Surveying the current Southern rock landscape, you can’t blame genre pioneers Lynyrd Skynyrd for feeling increasingly alone with each passing year. Sure, contemporaries like the Allman Brothers Band and ZZ Top are still going strong, and popular acts such as My Morning Jacket and Kings of Leon have opened up strains of Southern rock to a whole new set of ears, but it’s no wonder the “Sweet Home Alabama” rockers dubbed their latest album Last of a Dyin’ Breed.
Even though the Afghan Whigs reunion was a dream come true for those who didn’t get a chance to see the band before their 2001 dissolution, it wasn’t even the biggest hatchet buried that day. Heavy metal godfathers Black Sabbath also reunited for their first stateside show in seven years, a nostalgic 95-minute set that was hopefully not their final farewell (guitarist Tony Iommi is currently battling cancer).
If Boulder jam band the Salmon Heads hadn’t been asked to play a New Year’s Eve gig in Crested Butte, Colorado, in 1989, the past two decades would have been very different for Vince Herman. As it turned out, some of Herman’s fellow Salmon Heads couldn’t make the show, so he asked his friends in The Left Hand String Band to fill some holes.