To me personally, I feel like Chaney is the unsung hero of Appalachian country music, hailing from the hills of Eastern Kentucky.
His debut album Mercy was a top five favorite of mine last year, and it’s easy to see that he has no ceiling.
The man’s songwriting is incredible, with vivid storytelling that will have you picturing the lyrics in your head like a movie, and mix that with his gritty vocals? It’s only a matter of time before he becomes a household name.
With that being said, I found myself going through some old Sturgill Simpson videos after hearing his impressive cover of “When It Comes To You” off John Anderson’s tribute album today, and I came across this hidden gem from Chaney himself.
In the video, Chaney is covering Sturgill’s bluegrass version of “Oh Sarah,” off his Cuttin’ Grass-Vol. 2 album, with the original version coming from his 2016 A Sailor’s Guide to Earth project.
Needless to say, Chaney puts together a masterful rendition of the song at what looks like an outdoor lawn venue at Tully’s Backyard, in Huntington, West Virginia last year.
Give it a listen:
Here’s Sturgill’s own performance, which is most definitely not about Sarah Silverman: