Today’s Pearl comes in honor of Steve Brookins’ birthday. The drummer for .38 Special, Brookins was a member of this Jacksonville based band who released songs like Hold on Loosely and Caught up in You. .38 Special was actually founded by Donnie Van Zandt, the younger brother of Ronnie Van Zandt, lead singer of Lynyrd Skynyrd until his tragic death in 1977. They got their name because the cops apparently shot the lock off of the warehouse door in which they were practicing, saying “we’ll let this .38 special do the talking.”
Influenced strongly by southern rock, much like Skynyrd, .38 Special has been around touring and making music since their formation. While they have only a few songs that truly “made it big,” it’s really fun to go back and listen to some of their early albums and hear about their influences.
Today’s Pearl is “Play a Simple Song.” While it seems “simple” enough, it’s a very talented piece that has a bluegrass sound. A mellow tune that will lift your spirits, the harmonies and arpeggios along with a neat interlude with a great solo make this a great 3 minutes of music from a band that struggled to get out from under Skynyrd’s shadow.