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Chris Stapleton‘s version of “Tennessee Whiskey” has been certified 14x Platinum by the RIAA. His recording is undoubtably the most popular rendition out there, but it wasn’t the first.
“Tennessee Whiskey” and its history can be traced all the way back to 1981. It was first offered to George Strait, but he turned it down. So David Allan Coe recorded it for his album of the same title.
Coe’s rendition of the song peaked at the 77th spot on the Hot Country Singles chart.
Two years later, George Jones dropped his own recording of “Tennessee Whiskey.” His version was an even bigger success than Coe’s, as it claimed the #2 position on the Hot Country Singles chart.
Then Stapleton came along. His rendition of the song soared in popularity after he performed it during the 2015 CMA Awards with Justin Timberlake.
Many other artists followed Stapleton’s lead and went on to cover “Tennessee Whiskey” after they saw how successful his rendition was. Now, years after his version of “Tennessee Whiskey” took the world by storm, other artists are still enchanted by his recording.
One such artist is LeAnn Rimes. She often posts cover performances on her YouTube channel, and decided she wanted to share her take on “Tennessee Whiskey.”
She promoted her performance on Instagram and made it clear she’s a big fan of Stapleton’s version of the song. “I love this @chrisstapleton song SO much!” she wrote.
Rimes chose to deliver a stripped-down rendition of “Tennessee Whiskey.” The acoustic performance perfectly showcases her clear, soulful voice, as you’ll see when you check out the video below.
After being so used to hearing male artists perform “Tennessee Whiskey,” it’s interesting to hear the song from a female artist’s voice. Rimes needs to consider recording it herself some day!
Which other country song would you like to hear Rimes cover? With a voice like hers, she can pull off almost anything!