If you’ve been to a concert once or twice, you’ve probably heard some bozo yell that from the crowd. Tyler Childers famously handled a “Free Bird” heckler with a hilariously, and surprisingly awesome, performance of Sixpence None The Richer’s “Kiss Me,” but most of the time, you’re just going to get a dirty look from the artist on stage.
Don’t get me wrong, “Free Bird” is a legendary song, but most artists can’t really pull off all 9-plus minutes of it, and that’s kind of the point. Most people are just yelling it to be an asshole. It’s an extremely worn out old joke.
But every once in a while, somebody comes around that can actually do it justice, reminding you how good of a song it actually is.
Enter Chris Stapleton.
Chris has been working “Free Bird” into his “The Devil Named Music” intro for quite a while now, but I was just reminded of badass his live performance of this song actually is. If “Tennessee Whiskey” has taught us anything, it’s that when Chris covers a song, it’s just as good, if not better, than the original.
Obviously this is just a snippet, but if we could get Chris and Lynyrd Skynyrd to team up on a full band performance of the entire song… holy hell what a sight that would be.