Blake Shelton, "Hillbilly Bone"

78 Billboard Rating

Blake Shelton's new six-song album, "Hillbilly Bone," may be a marketing and sales experiment by Warner Bros. Records, but fans of the Oklahoman artist won't be disappointed. The title-track lead single (featuring Trace Adkins) is a rollicking, redneck celebration of all things stereotypically Southern, including F-150s, blue jeans and fiddles. And although "Kiss My Country Ass," which conjures Hank Williams Jr. and honky-tonks, won't go down as the most original song in history, it's still a fun listen. On "Almost Alright," Shelton channels the carefree island feel of Jimmy Buffett while singing about getting over a lover with the help of a couple of beers. The album's highlight is "Delilah," inspired by his girlfriend Miranda Lambert's dog of the same name.-Ken Tucker