Blake SheltonIt's the Mother Church of country music and many artists liken playing there to a religious experience. So an invitation to headline a show at Nashville's famed Ryman Auditorium is quite an honor ... one bestowed on Blake Shelton for the first time.

The Oklahoma native will perform his own concert at the Ryman on Thursday, March 18, with tickets going on sale March 5. (BSer Fan Club members can get tickets early, starting March 2.)

Blake will release his 'Six Pak' album, 'Hillbilly Bone,' next week. In addition to the title track -- a humorous duet with Trace Adkins, the project includes five new songs.