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Adam Wakefield Covers George Jones’ ‘Tennessee Whiskey’ on ‘The Voice’

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Adam Wakefield’s soulful performance of “Tennessee Whiskey” on ‘The Voice’ Tuesday night (March 1) had coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton fighting for the singer to join their teams. It also had the two coaches in a heated argument on the state of country music.

Levine swiftly turned his chair around after hearing just one line from Wakefield, who was on stage performing with his guitar. Meanwhile, midway through the chorus Shelton turned his chair, much to Levine’s frustration.

“Finally there’s going to be a studly Adam on the show,” Shelton jokes. “Like a manly Adam on this show.”

While Pharrell Williams didn’t turn his big, red chair around, he was impressed with the Nashville artist, remarking, “You were doing some really, really interesting runs and I’m so glad someone like you is on this show.”

Levine then stressed that he turned his chair around right away.

“I heard things other than country in your voice,” he notes. “I heard Southern rock, I heard the blues and I think a strong male country leaning singer with a minor in rock & roll fits on anybody’s team and I want you so desperately on mine.”

Shelton had his turn to wave about Wakefield while giving a dig to Levine.

“The reason it took me longer to hit my button is ’cause Adam doesn’t realize that’s a George Jones song that Chris Stapleton covered and Chris Stapleton took the melody and changed it,” Shelton says. “I thought, ‘I gotta hear what this guy does with this chorus.’ By the way, country is not always about exactly what you sound like but it’s about what you want to represent with your music. It’s guys like you that get me so excited about the future of Nashville. Dude, you’re country. You’re freakin’ country.”

Levine then questioned why country music gets its own club. “Music reaches millions and millions of people all over the world,” he says. “It’s not supposed to be in a box. I don’t think it matters. I think you should pick me because I want you more.”

“I’m not sick of the fact that it’s this exclusive club,” Shelton argues. “It’s up to us as country artists to protect who’s in that club otherwise it gets too far away of what the heart and soul is of country music. If you don’t know where it comes from how the hell are you going to know where it should go?”

Wakefield went with Team Blake in the end.

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