Although The Allman Brothers came first, Lynyrd Skynyrd was the ultimate Southern Rock band. Southern image with a hard rock swagger if you will. Lead singer and songwriter Ronnie VanZant had an unusually unique voice, coupled with the ability to bare himself naked with sentiment, while spinning tales of the South, and rocking out at the same time.
"Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd", their debut album released in 1973 wrote the book on Southern rock. There are very few records that sound this raw and uncompromising that are released by debut bands. The true genius of Lynyrd Skynyrd is their ability to blend hard rock, blues, country and even garage rock into a sound that is totally pleasing to the ear, yet very unique.