Blake Shelton held is annual fan club party last week at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville. The party raised more than $31,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. To add to the donations, Shelton challenged fans to request songs and for every song he didn’t know, he would donate $20. His final donation at the end of the night was $510.
Shelton also invited a few special (surprise) guests to the show. His fiancé, Miranda Lambert, performed Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary” along with Laura Bell Bundy and Dierks Bentley made a surprise appearance to sing “Whiskey Bent And Hell Bound” by Hank Williams Jr.
In other news, Shelton announced that he will release his second “Six Pak” on August 10. The currently un-titled EP will feature his current single, “All About Tonight,” which is his fastest-rising single to date.
“The difference in this Six Pak and (‘Hillbilly Bone’) is we’re going to have two singles off this one,” Shelton explains to Billboard.com. “Looking back on the last one, I wish we would’ve done that. We’re kind of learning as we go here, and it’s kind of trial and error. You can always find ways to make something a little better, and I think having two singles off it will help.”
Shelton says that he still plans to release full length albums, but that he wants to continue to test the “Six Pak” method.
“It does make me feel more creative,” Shelton says. “It’s ongoing recording, which is a lot of fun for me. If we’ve got one song or five songs that we’re excited about, we’ll go in and cut ‘em right then, and after we have a catalog of songs that we’re excited about we’ll decide which one really fit together. I feel like I’m making a mini greatest hits every time I put out one of these, ’cause I feel strongly about each and every one of those songs. It’s more of a dynamite in a small package kind of thing.”