Seeing as we’re still a couple months out from the first show of the upcoming tour in October though, let’s go back to 2016 in Portland, Oregon during his “Wild Ones Tour”.
Kip performed the Ben E. King classic “Stand By Me” and his soulful, powerful vocals do the song more than justice. It also served as a tribute to Ben, who passed away in 2015, less than a year prior to Kip covering it here.
The track was written by Ben alongside Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, and was originally released in 1961, but eventually included on the 1986 film of the same name. I think we’ve all heard plenty of covers of it over the years, but this is one of the best I’ve seen.
Of course, it became a #1 hit on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Billboard chart the year it was first released in 1961.
If there’s anyone who can flat out sing a damn song with some soul in country music, Kip’s the guy: