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‘Smash’ Star Katharine McPhee Goes Country With ‘Redneck Woman’ Cover

Katharine McPhee
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NBC’s hit musical drama ‘Smash’ tells the story of what it takes to make it in a Broadway show, and while country music is in a different genre altogether, the show and its stars have been giving some pretty big nods to the sound. Last Monday (Feb. 13), we saw actress Megan Hilty’s character Ivy offer up a slowed-down cover of Carrie Underwood‘s ‘Crazy Dreams.’ Tonight, according to mjsbigblog, we can expect to see another star performing a karaoke version of Gretchen Wilson‘s ‘Redneck Woman.’

This time the character going country is Katharine McPhee‘s Karen, who heads back home to Iowa for a baby shower. While there, she tests her pipes at a karaoke bar, putting her spin on the hit country song and showcasing her killer vocal abilities.

Wearing a plum dress and some kind of a baby shower necklace, McPhee’s character takes the mic in the clip below and never looks back. Though she seems laid back and almost hesitant at the beginning, like she doesn’t quite know all the words, but her rowdy friends are making her try. But with the natural choreography that quickly ensues and the pure charisma of Karen’s performance, it seems she does know the words after all.

Kicking off her shoes while singing the like “I’ll stand barefooted in my own front yard / With a baby on my hip,” Karen brings the house down and delivers a fun-loving performance.

For an L.A.-born pop singer, McPhee is pretty impressive in her country twang and her uninhibited ability to belt out the lyrics to a song called ‘Redneck Woman.’ Catch this clip on tonight’s episode (Feb. 20) of ‘Smash,’ which airs at 10 PM ET.

Watch Katharine McPhee Perform Gretchen Wilson’s ‘Redneck Woman’

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