Written by Utah Phillips, “Rock Salt & Nails” has been covered by everybody from Waylon Jennings and Tyler Childers, to Joan Baez, Steve Young, Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs, and more.
But as soon as he begins to sing, the judges quickly realize that Whitcomb has an incredibly authentic, gritty voice, that will kind of remind you of a raw version of Childers, along with some resemblance to last year’s winner, Chayce Beckham.
Needless to say, he pulls off a powerful rendition of the song.
Although very complementary, Lionel Richie believes that the man isn’t quite ready for the show.
However, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan sing high praises for him, and tell him that just a little bit of work with them will take him a long way.