If there’s any artist in country music who can do a Foo Fighters cover justice, it’s Cody Jinks.
He payed tribute to the late, great drummer of the iconic rock band, Taylor Hawkins, over the weekend, playing “Learn to Fly” for the crowd at Round Rock Amphitheater in Round Rock, Texas.
The song was released as the lead single from the Foo Fighters’ 1999 album There Is Nothing Left to Lose, and was their first song to enter the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at #19.
Cody talked a little bit about the last time he saw the Foo Fighters and Taylor Hawkins in concert back in December, noting that it was the best rock and roll show he’d ever seen:
“It’s a big blow, man. We were out in Vegas playing back in December, and we had two nights playing, one night off, and another night to play.
The night that we were off, we got to go see the Foo Fighters play, and it’s hands down one of the best rock ‘n roll shows you’re ever gonna see. And Taylor was such a big part of their show. It was so much fun getting to watch them play.
Having said that, the music world took a big hit with his loss. So if you guys don’t mind, we’re gonna do a Foo Fighters song. It’s called ‘Learn to Fly’.”
And of course, Cody and the band nailed it:
And the original song, for which the music video won Best Short Form Video award at the 43rd Grammy Awards in 2000:
Whiskey Myers Pays Tribute Taylor Hawkins
Whiskey Myers has many influences from all across the spectrum when it comes to their music.
From country, to rock, to blues, you pretty much hear it all in their great songs.
And they’re gearing up to drop their sixth studio album, Tornillo, in July. They’ve already dropped two singles from the record in “John Wayne”, and “Antioch”.
At a run of shows over the weekend, they paid tribute to the late, great longtime drummer of the Foo Fighters, Taylor Hawkins, after his tragic and unexpected death at just 50 years old late last week.
He passed away in his hotel room at the Casa Medina in Bogota, Colombia, where the band was scheduled to perform at the Estereo Picnic festival. According to the Attorney General of Colombia, Taylor had 10 different substances in his system, and his heart weighed twice as much as the average heart of a male his age.
He is survived by his wife and three children, and it’s just an absolutely tragic and heartbreaking situation all around.
Jeff Hogg, the drummer for Whiskey Myers, taped “RIP Taylor” in large writing to the front of his bass drum, which Whiskey Myers shared a photo of on Instagram, along with the caption:
“Thank you west Texas!”
A fan noted in the comments how much they loved the tribute to Taylor, to which the band replied: