Country music superstar Blake Shelton is in East Tennessee this week to kick off “Spring Blake” as the new restaurant, bar and music venue, Ole Red Gatlinburg celebrates its grand opening.
Shelton performed Wednesday night to help christen the stage at Ole Red Gatlinburg, as more performers will also take the stage for “Spring Blake.” He also said Wednesday he hopes the stage could become a launching point for budding and big careers in country music.
“Somebody that we’re all going to fall in love with that we want to get behind and support and give them this launching pad – at the end of the day which is what I care about, the launching pad for new artists,” Shelton said.
Shelton and Ole Red Gatlinburg presented a check for more than $54,000 to Gatlinburg Pittman High School to support the local community and music education.
The money, plus a match from Ryman Hospitality Properties, which is Shelton’s partner in the Ole Red restaurant and music venue chain, came from an auction of tickets to Shelton’s Wednesday night performance.