The band goes it acoustic, and the results aren't a total wreck. They swap out the ripping guitar solo (easily the most rocking segment of the original tune) in favor of a nice harmonica bit courtesy of singer Brian Dales. The arrangement isn't anything crazy, just standard electric bass, some guitars, and a percussion box(?), with the band playing the song in a no-nonsense, straightforward fashion.
"We're all closet country addicts," guitarist John Gomez jokes in the video.
Dales' voice is the song's weak link. I didn't expect his nasally croon to match Shelton's throaty, "American Everyman" one, but the song just isn't suited for Dales' vocals, not to mention how awkward he sounds singing the lyrics "I'll be your Conway Twitty." The 2:59 mark is particularly brutal, though the band jokes about attempting three part harmonies in the post performance video.
The band fares better on their own tune, "Someone Like You," with a distinct lack of aggression that proves the band's perfectly at home cranking out contemporary pop. Maybe I'm just a weirdo -- but I think the band would have been far more at home covering that Counting Crows jam, but what say do I have? I didn't vote.
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