After announcing his 2019 Friends & Heroes Tour with the Bellamy Brothers, Jon Anderson, Trace Adkins and Lauren Alaina, Blake Shelton has decided to cover a handful of classic country songs leading up to the tour in his Friends & Heroes Session.

Penned by Roger D. Ferris and recorded by George Jones for his 1989 album One Woman Man, ‘The King Is Gone‘ is an indelible song about a man who drowns his relationship sorrows in Jim Beam poured from an Elvis Presley-shaped decanter into a jelly jar glass embossed with Fred Flintstone. Still with us? With lyrics like “I pulled the head off Elvis / Filled Fred up to his pelvis / Yabba Dabba Doo, the King is Gone / And so are you,” it’s the kind of song you can’t forget, and Blake, with his love for classic country, again does right by a familiar old favourite.


Is this a taste of what’s to come on his new tour? I haven’t managed to see Blake live yet (he is on my bucket list), and if we can’t get him over to the UK next year then this is tempting me to book tickets and head off to the USA.



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