Blake Shelton Does George Jones Proud Covering ‘The King Is Gone’ [Listen]
Much like he did re-recording Bobby Bare's "Tequila Sheila," Shelton stayed true to the original while still allowing his wry sense of humor to come through with few obstructions. Jones' version feels much sadder — you kind of feel bad for a man sipping Jim Beam out of a Flintstones jelly jar, but it's funny when The Voice coach sings it. Both are performed over simple acoustic guitar-driven tracks (Shelton adds some slide guitar early).
The reason for all this nostalgia? It's to advance Shelton's Friends and Heroes Tour, which starts in 2019, but don't be surprised if he assembles them for some kind of release before long. That's two in November already and the tour doesn't begin until February!
"The King Is Gone (So Are You)" was released on Jones' One Woman Man album in 1989 and it became a Top 30 hit on country radio. It wasn't immediately made clear why Shelton chose it as a cover, but he picked "Tequila Sheila" because it was a favorite of his growing up in Oklahoma.
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