“You can’t tell me that doesn’t speak to your soul,” he joked on 60 Minutes on Sunday night (Nov. 2). “You almost tear up when you say that. It’s ’cause it’s striking a nerve.”
However, there is another side to his music.
“When it’s time to be serious, I have songs that’ll take you down there,” he said. “Some’ll take you too far down. It hurts for me to even listen to some of my own songs sometimes.”
He also talked about the lessons he learned as a little boy, performing at beauty pageants near his small town of Ada, Oklahoma. It was at shows like Miss Valentine where he had his first epiphany that you needed to do more than sing. You needed to entertain.
“I learned that there was more to it than just coming up here and singing a song and walking off,” he said. “You gotta tell a joke or a story and make the most of time that you’re out here so that people remember you when you walk away.”
Shelton even took the 60 Minutes crew around Ada to show off his hometown and even the apartment he shared with his dad after his parents divorced. He said he’d go fishing or hunting every day after school and that the two “bachelors” would often have deer chili for dinner.
“All that dead stuff I dragged up on that porch, we ate it,” he said.
And as for all those people who complain that country music all sounds alike? Shelton explains his philosophy on why that may be the case, and why he’s OK with that criticism.
“Gosh dang, man. I hear about it all the time. ‘All y’all sing about is pretty girls,'” he said.
“I like pretty girls and I like drinking and I like singing about it, so get over it. That’s my take on it.”