Brett Eldredge straps into a straitjacket in the video for his latest single, “Lose My Mind,” but in the above karaoke challenge from America’s Morning Show host Blair Garner, he sounds more suited to a fancy dinner jacket. Crooning along to a pre-recorded track, the blue-eyed Eldredge channels Ol’ Blue Eyes himself, Frank Sinatra, while performing the legendary entertainer’s 1966 classic, “Summer Wind.”
“We’ve never done a karaoke performance on America’s Morning Show before,” Garner said. “He is going to set the bar pretty high.”
Eldredge noted that he didn’t get to drink before his performance, adding that he was “pretty sure” Sinatra, who died in 1998, was buried with a flask of Jack Daniel’s whiskey. (He’s right. The singer also took a roll of cherry Life Savers, Tootsie Rolls, dog biscuits, stuffed toys, Camel cigarettes and a Zippo lighter to his grave, according to daughter Tina Sinatra’s memoir.)
Post-performance, when Eldredge was asked if he’d ever do an album of such pop standards, he replied, “Yeah, I want to someday. I grew up singing that [song]. I haven’t listened to it in a long time but I listened to it a lot.”
It’s not the first time the country hitmaker has paid homage to the iconic performer, whose 100th birthday would have been celebrated this year. In 2014, on the red carpet at the CMA Awards, where he was crowned New Artist of the Year, Eldredge busted out a quick verse of “The Way You Look Tonight.” A month later, at an intimate, invitation-only gathering in Nashville, the singer donned his tux once again and performed a handful of Sinatra-inspired standards as well as some of his own hits for about 75 guests. He noted at the time that he hoped to make such special performances a routine, when he has time.
In the meantime, however, Eldredge has a heavy tour schedule ahead, including opening shows on Darius Rucker’s Southern Style trek this summer.