If You Haven’t Yet Heard This Young Man Tear Up Skynyrd’s “Simple Man,” You’re Missing Out
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There isn’t a song in existence that feels more like home than Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man“; crafted by Ronnie Van Zant and Gary Rossington around the words of wisdom shared by their family matriarchs, “Simple Man” is what our parents and grandparents wished for us and YouTuber Bryan Bone did an incredible job of channeling that soul deep wisdom in the form of an absolutely excellent vocal cover.
Featuring the talents of his father-in-law Jessie Leake, what sends chills down your spine isn’t the song itself – it’s the soul in Bryan’s voice, something bone deep and authentic that speaks to the parts of us that long for the ability to sit at our elders’ knees and gain some of that soul shaking wisdom just one more time.
Fun Fact: Ronnie Van Zant and Gary Rossington crafted “Simple Man” around advice their mothers and grandmothers had given them over the years.
There’s something magical about Bryan’s performance from the quiet comfort of his kitchen, armed with only his voice and his father-in-law to accompany him that bridges the gap between us and Lynyrd Skynyrd. It’s not hard to look at Bryan and imagine a young Ronnie Van Zant – or any member of Lynyrd Skynyrd, for that matter – in his place, sitting around his kitchen table with his parents and soaking up all of the love and life lessons they had to share.
To convey that sort of humility and create an experience we can all identify with isn’t an easy one, but after watching Bryan Bone’s cover, it’s safe to say that this talented young man succeeded in spades!