First off I do not know Freebird.
However I could probably rock a fire pit for 3 hours without repeating myself and that's without playing any original material.
My dad kicked me in the ass (figuratively) and said he didn't want to hear me play unless I could finish the song. A very good lesson and a real representation of the general audience.
My uncle Tommy taught me an entire song and here it is. Harlow pipes up a bit but I'm partial to her singing voice.
After he passed away I received 2 of his guitars. My brother Kyle had this one (Fender) and kindly returned it to me on my request. It got a tweak on the neck and some new strings and she sings the way she needs to again.
So I started with the music I loved to listen to, alternative 90's rock. Smashing Pumpkins, Pixies, Red Hot Chili Peppers etc. I learned a lot of these simply by listening to them over and over and over.
Then I started entering talent shows and they want old country. Hank Sr., Conway Twitty, Marty Robbins, Roger Miller etc. So I plugged away at those and earned a few thousand bucks over 5 years winning or placing or showing in those events.
Then the classic rock bug hit and I knew if I were to truly be a human juke box I needed to learn Bob Seger, CCR, Neil Young, and Fleetwood Mac.
I find that if I'm playing to a group of people I always want the older ones to tap their toes or sing along.
So to continue my love of the cover song I am doing a 3rd installment of #30covers and will welcome any (reasonable) requests. I have another on deck that is from my cousin Rob in Colorado so expect some Doors soon...