If you live in the Midwest like I do, you’re probably pretty freaking sick and tired of the freezing cold and snow.
Imagine if you could get away on a cruise to some place warm and beautiful. Now imagine you’re on a cruise with Lynyrd Skynyrd. I didn’t have to imagine it; I lived it. This was my second year in a row going on the Lynyrd Skynyrd Simple Man Cruise, and it was just as amazing as the the first year. Well…maybe not as amazing because the first year, my fiance proposed to me, but you know what I mean.
There are SO many great highlights from this year’s cruise, but with this post, I just wanted to stick to one thing: Leslie. No, it’s not a girl. Leslie is one of the most amazing bands that I was introduced to on this cruise. Sure, there was Skynyrd and .38 Special and Molly Hatchet and Marshall Tucker, but there were tons of other amazing bands on the cruise as well. Leslie just happened to be one of those kick ass other bands.
Hailing from South Carolina, this trio returned to the Simple Man cruise this year with their dirty, classic rock. I have no f-ing idea how I missed Leslie last year (I totally remember seeing them running around the boat, but I never got a chance to see them live), but boy am I glad I saw them this year! There was quite a buzz about them from the moment I stepped on the boat and got my fruity drink with the umbrella. Everyone was telling me how great they were. These boys also did a fine job of promoting themselves; I’m pretty sure they put flyers on just about every other cabin door on every floor. This year, there was no way anyone was stepping off that boat without knowing who they were. And everyone should know who they are because they are THAT good.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from three long haired, skinny white boys, but what I got was a slap in the face. It’s very rare that I go see a band I’ve never heard of and am actually impressed. Leslie impressed the pants right off of me. They attacked their instruments like freaks and made some incredible music. In my last post, I asked the question, “What rocks?” There is no doubt in my mind that these boys f-ing rock. I don’t know how else to describe their music to you except to tell you that it sounds like they took the basic elements of everything you love about classic rock as you know it and made it dirrrrrty. It doesn’t really sound like anything you’ve heard on the radio, and that’s another thing I love about them. Leslie is fresh but dirty at the same time.
Take a moment and go check out some of their stuff: www.myspace.com/leslierock. If you’re not impressed, then you should probably get your hearing checked. Seriously.
And to learn more about Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Simple Man Cruise, go to my blog.