Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Guitarist Rickey Medlocke Surprises ‘American Idol’ Finalist Colin Stough For Hometown Performance of “Simple Man”

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Playing to your hometown crowd with a southern rock legend.

Colin Stough was a fan-favorite throughout this season of American Idol with his gritty, soulful voice that landed him a spot in the final three.

And before a winner was crowned, Stough returned to his hometown of Gattman, Mississippi for a ‘homecoming concert’ – and surprised the crowd with the guitarist of Lynyrd Skynyrd joining him.

During his audition for Idol, Stough performed his version of the Lynyrd Skynyrd classic “Simple Man.” And before his hometown show, Skynyrd guitarist Rickey Medlocke was on hand to surprise Stough, who said the band is his favorite artist and that he listens to them everyday.

Then it was only fitting to bring out Rickey Medlocke for an acoustic version of the song in front of his hometown crowd.

Before the performance, Rickey complimented Stough’s run on the show:

“He was really incredible through the whole show. I think he’s got the most incredible voice, and when I got the call to be here, it was an absolute yes.”

What a full-circle moment for the young artist.

And just like the first time we saw Stough perform this song, he brings so much soul to the stage as he delivers the lyrics, singing at a lower octave during the chorus that’s a perfect touch for the acoustic version.

Although Stough was not named the winner of the season, he captured the hearts of many throughout his time on the show, and I think he’s going to do just fine even though he didn’t take home the trophy.

There will be some great things coming from this young artist in the future.

Here’s his full performance with Medlocke:

And here’s his visit back to his hometown from American Idol:

Also, check out Stough’s newest single, “I Still Talk To Jesus.”

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