The Story so far...
Aynt Skynyrd have a philosophy on recreating the songs of the greatest
rock 'n' roll band the world has seen, and it's a simple ethos......
Don't play it.... Feel it!
This has been born out of years of seeing many local bands play other
bands songs quite adequately and in some instances very skilfully, but
with no soul or feeling.
This would be criminal if it was to be applied to the music of Lynyrd
Skynyrd. The very fact that you are reading this means that you care
about music, that it is not just a 'commodity' that is made to be sold
by a cynical music industry.
Lynyrd Skynyrd were never about making hit records, although they seemed
to be very good at it. This is because they played honest southern rock
which you average Joe could relate to. There was no pretence in the
message or the music.
One could argue that the notion of a tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd
undermines this idea of authenticity. Another side of the debate may
point out that a tribute is the showing of the ultimate respect. Aynt
Skynyrd prefers the latter, as forming the band was not an overnight
decision, playing the songs was something we had been doing for years.
"The Freebird solo was the first lick I ever learnt to play on guitar.
To play it in a band at every gig for over ten years and still get a
shiver down my spine is down to pure love of a band that defined a
generation." Nick West
After a couple of years Aynt Skynyrd started to rise up like a mighty
Eagle sizing up a distant squirrel. We quickly realised that due to the
physical size of the band, the proximity of most of our shows (draw a
circle around the UK and you have our catchment area), the complexity of
moving an outfit like this several hundred miles to play to 7 diehard
fans, coupled with Tivvy's mental arithmatic 'issues' meant that we were
never destined to give up the day job, but we had ever so slightly
dipped a toe into the big time, and experienced what it is like on 'THE
OTHER SIDE OF THE FENCE'.
This had always been a place we could only glimpse at, watching
excitedly from the audience for any movement behind the stage, in case a
roadie came to turn an amp up or tune a guitar. The first time we
'crossed over' was at the 'Bulldog Bash' near Stratford Upon Avon.
Although any reference to the great William S may well have been dimly
received amongst the company of our esteemed hosts - the HELLS ANGELS!!
Aynt Skynyrd have done 3 Bulldog Bashes now, but the first one was the
time we met 'The Parfitt'. Yes the Quo legend was sunning his spray on
outside of his luxury 'mood room' (posh portakabin). Happy to shake
hands, pose for pics and chat was the man who's riffs were the first
ones I ever played on a guitar. That was the turning point for the band.
We knew we could run with the big boys, we just had to pretend we
understood the terminology - 'more gate on the snare', 'lower the
overheads', 'DI the keys', are all terms we have had to learn. Dear
reader, this cannot be be underestimated, as prior to these times of
enlightenment, the technical knowledge and communication skills of the
band were, shall we say' rudimentary.
Typical conversations would run as: 'that there, plug it in there. Eh?
Where? What? Who's round is it?' at best. Usually we could get through a
whole evening with just sign language and phlegm.
So to the present day. We are a fully disfunctioning awesome rock'n'roll
band. We still play like we stole it (thanks mad Andy) still bicker like
school boys (and girls) and are still chasing that dream. But we NEVER
clock on or off.
This is not a career. Its a lifestyle.