Blake Shelton surprised guests with concerts at his Ole Red restaurants in Nashville, Orlando
by Marcus K. Dowling
Blake Shelton could be the busiest country music artist during the pandemic. For example, last week he hosted The Voice, a cast member at the 56th ACM Awards, and surprised guests at bar locations in Nashville and Orlando Ole Red with surprising mini-concert appearances.
The artist, celebrating the 20th anniversary of his single “Austin,” stopped by to greet some people in his Nashville and Orlando bars before performing at the ACM Awards. Fans who were unable to get on stage at both Ole Red locations noted in the comments on the post on Ole Red’s Instagram account, “I wish I was there” and “This never happens when I’m there.” “Yes, that really happened,” read the headline. “Cheers to the boss [Blake Shelton] surprising people in Orlando and Nashville who went to the [ACM Awards] to top it off! “
At the beginning of the pandemic, Shelton vowed to keep paying his Ole Red employees. “Of course, I felt like it was taken for granted that all locations would be closed, but I wanted to officially say that we’ve closed the Nashville, Tishomingo, and Gatlinburg locations until this thing is over. I want people to know that we are committed to all of our employees and we care about them. We’re trying to figure out how to take care of some of the artists and musicians performing at Ole Red. ”
Now that vaccinations spread across the country, crowds are once again filling bars like Sheltons, as well-attended venues show for both surprise performances.