Blake Shelton makes big plans for 2012

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Blake Shelton has revealed plans for the biggest tour of his career. The country star will launch his “Well Lit & Amplified” tour in January 2012 and make his way to Massachusetts for a show at Worcester’s DCU Center on Thursday, February 23. Tickets for the concert will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster for $25 and $49.75. Opening the show will be rising up-and-coming country artist Justin Moore and The Voice runner-up Dia Frampton, who Shelton mentored on the hit NBC show.

The Oklahoma native, who will return for another season on The Voice next year, is touring in support of his latest release, Red River Blue. The album, his sixth full-length release and follow-up to 2010 EP’s All About Tonight and Hillbilly Bone, debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 after its release in July. Martina McBride provides guest vocals on “I’m Sorry”, while the title track is a duet with wife Miranda Lambert. Red River Blue has been powered by smash singles “Honey Bee” and “God Gave Me You”, both of which have hit #1. The video for the latter, which was written and originally recorded by Dave Barnes, is streaming below.

Shelton earned nominations in five categories for the upcoming Country Music Association Awards, including the top prize of Entertainer of the Year. He’ll also perform at the ceremony, which will be held on November 9.

Most recently, Shelton covered Kenny Loggins’ “Footlose” for the recently released remake of the 1984 film of the same name.

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