There is great diversity to Lynyrd Skynyrd‘s music, which is what makes their appeal so great. Although branded as a Southern rock group, Skynyrd’s music also contains a blend of blues and country.
Out of all the songs in Skynyrd’s repertoire, one that perhaps represents their ability to blend genres is “Four Walls of Raiford.” The song was written by lead singer Ronnie Van Zant and Jeff Carlisi, but fans didn’t get the chance to hear it until years later when it was included on the album, Legend.
Following the plane crash of 1977 that claimed Ronnie’s life along with the lives of Steve and Cassie Gaines, Skynyrd went on a short break before they reunited. The tracks that appear on Legend, such as “Four Walls of Raiford,” were previously unreleased demos from before the crash.
Fans absolutely ate up these recordings, since it gave them the chance to hear “old Skynyrd” come to life again through music. “Four Walls of Raiford” was particularly special, since the more stripped-down, bluesy arrangement gave Ronnie’s voice the chance to really stand out.
Any time we listen to the “Four Walls of Raiford” recording, we feel like we’re taking a trip down memory lane back to the 1970s. Why don’t you join us by listening to the audio recording of the song below?
Besides “Four Walls of Raiford,” what song on the Legend album is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!
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