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Brazilian musician plays unique acoustic cover of classic blues song “Stand By Me”

November 17th, 2020

There’s hardly anyone immune to all the emotions that the song “Stand By Me” brings up.

It became one of the most recognizable songs by Ben E. King and you must have heard it at least once.

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It sparked a renowned interest in the song, and plenty of talented artists have covered it.

Whatever the case is, you’ll surely enjoy this acoustic cover with a catchy looping section.

The video is performed by a mechatronics engineer whose passion and love for music led him on an amazing journey.

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Although he studied to become an engineer, a Brazilian artist Gustavo Trebien decided to turn music into his profession.

Today, he is a well-known singer and music producer who performs weekly with his acoustic shows in bars and restaurants all over Brazil.

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With 79,800 YouTube subscribers and 11,600 Instagram followers, Gustavo is well on his way to creating a loyal fanbase to share his work with.

Trebien became quite famous in Brazil after he participated on the program The Voice Brasil.

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It’s a competition where he received great prominence, and many of his fans became interested in his music.

While we’re on it, if you’re intrigued by Gustavo’s work, you can find his latest single “Hard For Me” on all streaming platforms. For more information, visit the official webpage and find out a bit more details on the inspiring story about a courageous man who followed his dreams.

You’ll love the sensational combination of an acoustic guitar and a loop pedal!

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Gustavo is at a music studio, he’s surrounded by several instruments.

It sparked our interest from the very beginning because we thought he plans on using them all. The choice fell on the acoustic guitar, and he played it remarkably. With the use of a loop station, Trebien managed to capture the essence of the song and to dazzle us with it, as he continued to play other parts.

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Let’s just say that this is not only a beautiful rendition, it can also serve as a lesson of how amazing the outcome can be when you put some creativity into the mix.

The original song uses a version of the common chord progression now called the ’50’s progression. It’s particularly associated with doo-wop, a genre of blues music rhythm. As this video shows, Gustavo is excellent at playing with chords.

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He stays true to King’s version and makes some remarkable variations at the same time.

We must add that his voice is amazing. A lot of people commented that it reminded them of Tracy Chapman’s voice, and we have to agree.

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He also uses a shaker as a kind of surprise element.

There is a lot of maturity in Gustavo’s style, and the way he uses that shaker to be similar to the original is very funny. Since it was posted, it has earned more than nine million YouTube views!

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The video was published in 2013, and we think that Gustavo’s voice deserves all the praise it can get.

In 2015, Ben E. King’s original version was inducted into the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress as “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

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It’s interesting to know that the song was covered by many famous names like John Lennon, Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali), Tracy Chapman, Florence and the Machine and many others.

Yet somehow, this cover will stick with us because of how energetic and hopeful it sounds.

Watch the full performance in the link below:

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Source: YouTube/Gustavo Trebien

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