Blake Shelton is a self titled debut album by American country music artist Blake Shelton. It was released in 2001 on Giant Records. The album features his debut single "Austin", as well as the singles "All Over Me" and "Ol' Red". It has been certified gold by the RIAA.
"Austin" was the lead off single from the album. This song reached Number One on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (not Hot Country Songs) charts that year. Although Shelton has since charted five more Number Ones, "Austin" is his longest lasting Number One hit, at five weeks. Following this son was "All Over Me", which reached No. 18 on the country charts, and "Ol' Red", which peaked at No. 14. The latter was originally recorded by George Jones on his 1990 album "You Oughta Be Here With Me", and by Kenny Rogers on his 1993 album "If Only My Heart Had a Voice". Due to the closure of Giant Records in 2001, Shelton was transferred to the Nashville division of Giant's parent label, Warner Bros. Records, which promoted and distributed the second and third singles.
Maria Konicki Dinoia of Allmusic rated the album four stars out of five, saying, "This impressive ten song compilation is an earnest debut full of lots of promise and originality" and citing the presence of Bobby Braddock co-writes.