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

Kelly Clarkson covered Trisha Yearwood’s “Walkaway Joe” during The Kelly Clarkson Show this week. The superstar offered up a stunning…


Lauren Jo Black

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March 19, 2021


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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.” 

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.