In part one, Richard speaks with two rock journalists about the early history southern rock pioneers Lynyrd Skynyrd.  They discuss the bands' formation, early success and their final North American tour in 1977.


Peter Wendel, based in the nation's capital, is a journalist by training doing stints with major D.C. media outlets, including Gannett News/USA Today and Congressional Quarterly. Peter founded in 2014 as an outlet for his passion for music, particularly live music. Peter has been to hundreds of concerts and festivals, like The Peach, The All Good, Mountain Jam and Lockn'. He's ridden legendary Grateful Dead runs from Ventura County Fairgrounds (CA) to Irvine Meadows (CA) from the Nassau Coliseum (NY) to the Boston Garden. Catch him out on tour!

Philip D. Gibbons’ journalism has appeared in such national publications as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Smoke Magazine, France Today and Fair.Org’s Extra! He is a past winner of the Santa Barbara Writers’ Conference Screenwriting Competition and was a quarter finalist in the prestigious Nicholl Fellowship Awards. This podcast was produced in conjunction with the Woodbury University M. A. program in “Media For Social Justice.”

In 2000, he appeared on the television show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire,” and won $500,000.