You Might Be a Southern Rock Cruise Fan If…

The Southern Rock Cruise will sail next year with so many legends onboard - legends whose music and history have been the subject of countless books, documentaries and television specials. So we did a little digging and came across a few lesser-known and overlooked facts about some of them that we thought you’d get a kick out of…how many of these did you already know?

The Jacksonville, FL home where the Van Zant boys grew up and where Lynyrd Skynyrd held their first practices is now officially a historic site. Plans are underway for it to be restored back to what it looked like when the brothers first began playing music along and will include Skynyrd memorabilia as well as a working eight-track player.

Dickey Betts really did run off and join the circus when he was a teen. He joined a band, the Swinging Saints, and performed an astounding 12 times each day amid midway games and carnival food.

When Richard Turner was in search of a new band name, he asked Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes for advice and Robinson came up with Blackberry Smoke.

It took Doug Gray of The Marshall Tucker Band a year to finally agree to record his vocals for “Heard It In A Love Song.” 

Molly Hatchet once played a frat party - a Capricorn Records founder booked the band for his Phi Delta house at Mercer University in 1975. And did you know that Sons of Anarchy’s Katey Sagal sang backing vocals on their “Take No Prisoners” album in 1981?

Brothers Fred and Richard Young trace the beginning of the Kentucky Headhunters to a small farmhouse on their family’s long-held property. They called it the Practice House, where they did a lot of practicing and a bit of partying before Richard’s son, John Fred, carried on the tradition by starting Black Stone Cherry in that very same spot.

The Atlanta Rhythm Section was once mistaken for Stevie Nicks, even by Christine McVie when a DJ played “Imaginary Lover” on the wrong speed. “I got chills,” Stevie told Rolling Stone magazine. “It sounds exactly like something I’d sing, the way I’d sing it. I even played it for Christine [McVie], mixed in with some other demos for the new album. She complimented me on it.”

We can’t wait for the bands aboard the Southern Rock Cruise to share stories like these and even more next January!