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These days, music is in a pretty sorry state. Gone are the days when songwriters poured everything they had into crafting songs that actually meant something, when bands practiced for hours on end to hone and refine their sound, when fans scrimped and saved for concert tickets and vinyl and when every song you heard on the radio was a winner.
With our kids and grandkids facing a completely different musical landscape than that of our youths, the classics that have kept us singing and dancing for decades mean more than ever – and it’s time to pass the torch to the next generations. Don’t know where to start? Here are 7 Southern rock classics to introduce to your little ones!
When you’re in Lynyrd Skynyrd, the legacy attached to a classic like “Simple Man” is far more important than the song itself. Born from a conversation between Gary Rossington and Ronnie Van Zant shortly after the deaths of their respective mother and grandmother, “Simple Man” is a wealth of wisdom from the matriarchs responsible for molding the guys in Lynyrd Skynyrd into the fine men we know and love.
Noting that it’s advice that everyone’s mama has given them at one time or another, singer Johnny Van Zant says, “It’s mama talking to you in that song and I think it’s probably one of my favorite’s if not my favorite to do live. It’s just a great song and that one stays in the set and the crowd always goes crazy on that one.”