Back in August of 2018, guitarist for the legendary Lynyrd Skynyrd and co-writer of the iconic “Sweet Home Alabama,” the great Ed King, passed away.
And to say that the music of Lynyrd Skynyrd was, is, and will continue to be, influential on country music would be a massive understatement.
In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone in the industry that couldn’t point to Lynyrd Skynyrd as one of their early musical inspirations. Back in 2018, shortly after Ed passed away, Chris honored his legacy with a jaw-dropping cover of “Simple Man.”
You also might recognize super-producer Dave Cobb laying down some masterful guitar work.
Iconic songs are iconic songs, and nine times out of ten, you just don’t want someone covering them. And even if you’re pretty damn good, you run the risk of sounding like a corny wedding band. At the end of the day, nothing is going to compare to the original.
However… Chris Stapleton is ALWAYS one of the exceptions to that rule.