Rising country singer Matt Williams is gaining attention online with his cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man.” The video, posted on June 7th, shows Williams sitting with his acoustic guitar and belting out the classic song.
“These lyrics were so powerful due to the simplicity of them,” Williams tells Sounds Like Nashville of the song. “They were short and sweet, but they tell one hell of a story and really some great advice on life in general. I think that when Lynyrd Skynyrd played this live, it was the message they wanted to get across to people and I feel they would have been proud to know that their words live on even in the younger generations.”
The video has been gaining traction since he posted it on Sunday, receiving over 10,000 likes on Facebook as well as many comments and shares.
“The fan reaction has been incredible and definitely unexpected,” Williams says. “I was overwhelmed to see all of the positive support from people. Especially from the ones who have never heard my original music before. I’m grateful people have taken time out of their day to listen to something I am singing. There really isn’t much more you can ask for.”
This isn’t the first time one of the army veteran’s covers has struck a chord. He posted a rendition of Keith Whitley’s “Don’t Close Your Eyes” in May that received almost 1.7 million views. The cover was even heard by the family of Whitley and Williams received a very positive response from them. Williams also produces his own original music and most recently released a song called “Postcard Memories.”