Decades after they burst on to the scene, Lynyrd Skynyrd remains one of the most popular bands in the world. Because of this, multiple generations have considered themselves fans of the Southern rock icons.
One big fan of Skynyrd is a talented kid by the name of Bobby Cook. A skilled musician, Cook has been uploading videos to his YouTube channel since he was only 13 years old.
Writing in the "About" section of his YouTube Channel, Cook states that some of his favorite artists are the Marshall Tucker Band, the Allman Brothers, and of course, Skynyrd. As a huge Skynyrd fan, Cook made sure to snag a spot on the band's Simple Man Cruise in 2008.
It was during that cruise that Cook got the chance to take part in the collaboration of a lifetime. At his young age, he got to achieve what few people only dream of...he got to play with one of Skynyrd's guitarists. He jammed out to "Sweet Home Alabama" with Rickey Medlocke, and it was pretty epic.
Cook followed up his Simple Man Cruise performance with an equally impressive video a few months later. This time, Cook decided to cover another one of Skynyrd's classics, the heartbreaking "Ballad of Curtis Loew."
Only 14 at the time this video was posted, Cook rocks out in this all-instrumental cover of "Curtis Loew." But what makes his cover truly remarkable is that all of the backing tracks are Cook's own creations. That's right, at only 14 years old, Cook laid out all of his own backing tracks to play along to for his cover. Talk about talent!
Cook's talent didn't go unnoticed by the Skynyrd family. In more recent years, he's performed as a guitarist in the Jimmie Van Zant Band, which was led by Ronnie and Johnny Van Zant's late cousin, Jimmie.
Tune in to the clip below to watch Cook's skills unfold in his cover of "Curtis Loew." If you'd like to check out his other rockin' material, including his collaboration with Medlocke, be sure to head over here to his YouTube channel!
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