Three decades ago, Lynyrd Skynyrd revolutionized rock by infusing it with a certain southern flair. Being from Jacksonville myself, where the band grew up, the band has been a big part of my musical upbringing. My dad married the woman who was formerly married to Billy Powell, keyboardist for Lynyrd Skynyrd. The band was a household fixation.

Just recently, my dad pointed out a Jacksonville hard rock band called Shinedown. My dad’s favorite song by Lynyrd Skynyrd is Simple Man. Shinedown covers this excellent song, and they did a really great job doing it. Their media section has a video of their cover of Simple Man. However the site doesn’t seem to be able to handle streaming traffic very well, as even the 56k version of the video stuttered on my DSL connection.

With that in mind, I’ve made available the video of Simple Man here (right click and choose Save Target As) (13.6MB) and also a MP3 here (7.7MB). If you like their work, I suggest visiting their site and buying their albums.