Kris Jones embodies the defintion of “internet sensation.” The Texas father’s life changed overnight when a video of him singing the hit country song “Tennessee Whiskey” went viral. Millions became hooked on Jones’ soulful voice from that one video. As of press time, the video has over 6 million views on YouTube alone.
Now, Jones has a bunch of new fans anxious to hear more from him. Happy to deliver, Jones returned with a cover of one of the most iconic songs in history.
Right next to “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Free Bird,” “Simple Man” is one of the greatest songs ever released by Southern rock legends, Lynyrd Skynyrd. Written by lead singer Ronnie Van Zant and guitarist Gary Rossington, “Simple Man” was included on the band’s debut album (Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd).
In the song, Ronnie sings of the number one lesson his mom taught him as a child. She always encouraged him to be happy, telling him that the key to that happiness couldn’t be found in “rich man’s gold” but a simple life.
The song’s message resonated strongly with audiences, leading to its overwhelming success. It is now Lynyrd Skynyrd’s third best-selling digital single and has been covered by notable artists such as Shinedown.
Due to its popularity, you can bet that “Simple Man” is also a favorite of aspiring artists and YouTube stars to cover. So it was no surprise when Jones decided to follow up the viral success of his “Tennessee Whiskey Cover” with his own rendition of “Simple Man.”
Sitting in his truck in a church parking lot, Jones spoke directly to the camera, saying his wife told him he absolutely had to cover “Simple Man.” We’re so glad she encouraged him to do so, because this has to be one of the best versions of the song that we’ve ever heard!
In the sea of “Simple Man” covers out there, Jones’ manages to stand out like a sparkling gem. There is just something about his voice that is intoxicating to listen to, as it instantly draws you in. The choice of “Simple Man” was perfect for him, as his naturally soulful voice lends itself well to the song’s raw, emotional nature.
The moment that Jones hits that first chorus is one that will give you chills all over your body. But don’t be surprised if you find yourself covered in goosebumps from the video’s start to finish.
Prior to singing, Jones addresses his newfound fame, saying it was something he never expected. “I’m completely amazed, baffled, knocked off my feet that this thing’s done what it’s done,” he said.
After hearing Jones sing “Tennessee Whiskey” and “Simple Man,” we aren’t surprised at all that he’s turned into a major internet sensation. If you’d like to keep up with Jones’ musical journey, be sure to follow his Facebook page here.