Blake Shelton turned a few heads on Music Row this week by passing on a song by hit writing trio the Peach Pickers, a move unprecedented in recent Nashville history.
The threesome, comprised of Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip, and Dallas Davidson, had sent their song “Beer on a Truckbed” to Shelton for his next album, sure that it would follow past hits such as “All About Tonight” and “Honey Bee” up the charts. They were stunned when word came back, in the form of a handwritten note from the singer himself, that Shelton would not be recording the song:
“Fun song, guys, but it’s basically just a bunch of country cliches wrapped around repetitions of the title phrase,” wrote Shelton. “In fact, it sounds like almost everything else you’ve written for the past 5 years. I think maybe you should start giving the listening public a little more credit for not being a bunch of dumb hicks that want a bunch of country stereotypes parroted back to them all the time.”
“I can’t stand this sh*t,” he concluded.
Shelton’s management team has gone into damage control mode, sending camo hunting gear gift baskets to the publishing companies of all three Peach Pickers and explaining that the singer is going through a difficult time following the recent passing of his father.
“Blake will be back to his usual self by the time we head into the studio again, and I’m sure we’ll put at least 6 or 7 other Peach Pickers songs on his next album,” promises regular Shelton producer Scott Hendricks. “I have a great one in hand right now called ‘Beer in a Bass Boat,’ so things are looking good.”
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