"Being brought up in the South, I was exposed to the blues pretty early on," says Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist and co-founder Gary Rossington. "That's where the blues came from, so it was all around me. And I loved it all."
BB King and Ray Charles were the first blues artists that Rossington remembers hearing. "They made a strong impression," he says. "Anytime you hear something that unique, it does something to you." A few years later, Rossington discovered British blues via John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers. "That was an exciting time," he says. "Checking out what the British guys were doing to the blues, how they were kind of making it a new thing, that definitely gave us a lot to work with. From the originators to the folks in England picking it up, it all found its way into my playing and the music of Lynyrd Skynyrd."