Get Your Dose Of Southern Comfort With Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Bluesy Take On A Ray Charles Classic
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Southern Rock Legends Meet The High Priest Of Soul
In 1997, Southern rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd paid tribute to the high priest of soul Ray Charles with their take on his 1993 classic, “None Of Us Are Free” for their album Twenty. Drawing from their love for soul music and the blues, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s take on “None Of Us Are Free” blends soul and Southern rock in the most gorgeous of ways, bringing forth few fun elements to their sound that when paired with their patented triple guitar attack, make for a big sound and an even bigger appreciation for how gifted Lynyrd Skynyrd are when it comes to composing – they’re absolute geniuses when it comes to crafting songs!
Fun Fact: This isn’t their first nod to Ray Charles – “Sweet Home Alabama” features the talents of former Raelette backup singer Merry Clayton.
With singer Johnny Van Zant leading the charge, bringing blue eyed soul to Southern rock with gritty, soulful vocals, “None Of Us Are Free” is something absolutely wonderful when guitarists Gary Rossington, Rickey Medlocke and the late Hughie Thomasson join forces with keyboard player Billy Powell, whose gifted hands bring forth the element of gospel and blues music that give songs like this their heart and soul. Backed by a horn section and a spectacular vocal performance by The Honkettes, this cover is one of our favorites – and we’re sure it’ll be one of yours, too.