“‘I’ll Name The Dogs’ is a bit of a throw-back song for me,” said Shelton. “It’s traditional country with fiddle and steel and I’ve got Jimmy Olander from Diamond Rio playing the guitar solo. It brings the sound back a little more traditional for a minute, which I felt like needed to happen musically for me.”
The chart-topping entertainer kicks off a busy September with a performance of the brand new song on Sunday at the Canadian Country Music Awards. The show will broadcast at 8:00 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT) that night on CBC, live from the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Shelton will follow the CCMA performance next week by co-hosting Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Harvey Relief. The hour-long telethon special will be based in Los Angeles with stages in New York and Nashville, also featuring a special performance by country music icon and Texas native George Strait from his San Antonio benefit concert. Hand in Hand will air live on ABC, CBS, CMT, FOX and NBC on Tuesday, September 12 at 8:00 p.m. ET and will replay on the west coast at 8:00 p.m. PT. The show will also be available internationally via live stream on Facebook and Twitter starting at 8:00 p.m. ET during the first broadcast.