Sparky Matejka Shines With Jimi Hendrix’s “Voodoo Child” – And It’s Pure Southern Rock Goodness
“Voodoo Child” Gets A Southern Rock Spin
A major source of inspiration more than 40 years after his death at the age of 27, Jimi’s influence and innovation can still be felt across every music genre and there isn’t a rock band he hasn’t touched in some way – especially Lynyrd Skynyrd, who translate the same fire and passion we saw night after night from Hendrix into their own scorching brand of Southern rock that’s left us captivated for a lifetime.
In fact, that translation of Jimi’s work came to life in 2013 when with the help of keyboard player and bandmate Peter Keys, Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Mark “Sparky” Matejka launched into a blistering rendition of Hendrix’s iconic “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” – a classic that’s been interpreted by everyone from late Texas blues legend Stevie Ray Vaughan to Louisiana blues prince Kenny Wayne Shepherd and everyone in between.
Fun Fact: Before joining Lynyrd Skynyrd, Sparky Matejka spent time with country outfit Hot Apple Pie and the legendary Charlie Daniels Band.
Not only does Sparky absolutely shine, he puts his own flavor on “Voodoo Child” and strangely enough, while it sounds very Hendrix, his take on the song has a stunning Southern rock feel to it! It’s the perfect blend of swampy blues mixed with a little rock and roll and some country to nod to his own Southern roots, and this fantastic take on a Jimi Hendrix classic is one you just have to see to believe. Check it out in the footage below!