I don’t think I’ve ever heard a bad cover from Kip Moore.
At a show in Pocatello, Idaho, this past weekend, he did a kickass rendition Don Henley’s 1984 jam “The Boys of Summer.”
Originally written in part by Don, who was also the Eagles vocalist and drummer, it was composed first by guitarist Mike Campbell (of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers).
Funny enough, Mike had showed the demo he recorded of the song to Tom first, but ultimately, the band felt like it didn’t quite fit on the record they were working on at the time, Southern Accents.
After producer Jimmy Iovine suggested they show it to Don, he finished up the lyrics and recorded the vocal after changing the key of the song.
The track would go on to peak at #5 on the Billboard U.S. Hot 100 chart and went #1 on the Billboard U.S. Top Rock Tracks chart.
Of course, Kip has often talked about the rock and roll influence he has in his own music, so I’m sure it fit in seamlessly with his live set. His raspy, gritty vocals really take the song to another level.
I know I always say this when does a cover, but I want a studio version of this now, too.
Actually, I need one.
Kip is also gearing up to hit the road for his “How High” tour that starts in October, and if you get a chance to see him in your city, I highly recommend doing so.
His live show is second to none, and here’s a little proof: