What Blake Shelton Means By “It”

Oak Ridge Boys Explain That “It” Isn't What You Think

It’s hard not to go there. To hear that Blake Shelton and the Oak Ridge Boys are going to perform a duet called “Doing It to Country Songs” and just assume what they mean by doing it.

But Joe Bonsall, one of the Oak Ridge Boys since 1973, told me backstage at the CMT Music Awards on Wednesday (June 8) night that the song’s not as dirty as it sounds.

“We do everything to country songs,” he told me. “I think the song just means that from the time you get up in the morning to the time you go to bed at night, you’re doing it. To country songs. It’s that clever.”

There is one verse in the song about rubbing belt buckles, but other than that, it’s a pretty clean tune.

And for the Oak Ridge Boys, they said it was more fun than they ever imagined being able to cut the song with Shelton. Performing it on the show was just icing on the cake.

“Being with Blake is big time, and a good time,” Bonsall said. “And hey. It got us back into an awards show, and that’s always a good thing.”

The duet is on Shelton’s new album If I’m Honest. The Country Music Hall of Famers kicked off 2016 CMA Music Festival’s nightly concerts at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium Thursday (June 9). Shelton is among Saturday’s (June 11) headliners at the sold-out event.

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