Chris Stapleton and Kings of Leon Cover 'Simple Man' by Lynyrd Skynyrd
All eyes are on Times Square on New Year's Eve but Nashville is no slouch when it comes to celebrating the occasion as two natives, Chris Stapleton and Kings of Leon, came together to headline the Jack Daniel's Bash on Broadway stage with a cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Simple Man," via Stereogum.
Bringing together the best of Nashville's country and equally thriving indie rock scene, the two group's tackled the often-covered song by combining both of their strengths. Kings of Leon brought the driving guitars and Stapleton brought his CMA-winning voice for a combination that had everyone in the audience whipping out their phones (and blocking the view of course).
Watch the fan video of the cover below.
Stapleton's Nashville performance caps off his best year of commercial success ever. In 2015 he swept all three CMA awards he was nominated for including the coveted Album of the Year honor, and on the same night he performed his reclaimed cover of "Tennessee Whiskey" alongside Justin Timberlake as well as the pop singer's "Drink You Away." Those performances went viral and boosted his album, Traveller, to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart several months after its initial release.
He's been touring and enjoying the extra media attention of late and according to Billboard, working on a new music video for a yet undisclosed song while he patiently waits for the results of the Grammy's, of which he is up for four awards: Album of the Year, Best Country Solo Performance, Best Country Song and Best Country Album.
Last June, Kings of Leon confirmed the band is working on its seventh album and planned to have everything written by the end of the year. If the band is still sticking to that time frame, expect a new album before the end of the year, following-up on 2013's Mechanical Bull.