Hear Brandon Lay’s Cover of Trisha Yearwood’s Heartbreak Classic ‘Walkaway Joe’
"Yada Yada Yada" singer Brandon Lay pays tribute to one of the architects of modern country music with an Amazon Original cover of "Walkaway Joe," Trisha Yearwood's famous duet with The Eagles' Don Henley.
Lay, a noted fan of such Class of '89 legends as Alan Jackson and Garth Brooks, approaches the song with a mix of throwback country twang and the John Mellencamp-style storytelling that dominates both country and Americana. In the process, he adds his own voice to a beloved classic.
“I feel lucky to have been exposed to such great music as a child — especially in an era where women dominated and recorded songs that impacted every age and gender,” explains Lay in a press release. “I think ‘Walkaway Joe’ is a reminder of that prime era and it stands the test of time. So I was humbled to put my spin on it, knowing no one could ever beat Trisha’s original version.”
Yearwood and Henley's version was released on Nov. 2, 1992 and reached the number two spot on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. A clear-cut favorite of younger country stars fascinated by '90s country, the song recently made an appearance at Kelsea Ballerini's April 16 Opry induction when she sang the song with Carrie Underwood.
Country music has always been inextricably linked with Lay's personal life -- in some instances, literally. In 2018, he made his Grand Ole Opry debut and had a baby within the span of a single 24-hour period. Lay says that that baby, Ryder Knox Lay, has already "earned his name" by riding all across the country on tour.
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