WATCH: Kelly Clarkson Puts Her Texas Twang On Display With Epic Hank Williams Jr. Cover

Fans are begging her to release a country project after this performance.


Lauren Jo Black

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February 15, 2023


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Kelly Clarkson; Photo via YouTube

Kelly Clarkson continues to impress with her “Kellyoke” covers on The Kelly Clarkson Show and her latest performance is no exception. 

On Wednesday, (Feb. 15) Clarkson shared a spirited cover of the Hank Williams Jr. classic “Family Tradition,” and fans are absolutely loving it. 

The superstar had her Texas twang on full display throughout her rendition of the 1979 hit and had fans once again begging her to release a country album. 

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

“Please say you are working on your country album,” wrote one fans, while another shared, “I mean I’m speechless.. like the twist that she puts on songs is amazing but keeps to the original I think other covers sounds good then I hear Kelly & she takes it to another level every time!!!!!”

Joined by her band, Y’all, Clarkson sings, “Country music singers have always been a real close family/ But lately some of my kinfolks have disowned a few others and me/ I guess it’s because I kind of changed my direction/ Lord I guess I went and broke their family tradition…” 

“Family Tradition” is one of Hank Williams Jr.’s most popular songs. It was released as the fourth single from his album of the same name in 1979 and went on to climb to No.4 on the country radio charts. 

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Hank Jr. was the sole co-writer of “Family Tradition” and the original version was produced by Jimmy Bowen. 

Clarkson has shared a variety of covers during the “Kellyoke” segment of The Kelly Clarkson Show, including renditions of Blake Shelton‘s “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking,” Billy Currington’s “Let Me Down Easy,” Pam Tillis’ “Maybe It Was Memphis,” Wynonna’s “No One Else On Earth” and Jo Dee Messina’s “Heads Carolina, Tails California.

Other “Kellyoke” segments have also featured covers of Brooks & Dunn, Cody Johnson, Johnny Cash, Lady A, Rascal Flatts, Travis Tritt, Shania Twain, Carrie Underwood and Kelsea Ballerini (just to name a few).

Kelly Clarkson; Photo by: Weiss Eubanks/NBCUniversal

The Kelly Clarkson Show, which was recently renewed for an additional two seasons extending the show to 2025, returned in September of 2022 with appearances by Garth Brooks and Blake Shelton.

“Kelly Clarkson is one of the brightest stars of our time,” NBCUniversal Executive Vice President of Syndicated Studios, Tracie Wilson, said at the time. “With more than 500 hours viewed on broadcast, cable and digital platforms since its launch, ‘The Kelly Clarkson Show’ has been a home for stories that entertain, inspire important conversations and connect with loyal viewers across multiple generations in meaningful ways. Together, with our best-in-class producing team, we’ll continue to build on the show’s success and legacy.”

Check local listings for airtimes for The Kelly Clarkson Show.

Kelly Clarkson; Photo by: Greg Gayne/NBC
Kelly Clarkson; Photo by: Greg Gayne/NBC

After a brief hiatus from NBC’s The Voice, Kelly Clarkson will return to her big red chair on season 23 of the popular singing competition show alongside Blake Shelton and first-time coaches Niall Horan and Chance the Rapper.

The upcoming season of The Voice is set to premiere on March 6, 2023. 

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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.