OFFSTAGE: Blake Shelton to Go Motorboatin’

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Maybe Little Big Town inspired Blake Shelton. Their “Pontoon” hit was on everyone’s minds last summer, and now that’s exactly what Shelton would like to be doing this summer. “I love getting the pontoon boat out, and I don’t get to do it as much anymore,” he told Rolling Stone about Lake Texoma, his favorite summer spot in Oklahoma. “If I know in two weeks or a month from now I’ve got three days off, I can start planning for that stuff, getting out there with friends and family and relaxing, just floating around and hanging out.” Mmmmm. Motorboatin’. But he’s not all play and no work. Shelton also told the magazine he’s dying to get out on the road and tour. “It’s been since last winter since I had a tour, and man, that’s too long. This is what I’m supposed to do. This is what I dreamed about when I was a kid — being able to go out on a big tour and connect with fans and celebrate the summer every night,” Shelton said. “I’m headlining these great outdoor venues across the country, in places I only ever got to play before because I was opening for Rascal Flatts or George Strait — somebody like that — a Brad Paisley. I never dreamed this would actually be happening for me.”

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