Cranking out hits in the 80's was something new for a bunch of good-ole boys from the South. Formed in Jacksonville Florida by childhood friends Don Barnes and Donnie Van Zant, .38 Special started out with a distinctive Southern-blues sound. Donnie Van Zant had some big footsteps to follow, as his older brother, Ronnie was the lead singer of Lynyrd Skynyrd. As the 70's drew to a close, the band took a slicker, more polished approach to their music. It worked. Their song Hold On Loosely skyrocketed them to arena-rock status. Following it up with Caught Up In You and If I'd Been The One only cemented their place in classic rock history.

If you missed them at last Summer's Half-Way Jam, you have another opportunity to catch them live at The Medina Entertainment Center this Friday night at 7:30pm. Listen this week to Baxter’s Morning SideShow for your chance to get on the Guest List and see the show for free. You’ll also see special guest and Minnesota favorite, The Austin Healy Band.