Hearing enduring favorites like "Caught Up in You" makes it easy to forget that .38 Special wasn't just a flash in the pan. Not only does the band's career stretch back to 1975, but the group has pedigree. Singer Donnie Van Zant is of the Jacksonville Van Zants, the brood that gave us Lynyrd Skynyrd singers Ronnie and Johnny Van Zant. The three-year layoff between Special's biggest album and 1986's unheralded Strength in Numbers relegated them to the good-ol'-boys-of-rock circuit. But as tourmates Skynyrd prove year after year, predictable set lists are always popular.
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