Under The Influence
A Jam Band Tribute To Lynyrd Skynyrd
First came Skynyrd Frynds, with an eclectic mix of country and pop stars covering the Ronnie Van Zant song book - then came Lonesome Skynyrd Time, with Larry Cordell and Lonesome Standard Time doing Skynyrd bluegrass style. Now, we find eleven of the best jambands of today putting their own spin on Southern rock’s most popular band.
The set begins with the always funky bass guitar of Les Claypool, kicking off his rendition of the J.J. Cale nugget turned Skynyrd classic “Call Me The Breeze.” Pretty darn cool. Also along for the ride are Galactic, Big Head Todd and The Monsters Disco Biscuits, and Particle, who truly put their own brand on “Workin’ for MGA.” Outstanding contributions
include Gov’t Mule doing “Simple Man” ( a song currently enjoying a major resurge at the hands of Shine Down). Drive By Truckers smoking “Every Mother’s Son” and John Popper’s Blues Traveler doing a smooth groove version of “Free Bird.” Of course, John Hiatt fronting Moe on “Ballad of Curtis Loew” is very cool, as is “Whiskey Rock and Roller” from North Mississippi Allstars. A personal favorite is the bluegrassy jam of Yonder Mountain String Band doing The Skynyrd fan favorite “Four Walls of Raiford.” Awesome.
As the Lynyrd Skynyrd legend continues to grow like kudzu across the modern day music scene, it does the heart good to see the young bloods tipping their trucker caps to the fathers of real jam band music - folks like the Allman Brothers, Marshall Tucker and most definitely, Lynyrd Skynyrd.
-Michael Buffalo Smith