LeAnn Rimes captured the hearts of country music fans at the young age of 13 with her debut hit song, “Blue.” Now, she is back with her performance of Chris Stapleton’s hit, “Tennessee Whiskey.”
Rimes rose to stardom in 1996 with “Blue,” making her the youngest country music star since Tanya Tucker in 1972. The world became blown away by how a young teen had such a strong, powerful, yet mature sounding voice.
Later on, Rimes recorded a few pop crossover singles, such as “How Do I Live” and “Can’t Fight The Moonlight” featured in the 2000 film “Coyote Ugly.” However, LeAnn has always been a true country music star at heart.
Recently, she shared an acoustic rendition of “Tennessee Whiskey,” the mega hit originally recorded by David Allan Coe and George Jones before Chris Stapleton blew it back up in 2015.
The history of “Tennessee Whiskey” goes all the way back to 1981. It was first offered to George Strait, but he declined to record the song. Afterwards, David Allan Coe picked it up for his album of the same title. Coe’s version of the song peaked at #77 on the Hot Country Singles chart.
Two years later, George Jones threw down his own recording of “Tennessee Whiskey.” His version was an even bigger sensation than Coe’s, reaching the #2 spot on the Hot Country Singles chart.
Next up, Stapleton came along and dropped his spin on the song. His version skyrocketed in popularity after he performed it during the 2015 CMA Awards with Justin Timberlake.
After Stapleton’s version of the song took the world by storm, many other artists fell in love with his recording. One of those artists is LeAnn Rimes.
Rimes commonly posts cover performances on her YouTube channel, and decided she wanted to share her take on “Tennessee Whiskey.”
She shared the performance on Instagram, making it clear she felt inspired by Stapleton’s version. “I love this Chris Stapleton song SO much,” she wrote.
The acoustic performance perfectly showcases LeAnn’s clear, powerful, and soulful vocals. While it’s true that male musical artists have crushed it with their recordings of “Tennessee Whiskey,” it certainly is nice to hear the song spun from a female’s voice as well.