Fellow Southern rockers Atlanta Rhythm Section honored Skynyrd in their 1978 release, “Large Time.” The song made its appearance mere months after the devastating plane crash that claimed the lives of lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, and Honkette Cassie Gaines.
In the song, Atlanta Rhytmn Section recalls a time that they played with Skynyrd during a show in Macon, Georgia. The entire band gets a shout-out in the song, but Ronnie’s extraordinary talent was specifically singled out as well.
The same lines repeat throughout the song, showing how much respect Atlanta Rhytmn Section had for Southern rock’s shining stars:
“We played Macon, GA with Lynyrd Skynyrd, it was a rock ‘n’ roll hoedown. Van Zant let that ‘Free Bird’ fly, don’t you know he wasn’t foolin’ around. We had us a large time, you shoulda heard those guitars squall.”