It’s not too often you come across someone who can take an already great piece of music and take it to another level of awesome, but fingerstyle guitarist Igor Presnyakov does just that! In fact, the only thing more impressive than his performance of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s iconic anthem “Sweet Home Alabama” is that insanely creative style of “beating” the song’s percussion to imitate the sound of an entire band despite the fact that it’s just one man jamming away on one guitar.
An acoustic love letter to one of the most fiercely respected bands on the planet, Presnyakov’s cover proves to be a positively stellar piece of work in all its foot stomping, finger picking glory that finds the guitarist masterfully attacking both the lead and rhythm guitar parts with the vocal harmonies thrown in and actually taking a hard left from business as usual to sing along – not an easy feat when you’re picking, strumming, tapping and sweeping!
Fun Fact: There’s a semi-hidden vocal line in the second verse after the line “Well, I heard Mr. Young sing about her“. In the left channel, you can hear the phrase “Southern Man” being sung lightly (approximately at 0:55).
This was producer Al Kooper fooling around in the recording booth, doing a Neil Young impression.
One of our favorite covers in recent memory, “Sweet Home Alabama” is one that declares Igor as a force to be reckoned with in the guitar world! He approaches it with a whisper but don’t be fooled; he packs one hell of a punch and if you’re anything like us, you won’t be able to resist smashing that ‘repeat’ button over and over again. Enjoy!