2023 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the release of (Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nétd ‘Skin-‘nérd), Lynyrd Skynyrd’s debut album. The album was recorded March 27-May 1, 1973 and released that same year. It was produced by Al Kooper, who had discovered the Jacksonville, Florida band and signed them to their first recording contract. By 1987 the album had gone double platinum. It is now widely regarded as one of the founding albums of Southern rock and roll. “Free Bird” became the band’s signature song. Guitarist Ed King of Strawberry Alarm Clock, who Skynyrd had opened for in 1970, joined with the band’s guitarists Allen Collins and Gary Rossington to create the “Three Guitar army” sound that became the band’s trademark sound.
Dreams Come True is the 1990 album by vocalists Marica Ball, Lee Ann Barton and Angela Strehli, and an all-star band led by Dr. John, with guitar appearances by David “Fathead” Newman and Jimmie Vaughn. The music on the album has been described as “straight out of the Texas school of roadhouse R&B and blues boogie” and “delivered with a gritty, heartfelt edge, particularly on the part of the three vocalists.” The album has originally released on the Antone’s record label based in Austin, Texas.