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The fun thing about country music is that many songs lend themselves well to covers. While most people opt to perform a vocal or guitar cover of their favorite country songs, others take a more unique approach.
We’re sure you haven’t seen many drum covers of country songs before. Even if you have, we can bet that you’ve never seen a video like the one we’re about to show you here.
Alex Shumaker is now 11, but he was only ten at the time he filmed himself playing the drum set along to one of the hottest country hits of the past year. That hit was Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood‘s “The Fighter,” which proved to be a true contender against other singles at the time. It reached the second spot on both the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and the Country Airplay chart, making it one of the most successful songs of the year so far.
Anyone who has listened to “The Fighter” before knows that it has a loud and defined beat. That makes it the perfect track to play the drums along to, as Shumaker learned.
A drum set can be intimidating, even for people who have been playing percussion for years. There’s a reason why young children start off playing just the snare or bass drum before slowly working their way up to a complete set.
But Shumaker’s cover of “The Fighter” proves that true talent knows no age range. The kid has been playing the drums since he was five. Now that’s impressive!
In the past, Shumaker has played everything from Guns N’ Roses “Sweet Child o’ Mine” to Florida Georgia Line‘s “This Is How We Roll.” Those are some of his most popular covers, and we have a feeling his video for “The Fighter” will soon rank right up there with them.
Shumaker had absolutely no trouble keeping up with the fast pace of “The Fighter.” He was jamming out like a true rock star!
Tune in below to watch Sumaker’s remarkable display of talent. With skills like this, he could be playing drums for some major country stars one day!