Blake Shelton Reunites With Trace Adkins On New Single, ‘Hell Right’
“It’s just so much fun and just so infectious,” Shelton says of the song.
Trace Adkins and Blake Shelton; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images
Blake Shelton will follow up the success of his latest chart-topping hit, “God’s Country,” with “Hell Right,” a collaboration with his longtime friend Trace Adkins.
Written by David Garcia, Brett Tyler and Michael Hardy, “Hell Right” reunites the pair nearly a decade after their massive hit “Hillbilly Bone” hit the radio waves.
Shelton came across “Hell Right” after he was already done recording his next project. While he admits he “wasn’t even thinking” about new material, he gave the song a listen once he found out Michael Hardy, aka HARDY, who also co-wrote “God’s Country,” was a writer on it.
“With the success of ‘God’s Country’ and just knowing how talented that guy is, I thought, ‘Man, I better at least listen to it even though I don’t see myself going in and recording.’ About three-quarters of the way through the song, I decided, ‘Oh, my God, I’m not done recording. I’ve gotta go cut this song,’” Shelton recently shared (quote via Nash Country Daily).
That’s exactly what he did and adding in Adkins’ iconic vocals was a no-brainer for Shelton.
“I decided it would be great to have Trace Adkins on this [song] just because he’s got that low, deep, big voice and he’s so great at the ad-lib stuff,” the Oklahoma native explained. “He just brings a certain quality to any recording that nobody else can touch. The guy’s got so much personality in his voice and the way he sings, and I still think that he’s one of the most underrated country artists out there, so I called him and asked if he would be on the record with me and he said something that was close to ‘hell right,’ but it was a different cuss word.”
“Hell Right” will be released to digital retailers this Friday, August 16.
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