When it comes to summer holidays, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert like to keep it low key.
“Last year my wife and I got a couple of lawn chairs and went and sat in a creek in Oklahoma on our land with the dogs and didn’t do much but just sat around in the hot sun and swam,” Shelton says of his favorite fourth of July memories. As fun (and relaxing) as that sounds, it apparently doesn’t compare to Shelton’s childhood Independence Day tradition.
“When I was a kid, it was the turtle races every year on the fourth of July,” he says with a grin. ”I never won, though.”
But the turtle races are small time compared to Shelton’s summers these days. The 38-year-old country star is about to embark on his Ten Times Crazier tour – which seems to take its name quite literally.
“This year we really cut down on touring, and so we’re gonna basically focus on the summer,” he says. “The fact that there’s not that many tour dates means we’re gonna take a year’s worth of tour fun and put it into about 20 or 25 shows. It’s gonna be crazy because I’m gonna be excited to get out there every night.
“I’m dying to get started right now. It’s been a long time since I’ve had a chance to tour,” he adds. “It’s like a dam’s gonna break when I get out there and it’s gonna be crazy. It might be hard to drag me off the stage each night.”
One aspect of the tour that Shelton is particularly excited for is the continuation of his partnership with JC Penney. The pair is enlisting concert-goers to help raise money for American troops and their families by asking fans to tweet at the retailer’s handle (@JCPenney) using the hashtag #JCPandBlake4USO. With each social media post, JCP will donate $1 to the USO up to $200,000.
“We’ll have some other surprises there for the USO families too, so stay tuned,” Shelton teases.
Will you be checking out his summer tour?
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