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Oklahoma country music superstar Blake Shelton showcases his home state with the mighty music video for his intense new country-rock anthem “God’s Country.”

Directed by Grammy Award-winning director Sophie Muller, the compelling video, released today, was shot in and around his adopted hometown of Tishomingo. The clip features the Ada native working the land, traversing a river, avoiding a rattler and lighting a vintage tractor on fire in a vast field (if you want to see more of those pyrotechnics, check out the early tease for the video dubbed “The Prequel.”) 


The video also includes historical clips of Oklahoma’s Dust Bowl days.

“Well I can tell you one thing for damn sure, Oklahoma is God’s Country so that’s where we shot the music video for the song,” Shelton said in a news release. “We spent four days shooting there in and around Tishomingo, getting connected to the land, the environment and the spirit of the music. As I’ve said before, I was born in Oklahoma and I’ll be buried there and Sophie Muller, who’s a well-known video director, really captured the countryside in a stark and vivid way.”

As previously reported, Shelton brought the crowd at the Academy of Country Music Awards to it feet on Sunday night with his TV debut performance of “God’s Country.” Billboard praised Shelton for “never waver[ing] in his conviction of the new track and said he gave the ACMs one of its many highlights,” noting the “chest-thumping anthem” laid the groundwork for “one of his most fiery performances to date.”

Blake Shelton performs "God's Country" at the 54th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Las Vegas. [Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP]
Blake Shelton performs "God's Country" at the 54th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Las Vegas. [Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP]

Written by Devin Dawson, Michael Hardy and Jordan Schmidt, the single is already skyrocketing up the charts as it is currently No. 25 on the Billboard Country chart and No. 27 on the Mediabase Country Airplay chart. After just one week, “God’s Country” has more than 3.5 million on-demand streams and has sold more than 54,000 track equivalents, currently on pace to sell 30,000 more in its second week. MusicRow described the track as “dark and passionate, with a Bocephus outlaw vibe,” while Rolling Stonenamed the “Southern-rockin’ country stomper” on their “10 Best Country and Americana Songs to Hear Now” list.

As previously reported, “God’s Country” is the flagship single from his forthcoming project was written by Michael Hardy, Jordan Schmidt and Devin Dawson. Download and stream it here: wmna.sh/godscountry.

Pollstar recently placed the platinum-selling entertainer on their “Top 100 Tours in Q1” list for his “Friends & Heroes 2019” tour. Featuring special guest Lauren Alaina and with special appearances by the Bellamy Brothers, John Anderson and Trace Adkins, the arena run sold out all 18 dates and was one of the only nine country tours to make the list. To read my review of the tour's OKC kickoff show, click here.

Shelton is back to his coaching position on Season 16 of NBC’s “The Voice,” with the live shows kicking off on April 29 on NBC.

-BAM

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Blake Shelton performs "God's Country" at the 54th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Las Vegas. [Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP]

Blake Shelton performs "God's Country" at the 54th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Las Vegas. [Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP]

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1... Read more ›

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