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Anyone can knock out a guitar cover of “Free Bird,” but it takes a truly gifted musician to tackle the song’s drum parts in all of their complexity. Lucky for us, a drummer named Samus was more than happy to accept the challenge and as you’re about to see, he doesn’t just play “Free Bird” – he absolutely crushes it. Known on YouTube for his killer covers of metal tunes, Samus was absolutely at home behind his kit for this Lynyrd Skynyrd classic as he served up an absolutely flawless, high energy performance that would have made the guys in Skynyrd grin from ear to ear.
“And really it’s a love song, its one of the few that Lynyrd Skynyrd’s ever had. It’s about a guy and a girl. Of course at the end it was dedicated to Duane Allman from the band Allman Brothers because it goes into the guitar part.” – Johnny Van Zant on “Free Bird”
With his mane of curly brown hair hanging in his face, Samus attacks his kit with surgical precision and where so many other drummers like to add unnecessary fills and cymbal crashes where they don’t belong, our new favorite drummer kept to the spirit of the original we love so much but wasn’t afraid to let his own personal style color his playing, making for a final product we couldn’t tear our eyes away from.
One of our favorite instrumental covers in recent memory, Samus is the real deal and his pleasure at playing one of the most fun rhythm parts in Southern rock is absolutely impossible to ignore – this is a guy who loves what he does and he’s having a great time doing it, and it doesn’t get more rock and roll than that. Enjoy!