(Updated and corrected.)
If you haven’t been watching ‘The Voice,’ NBC’s singing competition, this season, you might not know that two singers with Fort Worth backgrounds both wound up on Blake Shelton’s team. And they wound up facing each other in a “battle round” Monday night, meaning that one moved on and one had to go.
The singers, Joey Green and Michael Lee, have known each other for years, as was mentioned when mentors/judges Shelton, Kelly Clarkson (another singer with North Texas cred — and come to think of it, Shelton has a fondness for Fort Worth), Jennifer Hudson and Adam Levine discussed, debated and bantered over which one should go after the two performed together on Bonnie Raitt’s hit “Thing Called Love.” (Note to music purists: Yes, we know John Hiatt wrote it, but she had the hit.)
Watch them perform it here. No, we won’t tell you who survived if you don’t know already. But we will say that it was close. If you’re wondering who is who, Green is the one with the facial hair.
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Lee and Green’s voices are well-matched, and led to some indecision among the judges, especially Burleson’s Clarkson, who was so torn that she practically told Shelton to decide which one he wanted to continue coaching, much to the annoyance of Levine who, in essence, told Clarkson to shut up, somewhat good-naturedly. All this is in the second half of the video above.
On his Facebook page, Lee, who performs in DFW often, describes himself as being “born and raised in the blues clubs of Dallas and Fort Worth,” with Fort Worth and Texas influences such as Buddy Whittington, Bnois King, Delbert McClinton and Joe Ely, not to mention Waylon and Willie.
Did we say he performs here often? The Michael Lee Band website lists gigs scheduled Oct. 18 at Chop Shop Live in Roanoke, Oct. 22 at Magnolia Motor Lounge in Fort Worth, Oct. 26 at the Blue Light in Dallas, Oct. 27 at the new Station Patio Icehouse in Keller and Nov. 2 at Lola’s Saloon in Fort Worth. According to his website, his second album will come out in 2019.
Green, who is from Crowley and spends his time between North Texas and Nashville, his current home, has also done a lot of performing in Fort Worth, and had the chutzpah to tackle the Who’s anthem “Baba O’Riley” (aka “Teenage Wasteland”) and put his alt-country spin on it in the blind auditions..
Green, 35, has performed in Fort Worth since age 17, according to Fox 4’s “Good Day,” on which he recently performed. He recently performed with another Fort Worth-linked “Voice” alum, Luke Wade,” as part of the “Texas Crossroads” series at McDavid Studio in downtown Fort Worth.
“The Voice” airs at 7 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays on KXAS/Channel 5.