Written by Dean Dillon and Linda Hargrove, “Tennessee Whiskey” was originally recorded by David Allen Coe in 1981 and then again by George Jones in 1983.
But years before Chris Stapleton ever graced a microphone with “Tennessee Whiskey,” Jamey Johnson performed his own incredible version in 2011, honoring George Jones during his 80th birthday celebration at the Grand Ole Opry.
And just a few short years later, in 2015, Chris Stapleton would go on to put the song back on the map when he included his own bluesy version on Traveller. His version has since EXPLODED to go 6-times platinum, earning over 6 million in combined streams/sales and selling over 1.9 million copies in the US alone.
And for my money, Jamey can stand with the best of them.