Chris Young kicked off his I'm Comin' Over tour in Nashville with a special guest performance from Brad Paisley as the two tackled a laid-back version of Eric Clapton's "Change The World."
Last night, Young was teasing fans over social media with promises of a surprise guest to kick off the Tennessee native's first stop on the coming tour, his first headlining gig in Nashville since 2012.
The cover utilized Young's soulful voice and high register with Paisley content to stay off the mic for the night and just lay into some tasty guitar licks. Clapton's blues guitar style plays right into Paisley's skill set as the country star has been known to have an affinity for the genre, especially on his 2008 release of Play: The Guitar Album. Paisley looked comfortable as can be as he twiddled away on the fret board.
"This is the greatest guy in the world right here," Paisley said as he finished the song, breaking his silence.
Young showed off his vocal range on the song, which often sounds a little strained when sung by Clapton, especially as he ages. But, Young effortlessly floated up to the high notes, bringing a country flavor to the rock-gospel song.
The show had Young performing a number of tracks from his catalog including "I'm Comin' Over," the title track from his fifth studio album that is set to drop on November 13.
"There's a lot more work on the front end [as well as] in the studio after," Young said in an interview with Rolling Stone Country of the production process. "I like to think I got to do some of the more tedious stuff this time... I listened to every single note that is played by every single instrument - entirely too many times."
Listen to the stripped down performance below and visit Young's website for more tour details.