CLASSIC INTERVIEW PLAYER FEBRUARY ISSUE: DAVE LAWRENCE WITH LYNYRD SKYNYRD / OUTLAWS LEGEND HUGHIE THOMASSON

WE PAY TRIBUTE TO THE LEGACY OF LYNYRD SKYNYRD WITH THIS DAVE LAWRENCE CLASSIC INTERVIEW PODCAST YOU CAN LISTEN TO ON-DEMAND ALL MONTH LONG IN THE FEBRUARY ISSUE.

Last month we wrapped up a two-part feature honoring the memory of Jimi Hendrix Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell, who died suddenly last fall, with a two month interview flashback featuring fellow bandmate Billy Cox. Now that theme sadly continues.

Lynyrd Skynyrd original member keyboardist Billy Powell has suddenly passed away, and it made me think we could celebrate his life with a CLASSIC INTERVIEW PLAYER feature starring another Lynyrd Skynyrd legend who has himself passed away. Hughie Thomasson was not only in Skynyrd, but also The Outlaws. The interview is from a spring 2003 time I got to speak with Hughie as Skynyrd were doing the Vicious Cycle era. Unfortunately, Hughie passed away in 2007.

To pay tribute to the monster keyboardist Billy Powell of Skynyrd who has now died, we have a very special February issue: in addition to the interview, over a dozen incredible, enjoy live, blistering, mind-numbing videos spanning the entire Lynyrd Skynyrd timeline, with Billy Powell through the years at his best in concert and raging, and, burning simply ferocious Outlaws performances, as well. Also, a Hughie Thomasson slideshow, interview background / context details, links, & more.

Join me all month long for the February issue of the CLASSIC INTERVIEW PLAYER with late Lynyrd Skynyrd / Outlaws guitarist and vocalist Hughie Thomasson.

BREAKING NEWS: ORIGINAL LYNYRD SKYNYRD MEMBER/KEYBOARDIST BILLY POWELL DIES; SLIDESHOW & VIDEO TRIBUTE IN THE DAVE REPORT & BLOG

It’s shocking news for sure. An original member of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Billy Powell, monster keyboardist, passes on. Read about this milestone and legendary figure in the DAVE REPORT. Plus, see a tribute to Billy in a slideshow of him through the years, and an amazing series of burning videos. Obviously, there is a right song to honor him with, and two ferocious versions of it await you in his honor as we celebrate the life of Billy Powell in the DAVE REPORT now, and also here in the blog with some tasty vids below.

Billy is a cat I never interviewed, but did see live in concert many times: Fall tour 1987 and 1988; summer tour 1993; winter 1993 front row at The Orpheum in Boston; summer 1994; summer 2001;  and finally, summer 2005, here in Hawaii, at Bayfest, Marine Corp Base, Kaneohe. We stood on the side of the stage ten feet from Billy, just behind him, and I will always remember the thunder of his monitors, which was essentially our mix for the evening.

Thinking about you, Brother Billy. You were a cherished part of the ride, and I’m sure many folks join me in wishing you much aloha.