“Muscle Shoals’ got The Swampers …

June 2, 2006 ~ Muscle Shoals Sound Studios is added to the National Historic Register.

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“These boys have a shack in the middle of the Florida swamps and in their spare time they chase alligators and go fishing for catfish.”

Released on April 15, 1974. It’s Lynyrd Skynyrd’s break-through album and kind of a big deal as it sets them on course to becoming one of the biggest southern rock bands in the world.

“They’re the real thing,” Al Kooper told Disc and Music Echo in a 1974 interview. “The Rolling Stones can carry on and dance around and have Southern accents, but these are the real thing. These boys have a shack in the middle of the Florida swamps and in their spare time they chase alligators and go fishing for catfish.”

Turn it up. 

One More From The Road 

September 13, 1976 ~ Lynyrd Skynyrd release the live album.

Skynyrd had been a big supporter of rock promoter Alex Cooley and when he went on a drive to save the legendary Fox Theatre in Atlanta from demolition, they were the first to ask how they could “put some grease in the frying pan.” The result was one of the greatest live concert albums in rock.

Knebworth 1976

August 21, 1976 ~ Lynyrd Skynyrd opens for the Rolling Stones and for many, they steal the damn show.

The Stones had only one rule … don’t go out on “the tongue.”  You can see they don’t want to go, but Ronnie literally drags Stevie Gaines and Ed King out there during “Free Bird.
Dig it.

Ozark Music Festival 

July 19 – 21, 1974. The worst rock festival ever. Music was fabulous but the organizers were amateurs. 50,000 were expected and over 160,00 showed up. Portable toilets were backed up, it rained and turned everything to mud. Nearby farmers lost cattle and hogs (hippies gotta eat) and someone had the brilliant idea of sending helicopters in to spread lime — apparently to fend off disease.

The whole event prompted the Sedalia City Council to ban any and all future rock concerts in perpetuity.

Source: Ozark Music Festival – You Can’t Make This Stuff Up …