The promotional notes on this disc suggest it be filed under Lynyrd Skynyrd, and I suppose that makes sense. There will undoubtedly be a number of folks who will be drawn to this disc because it is a Skynyrd tribute. Not me. I was drawn to it because it's Larry Cordle and Lonesome Standard Time. When you have a banjo player like Dave Talbot, and Booie Beach playing guitar, your band is going to rock no matter what you're playing.
It turns out that Larry Cordle is seriously into Skynyrd. He even writes the notes on each tune on the disc, offering notes that verify his passion for these classic tunes and an in-depth knowledge of the band. Ever true to himself, Cordle and company keep it acoustic, and retain the edgy sound that has been a trademark of LST from day number one.
The obligatory jam classics Sweet Home Alabama (6:38) (include "turn it up" on the into) and Freebird (8:47) are here. Larry kicks things off with a killer version of They Call Me the Breeze, setting the tone right from the start. Andy Leftwich's opening riff on I Know A Little is simply red hot. Cordle and longtime partner Larry Shell also make sure we are not deprived of a tune from them with Southern by the Grace of God, a musical history of Skynyrd. In his notes, Larry says, "I hope we got it right...cause we certainly have a ton of respect for them and the things they accomplished."
Not to worry, Larry. You not only got it right, you knocked it right out of the park.
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