Give me a minute…
I need to pick my jaw up off the floor.
Every so often, there are these unique moments in your life when you’re completely humbled. Whether it’s in school or work, maybe even a hobby or craft, somebody comes along and reminds you that you ain’t shit.
The nine-year-old (at the time of this video, he’s 12 now) guitar playing whiz kid can wipe the floor with most people twice or 3x his age.
While you get sauced and riff on some songs at 2am, this kid is playing like the reincarnation of Stevie Ray Vaughan.
His guitar cover of Chris Stapleton’s “Tennessee Whiskey” version is downright phenomenal.
Of course, the song was originally written by Dean Dillon and Linda Hargrove, and first recorded by David Allan Coe and then George Jones, but Taj here takes a run at the bluesy Chris Stapleton arrangement.
It’s purely instrumental, but once he starts shredding, it just gets more and more impressive.
And that game face? Gotta love it.
Taj later audition for Australia’s Got Talent… and yeah, he crushed it.
Chris Stapleton Covers Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man”
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.