Blake Shelton’s New Album Arrives Sept. 30

Announces Bringing Back the Sunshine During Today Appearance

If Blake Shelton insists we wake up and watch him on NBC’s Today, it’s only fair for him to deliver some big news. That’s what he did Friday morning (Aug. 1) by announcing plans for his new album.

Titled Bringing Back the Sunshine, it will hit stores Sept. 30, which isn’t that far away. (Can you believe it’s already August?)

No announcement yet on the official track listing, but if the album’s title is any indication, I’m hoping it will be, well, “sunny” and full of feel-good, upbeat grooves … and a few party songs. It’d sure be cool if you did that, Blake.

Shelton also revealed the cover art — a black-and-white rendering of the water tower in his native Ada, Oklahoma, with sunbeams shining down in a most heavenly fashion. Hmmm … there must be some symbolism there.

But we’ll just have to be patient. Whatever Shelton serves up with this album, his fans can’t wait to hear it. His last album, Based on a True Story … , debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s country albums chart, resulted in five consecutive No. 1 singles and was certified platinum for sales of more than 1 million copies.

And that’s no BS, y’all.

Meanwhile, his Ten Times Crazier tour rolls into one of the world’s most famous venues — Madison Square Garden in New York City — for a Friday night performance before heading to shows Saturday in Darien Center, New York, and Sunday at the Boots and Hearts Music Festival in Bowmanville, Ontario.

Samantha is a country radio insider with a deep love for the music and its stars. She can often be found on a red carpet or at a late-night guitar pull.