It was a great day when, on April 26th, Madison, WI’s Southern/Country rockers Michael Alexander & Big Whiskey released their debut seven-track album Sandman. Now, almost exactly 6 months later, the joy continues with the release of the group’s official music video for their amazing cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd‘s “Simple Man”. Featuring guest vocals by Neal Middleton of Royal Bliss, this is one cover song that lands in the “I-can’t-believe-how-freaking-good-this-is-and-when-compared-to-the-original-might-be-better” pile.

Michael was kind enough to comment on both the band and song…

Scott Wilson of Tantric and Saving Abel approached me about making a record together at a festival where MABW was doing support for Tantric. I loved the idea. Scott produced the record, played bass on several tracks, wrote one of the songs ‘Luce Angel’ as well as contributed backing vocal on many of the songs. The record has the primary members of Big Whiskey playing on it: Paul Zander, Dain Dimattia and Mike Huberty as well as Kent Slucher of Luke Bryan, legendary slide player Steve Hinson, Neal Middleton and Dwayne Crawford of Royal Bliss, Phill Vilenski of Wayland, Derek Isaacs formerly of Tantric and Craig Wayne Boyd, Paul Schluter of Last Crack and others.”

Of the song and video he noted…

“I have wanted to do a duet with my long time friend Neal Middleton of Royal Bliss and ‘Simple Man’ seemed a perfect fit for the two of us considering we are both in that Southern Rock Vein musically. The video idea came from my good friend hip-hop artist Josh Rip who produced and directed the video. The video concept for ‘Simple Man’ is simple… it focus’s on my actual life, me with my family, playing music, putting my kids to bed, and shooting guns with my fiancee. It’s essentially a very true representation of what my life is like. I grew up in a town of around 500 people, we drank beer, shot guns and blew stuff up. I can relate to the song ‘Simple Man’ very well.”

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