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.
David Lee Roth, Skynyrd Join Metallica at Epicenter Festival
Van Halen frontman will perform a festival slot after completing his Las Vegas residency.
Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Label Didn’t Want Them to Release ‘Free Bird’
Rickey Medlocke recalls behind-the-scenes discussions about what became signature track.
Lynyrd Skynyrd Explain Why Their Farewell Tour is Taking So Long
“I’ve said it myself – like, 'God, they're still on their farewell tour?'”
Lynyrd Skynyrd Apologize for Farewell Tour Movie Screening Issues
Theatrical showing of concert film had technical issues in some theaters.
38 Special and Lynyrd Skynyrd Bassist Larry Junstrom Dies at 70
In addition to being Skynyrd's founding bassist, he played on all of 38 Special's studio albums.
How Lynyrd Skynyrd’s ‘Free Bird’ Got Longer and Longer
Gary Rossington remembers how signature song came from slow start to fast finish.