The Dreamer (Blake Shelton album)

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The Dreamer
Studio album by Blake Shelton
Released February 4, 2003 (2003-02-04)
Recorded 2002 at Sony/Tree Studios and Emerald Sound Studios/"Tracking Room"
Genre Country
Length 34:55
Label Warner Bros. Nashville
Producer Bobby Braddock
Blake Shelton chronology
Blake Shelton
(2001)Blake Shelton2001
The Dreamer
Blake Shelton's Barn & Grill
(2004)Blake Shelton's Barn & Grill2004
Singles from The Dreamer
  1. "The Baby"
    Released: October 28, 2002
  2. "Heavy Liftin'"
    Released: 2003
  3. "Playboys of the Southwestern World"
    Released: 2003
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

The Dreamer is the second studio album released by American country music artist Blake Shelton. Released in 2003 on Warner Bros. Records Nashville, it features the Number One single "The Baby," as well as the singles "Heavy Liftin'" and "Playboys of the Southwestern World." The Dreamer is certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America and features staff writers on all but one track.


"The Baby" was the first single from the album. This song spent three weeks at Number One on the Billboard country charts in early 2003, becoming Shelton's second Number One hit. Unlike with his debut album, the second and third singles from The Dreamer did not peak as highly: "Heavy Liftin'" peaked at number 32, and "Playboys of the Southwestern World" at number 24.

"Georgia in a Jug" was previously recorded by Johnny Paycheck on his 1978 album Take This Job and Shove It, and his version was a number 20 country hit that year. "In My Heaven" was previously recorded by Mark Wills on his 2001 album Loving Every Minute.

Critical reception[edit]

Robert L. Doerschuk of Allmusic rated the album three stars out of five, saying, "Rough, rawboned energy drives Blake Shelton's sophomore release[…]the problem lies more with the material, which represents the doldrum state of songwriting in music city."[1] Ray Waddell of Billboard thought that the album's variety of material made it "broader than its predecessor", contrasting the "muscular" "Heavy Liftin'" to the "impressive passion" on "The Baby", although he criticized the production of "Asphalt Cowboy".[2]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Heavy Liftin'" Boyd Houston Robert, George Teren, Rivers Rutherford 3:26
2. "The Baby" Harley Allen, Michael White 3:54
3. "Asphalt Cowboy" Jeff Stevens, Kenny West 3:39
4. "In My Heaven" Rutherford, Bobby Pinson 3:10
5. "The Dreamer" Blake Shelton 3:59
6. "My Neck of the Woods" Shelton, Don Ellis, Billy Montana 3:45
7. "Underneath the Same Moon" Sharon Vaughn Bellamy, John Rich 3:52
8. "Georgia in a Jug" Bobby Braddock 3:06
9. "Playboys of the Southwestern World" Randy VanWarmer, Neal Coty 4:28
10. "Someday" Kathy Locke, Braddock 3:36
Total length: 34:55


As listed in liner notes.[3]

Chart performance[edit]


Chart (2003) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 2
U.S. Billboard 200 8


Year Single Peak chart
US Country US
2002 "The Baby" 1 28
2003 "Heavy Liftin'" 32
"Playboys of the Southwestern World" 24
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Region Certification
United States (RIAA)[4] Gold


  1. ^ a b Doerschuk, Robert L. "The Dreamer review". Allmusic. Retrieved 30 January 2010. 
  2. ^ Waddell, Ray (1 March 2003). "Reviews: Blake Shelton — The Dreamer". Billboard: 36. 
  3. ^ The Dreamer (CD booklet). Blake Shelton. Warner Bros. Records. 2003. 48237-2. 
  4. ^ "American album certifications – Blake Shelton – Dreamer". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH