Kelly Clarkson Takes Fans to the Honky Tonk with Classic Joe Diffie Cover

Kelly Clarkson transported viewers of The Kelly Clarkson Show to a honky tonk with her latest Kellyoke cover of Joe…


Lauren Jo Black

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June 16, 2021

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Kelly Clarkson; Photo Courtesy The Kelly Clarkson Show

Kelly Clarkson transported viewers of The Kelly Clarkson Show to a honky tonk with her latest Kellyoke cover of Joe Diffie’s “Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox (If I Die).” 

The superstar showcased her Texas twang throughout the classic country song and delivered a cover that the late Joe Diffie would surely approve of. 

Released in 1993, “Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox (If I Die)” was the second single from Diffie’s Honky Tonk Attitude album. It peaked at No.3 at country radio and is one of his signature hits. Diffie passed away in 2020 at the age of 61.

Clarkson’s performance of “Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox (If I Die)” 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 Reba, Blake SheltonMartina McBrideJohnny 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 Joe Diffie’s “Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox (If I Die).” 

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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.