The Voice Coaches Delivers Stunning “Take It Easy” by the Eagles Cover
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The Voice is back for its 24th season and the coaches eased the anticipation of the awaiting fans with a breezy cover of the Eagles’ classic “Take It Easy”.
The showcase – a resplendent highlight to welcome the season – featured The Voice coaches Niall Horan, John Legend, Reba McEntire, and Gwen Stefani effortlessly delivering the popular show’s warm-up for the season.
And what song could better display the coaches’ impeccable vocal harmony and at the same time welcome country star McEntire than the debut single and concert staple of the country legends from Southern California?
See their rendition in the clip below:
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The performance was received well by fans, with many viewers swooning over the performance of Horan and McEntire. One commenter on the video said, “Niall and Reba sound amazing together. We need a collab. He likes his country music too. Glad he got to sing a song by the Eagles.”
Season 24, which premiered on September 25th on NBC, was the debut of McEntire as a coach, though she was not an unfamiliar face to the fans and staff of the show. She served as a Mega Mentor (a special celebrity advisor) in Season 23 and acted as a key adviser back in 2015.
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In fact, Reba’s history with the show goes back to the beginning, as she offered guidance to fellow country musician Blake Shelton and his singers during The Voice‘s inaugural season.
The new season had notable changes, with one of the most significant being the departure of Blake Shelton. This marks the first time in the show’s history that none of the original coaches will be part of the season.
The country rock icons’ first hit
The rendition was a grand welcome for both fans and the coaches, and their performance did the Eagles classic justice.
“Take It Easy” is the debut single off the band’s 1972 self-titled album, with songwriting credited to Glenn Frey and Eagles frequent collaborator Jackson Browne and Glenn Frey.
This song hit the music scene on May 1st of that year and reached its peak at No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on July 22nd. The album was a breakthrough success and gave Eagles the needed boost to spread their wings further.
“Take It Easy” holds a place among The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll, an evidence of its importance not just to the genres of country and rock but also to music itself.
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Browne later recorded his rendition of the song, placing it as the lead track on his second album, 1973’s For Everyman, and releasing it as a single, although it did not secure a spot on the charts.
Country singer Travis Tritt notably covered “Take It Easy” for the 1993 Eagles’ tribute album Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles. The music video for Tritt’s version was remembered for reuniting all five original members of the Eagles, marking their first appearance together in 13 years following their hiatus. This reunion ultimately led to the band reuniting a few months later.
The country icons are not taking it easy these days and are currently in the middle of their Long Goodbye Tour.
With how good The Voice coaches all came together for “Take It Easy”, let’s hope that this will not be the last of them serenading fans and viewers with Eagles’ classics, or any iconic classic rock track for that matter.