Country music artist Blake Shelton will be shining on the B-105 Country Soundstage on Sunday, August 15, when he performs a pre-race concert before fifth running of the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series "Belterra Casino Indy 300."

Shelton's sophomore album, "The Dreamer," showcases his vocal maturity and versatility with songs ranging from the upbeat "Playboys of the Southwestern World" to ballads like "Underneath the Same Moon." The album also displays his ability to identify and record standout songs. The heartfelt single, "The Baby," reached the top 10 on the country music charts and occupied the No. 1 spot for three weeks.

"I'm still not used to being in demand or to people looking at me, so I'm still learning how to handle myself," Shelton said. "I admire people like George Strait and Kenny Rogers who know exactly how to do that. It's not that easy for me to be that comfortable in the spotlight."

His singing dream started to become reality when he met Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member Bobby Braddock.

Braddock, the composer of "He Stopped Loving Her Today," "D-I-V-O-R-C-E," "Time Marches On" and other country standards, heard a tape of Shelton in 1997 and decided to take the youngster under his wing. Eventually he became Shelton's record producer as well as the source of some of his best songs.

Shelton scored his first hit with his striking debut single, "Austin,"which stayed at No. 1 on Billboard Magazine's singles chart for five weeks, tying Billy Ray Cyrus' record for a debut single. He followed the hit it with the heartbreaking "All Over Me." He was back in the spotlight again in early 2002 with his riveting, rocking tale of a prison dog named "Ol' Red." The song, along with its vivid video, helped Shelton soar to the top of the charts and drove his debut CD to Gold status.

With one Gold album in the vault, it's clear that fans have embraced his diverse taste in music and his ability to bring out the best in his songs.

"I guess there are some fans who are still trying to figure me out. Here's a guy who sings a love song, then a story about a prison dog and now he's doing one about Mom dying," he said. "But that's the point. I don't want to be about an image. What I want to be about is great songs. When people buy my album or buy a concert ticket, I want them to think that they got their money's worth."

Shelton's concert is included with a ticket to "The Belterra Casino Indy 300."

The all open-wheel weekend begins on Saturday, August 14 with "Louisville Courier-Journal Pole Day." The full day of excitement will feature practice sessions with the IRL IndyCar Series machines and the IRL Infiniti Pro Series "Kentucky 100" race. The high-speed action continues Sunday, August 15 when Team Penske driver Sam Hornish, Jr., defends his "Belterra Casino Indy 300" title against an international field of stars that includes series points leader Tony Kanaan, defending series champion Scott Dixon and free-wheeling 2004 Indianapolis 500 winner Buddy Rice.

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