OFFSTAGE: Why Blake Shelton Keeps His Bacardi Close

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How stressful is it to sit in those big red chairs on The Voice? “I feel like my blood pressure is going to blow my head off, so I keep some vodka and Bacardi handy,” Blake Shelton told People magazine. I’m sure — well, pretty sure — he was joking. Mostly because Shelton never really looks stressed. And because he also told the magazine he’s in a really happy place right now. “I’ve never been so relaxed about my spot in my career and my personal life.” It also sounds like Shelton is realistic (but romantic) about how to balance his very full work schedule and his marriage, saying, “The truth is that you’ve got to take advantage of every window of time that you have.”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.