Southern rock was around before Lynyrd Skynyrd released their debut album in 1973. But once rock fans got an earful of the Florida band’s music – with its triple-guitar assault and barroom swagger – they pretty much set the template for the genre. But Skynyrd -- at least the original band, which released five albums before a plane crash in 1977 claimed the lives of singer Ronnie Van Zant and others – were smarter and sharper than most of their peers. Whether making music for Saturday night or Sunday morning, they injected sorrow, joy and confusion into their electric jams. No other Southern rock band was as nuanced as Skynyrd in their prime. Several years after the accident (which occurred just days after they released one of their best LPs, ‘Street Survivors’), the band regrouped with Van Zant’s brother in the lead role.
Lynyrd Skynyrd's Gary Rossington's Former Home on Sale for $12M
The band's founding guitarist lived in the house for 30 years before his March 2023 death.
Lynyrd Skynyrd and ZZ Top Announce 2024 Tour Dates
Classic rock legends will continue 'Sharp Dressed Simple Man' run with 36 additional shows.
Lynyrd Skynyrd Give Rossington's Guitar to Emotional Jelly Roll
Country star cries as Rickey Medlocke and Johnny Van Zant make guest appearances at his show.
Watch Man Play 'Free Bird' at Triple Speed on 'Guitar Hero'
Gamer accomplished the feat live on Twitch.
How Lynyrd Skynyrd's Debut Set a Southern-Rock Standard
They weren't not the first – and certainly not the last – Southern rock band, but they are surely the style's quintessential embodiment.
Lynyrd Skynyrd Says 'Maybe We Were Wrong' About Retiring
"We'll see where the heck the future goes," says singer Johnny Van Zant.
Lynyrd Skynyrd Announces Career-Spanning 'Fyfty' Box Set
Four-CD collection includes previously unreleased live versions of "Free Bird" and "Gimme Three Steps."
Why Lynyrd Skynyrd Takes the Stage to AC/DC’s 'Thunderstruck'
There's a long history between the two bands.
Lynyrd Skynyrd Embraces Touring With ‘Brothers’ ZZ Top
"We love those guys," Johnny Van Zant tells UCR. "We're fans of each other."
ZZ Top Kicks Off Tour With Lynyrd Skynyrd: Set List and Interview
Billy Gibbons tells UCR that the opening night was "a rekindling of kindred spirits."