A Texas dad named Kris Jones is enjoying a bit of internet fame this week. His cover of Chris Stapleton's "Tennessee Whiskey" (a George Jones original) has already 10 million streams on Facebook and another 360,000 on the Youtube clip, uploaded later to a Daylafulla account. While Stapleton's country-rock rendition is a bit more on the gritty side, Jones does revamp the song with a classic sound all his own. Meanwhile, his daughter looks gleefully at the camera as she records the special moment.
The Forth Worth singer has also covered Stapleton's "Whiskey and You" and R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly." Check out a recently launched fan page for the latest.
Stapleton's soulful version appeared on his 2015 debut album, Traveller, which has since been platinum certified by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
During the 49th annual CMA Awards, Stapleton was joined by pop singer Justin Timberlake for a medley of "Tennessee Whiskey" and Timberlake's "Drink You Away." Needless to say, it became the most-talked about performance of the night and led to juggernaut sales for Stapleton. That night, he walked away with several CMA trophies, including Male Vocalist of the Year. "What it’s gonna mean for us out on the road, and what it’s gonna look like people-wise, I don’t know. I don’t know what it means for me in general," he told Billboard post-show. "We’re trying to wrap our heads around it a little bit. I think we’re back out on the road Tuesday, so we’re looking forward to a west coast run that, remarkably, immediately sold out during the CMAs."
He reflected on the performance itself, saying, "I was having fun. That’s my happy spot. Particularly the fact that we got to combine all my folks with his folks. We had a couple days and nights of rehearsals before we were up there. It’s a bunch of singers and musicians enjoying collaborating and hanging out and getting to do something different from their normal things they would do. It was the opposite of… I don’t get nervous, ever, really. But it was beyond not nervous. I love musicians and singers, that interaction. To get to do it obviously on such a large stage is even better, for me. But I would have been doing that even if I had to buy a plane ticket and fly somewhere just to hang out and get to do it in front of nobody."
Last year, Stapleton also collected two Grammy awards for Best Country Album and Best Country Solo Performance (for the title cut).
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Watch Jones' "Carpool Karaoke"-esque cover below: