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Out of Lynyrd Skynyrd‘s catalog of songs, “Travelin’ Man” has one of the most extensive histories. Written by Ronnie Van Zant and Leon Wilkeson, the song was first performed and recorded by the pre-crash lineup. It appeared on the band’s live album One More from the Road, which was released in September 1976.
After the band reunited, they memorialized the 20th anniversary of the plane crash with their 1997 album, Twenty. While the majority of the album was original material, Skynyrd brought back one old track with a special mission in mind. That track was “Travelin’ Man.”
Skynyrd wanted to turn “Travelin’ Man” into a duet between Ronnie and his brother, Johnny, the band’s current lead vocalist. Through the use of technology, they were able to take Ronnie’s old vocal track and combine it with a new one from Johnny, making a duet. The resulting product is one of the most incredible songs that Skynyrd has ever put out.
“Travelin’ Man” quickly became a fan-favorite after the duet version was released in 1997. As they moved across the country to promote Twenty, Skynyrd found the time to stop by the set of a talk show to perform.
Due to the nature of television, it isn’t always possible to drag a full band and a bunch of gear out on stage with you. So for this particular appearance, Skynyrd decided to go semi-acoustic for a different rendition of “Travelin’ Man.”
The acoustic arrangement lends itself perfectly to the song, giving it more of a country-like vibe. It’s always interesting to hear the songs you know and love done in a different style, and this one is done well!
Go ahead and check out Skynyrd’s unplugged performance of “Travelin’ Man'” below. We’re sure you’ll dig it as much as we do!
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