WATCH: Kelly Clarkson Delivers Soaring Rendition Of Hank Williams Jr. Hit On ‘The Kelly Clarkson Show’

Clarkson nailed this cover of Hank Williams Jr.’s “Family Tradition.”


Andrew Wendowski


Posted on February 15, 2023

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Kelly Clarkson; Photo Courtesy of The Kelly Clarkson Show

Kelly Clarkson had jaws-dropping once again with her soaring rendition of a popular Hank Williams Jr. tune on The Kelly Clarkson Show.

On Wednesday (Feb. 15), the Emmy-award winning daytime talk show host delivered a stunning performance of Williams Jr.’s iconic hit “Family Tradition” during the Kellyoke segment of The Kelly Clarkson Show, alongside her band, Y’all.

“They get on me and want to know / Hank, why do you drink? / Hank, why do you roll smoke? / Why must you live out the songs that you wrote? / Over and over / Everybody makes my prediction / So if I get stoned, I’m just carrying on / An old family tradition,” Clarkson sings on the chorus of the tune.

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Solely written by Hank Williams Jr., “Family Tradition” was released in May 1979 as the fourth and final single of his twenty-ninth studio album of the same name. The tune has since gone on to become one of his most popular songs and has sold over a million digital copies.

Clarkson has shared a variety of covers during the “Kellyoke” segment of The Kelly Clarkson Show across all genres. From chart-topping country tunes to rock hits, Clarkson has delivered epic covers of some of the biggest hits, including renditions of Lizzo’s “Good As Hell,” Jonas Brother’s “Sucker,” 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,” Jo Dee Messina’s “Heads Carolina, Tails California” and many others.

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

Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson; Photo Courtesy of Trae Patton/NBC
Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson; Photo Courtesy of Trae Patton/NBC

“Kelly Clarkson is one of the brightest stars of our time,” NBCUniversal Executive Vice President of Syndicated Studios, Tracie Wilson, said. “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 air times for The Kelly Clarkson Show.

After a brief leave 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.

Clarkson’s return will mark her first season since winning with Girl Named Tom on season 21.

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In between hosting The Kelly Clarkson Show and appearing on the upcoming season of The Voice, Clarkson is gearing up to release a brand-new album, which is slated to arrive sometime this year.

“This is an important album. I’m working on this in therapy: I have a hard time vocalizing what I’m feeling sometimes, so music is helpful for me. It’s just been really healing,” Clarkson recently told Variety. “When my ex and I first separated, there were many emotions. It was hard. I hadn’t really been working hardcore on an album until I needed to. I was just very busy. There were so many jobs, and I’m a single mom — well, even with being married, it’s a lot, trying to fit kids’ schedules in and all that stuff. But then the whole divorce thing happened, and I needed to write it.”

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