31 March, 2015 - RollingStone.com
Blake Shelton lets a woman — and a few glasses of fruit-filled wine — go to his head in "Sangria," the third single from last year's Bringing Back the Sunshine. Written by Josh Osborne, J.T. Harding and Trevor Rosen, the song pays tribute to two age-old country traditions: getting buzzed and getting busy.
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When it came time to film a music video, though, Shelton — who's been married to Miranda Lambert since May 2011 — chose to let an actor play the lead role. Smart move. It's a fairly steamy clip, after all, filled with PG-13 love scenes and slow-motion shots of a woman bathing in a tub of red wine. Shelton lurks in the background, sipping his drink and acting as a sort of non-participating narrator for the whole affair. Also, to drive home the fact that he's a loyal family man, he filmed the entire clip in the Ladysmith, the boutique bed and breakfast that Lambert opened last fall in Tishomingo, Oklahoma.
With a slightly different soundtrack, "Sangria" could double as a promo piece for the Ladysmith. The place looks great, its walls covered in reclaimed barn wood and Christmas lights. Over in the Losa Lounge, where the song's characters share their first drinks, a vintage jukebox sits in the corner. Later, when they hit the bedroom, they're surrounded by smoked glass and a headboard that might be as old as the building itself, which was built in the early 1900s. The Ladysmith may not be the cheapest lodging in the superstar couple's adopted hometown — if you want a room with its own bathroom, you'll be paying at least $250 a night — but "Sangria" makes it seem like a worthy destination…assuming you don't mind some pinot noir stains in your bathtub.
If "Sangria" climbs to the top of the country charts, it'll be Shelton's 15th consecutive Number One single. Meanwhile, Shelton is gearing up for the 50th Annual ACM Awards, which he'll co-host with Luke Bryan on Sunday, April 19th.
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