• A great Skynyrd song to honor those Georgia Dawgs, who dominated today; plus TWO bonus songs about the Peach State

    Georgia, Auburn, ‘Bama. Whose best? Rock, paper, scissors.

    Or, as we academics say, the rankings aren’t transitive.

    The featured song is Lynyrd Skynyrd’s original personnel doing Georgia Peaches (1977, and still sounding great).

    Bonus #1 is the great Levon Helms doing Sweet Peach Georgia Wine, introduced on SCTV!

    Bonus #2 is pure redneck rock: Billy Joe Shaver’s I Been to Georgia on a Fast Train. Think Jerry Lee Lewis.

    As for Georgia Peaches, it’s pure Southern rock, plus a little honky-tonk and a lot of funkadelic!

    Personnel:

    Ronnie Van Zant – lead vocals
    Steve Gaines – guitar, backing vocals
    Allen Collins – guitar
    Gary Rossington – guitar
    Billy Powell – keyboards
    Leon Wilkeson – bass, backing vocals
    Artimus Pyle – drums

    The album was released just days before the airplane crash killed Ronnie and Steve and several members of the entourage, along with the plane’s crew.

    And here’s Levon’s ode to Georgia:

    And, as a finale, Billy Joe Shaver’s “I Been To Georgia on a Fast Train”