I’m reasonably sure that the first song I ever heard by Lynyrd Skynyrd was Sweet Home Alabama. I’m totally certain that the first Skynyrd song I ever attempted to learn on guitar was The Needle And The Spoon. Last, but not least, I am absolutely positive that my all-time favorite song by Skynyrd is The Ballad Of Curtis Loew. The fact that all 3 of these songs are on the band’s 1974 release, Second Helping, makes this one a shoe-in for inclusion in my ongoing album extravaganza. In addition to these 3 classics, this album also contains Workin’ For MCA, Don’t Ask Me No Questions, Swamp Music, and Call Me The Breeze. Second Helping is Lynyrd Skynyrd in “take no prisoners, take over the world” mode. They toured as openers for The Who and became the biggest band in Southern Rock, eclipsing even the mighty Allman Brothers Band in sales at that time. Ronnie Van Zant and his triple threat guitar army were living large and taking charge. Tragedy was still in the distance and Lynyrd Skynyrd were at their creative peak.

Written By Braddon S. Williams

Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

On this date in history, 6/29/2001, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Deep Purple, and Ted Nugent teamed up to play a show at Deer Creek that I was looking forward to enjoying every minute of. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out that way.

Traffic going into the venue was stalled for an unbearable amount of time due to an accident, so by the time my party arrived, we entirely missed Nugent’s set, and made it to the lawn just in time to hear Deep Purple play their final song, “Smoke On The Water.”

I had really wanted to hear the amazing Steve Morse play guitar with Purple, and while we were finally getting inside the gates, I could faintly hear him playing his showcase guitar solo. Oh well, maybe I will get to see him later this summer when Purple comes around with Alice Cooper.

Lynyrd Skynyrd rocked and I have to say they turned a big disappointment into an enjoyable end to the night. I was really bummed because I was mainly going to see Ted and Deep Purple, but every time I see Skynyrd I realize just how deep their catalogue is and how good they are even now with all the replacement parts. Hats off the Gary Rossington and his efforts to keep the Skynyrd flag flying high and proud.

Written By Braddon S. Williams aka The Concert Critic

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