LYNYRD SKYNYRD’s keyboard player BILLY POWELL died at his home in Orange Park, Florida early Wednesday morning at age 56. He’d called 911 around 12:55 AM saying he was having trouble breathing. Rescue crews arrived at his home and pronounced him dead about an hour after the 911 call.
In addition to classic songs such as “Freebird” and “Sweet Home Alabama,” Powell also played piano on KID ROCK’s latest hit “All Summer Long.” MONTGOMERY GENTRY shared the stage with Lynyrd Skynyrd for a CMT Crossroads special a few years ago, and TROY GENTRY has fond memories of working with Powell. Troy says, quote, “It’s a sad day for anybody that grew up on Southern Rock…Billy Powell’s one of the big names…He will definitely be missed.”
THE LOST TRAILERS played a few shows with Skynyrd over the years including one festival date in Huntsville, Alabama. STOKES NIELSON tells us that Powell let Trailers’ lead singer RYDER LEE sit beside him during the set to fully experience the show. Stokes says, quote, “That guy’s an absolute rock ‘n roll legend, and one of the sweetest guys in the business. What a nice guy.”
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