Author Archives: John
I do love music and one of those genres is Southern Rock. Being from a small Georgia town, the local radio stations out of Statesboro (FM100), Metter (G105!), and Savannah (I95, The Rock of Savannah) all played some rock in addition to the regular Top 40 fare. I95 played rock exclusively as you can guess from the name. My tuner stayed on them more than any other.
One of my buddies, Steve Jones, would pilfer his brother Kelvin’s albums. Most of these were the usual southern bands and a few solo artists like Jimmy Buffett. Steve’s favorite song by Buffett was “Why Don’t We Get Drunk and Screw,” which, I guess, was probably his opening line on the women he chose to pursue.
Being introduced to The Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd was like getting high. The tunes just hit me hard. Who was “Melissa” and how did Greg Allman write that beautifully? How did Ronnie Van Zant come up with “Freebird”? I could relate to both of these. Even though I was in middle school, I had already had my heart broken and I damn sure wanted to be free…whatever that meant to a little kid who thought going to Jekyll Island was a long arse trip.
Anyway, I wanted to share what I believe some of today’s kids miss from the music of my youth. This is my take on the best bands from God’s Country. I’ve made a list on Spotify’s streaming music service. It’s free to join and listed to the tunes.
Some fun links about Southern Rock:
Vince Martin’s Top Ten Songs by Lynyrd Skynyrd - no “Needle and Damage Done”!!
Ultimate Classic Rock’s Top Ten Southern Songs: probably the best site on here
VH1′s Behind The Music has a show on Lynyrd Skynyrd (sorry, I can’t embed it on here).