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Lynyrd Skynyrd made quite the debut when they released their first album, (pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd) in 1973. The album contained songs that have since become rock classics, including “Simple Man” and “Tuesday’s Gone.”
One track from Pronounced that never seems to get enough love is “Mississippi Kid.” Written by Bob Burns, Al Kooper, and Ronnie Van Zant, “Mississippi Kid” is a fun-loving little ditty that is more stripped-down than the majority of Skynyrd’s other tunes.
Since “Mississippi Kid” is such a fun tune to play, many people have picked up their own instruments and recorded their covers of the song. But one man went above and beyond when he turned himself into a one-man-band during his cover of “Mississippi Kid.”
Sporting some long hair much like that of Skynyrd’s members, good ol’ country boy Casey Ball proves he knows how to entertain with his version of “Mississippi Kid.” In addition to singing, Ball plays the mandolin and the harmonica…often doing so at the same time.
“Mississippi Kid” isn’t a slow song by any means, so the fact that Ball is able to keep up with the mandolin part and rock out on the harmonica at the same time is impressive. Plus, it’s easy to tell that he put his heart into his performance, which is why it’s so much fun to watch.
Ball’s covered a few other songs and has those videos on his YouTube channel as well. If you like what you hear in his cover of “Mississippi Kid,” then you should head over there and check out his other stuff.
Nothing beats the sound of a good mandolin or harmonica, and when you put the two together on “Mississippi Kid” then magic happens.