Support Local Journalism, Join the SA Current Press Club.

'Free Bird!’: How Bands Should Respond When They Hear the Inevitable 

click to enlarge One free bird. - PUBLIC DOMAIN
  • Public domain
  • One free bird.

"Free Bird!"

Throughout dingy rock clubs and posh resort venues, whenever you combine alcohol, a self-impressed white guy and live music, a cry for what has become the bane of many musicians' existence is imminent. Interestingly, how these unfortunate occurrences resolve themselves is generally more entertaining than the cry for Lynyrd Skynyrd's southern serenade. That being the case, a solid response should be on any band's to-do list: 1) Come up with a name 2) Come up with some songs 3) Book some shows 4) Figure out what awesome response you're going to have when someone inevitably hurls the challenge at you.

In honor of Father's Day – because dad's love Skynyrd and are commonly the main "Free Bird" offenders – we have compiled a list of some of the best responses to the customary clamor for the ballad. From the eternally-cool Dylan to the witty archetype of the flannel literati Isaac Brock, behold these lessons in reproach (and the rare endorsement).

Unfortunately we don't get to hear the initial call for "Free Bird" but we are treated to the last 45 seconds in what is a first for Dylan – proving that the old curmudgeon still has some humor left in him. 

Support Local Journalism.
Join the San Antonio Current Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the San Antonio Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

December 1, 2021

View more issues


Join SA Current Newsletters

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.


© 2021 San Antonio Current

Website powered by Foundation