Three axe attack! At first, their guitar lineup consisted of Ed King, Gary Rossington, and Allen Collins. King later quit the band and was later replaced by Steve Gaines. Usually, Gaines played
a Strat, Rossington a Les Paul, and Collins an Explorer. They
guitars on some
songs. For example, Rossington played
the mournful guitar at the beginning
of Free Bird in concert using a slide and a SG.
was the lead singer and primary song writer. His songs usually had very straight-forward lyrics. Contrary to legend, he was a fan of Neil Young. On the cover of Street
Survivors, he can be seen in a Neil Young Shirt.
Leon Wilkeson played
bass. Former roadie Billy Powell played
piano. Artimus Pyle
replaced Bob Burns on drums. They
had a trio of back-up singers, the "Honkettes."