That time I asked guitar legend Gary Rossington if southern rock was still healthy in 1986

By Steve Newton

Back in November of 1986 I did my one-and-only interview with Gary Rossington, who I talked to along with his wife (and then-lead vocalist) Dale Krantz-Rossington.

At one point in the conversation I asked Gary what he thought of the current state of southern rock, and whether it was healthy where they were from, that being Jacksonville, Florida.

He didn’t think that it was. And he didn’t sound too thrilled that Molly Hatchet had recorded a version of “Free Bird” for its Double Trouble Live album the year before, either.

Have a listen:

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