12-Year-Old Kid Wows With Rockin’ Cover Of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama”
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This Kid Shreds!
It always warms our hearts to see the next generation of rock and rollers exchanging Guitar Hero for actual guitars and paying tribute to those who paved the way. In the case of 12 year old YouTuber Ashley Freeman, that tribute came in the form of a fantastic take on Lynyrd Skynyrd’s iconic “Sweet Home Alabama”; with 5 years of shredding under his belt, the UK based teen blew us away with his guitar cover of the 1974 classic, tackling both the song’s rhythm and lead guitar parts and making it look impossibly easy.
Don’t be fooled, though – playing two rhythm parts and one lead part is no easy feat, and to see Ashley play “Sweet Home Alabama” with Gary Rossington’s confidence, Allen Collins’ attention to detail and Ed King’s vision to tie the whole thing together in one neat little package is nothing short of amazing.
Fun Fact: In interviews, former Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Ed King has said that the chords and two main guitar solos came to him in a dream, note for note.
If Ashley’s youthful passion and precision don’t grab your attention, then it’ll be how much fun he’s having that does it for you! He looks so at home with that guitar in his hands, and we can’t wait to see what heights his talent and passion take him to – who knows, maybe he’ll be tapped to carry on Lynyrd Skynyrd’s legacy one day!