Kris Jones became an internet sensation last week after releasing a video of him singing “Tennessee Whiskey” alongside his daughter. Now, he’s got a new cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man.” Jones hails from Alvarado, Texas — a tiny town of fewer than 4,000 people located south of Ft. Worth.
Jones, who sings in his car, gets a bit emotional while dedicating the performance to his wife and children. Don’t worry though — he pulled over into a parking lot to sing the tune. No unsafe driving here!
Jones no doubt has a soulful voice. And you can tell how much he enjoys the songs he’s singing. He certainly goes for the higher notes while singing this classic southern rock tune.
Jones unexpectedly drew the attention of “Ellen Nation,” a website where users can upload their performances for fans of Ellen DeGeneres to check out and vote on. After the video made its rounds on the website, it racked up over three million views.
Jones’ Facebook page also jumped up significantly in followers. He’s accrued nearly 120,000 fans on the page, many of which came after his viral performances. It’s kind of fitting, too. “Tennessee Whiskey” was a popular song when George Jones cut it, but its popularity skyrocketed after a viral performance from Chris Stapleton and Justin Timberlake at the CMA Awards.