All Roads Lead To the Opry: Blake Shelton
Blake Shelton is a household name in the country music world, but before he reached that level of fame, he spent his childhood in his hometown of Ada, Oklahoma. He spent years learning how to play the guitar and honing his vocals before moving to Nashville at the age of 17 and, ultimately, becoming a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
We’re Heading to Oklahoma…
We’ve visited many Opry member hometowns in Oklahoma in recent weeks, but a trip to Oklahoma just wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t stop by Blake Shelton’s too.
The McSwain Theatre
When Blake was younger, he was a regular performer at the McSwain Theatre in downtown Ada.
Fellow Okie and country music icon, Reba McEntire, also played here in her early days.
The Ada Water Tower
When Blake was ready to release his Bringing Back the Sunshine album in 2014, he made a shoutout to Ada by featuring its water tower on the front cover.
Ole Red Tishomingo
You just can’t trace Blake’s road to Nashville and the Opry without a stop in the neighboring town of Tishomingo.
Blake’s bar and restaurant, Ole Red, is located right in the center of town. Stop by for a cold drink and some great live music, handpicked by Blake himself!
Making It to the Grandest Stage
Blake made his Opry debut on May 5, 2001, and was later inducted as a member on October 23, 2010.
“I get the same feeling when I come to the Opry as when I see one of my heroes,” says Blake. “I am in awe. To me, the Grand Ole Opry is an artist and I’m really proud to be one of its songs.” — Blake Shelton
Starting a New Tradition
Blake was the first Opry member to screw in his own member nameplate — and every member since has done the same.
All Roads Lead to the Opry
On the way to rising to country music stardom, Blake has always kept his Oklahoma roots close — especially on his journey to becoming an Opry member.
Want to experience it for yourself? Come visit us at the Grand Ole Opry and discover the impact Blake has made on our Opry family and country music history.