Lynyrd Skynyrd were the definitive Southern rock band, fusing the overdriven power of blues-rock with a rebellious Southern image and a hard rock swagger. Skynyrd never relied on the jazzy improvisations of the Allman Brothers. Instead, they were a hard-living, hard-driving rock & roll band -- they may have jammed endlessly on-stage and had down-to-earth honesty that had more in common with country, but their music remained firmly entrenched in blues, rock, and the Deep South. Skynyrd split up after a plane crash killed lead singer Ronnie Van Zant and two others, but they reunited a decade later, becoming a popular concert act. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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