Bryce Leatherwood’s Dream Continues: From ‘The Voice’ Win To Bluebird Cafe Encore

“Playing the Bluebird is a once in a lifetime experience and I’m proud to say that last night I got to re-live my dream,” Leatherwood shared.


Lauren Jo Black

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October 9, 2023


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Bryce Leatherwood; Photo Courtesy Instagram

The Voice winner Bryce Leatherwood continues to be living the dream following his time on the hit singing competition show. Recently, he reunited with The Voice coach, Blake Shelton, in Orlando, in this week, he played at one of Nashville’s most iconic music venues. 

The Bluebird Cafe

Leatherwood, who was crowned the winner of Season 22 of The Voice, returned to Nashville’s The Bluebird Cafe over the weekend for a sold-out performance. This marks Leatherwood’s second time performing at The Bluebird, and it’s something he does not take for granted.

“Playing the Bluebird is a once in a lifetime experience and I’m proud to say that last night I got to re-live my dream,” the Georiga native shared on social media following the show. “Thank you to @bluebirdcafetn and to all the incredible people who sold out the house. God is Good!” 

Bryce Leatherwood made his debut at The Bluebird Cafe in June, where he performed several new originals, including “Shenandoah.”     

“These experiences are such a blessing and I’m just trying to soak it all up,” he wrote at the time. 

“Such A Blessing”

Performance With Blake Shelton

His return to the Music City staple follows a performance alongside Blake Shelton at Ole Red Orlando. The epic on-stage collaboration took place in the midst of Shelton’s headlining set.  

the Oklahoma native welcomed Leatherwood to the stage for a collaborative performance of “Hillbilly Bone.” The former Voice contestant held his own alongside Shelton, filling in for Trace Adkins parts in the rowdy country anthem. 

“We all got a hillbilly bone down deep inside/ No matter where you from, you just can’t hide it/ When the band starts bangin’ and the fiddle sobs/ You can’t help but hollerin’ “yee-haw!” the artists sang as the crowd joined in. 

Blake Shelton, Bryce Leatherwood; Photo Courtesy Ole Red
Blake Shelton, Bryce Leatherwood; Photo Courtesy Ole Red

Bryce Leatherwood was thrilled over the opportunity to sing with Shelton once again.

“Always an honor getting to share the stage with the king himself,” he shared on social media following the big night. 

Leatherwood opened the show performing covers of country classics such as “The Fireman” by George Straight and “Whenever You Come Around” by Vince Gill. Additionally, the Team Blake alum performed unreleased original tunes like “Made Me, Me” and “The Finger.”

The rising star has become a frequent performer at Shelton’s Ole Red establishments, achieving sold-out success with his recent four-show run in Ole Red Tishomingo, Oklahoma, along with his performances at Ole Red Gatlinburg and Ole Red Orlando.

“Working with Blake has been an incredible experience. We share a love for pure country music and his Ole Red bars have treated me so well and reflect his love for a great drink or two,” Leatherwood said. 

Bryce Leatherwood rose to fame in 2022 after his winning stint on The Voice. Throughout the season, he performed covers of Brooks & Dunn, Zac Brown Band, Billy Currington, Morgan Wallen, Keith Whitley, and more.  

The country newcomer only has a handful of tour dates planned for the remainder of the year. In November, he will open for country music icon Dwight Yoakam. Click HERE for a complete list of upcoming dates.

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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.