Lawd have mercy… this is how you cover Lynyrd Skynyrd.
And of course, Texas’ finest Mr. Cody Johnson never disappoints.
Today, he’s coming through with a kickass, acoustic fireside cover of the iconic southern rock band’s fan-favorite “The Ballad of Curtis Loew.”
Written by founder/frontman Ronnie Van Zant and founder/guitarist Allen Collins, it was first released on the band’s 1974 album Second Helping, later on their compilation record The Essential Lynyrd Skynyrd, and lastly, it was featured on All Time Greatest Hits.
Accompanied by some beautiful fiddle, CoJo absolutely nails this cover.
His vocals are just unreal:
CoJo also led an all-star tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd during last night’s CMT Awards, where a group consisting of Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Chuck Leavell and Warren Haynes (Allman Brothers Band), Paul Rodgers, Slash, as well as LeAnn Rimes and Wynonna Judd as “The Honkettes” performed “Simple Man” and “Sweet Home Alabama,” in what was easily the highlight of the evening:
“The Ballad Of Curtis Loew”