Kelly Clarkson Shares Heart-Wrenching Cover of Trisha Yearwood’s ‘Walkaway Joe’

Photo Courtesy The Kelly Clarkson Show
Photo Courtesy The Kelly Clarkson Show
Photo Courtesy The Kelly Clarkson Show

Kelly Clarkson covered Trisha Yearwood’s “Walkaway Joe” during The Kelly Clarkson Show this week.

The superstar offered up a stunning cover of the 1992 country hit during the “Kellyoke” segment and had her powerful pipes on full display she belted out the emotional lyrics. 

The original recording of the song featured Yearwood alongside the Eagles’ Don Henley. “Walkaway Joe” was co-written by Vince Melamed and Greg Barnhi and peaked at the No. 2 spot on the Billboard country charts. Since its 1992 release, the timeless ballad has been covered by many artists, including Carrie Underwood with Kelsea Ballerini and Brandon Lay.

The official “Walkaway Joe” music video features a young Matthew McConaughey. 

Clarkson and Yearwood are longtime friends and previously collaborated on Clarkson’s Christmas album, Wrapped In Red

This performance is one of several country covers Clarkson 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 SheltonJohnny 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 “Walkaway Joe.”