Sweet Home... Grande Prairie?
Mar 12, 2015
On the evening of Sunday, March 15, you might find yourself asking the question “What’s That Smell”, but it will be the sound, not the smell, that will be rocking Grande Prairie that night.
So, what’s that sound? It’s the sound of a “Southern Man” and the beating wings of a “Free Bird”. It’s the sound of a “Saturday Night Special” on a Sunday night. It’s the sound of legendary southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd blowing the doors off of Revolution Place!
Sunday March 15th at Revolution Place in Grande Prairie, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Whiskey Myers will be treating the Peace to a night of southern rock we won’t soon forget.
In 1966 three teenage friends from Jacksonville, Florida named Ronnie Van Zant, Allen Collins, and Gary Rossington formed a band called My Backyard. After several name changes including The Noble Five and One Percent, they finally settled on the name Lynyrd Skynyrd (aka Leonard Skinnard), in mocking reference to a high school teacher who had hassled Rossington for having long hair.
By 1970 Lynyrd Skynyrd were a household name in Jacksonville and were rapidly becoming a musical mainstay in the Southern US. Their big break came in 1972 when they were discovered by musician, songwriter, and producer Al Kooper of Blood Sweat & Tears. Their platinum self-titled first album was released in 1973, and from that moment forward, the legendary sound of Lynyrd Skynyrd as we know it was born.
Despite the tragic loss of four of their members in a 1977 plane crash and the 10 year hiatus that followed as a result, they are still going strong today. As Rossington says, “We’re still standing, still keeping the music going... and the name proud.” Their current line-up includes founding member, Gary Rossington (lead & rhythm guitar) and Johnny Van Zant who is the younger brother of the original singer (Ronny Van Zant) who died in the 1977 plane crash. Joining Gary and Johnny are Rickey Medlocke, Mark “Sparky” Matejka, Michael Cartellone, Johnny Colt, Peter Keys, Dale Krantz Rossington and Carol Chase.
Numerous line-up changes notwithstanding, Skynyrd songs are always instantly recognizable and always deliver a generous helping of Southern punch. With 14 studio albums and 6 live albums recorded over a span of more than 40 years, Lynyrd Skynyrd are a southern rock force to be reckoned with.
If you like southern music and having a rocking good time, you’ll want to head to Revolution Place where for one night Johnny Van Zant and the gang will be singing sweet home Grande Prairie!