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Below are the videos for the second installment of the Then & Now video series. In this Skynyrd Nation video series, we will continue to post videos of Skynyrd from both the past and present performing the same song.
"Gimme Three Steps" is the second featured song of the series! Please keep letting us know in the comments below which videos you would like to see in future installments of the series.
"Gimme Three Steps" (1976)
"Gimme Three Steps" (2009)
Alabama news site al.com posted an article yesterday about Al Kooper, the man who produced Skynyrd's first three albums and signed them to their first record deal at MCA.
The article says that Kooper is the "Yankee Slicker" that Ronnie referred to in the song "Working for MCA". He was also the one who sang the almost subliminal Neil Young impression of "Southern man, better use your head…" on the studio recording of "Sweet Home Alabama" right after Ronnie sings "Well, I heard Mr. Young sing about her...".
Please visit al.com to read the full article that includes Kooper's debate with Ed King about what key "Sweet Home Alabama" was supposed to be played.
Below is a mini-documentary about Al Kooper's career in the music business.
We're starting a new Skynyrd Nation video series called Then & Now. In this series, we will post videos of Skynyrd in the 1970s and 2000s performing the same song.
"Sweet Home Alabama" will be the first song of the series. Please let us know in the comments below which Skynyrd song you would like to see next in the video series. Enjoy!
"Sweet Home Alabama" (BBC's Old Grey Whistle Test - 1975)
"Sweet Home Alabama" (Birmingham, AL - June 17, 2010)
We have a new Halloween-themed trivia contest for the Skynyrd Nation! The first person to email email@example.com with all of the correct answers and share his or her Halloween plans in the comments below will win an additional 6 MONTHS of MEMBERSHIP for FREE to the Skynyrd Nation.
1.) Where was Ronnie Van Zant buried after his funeral?
2.) Where is Ronnie's current resting place?
3.) Which two Lynyrd Skynyrd members' graves were vandalized in the year 2000?
4.) Which Skynyrd song contains lyrics about an old preacher putting a man to rest in his grave?
5.) What are your plans for Halloween weekend?
1.) Email firstname.lastname@example.org with all of the correct answers.
2.) In the email, you must include your Skynyrd Nation username in the message and type "Skynyrd Nation Halloween Trivia" in the subject.
3.) Share your Halloween weekend plans in the comments below.
4.) The deadline to enter the contest is Monday November 1.
5.) The winner will be announced Friday November 5 and will receive 6 more months of Skynyrd Nation membership for free.
6.) Be sure to follow all of the rules exactly and complete every step of the contest or you will be disqualified.
Hey Skynyrd Nation!
We hope you were able to make it to the Foothills Fall Festival in Maryville, TN this past weekend.
If not, then here are a couple of videos from the show with a small taste of what you missed:
Maryville-based journalists Steve Wildsmith and Timothy Hankins covered news on the festival for The Daily Times. They definitely noticed something we in the Skynyrd Nation are proud to already know…that Skynyrd fans rock!
Hankins writes that "'Freebird' brought down the house to end day two of the 2010 Foothills Fall Festival. And there's no doubt that Maryville got rocked tonight. Diehards and casual fans alike came alive with an energy that overtook the crowd and created an atmosphere drenched in Southern rock pride."
And Wildsmith comments that "…no cadre of fans represented for their favorite act like those of Lynyrd Skynyrd".
In Wildsmith's interview with a local shop foreman, the local man and Skynyrd fan since 1970 says, "I've never seen them before…It's been my lifelong dream to see them before I die…".
Wildsmith then interviews a girl from a younger generation of Skynyrd fans who says, "It's music my parents listened to, and music I grew up listening to," and she shares that "The Ballad of Curtis Lowe" is her favorite Skynyrd song.
To read the full article on Skynyrd at the Foothills Fall Festival 2010, please visit TheDailyTimes.com.
Hey Skynyrd Nation.
We would like to ask all of you to continue keeping Leonard Skinner's family in your thoughts and prayers. Leonard Skinner's son, Leonard Skinner Jr., was recently interviewed on NPR. During the interview he shares memories of his father who will forever be immortalized as the most famous gym teacher in rock 'n roll history.
NPR's interview with Leonard Skinner Jr. can be heard here at npr.org.
Leonard Skinner, the no-nonsense, flat-topped basketball coach and gym teacher whose name is forever linked with Jacksonville’s legendary Lynyrd Skynyrd, died in his sleep early Monday morning. He was 77.
"Coach Skinner had such a profound impact on our youth that ultimately led us to naming the band, which you know as Lynyrd Skynyrd, after him. Looking back, I cannot imagine it any other way. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time."
~ Gary Rossington