Blake Shelton is stressed out and frustrated. He’s not quite sure who he wants to take out on tour next year, that is, until he gets a little inspiration from his local honky tonk.
In a video announcing his 2019 “Friends and Heroes Tour,” the Oklahoma native enters the bar and walks straight up to the bartender, played by Lauren Alaina. Admitting he doesn’t know “who the hell” to take out on the road, Shelton takes the next few hours to sort things out.
Shelton kicks things off by playing a John Anderson song on the jukebox, which piques a young man’s interest. After admitting he knows virtually nothing about the singer, the guy gets a full lesson on the career on Anderson by Shelton.
The lessons keep on coming as Shelton steps off the karaoke stage from his performance of the Bellamy Brothers’ “Redneck Girl.” He’s bewildered by the young audience’s lack of knowledge on the band. “Oh my God, you kids these days. I swear,” he mutters as he walks off, before returning to fix the man’s flat bill hat. “By the way, shape the damn bill of your cap. I can’t even take you guys serious around here.
Next he tells a fellow bar patron that he and Trace Adkins are friends. “Yeah right,” the guy laughs, “he’s a friend of mine, too.”
Annoyed, Shelton drowns his sorrows for a bit before a familiar face gives him some good advice. Bartender Lauren Alaina suggests Shelton tour with his heroes and his friends. “And while you’re at it, why don’t you take me, too?” she asks.
When Shelton agrees, Alaina throws in her literal bartending towel and announces, “I quit!”
Watch the video above to see all the hilarity.
Blake Shelton’s 2019 Friends and Heroes Tour Dates:
Feb. 14 — Oklahoma City, Okla. @ Chesapeake Energy Arena
Feb. 15 — Kansas City, Mo. @ Sprint Center
Feb. 16 — Sioux Falls, S.D. @ Denny Sanford Premier Center
Feb. 21 — Indianapolis, Ind. @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Feb. 22 — Buffalo, N.Y. @ Keybank Center
Feb. 23 — Pittsburgh, Penn. @ PPG Paints Arena
Feb. 28 — Peoria, Ill. @ Peoria Civic Center
March 1 — Louisville, Ky. @ KFC YUM! Center
March 2 — Evansville, Ind. @ Ford Center
March 7 — Jacksonville, Fla. @ Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
March 8 — Tampa, Fla. @ Amalie Arena
March 9 — Sunrise, Fla. @ BB&T Center
March 14 — Des Moines, Iowa @ Wells Fargo Arena
March 15 — St. Paul, Minn. @ Xcel Energy Center
March 16 — Green Bay, Wisc. @ Resch Center
March 21-22 — Uncasville, Conn. @ Mohegan Sun Arena
March 23 — Albany, N.Y. @ Times Union Center