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The man that the music industry can’t quite slam a genre label on went classic country for a mind-blowing cover of George Jones‘ “White Lightning.” Categorized as rock, hip hop, rap rock, country and nu metal, Kid Rock‘s insane delivery of the iconic song showed the depth of his country roots.
Rock brings the audience to their feet as the rapid flash of lights electrify the stage while he performs Jones’ classic. His raspy voice melds perfectly with the lyrics, making for an overall masterful performance.
Rock is a five-time Grammy nominee and has sold an upwards of 25 million albums in the United States alone. While he may have rose to fame under the genres of rock and rap, the singer made a shift to country rock in early 2000 with massive country hit featuring Sheryl Crow, “Picture,” which remains his most successful hit to date.
Jones garnered his first ever No.1 hit back in 1959 with “White Lighting” at 27 years old. While the man who went on to be heralded as “the greatest country vocalist” of all time, he didn’t himself write the song, but rather ’50s rock & roller J.P. Richardson.
You can watch the cover of “White Lightning” in the video below.
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