Legendary rockers 38 Special bring their signature Southern arena-rock sound to J.F. Gregory Park this evening as they headline the 13th annual Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival at 9 p.m.
Founded in Jacksonville, Fla., by longtime friends Donnie Van Zant, brother of the late Ronnie Van Zant of Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Don Barnes, the group has been going strong for more than 30 years. Hits like “Hold on Loosely” and “Rockin’ Into the Night” remain on heavy rotation in classic rock radio.
“And the magic’s still there,” said Van Zant in a press release. “It’s an emotional high for us to keep ‘bringing it’ after all these years.”
Guitarist Danny Chauncey has been a member of the band since 1987. His blues-centered, non-traditional style of rock soloing has complemented the 38 Special sound.
Chauncey took the time to answer a few questions for us about the band and tonight’s performance in Richmond Hill:
Bryan County News: You’ve been with 38 Special for almost 25 years, and the band itself has been around since the ’70s. How would you say the band’s sound and dynamic have changed over the years?
Danny Chauncey: We’ve gotten better. I think the band has a refined sound and we’ve learned how to make concerts sound really good live. There’s a lot of technology out there and we’ve restructured things from that standpoint – just sort of retooled ourselves digitally for a great live sound.
Read more in the Oct. 15 edition of the News.