Watch country star Kip Moore cover Jimmy Eat World’s “The Middle”

Jimmy Eat World has been one of my all-time favorite bands for the better part of two decades now—and sometimes I legitimately forget that they have sold a few million records in their career, and that their 2001 single “The Middle” was massive. So when I discovered that pop-country singer Kip Moore [pictured], best known for the remarkably dumb song “Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck,” has been covering “The Middle” on his current tour with Dierks Bentley, I prepared myself for the worst. But here’s the thing: Beyond his Southern accent distorting some of Jim Adkins’ original lyrics (sample: “Try everathang yew caaaan”), it’s a surprisingly faithful cover of one of the finest rock singles of the new millennium. Here he is performing the song at the PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, North Carolina, the other night:

This actually isn’t the first time Jimmy Eat World’s “The Middle” has popped up in the pop-country sphere, either: Back in 2011, Taylor Swift rolled through Arizona and invited Jimmy Eat World frontman Jim Adkins to join her onstage in front of a whole shit-ton of people to cover “The Middle” in front of a hometown audience, stopping the song halfway through to introduce Adkins as “someone who has written songs that have gotten me through some of the toughest moments of my life.” So maybe pop-country and emo aren’t that far apart after all. (Does this mean I can play “Bad Blood” the next time I DJ an emo night?)