Thursday, March 18, at the Beaumont Club.

Blake Shelton 

Thursday, March 18, at the Beaumont Club.

Maybe we're just hard, cynical bastards with deadbolts and alarm systems and Rottweilers. But to us, Blake Shelton's "Austin" -- a ditty of enduring love that details his daily whereabouts on the answering machine -- sounds like an open invitation to every thug in the neighborhood. Bowling on Tuesday night, are ya? Might be a good time to make off with the hi-fi. Headed out to the lake all weekend long? Fan-fucking-tastic. Bring in the U-haul -- this guy's kegerator is coming home with us. Pretty song, though. Made our mammas pull out their hankies. Plus, it's tough to be cynical about the 6-foot-5-inch stretch of blue-eyed, dimpled country boy that is Blake Shelton -- mostly because his songs are so damned earnest. The Oklahoma native's self-titled debut generated heart-wrenchers such as "Austin" and "All Over Me" as well as "Ol' Red," a toe-tapper about love gone wrong, a prison break and a dog (classic themes, folks, classic themes). And "The Baby," from his 2003 release, Dreamer, made more than a few hard, cynical bastards like us pull out their hankies.

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