Southbound and Company came all the way from the Riverside/ San Bernardino County area to the Whisky in West Hollywood to pay tribute to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legends Lynyrd Skynyrd (website) and, in doing so, played an impressive set list of Southern Rock classics.
Host Katie Daryl:
Southbound and Company focused on material from 4 of the first 5 albums and played almost an identical set as Skynyrd is currently doing on tour, although in a different sequence and condensed for television time (and not on a cruise ship, either).
Opening with Sweet Home Alabama was a great way to get the show going. It’s usually the second to last song in concert, so it was a treat to start with it. Who doesn’t love this song?
Most of of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s music is driving guitar rock. These songs are all classics and the band delivered and hour of enjoyable, hark rocking songs. All the guitar parts are very “hummable” and it’s easy to get any of these songs stuck in your head.
Gimme Three Steps (from the debut album (Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd)) was next, followed by Saturday Night Special (off Nuthin’ Fancy).
Southbound and Company then followed up with Tuesday’s Gone (the second track from the first album), “What’s Your Name?” (the opener from “Street Survivors”), Call Me The Breeze (from Second Helping), Simple Man (from the debut album) and You Got That Right (from Street Survivors). They sure got that right. The band sounded great and the time just flew by as they rocked one tune after the other.
That Smell (from “Street Survivors”) kicked off the encore. The breakdowns in the song all sounded great.
“What song do you want to hear?” As expected, the beloved Free Bird – the anthem from the debut album closed out the show in grand fashion and closed out the show on a great note.
And they played another tune with the same name as the venue after that to close out the show (Whisky Rock A Roller).
Great job by Southbound and Company (featuring Darryl Reed, Michael Finn, Pete Madary, Mike Hunter, Mike Barnes, Patrick Vargas, Rachel Mendivel and Anna Hightower)
Check out the footage and few recaps after the show:
Next week… Blonde Day… a tribute to Blondie.