The singer opened with a cover of the Queen of Soul’s hit, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” reports Taste of Country. It goes without saying, but he absolutely killed it. He played the tune with just an acoustic guitar, then lead the song with his band into “Smoke a Little Smoke”.
News broke of Franklin’s passing on Aug. 16. Since her death, there have been countless tributes made to her, with artists reflecting on her legacy.
Watch the performance below.