#TBT Ninteen-Year-Old Jo Dee Messina Covers Tammy Wynette


The Jo Dee Messina vault is a gift that keeps on giving, and in this throwback to 1989 (when the country music superstar was just nineteen), the (then) future Number 1 hit-maker covers a 1968 chart topper.

Ironically, in 1998, Jo Dee sang about a man standing beside her and made history with the track, but nine years earlier she urged women to stand by their men on her demo tape. Covering the most successful song of Tammy Wynette‘s career, “Stand By Your Man“, Jo Dee showed off the impeccable and incomparable vocals that are still a staple trait of the multi-platinum artist today.

What we have learned (so far) from Jo Dee Messina’s demo tapes is that, even as a teenager, the two-time Grammy nominee was able to put her vocals on songs and add that little Jo Dee unique quality that is so hard to come by in a cookie cutter world. Perhaps it is that inane ability to distinguish herself from the masses that has always made her a little left of center and rebelliously successful. It is also that ability that will lend itself to Jo Dee’s ongoing and forthcoming success in the genre she had a large hand in shifting into a forum for artistry outside the box.

Listen to Jo Dee Messina perform Tammy Wynette’s “Stand By Your Man”: