Go In the Studio With Blake Shelton and Trace Adkins
Blake Shelton is taking fans into the studio with a behind the scenes look at recording “Hell Right” with Trace…
Trace Adkins and Blake Shelton; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images
Blake Shelton is taking fans into the studio with a behind the scenes look at recording “Hell Right” with Trace Adkins.
In a new video posted to Shelton’s YouTube channel, the superstar opens up about the moment he first heard “Hell Right” and explains why he decided to invite Adkins to join him on the song.
“When I heard ‘Hell Right’ for the first time I made it about three-fourths of the way through the song and I knew I wanted to record the song and I instantly knew I wanted Trace on it with me and I haven’t had that feeling since we recorded ‘Hillbilly Bone’ together,” the longtime The Voice coach shares in the clip. “It’s just there was something about this song that just said, it just screamed Trace Adkins.”
Shelton goes on to explain that they had to rush things a bit in order to get the song out before the fall. Aligning schedules proved to be tough, so they ended up recording the song in different locations.
“We cut the track, made sure it was what we wanted. I went in and recorded my vocal in Oklahoma. Then it was a matter of figuring out how to get Trace on there and so I called him and said, ‘Man, I got this song and I need you to be on it.’ He said, ‘Well I’m busy’ you know, or whatever he said. So we went back and forth and finally found a day that would work.”
Adkins soon recorded his part of the song in Los Angeles and thanks to Adkins, the end result is exactly what Shelton imagined it would be.
“God gave him that talent and man, when he comes with it, when he’s into the song, he can literally take the song to the next level and that’s what he did with ‘Hell Right.’”
Lauren Jo Black
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 Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. 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.