2021 has discovered veteran nation famous person Blake Shelton celebrating his new single “Minimal Wage,” approaching the highest 20 of Billboard’s Sizzling Nation Chart in two months. As properly, he’s additionally getting ready to have fun the twentieth anniversary of the discharge of his acclaimed 2001 single “Austin” through a particular vinyl re-release accessible for pre-order on April 16 – the precise date of the only’s launch twenty years in the past.
Concerning the discharge, Shelton famous, “I bear in mind the primary time I heard ‘Austin’ on the radio. I used to be driving on [Nashville’s Interstate] 440, and I saved seeking to each side, attempting to see if different drivers have been singing alongside!” He continued, “At the moment, the station had a slogan about how they performed new artists and legends, and the DJ mentioned one thing like, ‘Who is aware of… possibly this artist will grow to be one of many legends.’ This tune began all of it for me. I couldn’t be prouder to have fun its twentieth anniversary.”
Nashville songwriters Kirsti Manna and David Kent wrote Austin after Manna heard about how a fellow Nashville-based song-crafter broke up together with his girlfriend. When she moved to Austin, realizing he’d made a mistake, he put a brand new outgoing message on his answering machine saying: “By the best way – if that is Austin, I nonetheless love you.” Collectively, Kent and Manna developed the tune primarily based on the story. The passionate ballad gave then 25-year-old newcomer Shelton a number-one Billboard smash.
In a 2001 interview, Shelton famous, “I’ve had girlfriends I’ve gotten again along with after we’d damaged up, and it by no means labored out. However ‘Austin’ pertains to all of these conditions, whether or not it really works out or not. It’s actually about second possibilities.”