Blake Shelton Offered Opening Spot For Ray Price's Branson Show
Blake Shelton is getting a special opportunity to support country legend Ray Price. While the two singers have put their dispute behind them, a promoter is now giving them the chance to perform together. Up Close Concerts' Bob Cannella is offering Shelton the opening spot at Price's upcoming show in Branson, Missouri. In a statement he calls it "a good opportunity" for Blake "to show the appreciation he has expressed for those who came before him." Cannella promises to compensate Shelton with "a guaranteed payment of 350-dollars, plus catering (six inch turkey sub -- no cheese) and complimentary black coffee." He adds that as the opener Blake would have to "limit his set to no more than 30 minutes." Price will be headlining at the Americana Theater in Branson on June 8th.
Shelton sparked the ire of Price with comments made taping an update to his GAC "Backstory" profile, saying it's kids who are buying records these days and they don't want to "listen to their grandpa's music." When Price took exception to Shelton's remarks Blake apologized, but stood behind his sentiment. Ray accepted in a Facebook post, calling Blake "a fine young man with a big future in Country Music." He added that he "would regret it" if his earlier criticism sparked a backlash against Shelton.