I gotta be honest. Throughout my life as a listener, musician, artist, writer and hell yes, human being, I’ve pretty much gone out of my way to mock and make fun of Lynyrd Skynyrd. Back in high school at the city of gold, my brother and I stood up proudly and booed an entire gym full of jocks when it was announced that “Free Bird” would be our class song after all. “What the fuck about ‘Town Called Malice’,” my twin shouted while I tried in vain to sing the opening lines from “We’ve Got a Bigger Problem Now.” Well all that went under the bridge, as they say, and in retrospect—and with the keen luxury of having a Skynyrd-loving Texan as a wife for nigh on two decades—I gotta give the band some kudos. The influence that the outfit has had, popularizing country-fried rock, has had an enormous effect on the genre. Whether you love them or hate them, they’re literally survivors—seeing/hearing them at this point in their career should be marked as an act of completion or contrition for rock enthusiasts. With that conceit in mind, I urge you all to drag your boots from outta the closet and check them out out when they land at Burque’s hotspot for holy has-beens, Legends Theater at the Route 66 Casino (14500 Central SW) on Friday, July 28. With longtime members Johnny Van Zant, Gary Rossington and Rickey Medlocke at the core of the latest Skynyrd iteration, it possible listeners might still hear some great and groovy sounds. Heck, they might even throw out a rendition of “Sweet Home Alabama,” “That Smell” or “Saturday Night Special” for the hell of it. Tickets for this all-ages concert range from $65-$135. The hoe-down begins at 8pm. Oak tree, you’re in my way!