A harmony heavy anthem penned by David Garcia, Brett Tyler and Michael Hardy, “Hell Right” starts off with a dark, woozy acoustic guitar riff and Adkins asking his buddy to explain a quirky turn of phrase. But it quickly opens up into a fist pumping singalong, with Adkins adding his baritone boom underneath Shelton’s drawling lead vocal. It’s rowdy message is all about not doing anything halfway — especially raising hell — which Shelton and Adkins advise their listeners to pursue in the age-old country tradition: with a fire burning on a Friday night, Hank Jr. playing on the radio and good friends to spend it with.
“This song is about taking things to the max,” Shelton said in a statement. “You can raise hell or you can raise hell right. It’s about cutting loose and having fun the right way. I spend a lot of time in Los Angeles these days, but when I hear songs like this on the radio, I am immediately thinking about being back home and what I’d be doing if I was there. The first time I heard ‘God’s Country’ I was on my ranch in Oklahoma. As a guy who actually lives this lifestyle, ‘Hell Right’ hits me in the soul now just as much as ‘God’s Country’ did then.”
“Hell Right” track finds Shelton and Adkins revisiting the musical friendship that made “Hillbilly Bone” a No.1 hit in 2010, and put them together on Shelton’s Friends and Heroes Tour earlier this year. The track follows Shelton’s previous single, “God’s Country,” which also hit the top of the country radio charts.
Meanwhile, a second duet featuring Shelton — Garth Brooks’ “Dive Bar” — is currently working its way up radio playlists, and Shelton will co-headline Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, with George Strait tomorrow (August 17). He’ll be on the road for select dates through September, and is in production for the next season of NBC’s The Voice.