Blake Shelton's 'Footloose' Cover Hits the Web (Audio)
When the Paramount Pictures remake of the 1984 classic Footloose hits theaters, it will feature a few updates from the original soundtrack, including an upbeat country version of Kenny Loggins’ title track.
Blake Shelton’s “Footloose” cover hit the web on Tuesday, Sept. 6, giving the iconic tune only a minor facelift.
“It’s like a lot of stuff from that era – it was rock at the time, but is pretty much what we hear on country radio today. So I knew that we didn’t have to stray that far away from the original,” Shelton told The Boot. “There are two ways to bring back a song: one is to try to make it your own, and in this instance, you have to remove yourself from it and step into the role of what’s best for the movie and that particular scene. There’s only one way to approach it when you think of it that way: a fun, uptempo, catchy version just like Kenny Loggins did.”
Also featured on the Atlantic Records and Warner Music Nashville soundtrack are Zac Brown, Jana Kramer, Lissie, Cee Lo Green, Victoria Justice and Hunter Hayes, among others. Mysteriously absent from the lineup is country singer Julianne Hough, who landed the starring role of Ariel Moore in the film.
“I think they did the right thing by finding the artists who fit that movie, too – and not just country artists, Cee Lo is on there, too,” Shelton said of the overall soundtrack. “To do those songs justice, you have to find the right artist for the movie. That’s probably why they went with a lot of country artists. The movie is based in a small town full of country people.”
Shelton may have proven to be a fitting artist for the title track, but landing the gig was no easy task.
“[The producers] had envisioned a female cutting [“Footloose”] this time around,” he admitted. “So they threw out ideas for some other songs for me, but I finally just campaigned enough and whined about it enough that they said, ‘Why don’t you cut it, and just let them hear your version?’ So I cut it, gave it to them and they wanted to go with mine. I really lucked out.”
It was also announced on Tuesday that Shelton scored a Country Music Association nomination in the Entertainer of the Year category, where he will face off against Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley and Jason Aldean. Listen to his version of "Footloose" below.