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It’s official: this is the greatest cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s ‘Free Bird’ that we’ve ever heard. Ever. After sweeping 2015’s Country Music Awards in a remarkable come-from-behind victory, Chris Stapleton continued his quest to make us all fall in love with that massive, whiskey soaked voice of his with a small tour that features Lynyrd Skynyrd’s ‘Free Bird’ and it’s every bit as amazing as you’d expect. Where other sings would have undersung it or gone overboard with crazy vocal runs, Chris’ voice is as smooth as honey and has that grit that you only hear in good old fashioned Southern rock.
Fun Fact: Chris began doing ‘Free Bird’ live after fans kept up the decades-old joke of screaming ‘FREEBIRD!’ at his shows.
No one sings ‘Free Bird’ quite like Southerners, and when sung by a Southern rocker like Chris Stapleton, it goes past skin and bones and deep down into your soul – the way it was meant to. If Ronnie Van Zant were alive today, we have no doubt that he’d be positively blown away by what Chris has done with one of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s most iconic songs.