J.R. Moore Puts His Heart Into George Strait’s ‘Amarillo by Morning’ [Watch]
Ingram Hill frontman J.R. Moore takes on a country classic in a new cover video, trying his hand at George Strait's "Amarillo by Morning."
Turning a cozy-looking room into a simple set, Moore sits on a stool while wearing a T-shirt repping his hometown of Memphis. He delivers a solid vocal performance, showing off his a countryfied voice while singing the equally country lyrics, "Amarillo by mornin' / Up from San Antone / Everything that I got / Is just what I've got on / When that sun is high in that Texas sky / I'll be buckin' at the county fair."
"I've always loved this song, so ... I covered it," Moore writes alongside the video, which he posted to Facebook. The singer has been a member of the Memphis-formed rock band Ingram Hill since 2000, releasing six studio albums. The group has toured with acts like Maroon 5 and Hootie and the Blowfish, famously featuring Darius Rucker.
Originally co-written and recorded by country singer Terry Stafford, Strait cut "Amarillo by Morning" in 1983, reaching the Top 5 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart. It was released as the third single off his second studio album, Strait From the Heart, soon following his first No. 1 hit, "Fool Hearted Memory."
It is these hits, and his more than 60 others, that have helped Strait become the Musician of the Year in his home state of Texas in 2017, which is determined based on public nomination, then selected by the Texas Commission on the Arts.
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