Kelly Clarkson Shares Tender Cover of Joni Mitchell's 'River' - Rolling Stone
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Kelly Clarkson Brings Some Joni Mitchell ‘Blue’ to Daytime TV With Tender ‘River’ Cover

Performance was part of the singer’s recurring “Kellyoke” segment on The Kelly Clarkson Show

Kelly Clarkson shared a tender cover of Joni Mitchell’s Blue classic, “River,” during her recurring “Kellyoke” performance on The Kelly Clarkson Show Friday, May 20.

Clarkson turned in a faithful, albeit slightly truncated, performance of the song, accenting the primary piano arrangement with a bit of acoustic guitar as well (she was joined on stage by her musical director Jason Halbert and guitarist Jaco Caraco). “I wish I had a river/I could skate away on,” Clarkson effortlessly crooned, “I’m so hard to handle/I’m selfish and I’m sad/I’ve gone and lost the best baby/That I ever had.”

“River” is the second Mitchell cover Clarkson has performed on her daytime talk show this year. Back in January, she delivered a similarly stripped-back rendition of Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now,” off her 1969 album, Clouds. 

Along with helming The Kelly Clarkson Show, Clarkson was recently busy co-hosting American Song Contest, a Eurovision-style music competition featuring entrants from all 50 states, plus Washington D.C. and five U.S. territories. The first season wrapped earlier this month with Oklahoma’s representative, AleXa winning with “Wonderland.”

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