Southern by the Grace of God

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Southern by the Grace of God
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Live album by Lynyrd Skynyrd
Released March 21, 1988
Recorded 1987
Genre Southern rock
Label MCA
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Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]

Southern by the Grace of God is a live album by southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, this live concert was a tribute by Lynyrd Skynyrd to the members of the band who had died in the 1977 plane crash. The plane crash killed frontman Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, backing vocalist Cassie Gaines and road manager Dean Kilpatrick. This is the first album produced by the band after the '77 plane crash. The band's lineup was re-worked into a second-generation Skynyrd. The changes include: Johnny Van Zant, younger brother of Ronnie Van Zant, taking over on vocals, Ed King, who departed the band during a 1975 tour and Randall Hall, who replaced the paralyzed Allen Collins. The three (King, Hall along with founding member Gary Rossington) re-form the famous triple-lead guitar attack of the original band. New background vocalists Carol Bristow and Dale Krantz-Rossington were added to take the place of the original Honkettes.

Track listings[edit]

  1. "Introduction by Lacy Van Zant/Workin' for MCA" (Ed King, Ronnie Van Zant) - 6:04
  2. "That Smell" (Allen Collins, Ronnie Van Zant) - 6:33
  3. "I Know a Little" (Steve Gaines) - 4:58
  4. "Comin' Home" (Allen Collins, Ronnie Van Zant) - 6:36
  5. "You Got That Right" (Steve Gaines, Ronnie Van Zant) - 4:33
  6. "What's Your Name?" (Gary Rossington, Ronnie Van Zant) - 3:59
  7. "Gimme Back My Bullets" (Gary Rossington, Ronnie Van Zant) - 4:58
  8. "Swamp Music" (Ed King, Ronnie Van Zant) - 3:51
  9. "Call Me the Breeze" (J.J. Cale) - 7:29
  10. "Dixie/Sweet Home Alabama" (Ed King, Gary Rossington, Ronnie Van Zant) - 8:29
  11. "Free Bird" (Allen Collins, Ronnie Van Zant) - 14:51
  • Tracks 1-2, 4-6, 11 recorded 11/1/1987 at the Reunion Arena in Dallas, TX
  • Tracks 3, 7, 9-10 recorded 10/15/1987 at The Omni in Atlanta, GA
  • Track 8 recorded 10/23/1987 at the Starwood Amphitheatre in Antioch, TN


Special Appearances[edit]

  • Allen Collins - arrangement consultant
  • Ronnie Eades - Muscle Shoals Horn Section
  • Don Taylor - Sax Attack Horn Section
  • Lacy Van Zant - Master of Ceremonies
  • Charlie Daniels - vocals ("Sweet Home Alabama"), fiddle ("Call Me The Breeze")
  • Steve Morse - guitar ("Gimme Back My Bullets")
  • Toy Caldwell - guitar ("Call Me The Breeze")
  • Jeff Carlisi - guitar ("Call Me The Breeze")
  • Donnie Van Zant - vocals ("Call Me The Breeze" and "Sweet Home Alabama")


  1. ^ Smith, Michael B.. Southern by the Grace of God at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-06-22.