Startin' Fires- Album

Startin' Fires is the fifth studio album released from American country music artist Blake Shelton. The album was released on November 18, 2008 on Warner Bros. Nashville. It's lead off single, "She Wouldn't Be Gone", is Shelton's fourteenth Top 40 country hit and on the chart week of February 7, 2009 became his fifth Number One on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. "I'll Just Hold On" is the album's second single.


The first single, "She Wouldn't Be Gone", debuted at No. 52 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week of August 23, 2008. It reached a peak of Number One on the chart week of February 7, 2009. "I'll Just Hold On" was released in February 2009 as the second single, which debuted at No, 60 and peaked at No. 8.

Scott Hendricks produced all but two tracks on the album, "This Is Gonna Take All Night" was produced by Brent Rowan, and "I Don't Care" (which carried over from his previous album, 2007's Pure BS) was produced by Bobby Braddock. Shelton co-wrote the track "Bare Skin Rug" with his future wife, Miranda Lambert, who also sings duet vocals on it.

Track ListingEdit

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. Green George Teren, Craig Wiseman 3:00
2. Good at Startin' Fires Sherrie Austin, Will Rambeaux, John Stephan 3:02
3. She Wouldn't Be Gone Jennifer Adan, Cory Batten 3:36
4. I'll Just Hold On Ben Hayslip, Troy Olsen, Bryant Simpson 4:00
5. 100 Miles Chris Stapleton, Craig Wiseman 3:29
6. Never Lovin' You Kendall Marvel, Chris Stapleton 4:39
7. Country Strong Rhett Atkins, Dallas Davidson, Ben Hayslip 3:14
8. Home Sweet Home Rhett Atkins, Dallas Davidson, Ben Hayslip 3:55
9. This Is Gonna Take All Night Chris DuBois, Ashley Gorley 3:17
10. Here I Am Dean Dillon, Blake Shelton 3:52
11. I Don't Care Casey Beathard, Dean Dillon 3:53
12. Bare Skin Rug- (duet with Miranda Lambert) Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton 3:47

Critical ReceptionEdit

CM Wilcox of The 9513 have the album 3.5 stars out of five. Her referred the material on the album as consistent but states that the album takes few chances. He writes, "It's very good, expertly sung contemporary country that manages to satisfy even as it refuses to challenge convention or try anything especially new- such music certainly has it's place."

Chart PerformanceEdit


Chart (2008) Peak Position
U.S. Top Country Albums 7
U.S. Billboard 200 34


Year Single Peak Chart Positions
2008 She Wouldn't Be Gone U.S. Country: 1
2009 I'll Just Hold On U.S. Country: 8

Release HistoryEdit

Region Date
United States November 18, 2008