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"The last thing I want to do is not offend somebody." That's one of about a hundred priceless gems from the new Blake Shelton interview in the industry magazine Country Aircheck.
There are so many memorable quotes, in fact, that I thought I'd pull out some of my favorites and let you pick your favorites. The kind you might want to put on a T-shirt and just slip into every day conversation:
"God-dang-it, country music is my heart."
"If you're brave enough to make that move to Nashville, why would you want to be a chickenshit now and not swing for the fence or stand for something?"
"I'm not going to take shit from anybody, and I'm going to give it right back to them."
"NBC really wants me to just be Blake."
"I'm kind of in uncharted territory for a country artist."
"I'm having a ball and don't take myself seriously at all."
"In fact, if I have one responsibility, it's to show the world that, yeah, we're country and we sound like it, but we're smart people."
"I'm a country artist first and just happen to be on television doing it."