(CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that’s happening with country music artists behind the scenes and
out of the spotlight.)
Gracia Harrison, 18, from Virden, Ill., can yodel. Man, can she yodel. And she can sing
the kind of classic country from 1935 that would make you turn your chair around. She was one of the best standouts from Monday
night’s (Sept. 10) premiere of The Voice, and her voice had all three male coaches vying for her attention.
wait. In trying to convince her to join his team, I think Blake Shelton
might have just criticized his country music brethren. “I know, as a fellow country artist, that you can’t fake your way through
that particular song,” he said. “And country radio today is full of country artists that can’t do what you just did.” What
she did — beyond the pure, sweet, genuine yodeling — was sing the 77-year-old song “I Want to Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart.”
Suzy Bogguss’ cover has all that great yodeling, but I also loved the
Dixie Chicks’ version from their 1990 debut album.
told Harrison, “By far, you are the best country singer we have ever heard on this show. By far. It has transcended the genre
itself. It makes no sense for you to be on my team, and that’s exactly why you should be.”
To which Shelton replied,
“For God’s sake. What is wrong with you? Gracia, you know what the right thing to do here is. I mean, I actually hate the
thought of what would happen to you in the long run if you were influenced by one of these two.”
As for the yodeling,
Harrison said, “I think it’s more of a reason for them to turn around. It definitely is a big risk to yodel in my performance
because there could be a possibility they might not like it.” But they did like it. And another blond star in a sundress and
cowboy boots was born.