucky enough to attend. 

On Wednesday evening, Shelton confirmed details surrounding his pop-up performance in his hometown. After revealing the time and date of his set, the superstar teased that he has some surprises up his sleeve. 

“You Never Know Who Else May Show Up”

“Ok y’all here’s the deal… 7:30pm this Friday I’m gonna set up and play 30 minutes or so acoustically,” he wrote. “Then I’m gonna turn the stage over to a debut artist that will be doing their VERY FIRST public performance! See you at the @OleRed Tishomingo Doghouse!!!! You never know who else may show up….”

His post included the eyes emoji and drew much speculation from his fans. Many were quick to assume that Gwen Stefani would be making an appearance. 

“Damn That mean Gwen is gonna show up,” one fan wrote, while another shared, “You mean….ummmm, maybe Mrs. Shelton may hit the stage.”

As for the “debut artist” who will be doing their “very first public performance,” their identity remains unknown. 

Free Show

Ole Red Tishomingo shared Blake Shelton’s post and wrote, “This is gonna be special.” According to the location’s official Facebook page, the event is “first come, first served.”

Shelton teased his impending appearance at his hometown Ole Red on social media on Tuesday afternoon. 

“Hey people! I’m thinking about doing something at Ole Red Tishomingo later this week. Not a big deal at all but just maybe play a few songs,” he wrote. “I’ll send an update for y’all in a day or so!”

Pop Up Performances

Shelton has gained a reputation for making impromptu appearances at various Ole Red establishments on unexpected occasions.

Most recently, the “No Body” singer stopped by Ole Red located inside of Nashville’s BNA Airport within Terminal C. During this visit, he delivered a special live performance of the song that inspired the bar’s name.

“Believe it or not, this is the first time I’ve been into the Ole Red in the airport. And thank you guys for supporting us and coming in,” Shelton shared at the time. “I figured I couldn’t come into an Ole Red without singing ‘Ol’ Red’!”

His appearance came in the midst of a local Nashville artist’s performance, Morgan Alexander, who offered a funny tune to welcome Shelton.

“Looks like we’ve got somebody here. He’s wearing a hat, that’s clear. That’s Blake. Oh, that’s Blake Shelton,” Alexander sang, introducing Shelton to the stage. “He’s right here in his brand new bar. Hey, that’s a country superstar. That’s Blake. That’s Blake Shelton.”

Alexander lent Shelton his guitar for the performance. Following the country superstar’s impromptu set, he surprised Alexander with the gift of a brand-new Takamine guitar, the same guitar Shelton used to gift his top contestants on NBC’s The Voice.

“Thanks, Blake, I’ll send you that song I wrote for ya with the guitar,” Alexander shared to social media, according to Ole Red’s website.

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He also previously appeared at Ole Red in Tishomingo alongside his wife, Gwen Stefani, in July of 2021. The performance marked the newlywed’s first public performance since their wedding and acted as rehearsals for Shelton’s Friends And Heroes Tour.

New Location Coming Soon

Earlier this year, Shelton and Ryman Hospitality Properties broke ground on Ole Red Las Vegas at Caesars Entertainment’s Horseshoe Las Vegas. Spanning around 27,000 square feet and designed to accommodate 686 seats, Ole Red Las Vegas is on track to become the brand’s most expansive establishment yet and marks its inaugural presence in the western United States.

Ryman Hospitality Properties' Ole Red breaks ground in Las Vegas (Pictured L to R: Ryman Hospitality Properties Executive Chairman Colin Reed, Blake Shelton, Ryman Hospitality Properties President & CEO Mark Fioravanti); Photo by Denise Truscello
Ryman Hospitality Properties’ Ole Red breaks ground in Las Vegas (Pictured L to R: Ryman Hospitality Properties Executive Chairman Colin Reed, Blake Shelton, Ryman Hospitality Properties President & CEO Mark Fioravanti); Photo by Denise Truscello

“If you are going to do something here, you’ve got to do it big,” shared Shelton. “Every time I’m in Vegas, I want some country music and Ole Red is the remedy for that.”

According to the official Ole Red website, Ole Red Las Vegas is scheduled to open in January of 2024.

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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.