Kelly Clarkson Tips Her Hat To Little Big Town With ‘Boondocks’ Cover

Clarkson added her signature flair to this Little Big Town hit!


Lauren Jo Black

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March 21, 2024

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Kelly Clarkson; Photo Courtesy The Kelly Clarkson Show

Kelly Clarkson dazzled audiences once again with a soulful cover of Little Big Town‘s hit song “Boondocks” on The Kelly Clarkson Show

The performance aired as part of Clarkson’s fan-favorite segment, Kellyoke, and featured the GRAMMY-winning star backed by her band, Y’all. Clarkson harmonized with her backup singer, in an attempt to recreate the iconic harmonies of Little Big Town. She did the song justice, paying homage to the original while adding her signature flair. 

“I feel no shame/ I’m proud of where I came from/ I was born and raised in the boondocks/ One thing I know/ No matter where I go/ I keep my heart and soul in the boondocks,” the Texas native sang while sporting an all-black shoulder baring ensemble. 

Watch Kelly Clarkson Perform “Boondocks”

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“Boondocks” was released in 2005 and ultimately became Little Big Town’s breakout radio release. Written by the band’s Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Phillip Sweet, and Jimi Westbrook with Wayne Kickpatrick, the song was LBT’s first Top 10 at country radio. To this day, it remains Little Big Town’s signature hit.  

This is just one of many country covers Clarkson has delivered on The Kelly Clarkson Show and it definitely won’t be the last as she has often expressed her love of the genre. 

In recent weeks, Clarkson has delivered her own rendition of songs such as Chris Stapleton’s “White Horse,” Jelly Roll and Lainey Wilson’s “Save Me,” and more.

Lainey Wilson and Kelly Clarkson; Photo by: Weiss Eubanks/NBCUniversal
Lainey Wilson and Kelly Clarkson; Photo by: Weiss Eubanks/NBCUniversal

She also teamed up with Lainey Wilson for a duet of Wilson’s “Country’s Cool Again.” 

Emmy-Winning Talk Show

Kelly Clarkson continues to find success with her Emmy-winning daytime talk show, The Kelly Clarkson Show. Now in season five, the one-hour show is renewed on NBC through 2025. 

Kelly Clarkson; Photo by: Weiss Eubanks/NBCUniversal
Kelly Clarkson; Photo by: Weiss Eubanks/NBCUniversal

Las Vegas Residency

Clarkson recently returned to the stage with her “Chemistry” Las Vegas residency, however, there are no shows currently on the books for Sin City. The show’s most recent dates at Bakkt Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino took place on February 9 and 10. It’s unclear if she will be adding additional dates.

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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.