Although technically filed as a "rock" band, Lynyrd Skynyrd has always had equally strong ties to the country world. First of all, the group was redneck to the core, rebel, and proud of it. Secondly, they're the undisputed grandfathers of that genre known as "southern rock," which means basically that nothing they've recorded would sound terribly out of place at your average honky tonk. And heck, the suriving Van Zant brothers even gave up all pretense a few years ago and put out two fine, pure-country albums.
Furthermore--and probably most telling--Skynyrd's influence can be best heard these days not so much in modern rock circles, but rather in today's upstart outlaw-country artists; ones who are not afraid at all to throw a hefty punch of hard swagger into their traditional twang.
A fantastic demonstration of this is a new tribute album that was released on Tuesday, Sweet Home Alabama--The Country Music Tribute To Lynyrd Skynyrd. The tracklisting includes Skynyrd covers by some ofRead More »from Randy Houser Pays Homage To Lynyrd Skynyrd