Time for a little throwback with one of the greatest voices in music.
Back in February of 2020, Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Farewell Play Tour had a stop at The Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. During that stop, the crowd had one helluva surprise.
At one point during the show, the one and only Chris Stapleton popped up from his seat to start singing “Tennessee Whiskey.”
Chris was somewhat incognito rocking a cap, but that beard and voice will never go unnoticed.
Madea could not come to the end of the farewell tour and have @ChrisStapleton in the audience in Nashville, Tennessee and not have him sing a verse of Tennessee Whiskey! And he KILLED IT!! Thank you Chris, blessings to you, your wife, and them babies!! #MadeasFarewellTour pic.twitter.com/6h16DTNr0S
— Tyler Perry (@tylerperry) February 18, 2020
Jamey Johnson Honors George Jones With Performance Of “Tennessee Whiskey”
Where has this been all my life?
Written by Dean Dillon and Linda Hargrove, “Tennessee Whiskey” was originally recorded by David Allen Coe in 1981 and then again by George Jones in 1983.
But years before Chris Stapleton ever graced a microphone with “Tennessee Whiskey,” Jamey Johnson performed his own incredible version in 2011, honoring George Jones during his 80th birthday celebration at the Grand Ole Opry.
And just a few short years later, in 2015, Chris Stapleton would go on to put the song back on the map when he included his own bluesy version on Traveller.
His version has since EXPLODED to go 6-times platinum, earning over 6 million in combined streams/sales and selling over 1.9 million copies in the US alone.
And for my money, Jamey can stand with the best of them.
Jamey Johnson Is A Member Of The Grand Ole Opry
Jamey Johnson has officially made his last guest appearance at the Grand Ole Opry.
The next time he steps out into the circle, it will be as the newest member of the country music institution.
Jamey was surprised with the news during his appearance tonight at the Opry, when Bill Anderson pointed out that Johnson had been making “5 or 6” guest appearances on the show for 17 years – and that this one would be his last.
Knowing what was coming, Jamey joked:
“I’ve been kicked out of a whole lot of places in my life.”
Of course it was quite the opposite of being kicked out, and the crowd roared as Johnson received his long-overdue invitation to join the Grand Ole Opry.
— Grand Ole Opry (@opry) March 20, 2022
And it was clearly an honor that meant a lot to Johnson: When told that he needed to say “Yes” to the invitation, Jamey remarked:
“I accepted it 20 years ago. I really don’t know what to say except the obvious. I love country music.
I would have never moved here if it wasn’t for that; for the Opry keeping it alive and for the fans. I love you. Thank you.”
All I’ve got to say is, it’s about damn time. And Jamey, if you need some new music to perform on the Opry stage, this would be a great excuse to put out that new album.
But until then, I’ll keep spinning the classics: