Blake Shelton’s Ole Red In Nashville Closed For ‘Somethin’ Special’

“Somethin’ special is brewin'” at Shelton’s Nashville bar.


Madeleine O’Connell

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April 17, 2023


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Blake Shelton; Photo by Denise Truscello

The Nashville location of Blake Shelton’s Ole Red bar, restaurant and live music venue is temporarily closed.

The announcement was made on the brand’s official Twitter account with a teaser that read, “Somethin’ special is brewin’ (again) 😉”

It is believed that the popular location is currently shut down from April 24-May 6 for the filming of Season 2 of the celebrity game show, Barmageddon. The inaugural season premiered on December 5, 2022, on the USA Network and featured the creative minds behind the project, Blake Shelton and Carson Daly with host, Nikki Bella.

Temporarily Closed

Throughout the show, Barmageddon invited celebrity guests to “throw back” and “throw down” as they partake in a unique set of rowdy bar games such as Air Cannon Cornhole, Keg Curling, Drunken Axe Hole, Sharts (“Shelton Darts”) and more. The first round of celebrity guests included Shelton’s wife Gwen Stefani, Chris Young, Trace Adkins and Kane Brown. 

“What we were aiming for was real-life The Hangover,” Shelton told PEOPLE. “We wanted to try to capture that in a TV show with people that we know.”

Major Debut For Season 1

Based on total viewers, the show became USA Network’s biggest series premiere in three years. Since Season 1 turned out to be such a big hit for the network, it’s no surprise that Season 2 was confirmed via social media with a clip of Shelton and Daly promising “New games. More celebs. More drinks. More talking smack. More Barmageddon.”

It was recently revealed that members of the public hoping to get in on the fun can enter to win the chance to be an extra on Season 2, which will once again be shot at Ole Red in downtown Nashville.

According to Ole Red’s Twitter account, “This is your chance to throw a few back with the boss man and some of his famous friends during filming of Barmageddon.”

The on-set sweepstakes opened on April 14, and fans 21 and older can enter through April 21. 

Shelton also spoke on the renewal during a visit to Jimmy Kimmel Live

“By the way, we’re doing a Season 2, we’re super excited,” he shared. “It’s an art show, OK? You know what I’m saying? We have fun with it.”

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The Idea For The Show Came To Them On ‘The Voice’

The idea for Barmageddon came to the country star and Daly while working together on the set of the singing competition show, The Voice

“It was actually just an idea that was born out of drinking backstage at The Voice,” Shelton told Kimmel. “We were actually watching, there’s a show called Holy Moley, and we were watching that one day and I said, ‘Man, how much more fun would that show be if they were drinking while they were doing it?’”

The show is produced by White Label Productions and JLP Pictures for the USA Network with Shelton, Daly, Lee Metzger, and White Label’s Chris Wagner serving as executive producers.

A premiere date has not been set for Season 2, but the complete first season is now available for streaming on Peacock. 

Blake Shelton; Photo by Jake Giles Netter/USA Network
Blake Shelton; Photo by Jake Giles Netter/USA Network

The “God’s Country” singer is also currently in the midst of his final season on The Voice. Serving as a coach alongside Kelly Clarkson, Niall Horan and Chance The Rapper, Shelton is hoping to score his 10th and final win by the end of the season.

With his farewell season in full swing, Clarkson shared that Shelton’s final run has been nothing short of a good time. 

“They’re great, they’re so fun and easy to work with,” she said of the newest round of contestants. “This has literally been one of my favorite [seasons]. I love that for Blake too.”

She added, “I love that for Blake’s last season, he’s getting to go out in style with Chance and Niall. They’re so fun, easy to work with and we just have a good time. That’s a cool way to go out, you know?”

Shelton’s replacement has yet to be announced.

Recently Wrapped Tour

On March 25, Blake Shelton wrapped up his headlining Back to the Honky Tonk Tour with Jackson Dean and Carly Pearce. This 18-date run marked the singer’s first headlining trek since his consecutive Friends & Heroes Tour outings.

This summer, he will continue to perform at a variety of music festivals including Barefoot Country 2023 (June 16), Jam Ranch (June 22), Country Jam 2023 (June 23-25), Sunfest Country Music Festival (Aug. 4, 6), Coastal Country Jam 2023 (Sept. 16-17), and Boots In The Park (Sept. 22-23). 

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.