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Top Southern Rock Artists on Rhapsody Online

Top Southern Rock Artists on Rhapsody Online
Top Southern Rock Artists on Rhapsody Online

Lynyrd Skynyrd
7/19/2014 9:50 PM
Lynyrd Skynyrd epitomized 1970's southern rock. Just as famous for their reckless lifestyle as their three-guitar wail, the band did for the word "redneck" what gangsta rap bands would later do for the word "n*gg*" -- turned a derogatory slur into a badge of honor. "Free Bird," their anthemic tribute to Duane Allman, was much more than a hit: it has become a classic rock staple, a song whose stature can be measured by the way countless high school bands continue to maul it in gymnasiums across the country. The band's career was tragically cut short by a plane crash which killed leader Ronnie Van Zant and two other members in 1977. Skynyrd reformed ten years later with Van Zant's little brother Johnny taking over as vocalist. The new line-up has continued touring and recording into the '00s. While they've put on plenty of pounds and stubbornly stuck to a sound that's now over thirty years old, their blues-inflected hard rock is still curiously vibrant. - TQUIRK
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The Allman Brothers Band
7/22/2014 3:04 AM
Before assembling the first legendary lineup of the Allman Brothers Band in 1969, Duane and Greg played together in two British-Invasion-style projects called the Allman Joys and Hourglass. Duane decamped to Muscle Shoals where he was exposed to the finest Soul and R&B players around, appearing alongside Wilson Pickett and Aretha Franklin. These influences fed into the gumbo of sounds that made the Allman Brothers Band's self-titled debut unlike any record that had come before it. At a time when the color line dividing the American South was still something people fought and died over, the Allman Brothers not only integrated blues and soul with swampy, Psychedelic rock and bits of country; they went one step further by including an African-American in their lineup. The twin percussive attack of Jaimoe Johanson and Butch Trucks gave early concert favorites such as "Whipping Post" and "Dreams" an elaborate architecture, which Dickey Betts and the Allmans supplemented with tidy bits of soloing, sharing leads with the poise of a seasoned jazz group. They were one of those rare bands who always sounded better live than in the studio -- Live at Fillmore East being one of those epochal documents (like Johnny Cash's penitentiary performances or MC5's Kick Out the Jams) that captures a certain music at that certain time when it's as near perfect as it ever will be. The live version of "Mountain Jam" featured on Eat a Peach (1972) is still one of the best ways to stretch a jukebox quarter into a half an hour of pure happiness. - CDRISCOLL
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Blackberry Smoke
7/16/2014 5:12 AM

Charlie Daniels
7/22/2014 3:13 AM
People have a hard time believing that the man who wrote "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" also played on such Bob Dylan albums as Nashville Skyline, Self Portrait, New Morning, and Dylan. Charlie Daniels was known as the long haired country boy with adroit musical skills that were a true gift from the gods of music. In his heyday, Daniels surrounded himself with an ever changing team of exquisitely talented musicians that contributed to his trademark sound: strict country music with an edgy injection of Southern Rock, blues shuffles and Boogie Rock overtones. Aside from making music that would soon pump from the speakers of Bo and Luke's General Lee, Daniels wrote songs that Elvis Presley covered; he played with Leonard Cohen's touring band in the 1960s, and even produced the Youngbloods' album Elephant Memory. Daniels managed to install a set of ethics for his fan-base-turned-subculture when he penned its anthem, "Long Haired Country Boy" with: "People say I'm no good and crazy as a loon / Cause I get stoned in the morning, get drunk in the afternoon. / Kinda like my old blue tick hound I like to lay around in the shade / I ain't got no money but I've damn sure got it made.../ I don't want much of nothing at all but I will take another toke." - ESHEA
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.38 Special
6/28/2014 2:15 AM
Throughout the 1980s, .38 Special churned out hit after hit with their studio-perfected brand of Southern Rock that had checkered sneaker-wearing teenagers speeding through red lights and filling stadiums at an alarming rate. Taking his cue from older brother Ronnie's band Lynyrd Skynyrd, Donnie Van Zant employed a blistering twin guitar boogie attack, then married this down-home sound with arena-ready anthems and overblown production values. The impossibly catchy hooks in rockers such as "Hold on Loosely" and "Caught up in You" are firmly embedded in the public consciousness and can be heard in suburban bars nationwide to this day. For the past ten years or so, .38 Special has been tirelessly touring the country, releasing very few records. Their sound has mellowed with age, easing up on the slick Dodge Ram rock of the past and stripping things down to acoustic ballads akin to Clapton's "Tears in Heaven" in the hopes of attracting an older audience. - MMCGUIRK
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