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.
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."
How Dolly Parton Got Ronnie Van Zant's Voice on 'Free Bird' Cover
Track featuring the late Lynyrd Skynyrd singer appears on her upcoming album, 'Rockstar.'
Watch Gary Rossington's Last Performance of 'Gimme Three Steps'
Clip is taken from Lynyrd Skynyrd's 'The 50th Anniversary' concert movie, out in July.
Lynyrd Skynyrd's Last Gig With Gary Rossington Coming to Theaters
'The 50th Anniversary of Lynyrd Skynyrd' will bring the founding guitarist's final performance to movie screens across the country.