The Lil Smokies Share ‘Rocket Man’ Cover


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:

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