Post Malone Covers Sturgill Simpson w/ Dwight Yoakam’s Band

For a while now we’ve been following along with Post Malone’s somewhat weird but super cool fascination with some of the coolest cats in country music right now, including Tyler Childers and Colter Wall—who he’s repped in T-shirts—and Billy Strings who he’s been caught hanging out and collaborating with. Then there’s the case of Post Malone’s regular appearances on Dwight Yoakam’s SiriusXM station.

But this, ladies and gentlemen, takes the cake.

Sunday evening (3-21) Matthew McConaughey assembled a huge swath of talent for a streaming benefit concert for Texas to help raise funds after the crippling winter storm a few weeks ago. Quite a few country music personalities appeared, including George Strait who performed “Troubadour,” Kacey Musgraves who sang Willie Nelson’s “On The Road Again,” and Willie Nelson whosang “Beautiful Texas.” Miranda Lambert appeared as well, singing her old hit “Heart Like Mine.”

Like many of these streaming events, it was a little hit and miss, though Matthew McConaughey did seem to pull some extra stops out, and approached the thing smartly here after a year of seeing good and bad streaming events amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

But perhaps the highlight of the entire night came at the very end when Post Malone appeared. Getting into the Texas theme (or at least, a country one), Post Malone threw everyone for a curve ball by borrowing Dwight Yoakam’s band, and busted out a few country songs, starting with the Brad Paisley tune “I’m Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin’ Song)” from 2002. Co-written by Paisley with Frank Rogers, it was most certainly not what folks were expecting from Post Malone.

Then the tat-faced one did himself one better by lighting into Sturgill Simpson’s “You Can Have The Crown” as the credits for the benefit began rolling. And remember, Dwight Yoakam’s touring band was behind him, and Post Malone and crew absolutely murdered the song that up until a few months ago Sturgill Simpson had retired from his repertoire.

Sturgill Simpson has hinted he would be up for collaborating with Post Malone at some point in the future on an instrumental album. After watching Post Malone cover Sturgill, that doesn’t seem like a pipe dream. Check it out below.

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