The Lil Smokies Share ‘Rocket Man’ Cover

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Montana-based string band The Lil Smokies have impressed many concertgoers with their cover of Elton John’s “Rocket Man” in recent years. Today, The Lil Smokies unveiled a studio version of the song Elton recorded for his 1972 album Honky Château.

The Lil Smokies recorded “Rocket Man” at SnowGhost Music with engineer Brett Allen and assistant engineer Jerry Sandler. Frontman Andy Dunnigan shines both with his vocal delivery and dobro work. Read a note from Dunnigan about the cover:

“There’s a certain power behind a good cover song. When I first started going to shows as a kid I always loved how the crowd energy and enthusiasm level would ignite during a cover. When literally everyone in the room knows the tune and is singing along, it adds another layer to the shared experience. The thread of commonality is the power to provoke. We’ve been playing ‘Rocket Man’ for several years now and regardless of where we are in the country, what time it is, and how old or young the crowd is, everyone joins in for the sing-along. It’s a testament to Elton John and how treasured he and his art are. My parents were always blasting Elton records when I was a kid and I’m so grateful it permeated. He’s one of the undisputed greats of all time and I still love playing and singing this song every time we do it. Thanks for listening.”

Stream The Lil Smokies’ stirring rendition of “Rocket Man” below:

Tour Dates for
The Lil Smokies

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    25
    2019
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    26
    2019
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    27
    2019
    • 7585 Kindle Rd.
    • Thornville, OH 43076
    • United States
    May
    24
    2019
    • 675 Hobson Rd.
    • Martinsville, VA 24112
    • United States
    May
    25
    2019
    • 127 West 2nd Street
    • Eagle, CO 81631
    • United States
    May
    31
    2019
    • 11130 W 48 1/2 Rd
    • Wellston, MI 49689
    • United States
    Jun
    6
    2019
    • 5024 Crescent Avenue
    • Eau Claire, WI 54703
    • United States
    Jun
    13
    2019
    • Riverbend Park
    • Palisade, CO 81526
    • United States
    Jun
    16
    2019
    • 21085 Knott Rd
    • Bend, OR 97702
    • United States
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    20
    2019
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    27
    2019
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    28
    2019
    • 204 Fairground Rd
    • Quincy, CA 95971
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    4
    2019
    • 1875 Voerman Rd
    • Whitefish, MT 59937
    • United States
    Jul
    13
    2019
    • 21277 NW Brunswick Canyon Rd.
    • North Plains, OR 97133
    • United States
    Jul
    18
    2019
    • 3300 E. Ski Hill Rd
    • Alta, WY 83414
    • United States
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    9
    2019
    • 2948 US Hwy 70
    • Black Mountain, NC 28711
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    Aug
    16
    2019
    • 13401 Beaver Dam Rd
    • Cockeysville, MD 21030
    • United States
    Aug
    17
    2019
    • 2300 Oak Ridge Road
    • Arrington, VA 22922
    • United States
    Aug
    22
    2019
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    13
    2019
    • 937 Phillips Lane
    • Louisville, KY 40209
    • United States
    Sep
    22
    2019