They keep visiting AM, Then FM almost every day. There aren’t many of them, maybe three, maybe six, maybe a dozen on a good day. But they keep coming, and they all seek the same thing.
They’re searching for Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Street Survivors.” They find and check out our post from October, which recalled the 30th anniversary of the plane crash that tore apart the band at the peak of its popularity.
Why they’re searching for “Street Survivors,” I don’t know. Maybe someone out there can clue me in.
They have good taste, though. That’s a pretty good album. Some of the cuts on “Street Survivors” have become FM radio staples — “What’s Your Name,” “I Know a Little” and “You Got That Right.”
Let’s listen to the last two cuts on Side 2, both taken from the original vinyl.
“Honky Tonk Night Time Man” and “Ain’t No Good Life,” Lynyrd Skynyrd, from “Street Survivors,” 1977.
“Honky Tonk Night Time Man” is a rollicking cover of the Merle Haggard tune, a showcase for Billy Powell’s piano and Gary Rossington’s dobro, and a nod to Skynyrd’s country influences.
“Ain’t No Good Life,” a vintage slice of Southern roadhouse blues, was written and sung by guitarist Steve Gaines. It’s one of the few early tunes not sung by Ronnie Van Zant.
(Gaines and Van Zant died in the crash, and that’s Gaines at the center of the album cover, his eyes closed and engulfed in flames. That cover was recalled after the crash, replaced by a similar photo of the band on a black background.)