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I created a southern rock playlist for my SONOS system and that brought a debate with my college buddies (by texts) of what a top ten Southern Rock list would be.  We all made one, was a fun process.

Criteria was...... can't have more than 4 songs from anyone band. That's the Allman Brother rule. The KINGS of southern rock.

I purposefully avoided Free Bird..  but here is my list.  What about you guys?

South’s gonna do it again

There goes another love song

Can’t you see

One way out

Blue Sky

Whippin Post

Sweet Home Alabama

Tuesday’s gone with the wind

Uneasy Rider

Jessica

 

 

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I kind of hate the "Southern Rock" genre....not so much the sound or the music but the distinction.  What makes you a Southern Rock band?  Where you're from?  Is it because you use a slide?  Is it because you have country/blues elements?  Isnt that rock and roll?

For example @munchmemory  - why are the Black Crows "southern rock" because they're form Georgia?

Is Tom Petty southern rock since he's from Gainesville, FL? 

Are jam bands southern rock?  Like Widespread Panic for example:  they're from Georgia as well.  Govt Mule?  

Like I get the distinction for say, Skynard (38 Special same band if you ask me) or say, the Marshall Tucker Band because they have an identifiable southern sound and and like sing proudly about the South...but who else really takes there identity to that level? 

Is ZZ Top Southern rock? 

CCR?  

Little Feat?  They're from L.A.

 

 

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1 hour ago, JiF said:

I kind of hate the "Southern Rock" genre....not so much the sound or the music but the distinction.  What makes you a Southern Rock band?  Where you're from?  Is it because you use a slide?  Is it because you have country/blues elements?  Isnt that rock and roll?

For example @munchmemory  - why are the Black Crows "southern rock" because they're form Georgia?

Is Tom Petty southern rock since he's from Gainesville, FL? 

Are jam bands southern rock?  Like Widespread Panic for example:  they're from Georgia as well.  Govt Mule?  

Like I get the distinction for say, Skynard (38 Special same band if you ask me) or say, the Marshall Tucker Band because they have an identifiable southern sound and and like sing proudly about the South...but who else really takes there identity to that level? 

Is ZZ Top Southern rock? 

CCR?  

Little Feat?  They're from L.A.

 

 

As I said in my initial post, I'm generally not a big southern rock fan.   Most of the bands we at some point dubbed as "Southern Rock" were originally back in the 70s just considered as rock.  I'm from the era when The Allmans, Skynyrd and Charlie Daniels were still regarded as more rock than country.  Where I attended a concert where "glam" band Angel opened the show, then went to a young Rush, and finally to headliners ZZ Top.  Again, everything was just considered rock.

I put Black Crowes as "southern rock" because like it or not it's how they are grouped today.  (Again, I personally would just consider them a straight up rock band influenced more by Led Zeppelin and Chuck Berry than Hank Williams or Waylon Jennings.) Maybe after a time these bands, as well as folks in those areas, wanted a greater identity as being from the South?    

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Not well known and certainly not overplayed. The guitar work (by Charlie) is phenominal.

Tried to get him to play it when he played at our town event a few years back but he said he and the band hadn't played it in years. Too bad it's gold.

Give a listen if you've got a second.

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3 hours ago, munchmemory said:

As I said in my initial post, I'm generally not a big southern rock fan.   Most of the bands we at some point dubbed as "Southern Rock" were originally back in the 70s just considered as rock.  I'm from the era when The Allmans, Skynyrd and Charlie Daniels were still regarded as more rock than country.  Where I attended a concert where "glam" band Angel opened the show, then went to a young Rush, and finally to headliners ZZ Top.  Again, everything was just considered rock.

I put Black Crowes as "southern rock" because like it or not it's how they are grouped today.  (Again, I personally would just consider them a straight up rock band influenced more by Led Zeppelin and Chuck Berry than Hank Williams or Waylon Jennings.) Maybe after a time these bands, as well as folks in those areas, wanted a greater identity as being from the South?    

Being in the south (kind of, I dont consider Florida the true south) and how stupid ridiculously prideful people are of the south, this is actually a great point. 

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3 hours ago, munchmemory said:

As I said in my initial post, I'm generally not a big southern rock fan.   Most of the bands we at some point dubbed as "Southern Rock" were originally back in the 70s just considered as rock.  I'm from the era when The Allmans, Skynyrd and Charlie Daniels were still regarded as more rock than country.  Where I attended a concert where "glam" band Angel opened the show, then went to a young Rush, and finally to headliners ZZ Top.  Again, everything was just considered rock.

I put Black Crowes as "southern rock" because like it or not it's how they are grouped today.  (Again, I personally would just consider them a straight up rock band influenced more by Led Zeppelin and Chuck Berry than Hank Williams or Waylon Jennings.) Maybe after a time these bands, as well as folks in those areas, wanted a greater identity as being from the South?    

I'd flip LPs from the Allman Bros to the Stones to ZZTop to Santana to any of those.  "Southern Rock" to me was just rock bands put together in the south.  

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Are the Grateful Dead considered "Southern Rock" because there have a handful of songs that could easily be considered from the genre;

Friend of the Devil,  Casey Jones, Box of Rain, Scarlett Begonias 

love those tunes...

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Here's a great song as well as strong argument for just calling it rock, not Southern Rock.   I always regarded Little Feat as more of a progressive band with almost jazz leanings.  But they are no doubt mostly considered Southern Rock today.  

The late Lowell George was one hell of a musician/songwriter.  Another artist who died way too young from substance abuse.

 

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2 hours ago, Dcat said:

I gather that we won't be adding Neil Young's Southern Man to the list.  

 

Well, I heard Mister Young sing about her (southern man)
Well, I heard ol' Neil put her down
Well, I hope Neil Young will remember
A southern man don't need him around, anyhow

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7 hours ago, JiF said:

I kind of hate the "Southern Rock" genre....not so much the sound or the music but the distinction.  What makes you a Southern Rock band?  Where you're from?  Is it because you use a slide?  Is it because you have country/blues elements?  Isnt that rock and roll?

For example @munchmemory  - why are the Black Crows "southern rock" because they're form Georgia?

Is Tom Petty southern rock since he's from Gainesville, FL? 

Are jam bands southern rock?  Like Widespread Panic for example:  they're from Georgia as well.  Govt Mule?  

Like I get the distinction for say, Skynard (38 Special same band if you ask me) or say, the Marshall Tucker Band because they have an identifiable southern sound and and like sing proudly about the South...but who else really takes there identity to that level? 

Is ZZ Top Southern rock? 

CCR?  

Little Feat?  They're from L.A.

 

There's so much gray area with these classifications.  For that kind of thing I simply defer to how Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart defined pornography in the 1964 obscenity case, Jacobellis v. Ohio:

 

I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced within that shorthand description ["hard-core pornography"], and perhaps I could never succeed in intelligibly doing so. But I know it when I see it, and the motion picture involved in this case is not that.

 

Much the same way, when it comes to classifications in music, it comes down to "I know it when I hear it."

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1 hour ago, Jetsfan80 said:

 

 

There's so much gray area with these classifications.  For that kind of thing I simply defer to how Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart defined pornography in the 1964 obscenity case, Jacobellis v. Ohio:

 

I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced within that shorthand description ["hard-core pornography"], and perhaps I could never succeed in intelligibly doing so. But I know it when I see it, and the motion picture involved in this case is not that.

 

Much the same way, when it comes to classifications in music, it comes down to "I know it when I hear it."

Well I just wholeheartedly disagree with that take considering I'm asking if certain bands fall into the category. lol

 

 

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42 minutes ago, JiF said:

Well I just wholeheartedly disagree with that take considering I'm asking if certain bands fall into the category. lol

And I would say if you can't definitively say "yes, this is southern rock", then they probably aren't.  They're just...rock.

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12 hours ago, JiF said:

I kind of hate the "Southern Rock" genre....not so much the sound or the music but the distinction.  What makes you a Southern Rock band?  Where you're from?  Is it because you use a slide?  Is it because you have country/blues elements?  Isnt that rock and roll?

For example @munchmemory  - why are the Black Crows "southern rock" because they're form Georgia?

Is Tom Petty southern rock since he's from Gainesville, FL? 

Are jam bands southern rock?  Like Widespread Panic for example:  they're from Georgia as well.  Govt Mule?  

Like I get the distinction for say, Skynard (38 Special same band if you ask me) or say, the Marshall Tucker Band because they have an identifiable southern sound and and like sing proudly about the South...but who else really takes there identity to that level? 

Is ZZ Top Southern rock? 

CCR?  

Little Feat?  They're from L.A.

 

 

I wrestled with this a little bit when I first saw the thread.  Was going to post The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, a song about the South that has the Southern Rock feel, and from the era of the great Southern Rock bands.  But The Band is 4 Candaians and a guy from Arkansas.  Can you be a Southern Rock band from Canada.    Although I believe they formed in the Toronto area, which is southern Canada, so does that work?  I am so confused.  This thread is too hard.

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On 11/17/2020 at 12:11 PM, JiF said:

Are the Grateful Dead considered "Southern Rock" because there have a handful of songs that could easily be considered from the genre;

Friend of the Devil,  Casey Jones, Box of Rain, Scarlett Begonias 

love those tunes...

The Grateful Dead produced country music for people who like acid. 

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