Gwen Stefani Turns ‘Hollaback Girl’ & More Into Country Jams, Inspired By Blake Shelton
Seems Blake Shelton’s rubbing off on Gwen Stefani. With a ten-gallon hat and a guitar in hand, the No Doubt singer ‘country-fied’ some of her biggest hits, including ‘Spiderwebs’ and ‘Hollaback Girl.’
Who knew that “Hollaback Girl” could work as a country song? 2020 is wild. This musical revelation came via a skit on the Oct. 19 episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. With Jimmy– in a wig that would make “Long Haired Redneck” David Allan Coe proud – acting as a host of one of those old infomercials that would sell your parents new CDs, the Tonight Show host presented the perfect album for those who “love the sweet sounds of downhome country music” and “the music of multi-talented superstar, Gwen Stefani.” Enter, Gwen’s Gone Country, a collection of “ska and pop by the way of the south.”
While dressed in a look that harkened back to Dolly Parton’s early days, Gwen, 51, then performed three of her biggest songs – “Don’t Speak,” “Spiderwebs,” and the aforementioned “Hollaback Girl” – as if they were written in Nashville, and not Southern California. Blake Shelton better watch out, because it seems he might not be the biggest country music star in his relationship.
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While Gwen’s Gone Country is a joke, her CMT Award nomination is very sincere. She and Blake, 44, are up for Collaborative Video of the Year for “Nobody But You.” How does a former skapunk/pop rocker feel about this? “It’s really weird. I definitely bounced in different genres in my career and it was just easy, it was natural, but this was one I never would ever imagine would happen. Although, my parents – I grew up on bluegrass music and folk, so, its kind of similar in a way. The first concert I ever went to is an Emmylou Harris concert, when I was in girl scouts. It’s just crazy to think I’m on two records, actually, two country records. And on country radio? That’s hard for me to believe. But, so honored, and I love the song so much.”