I live in the South, but I wasn't born here, so I'll never be a "Southerner". As is the case for many Yankees, my first introduction to the South was through the music of Lynyrd Skynyrd, who spread like wildfire across the nation when I was just knee-high to a grasshopper. They helped usher in a new sound that we call "Southern Rock". I got meet Artimus Pyle back when I was in college, and he was the first genuinely down-to-earth rock star I had ever met. I'll always have a fondness for Lynyrd Skynyrd because of how kind Artimus was to me, and for the countless hours I spent listening to Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd and Second Helping on my Sony Walkman when I was growing up.
Since I've lived in the South, the music of Lynyrd Skynyrd has been inescapable. This band's music is forever ingrained into Southern culture, like Spanish moss, Tennessee whiskey or fatback.
In my view, Lynyrd Skynyrd's story is something that needs a modern big screen treatment. Struggle, tragedy, death, re-emergence... it's all here, and if you haven't read any of the band's history I highly recommend it. Lynyrd Skynyrd has continued on with many different line-ups and so they make a great subject for a Family Tree playlist.
In this list I've pulled together songs by members of Lynyrd Skynyrd as well as other bands the various members have been a part of.
Lynyrd Skynyrd Family Tree
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