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Hey there Skynyrd Nation! Have you heard about the new Skynyrd tribute album coming out next month? Sweet Home Alabama -- The Country Music Tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd is a collection of classic Skynyrd songs covered by country artists.

Johnny Van Zant was quoted talking about the tribute in a recent interview with saying, "It's all these young country bucks doing Skynyrd songs, which is pretty cool to us…It gives me great pleasure, because they're doing older brother wrote while he was still alive. People still love that stuff. They did what he did. He was a poet for the common people, and it's always great when other people are interested enough to re-do the songs."

The tracks on the tribute include:

"The Ballad Of Curtis Loew" - Eric Church
"Simple Man" - Randy Houser
"All I Can Do Is Write About It" - Uncle Kracker
"Call Me The Breeze" - Shooter Jennings
"Four Walls Of Raiford" - Jamey Johnson
"Tuesday's Gone" - Randy Montana
"Gimme Three Steps" - the Eli Young Band
"Sweet Home Alabama" - Ashley Ray

The album will be available exclusively at Walmart on July 20.

How about you, Skynyrd Fans? What would be your ideal Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute album, what songs would you want and what artists or bands would perform them?

Please share your dream tribute album in the comments below. We're excited to see what some of you post!

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Lynyrd Skynyrd Honored by U.S. Congress in Washington, D.C.

Lynyrd Skynyrd was honored this week by the U.S. Congress by Florida Congressman Connie Mack, and Alabama Congressman Spencer Bachus along with recognizing the achievements of the band during a reception at the U.S. Capitol.

The congressional honor for the group, who are performing in Birmingham tonight, came during a visit to Washington including stops at both the Capitol and the White House.

"The Lynyrd Skynyrd band is a true voice of the South and a legend in the music world. "Sweet Home Alabama" is one of the best advertisements for my state and we now even proudly display the words on our license plates. We deeply appreciate the fact that the band does a lot to entertain our troops and support military families. They bring enjoyment to their many fans and it's a pleasure to welcome them to our nation's capital," said Bachus, who is dean of the Alabama House delegation.

After a hosted tour of the Capitol by Bachus' staff, Representatives Bachus and Mack presented a Congressional Record tribute to the band members, including Johnny Van Zant, Gary Rossington, and Rickey Medlocke, recognizing the band's career and successes.

The Congressional Record tribute follows.



In the music world, it is challenging enough for a band to record one hit song, much less become a voice for an entire region and a true icon. That is why Congressman Connie Mack and I are pleased to jointly recognize the accomplishments and patriotic spirit of the legendary Lynyrd Skynyrd.

From humble beginnings, Lynyrd Skynyrd has become one of the most revered and accomplished bands in the history of music, having sold nearly 30 million records worldwide in the last four decades. Through their live performances and the music and songs still played on radio stations around the world every day, the members of Lynyrd Skynyrd have established themselves as timeless artists who transcend any one musical era or generation.

As validated by their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006, Lynyrd Skynyrd has had a seminal impact on the development of rock and country music and a profound influence on the career development of many artists who followed in their creative footsteps.

Through their collective voices, the band has become a beacon for regional identity and pride in the American South. This is perhaps best epitomized by the song "Sweet Home Alabama," an anthem so universally identified with the state of Alabama that it is the official motto displayed on license plates.

Since their start in Jacksonville, Florida in the late 1960s, Lynyrd Skynyrd has been a spokesman for the everyday working man and woman, the friends and neighbors of their formative years. Their ability to capture a unique part of the American spirit has given their music emotional meaning to many fans and built a legacy that continues to grow year after year.

Amid triumph and loss, these sons of the south have evolved from band to close-knit family. A tragic airplane crash in 1977 claimed original members Steve Gaines, Cassie Gaines, and lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, but Ronnie's brother Johnny carried on the tradition as the new vocalist. Devoted fans also remember and cherish the contributions of Allen Collins, Leon Wilkeson, Billy Powell, and Ean Evans. Today, led by core members Johnny Van Zant, Gary Rossington, Rickey Medlock, and Michael Cartellone, Lynyrd Skynyrd continues to share an unbreakable bond with the fans they count as family as well.

Lynyrd Skynyrd has been a generous supporter of our men and women in the armed forces for many years. The band has long understood that our military personnel bravely and unselfishly stand guard over our everyday security and freedom. They have enthusiastically raised money for military families and played countless shows for our service members in uniform. Their song "Red, White, and Blue" was written as a tribute to the men and women who serve in the defense of freedom.

As representatives of timeless American values and champions of working class heroes, Lynyrd Skynyrd continues to entertain and inspire millions of fans across the world. Along with Congressman Mack, I find it highly appropriate that the people's House takes time to recognize this classic band for lasting contributions not just to the world of music, but to American popular culture as a whole.

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Listen to Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Gimme Three Steps" Live From Freedom Hall!

In celebration of the band's upcoming Live From Freedom Hall CD/DVD (out June 22nd), we've got a sneak peak of one of Lynyrd Skynyrd's most classic staples in their live show repertoire: "Gimme Three Steps."

Listen to it below and be sure to pick up your copy of the feel-good album next Tuesday, June 22nd !

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Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Gods & Guns Tour kicked off yesterday!

The Miami Herald recently interviewed Johnny Van Zant to talk about this summer's tour with .38 Special and Bret Michaels. During the interview, Johnny was asked if he felt the presence of the former Skynyrd members who have passed. In response he said, "I think if you were up there, and you didn't feel that, there'd be something wrong with you. There's a lot of spirit to Lynyrd Skynyrd -- that's what keeps this band going."

The full interview can be read here at

We hope everyone in Skynyrd Nation has their tickets ready to go for these summer dates. Be sure to let us know which shows you're going to, in the comments below, then come back and tell us how the show was! We look forward to hearing from all of you!

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Live Nation announced “No Service Fee June”

Live Nation announced “No Service Fee June” with the elimination of service fees for the entire month of June.
“A fan in every seat is our mission this summer,” said Michael Rapino, President and CEO of Live Nation.  “We know that’s tough in this economy, so it’s our job to find a way to make concerts more affordable.  Starting June 1, Live Nation will offer live music fans the experience of seeing their favorite bands with no service fees on tickets at”

6/10 - West palm
6/17 – Pelham, Birmingham
6/18 – Raleigh, NC
6/19 – Charlotte, NC
6/20 – Virginia Beach, VA
6/25 – Tinley Park, IL
6/26 – Maryland Heights, MO
6/27 – Indianapolis, IN
7/2 – Holmdel, NJ
7/3 – Darien Center, NY
7/8 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH
7/9 – Bristow, VA
7/10 – Hartford, CT
7/11 – Pittsburgh, PA

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We hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend.

Prez. Rusty was the first to answer all three questions correctly! Congratulations for winning the Skynyrd Nation trivia contest, Prez.

Here are the answers to his questions:

Question #1: What is the name of the patriotic song Lynyrd Skynyrd recorded where they pay tribute to those who "serve this great country"?

Answer: Red White and Blue

Question #2: What year was this song released?

Answer: 2003

Question #3: What are you doing for Memorial Day weekend?

Answer: Marching in the parade with other Nam vets and Raising High my Viet Nam Vet flag for my brother who I lost over there.

Stay tuned for more Lynyrd Skynyrd updates and contests coming soon!

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It's time for a little rest and relaxation over this Memorial Day weekend while Skynyrd Nation pays tribute to those who have served in the U.S. military. Enjoy the weekend and have a cold one or two for those brave men and women who have died while serving our great country.

Contest Rules:

For your chance to win, you must comment below with the answers to these questions:

1.) What is the name of the patriotic song Lynyrd Skynyrd recorded where they pay tribute to those who "serve this great country"?

2.) What year was this song released?

3.) What are you doing for Memorial Day weekend?

The first person to comment below with the correct answers wins a special Lynyrd Skynyrd poster!

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New York, NY: Lynyrd Skynyrd will release Live From Freedom Hall on June 22 as both a CD/DVD set and as a stand-alone DVD. Live From Freedom Hall not only captures the band in its most natural state – on stage- but is also one of the last concerts to be recorded with longtime members Billy Powell and Ean Evans, both of whom passed away last year. The release is a tribute to and a celebration of Skynyrd.

The track listing for Live From Freedom Hall is as follows:

“Travelin’ Man”
“What's Your Name?”
“That Smell”
“Simple Man”
“Down South Jukin’”
“The Needle and the Spoon”
“Ballad Of Curtis Loew”
“Gimme Back My Bullets”
“Tuesday’s Gone”
“Red White and Blue”
“Gimme Three Steps”
“Call Me The Breeze”
“Sweet Home Alabama”
“Free Bird”

Lynyrd Skynyrd’s latest, Gods & Guns, was released via Roadrunner/Loud & Proud, debuting on the Billboard Top 20 at #18, representing their highest debut since 1977. Throughout the past year, the band has been enjoying continued success and increased visibility, appearing on The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien, The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, FOX News Channel’s Huckabee, Hannity, Fox & Friends, PBS Soundstage and more.

The band was recently inducted into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Their classic and beloved American rock anthem “Sweet Home Alabama” has surpassed the two million mark in downloaded ringtones. With a catalog of over 60 albums and sales beyond 30 million, Lynyrd Skynyrd remains a major cultural icon that appeals to all generations.

Lynyrd Skynyrd will return to the road for the next several months, touring with Bret Michaels and 38 Special in June before embarking on the Hannity Freedom Concert Series in August.

Tour dates are as follows:

Gods & Guns Tour 2010

May 28 - Starlight Theatre - Kansas City, MO
May 29 - Harrah's Metropolis - Metropolis, IL
May 30 - Horseshoe Casino - Elizabeth, IN

With Bret Michaels and 38 Special

June 10 - Cruzan Amphitheatre - West Palm Beach, FL
June 13 - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion - Spring, TX
June 17 - Verizon Wireless Music Center Birmingham - Pelham, AL
June 18 - Time Warner Pavillion @Walnut Creek - Raleigh, NC
June 19 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre - Charlotte, NC
June 20 - Verizon Wireless Music Center - Virginia Beach, VA
June 24 - DTE Energy Music Center - Clarkston, MI
June 25 - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre - Tinley Park, IL
June 26 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre - Maryland Heights, MO
June 27 - Verizon Wireless Music Center - Noblesville, IN
July 1 - PNC Bank Arts Center - Holmdel, NJ
July 2 - Comcast Theater - Hartford, CT
July 3 - Jiffy Lube Live - Bristow, VA
July 8 - Blossom Music Center - Cuyahoga Falls, OH
July 9 - DTE Energy Music Center - Clarkston, MI
July 10 - First Niagara Pavilion - Burgettstown, PA
July 11 - First Niagara Pavilion - Burgettstown, PA

Off Dates

July 14 - Ft. Calgary - Calgary, AB
July 17 - Moondance Jam Fairgrounds - Walker, MN
July 23 - Empire Square Live - Belleville, ON
July 24 - Harris Park - London, ONT

Hannity Freedom Concerts 2010

August 6 - Six Flags Great Adventure - Jackson, NJ
August 7 - Kings Island Timberwolf Amp - Mason, OH
August 9 - Musikfest - Bethlehem, PA
August 11 - Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo - Sikeston, MO (off date)
August 13 - Gwinnett Center - Duluth, GA
August 14 - UCF Arena - Orlando, FL
August 20 - BOK Center - Tulsa, OK
August 21 - Allen Events Center - Allen, TX
August 27 - Orleans Arena - Las Vegas, NV
August 28 - San Diego Sports Arena - San Diego, CA

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Tickets Go On Sale To General Public Friday, May 14th

On Tuesday, June 22nd, the Music City community will unite to assist victims of the floods that ravaged Nashville and Middle Tennessee earlier this month. “NASHVILLE RISING: A Benefit Concert for Flood Recovery,” will take place at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. It will feature performances by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, who are spearheading the event, and numerous other artists. See below for a list of performers and special guests who have been confirmed to date. This superstar line-up will continue to grow and many additions will be announced as the event draws closer.

"The damage that we've seen to people's homes and the effect that the flooding has had on their lives is unimaginable. But we've seen the spirit of our community first hand, as volunteers, church groups and our local business leaders rally to help,” said Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. “We all need to continue to support those in need in anyway that we can, and for that reason we could not be more appreciative to all of the artists, the companies and the people behind the scenes, who collectively, will make June 22nd a truly special night."

Tickets will go on sale to the general public this Friday, May 14th, at 10:00 A.M. CST at Ticket prices will range from $25 to $75. Ticket auctions on select seats and VIP packages will also be available. Visit for more details. The event will be presented by AEG Live/The Messina Group, Live Nation and Outback Concerts. Corporate sponsors thus far include Bravado, Ticketmaster and Outback Steakhouse. For information on becoming a corporate sponsor, please contact

“NASHVILLE RISING” will benefit the Community Foundation, which provides philanthropic services that enhance the Middle Tennessee area. The Foundation’s Tennessee Emergency Response Fund ensures that one gift can impact the widest range of charitable needs. In the course of rebuilding lives disrupted by this devastating flood, it is impossible to know just what the needs of those affected will be. This Fund is already operational and will continue to strategically address needs as they emerge. For additional information, please visit


Confirmed performers:
Jason Aldean
Brooks & Dunn
Luke Bryan
Miley Cyrus
Amy Grant
Faith Hill
Miranda Lambert
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Martina McBride
Tim McGraw
LeAnn Rimes
Michael W. Smith
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

Confirmed special guests:
Jeff Fisher, head coach of the NFL’s Tennessee Titans
Barry Trotz, head coach of the NHL’s Nashville Predators

Additional performers and special guests will be announced soon.

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Lynyrd Skynyrd Finds A "Sweet Home" On New Guitar Hero Release

Lynyrd Skynyrd's southern anthem "Sweet Home Alabama" will be available on Guitar Hero 5's new Classic Rock 3 Track pack coming this month to gamers everywhere.

The Guitar Hero 5 Classic Rock 3 Track pack is available for purchase now at the Xbox Live Marketplace and Wii Shop Channel stores.

The Classic Rock 3 Track Pack will also be available at the
PlayStation Store for PS3 beginning on May 11.

Are you a master of Guitar Hero? Challenge your friends! Let us know your high scores in the comments area below along with any tips or tricks.

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Michael Cartellone Artwork Exhibits

Wentworth Gallery is pleased to present two art exhibitions by renowned Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer and artist Michael Cartellone. Michael will make two special appearances at the following Wentworth Gallery locations in June 2010.

Saturday – June 5, 2010 -4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Wentworth Gallery
The Mall at Short Hills
1200 Morris Turnpike
Short Hills, NJ
For additional details or to RSVP
Please call 973-564-9776 or 800-732-6140

Sunday - June 6, 2010 – 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Wentworth Gallery
The Court at King of Prussia
690 West DeKalb Pike
King of Prussia, PA
For additional details or to RSVP
Please call 610-337-8988 or 800-732-6140

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It's a big week for Skynyrd Nation! In addition to presales for Holmdel, NJ and Harrington, DE, we're excited to offer tickets to Sean Hannity's eight Freedom Concerts with Skynyrd! Proceeds from Freedom Concert ticket sales are donated to the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund, designated for the education of children of U.S. service members who have been killed or 100% permanently disabled in an operational mission or training accident.

Presale begins Wednesday, April 28 at 7pm Local Venue Time:
7/02/10 - PNC Bank Arts Center (Holmdel, NJ)*
7/26/10 - DE State Fair (Harrington, DE)
* Gold VIP packages available for this date

Presale begins Thursday, April 29 at 7pm Local Venue Time:
8/06/10 - Six Flags (Jackson, NJ)
8/07/10 - Kings Island Timberwolf Amp (Cincinnati, OH)
8/13/10 - Gwinnett Center (Duluth, GA)
8/14/10 - UCF Arena (Orlando, FL)
8/20/10 - BOK Center (Tulsa, OK)
8/21/10 - Allen Events Center (Allen, TX)
8/27/10 - Orleans Arena (Las Vegas, NV)
8/28/10 - San Diego Sports Arena (San Diego, CA)

Presale tickets can be purchased at:

*** If you are having difficulty accessing the ticketing link, make sure you are allowing cookies. If that isn't working for you try using another browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, etc...). If after all of that and you still can't get in, please call 212.420.1700 or email for assistance.

Additional presales may be announced shortly. Please do not call or email about shows that are not listed here, as we will post the information as soon as it's available.

We'll see you there!

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