Kelly Clarkson threw it back to the 1980s with a cover of Reba McEntire’s “How Blue” during the “Kellyoke” segment on The Kelly Clarkson Show on Tuesday (May 11).
Clarkson showcased her Texas twang throughout her performance, which would undoubtedly receive a stamp of approval from Reba herself.
“How Blue” was written by John Moffat and recorded by Reba for her 1984 album, My Kind of Country. The song was the legendary entertainer’s third No.1 single.
Clarkson and McEntire have been friends for several years and were also family by marriage as Clarkson married Brandon Blackstock, son of Reba’s ex-husband, Narvel Blackstock. Reba and Narvel divorced in 2015. Kelly and Brandon announced their split in 2020 and have yet to finalize their divorce arrangements.
Clarkson’s performance of “How Blue” is one of several country covers she has shared on the show, including Billy Currington’s “Let Me Down Easy,” Faith Hill’s “It Matters To Me,” Pam Tillis’ “Maybe It Was Memphis,” Wynonna’s “No One Else On Earth” and Jo Dee Messina’s “Heads Carolina, Tails California.
Previous “Kellyoke” segments have featured covers of Blake Shelton, Martina McBride, Johnny Cash, Lady A, Rascal Flatts, Travis Tritt, Shania Twain, Carrie Underwood and Kelsea Ballerini (just to name a few).
Click above to watch Kelly Clarkson perform Reba McEntire’s “How Blue”