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When we listen to music, we don’t think of all of the pieces that come together to create it. Usually, we only focus on the main singer or the guitars, but that’s about it.
One part that often seems to get lost in songs is that of the drummer. They certainly have an essential part. After all, they’re the ones tasked with creating the beat and keeping everyone on tempo.
But as listeners, we often drown out the sound of the drums, and rarely focus on them individually. Due to this, we never fully realize just how important drummers are in a band. That is, unless we listen to the drum parts all on their lonesome.
Lynyrd Skynyrd‘s “Sweet Home Alabama” is one of the first songs that comes to mind when you think of a rockin’ drum part. You’re used to hearing the drums accent the sounds of the guitars, bass, and piano in the song, serving as the perfect complement to all of those parts.
So imagine how weird it would be to listen to “Sweet Home Alabama” with no vocals, no guitars, and no other instruments except for the drums. Well imagine no longer, because we’ve got the perfect video for you.
Drummer Joey McNew works as a session drummer in Nashville, and uploads drum covers to his YouTube channel whenever he gets the chance. He did one for “Sweet Home Alabama,” and it will open your eyes and ears to what the drum part sounds like in complete isolation.
Most drummers who cover “Sweet Home Alabama” opt to play along with the track, whether it has vocals or not. But McNew didn’t go the typical route. Instead, he cranked out a cover of “Sweet Home Alabama” that contained nothing but the sounds of the drum set in front of him.
Listening to McNew play, you’ll hear parts that won’t sound at all like “Sweet Home Alabama” as you know it. But there are also certain parts that instantly remind you of the song’s iconic chorus.
Want to hear “Sweet Home Alabama” in a whole new way? Then check out McNew’s cover below. If you like what you hear, be sure to look at his other covers on his YouTube channel here!