Can we get this guy a record deal? SHEESH.
Kevin, who works security at Blake Shelton’s bar Ole Red in what looks like the Nashville location, recently blew away patrons when he covered “Tennessee Whiskey” for the first time in front of an audience a couple weekends ago.
I mean, the guy has an absolutely incredible voice, and it’s honestly one of the best covers of the song I’ve ever heard… and there’s been a lot of them over the decades in country music.
Todd Cameron, who was performing at the bar with his band that night, introduced Kevin to the crowd, saying it was his first time doing something like that… though I would’ve never guessed that in a million years based on his performance.
And he certainly didn’t pick an easy song to cover, either, that’s for sure.
Written by the great Dean Dillon and Linda Hargrove, “Tennessee Whiskey” was originally recorded by David Allan Coe and included as the title track to his 1981 album.
It peaked at just #77 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in 1981, though George Jones’ 1983 cover peaked at #2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles chart the year of its release.
And of course, Chris Stapleton released what is now the most well-known version of the iconic country song as a cover on his iconic 2015 Traveler album.
I think we all know about the famous moment when he first sang “Tennessee Whiskey” with Justin Timberlake at the CMA Awards, which launched his solo career and ultimately made him a country superstar.
Chris’ rendition shot to #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, and has since been certified 6× Platinum by the RIAA, meaning it has moved over a whopping six million units in total (they combine streaming and album sales).
You really can’t say there’s no talent in Nashville… Kevin is living, breathing proof of that, and he sure sounds a helluva better than a lot of what’s currently being pushed to country radio.
Make sure you check out incredible his cover here: