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Blake Shelton: 'I gotta get back to singing about getting drunk' on new album

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Musician Blake Shelton performs "Boys 'Round Here" during the 2014 CMT Music Awards in Nashville, Tennessee June 4, 2014. (Reuters)

When Blake Shelton's new album drops at the end of September, fans should expect to get a little blast from the past. The star will be revisiting some of the old Shelton fans know and love, which involves, as he puts it, “singing about getting drunk.”

“The whole album is searching for parts of me that I think have not gotten lost along the way, but stuff that I haven’t addressed in my music as much as I used to, whether it’s drinking songs, heartbreak songs or songs about how people treat you. Things like that,” Shelton tells Rolling Stone Country.

"Bringing Back the Sunshine" will showcase a grittier side of Shelton; a side that isn’t displayed heavily on past albums "Red River Blue" and "Based on a True Story."

“My last couple of albums have been so positive, because when I made them I was just getting married. It’s been in this awesome place,” he explains. “But after a while, as a country singer, I gotta get back to singing about getting drunk because there’s people out there — and I’ve been one of them — that have had their heart broken, or they’ve had a tough day at work, or they get stabbed in the back.”

This new-old direction is exemplified in Shelton’s new single "Neon Light," and he furthers, “It’s the only way to be a little more political about where we are in country music.”

Adds the singer, “and I’m as guilty of it as anybody.”

So, with "Bringing Back the Sunshine," Shelton will shy away from pushing the boundaries in country music and instead go back to its traditions and roots. It’ll be more of Shelton-with-long-hair, but he’s a few years older and even more suave and handsome than before.

“We’re pushing boundaries and pushing ‘em and pushing ‘em,” he says. “And to me, with that title, it’s like I’m bringing back some country into this thing.”

Blake Shelton’s new record impacts Sept. 30.

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