The CMA Awards hosts performed the classic tune at Wednesday night’s event. Davis passed away earlier this year after falling ill following a surgery. He wrote the tune, which went on to become a timeless hit for Presley, back in the ’60s.
McEntire took to social media on Wednesday night to announce the song’s release. “It was so special to get to record ‘In The Ghetto’ with @dariusrucker in tribute to my friend and legendary singer-songwriter Mac Davis,” she wrote.
Rucker also posted the brief teaser of the song on Twitter. He spoke about how Davis treated him so well over the years while announcing the song’s release on social media. “We met Mac Davis back in the @HootieTweets days, and he was always good to me – always made me laugh, always made me feel like what I was doing was good,” Rucker tweeted. “Honored to pay tribute to Mac with @Reba during the #CMAawards.”
Fans React to Reba McEntire, Darius Rucker’s ‘In the Ghetto’
Shortly after making the announcement, thousands of Reba and Rucker’s fans and followers shared their reaction. Many gave the song and performance glowing reviews.
“This was a beautiful tribute to Mac Davis . Reba and Darius really did a great job on this. And to have recorded it as well, WOW !!! I look forward to adding that song to my Reba library. Great job guys ! Stay safe ! Let’s get through 2020 together,” one user tweeted.
Another user feels that Reba and Rucker’s rendition rivaled the original Elvis version. “Love this song and I have to say I think y’all tied with Elvis on this with singing it with me loving it,” the commenter says. “I can listen to both versions equally. Usually I don’t like classic redos but great job.”
CMA Awards Tributes
Wednesday night’s 54th annual event paid respects to a number of country music icons. In addition to Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker’s “In the Ghetto” performance, Jason Aldean performed a rocked-out rendition of “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” in tribute to late musician Charlie Daniels. Learn more about CMA Awards tributes here.