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Over the years, Lynyrd Skynyrd has served as the family unit to some of rock’s most talented musicians, especially drummers. From original drummer Bob Burns to current drummer Micahel Cartellone, Skynyrd has had its fair share of talented percussionists over the years.
Since the drummer typically sits at the back of the stage behind everyone else, they often go unnoticed. Because of this, many don’t realize the crucial role that Skynyrd’s drummers have played in the creation of their music. While the drummer’s part is important in every song, the role they play in “Free Bird” is essential in order to keep the song moving.
As the leading group in Southern rock for decades, Skynyrd has fans across the globe. Some of these fans possess musical talents of their own, including one teenage drummer from Scotland, who rose to the challenge of tackling the drum part in “Free Bird.”
Not only did this 17-year-old drummer take on the famed “Free Bird” drum part, but he had the nerve to film it and share it with the world, and once you watch it, you’ll be glad he did.
While listening to a recording of “Free Bird,” the teen starts rocking out to the famous intro, seeming completely lost in the music. He continues to carry the song as Ronnie Van Zant starts singing, before he picks up the pace during the much quicker guitar solo portion.
The teen has absolutely no trouble keeping up with the music, and if you were to look away from the video and simply listen, you’d swear he was part of the actual recording.
Beyond this young man’s obvious talent, what is perhaps the most remarkable part of his solo is the obvious passion he has for playing the drums. That makes his solo all the more enjoyable to watch. Check it out for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments below!
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