Island singer Jimmy Buffett seems like the last person that would ever reference Skynyrd in the lyrics to one of his songs. But the fact that he did just goes to show how extensive Skynyrd’s influence really is.
Jimmy’s Skynyrd shout-out comes in his 2006 song “Bama Breeze.” The first track on Jimmy’s album Take the Weather With You, the song was written by Mark Irwin, Josh Kear, and Chris Tompkins as a homage to the bars that were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.
The song also pays homage to Skynyrd, when the bar owner Lulu gives a literal shout-out to the band by singing “Free Bird” and calling for a toast to late lead singer Ronnie Van Zant:
“Second set the owner Lulu gets up with the band, a beer in her hand, and sings ‘Free Bird’ slow. Then she raises a toast. ‘Here’s to Ronnie and the boys. Now everybody make some noise!”