“Nuthin’ Fancy” indicated a creative well running low for Lynyrd Skynyrd which would only worsen soon on “Gimme Back My Bullets”. No doubt the non-stop pace of nearly constant touring partly was to blame, but there was something darker and even more sinister which no one outside the band knew, nor anyone in it would admit. This tour had casualties…
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Lynyrd Skynyrd in Memphis’ Ardent Studio 10-30-73 performing “Workin’ for MCA”
Gary Rossington of Lynyrd Skynyrd “In the Studio” on the 45th anniversary of “Second Helping”.
Lynyrd Skynyrd earliest known recording of “Sweet Home Alabama” before a live Ardent Studio audience in Memphis 10/30/73.
“Woman of Mine” by Lynyrd Skynyrd is one of only two Leon Wilkeson collaborations with lyricist/ singer Ronnie Van Zant, but had it not been performed live in Ardent Studio in Memphis on October 30, 1973 during a promotional broadcast on Memphis radio station WMC-FM, there is a real high probability that we would never have known of its existence…
L-R Ed King, Gary Rossington, Johnny Van Zant of Lynyrd Skynyrd performing “Sweet Home Alabama” acoustically in front of a small invited audience- Q102 Dallas , Spring 1993 -Redbeard
We are very sad to report that original Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Ed King, the only original member who did not grow up in Jacksonville Florida but was a Southern Californian they met when he was in the Strawberry Alarm Clock, died at his home in Nashville August 22. Ed King was 68 and had been […]
Over time the perception seems to have become that Lynyrd Skynyrd had a date with destiny, an almost Shakespearean drama of dreams, aspirations, triumph, and tragedy to which all of us were immediately and keenly aware from the moment of “Pronounced” ‘s release, which is no more true than imagining Will Shakespeare did not toil, struggle, and starve in relative obscurity in his time.
Ronnie Van Zant was writing “back porch music”, and Lynyrd Skynyrd was featuring it in their live set, a decade before MTV Unplugged made it trendy. Take a listen to “Things Goin’ On“, a song that appeared on the Pronounced album forty-five years ago. This acoustic performance of it on Q102 in Dallas March 24,1993 […]
The tale of Lynyrd Skynyrd and Street Survivors seems to have been hatched in the vivid imagination of Tennessee Williams, Harper Lee, or William Faulkner, but the characters are so colorful, the childhood bonds so strong, the struggles so personal, the victories so inspiring, and the heartbreak so deep that there is simply no need for hyperbole in telling it.