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Any Major Southern Rock

November 12th, 2020 Leave a comment Go to comments

After the events of last week, I thought some people may need a little solace through the medium of music. So here’s a mix of Southern Rock songs which should unite the blue and the red and the orange in displays of face-contorting air-guitar solos.

Of course, one of the great air-guitar songs is Freebird by Lynyrd Skynyrd. That doesn’t feature here. Nor does this mix feature their southern pride anthem Sweet Home Alabama. Nor Charlie Daniels’ The South Is Going To Do It Again — though both acts feature here, naturally.

The closest we come to Confederation flag-waving here is the opening track, which became an earworm whenever US election coverage mentioned Alleghene County in Pennsylvania. I had to remind myself that the song is about the land Dewey Crowe’s cousins from Justified (how would they have voted, I wonder).

Molly Hatchet’s Gator Country cites many of the fellow Southern Rock acts who appear on this mix, by way of humorous one-upmanship in defence of Florida’s superiority. “I’ve been to Alabama, people ain’t a whole lot to see; Skynyrd says it’s a real sweet home but it ain’t nothing to me. Charlie Daniels will tell you the good Lord lives in Tennessee, ha! But I’m going back to gator country where the wine and the women are free.”

Richard “Dickey” Betts gets namechecked, too. The guitarist with The Allman Brothers Band takes the lead vocals and lead guitar on the track featured here, which is also mentioned on Gator Country.

And how exactly do we define Southern Rock? According to Wikipedia, it drives from rock & roll, country and blues, and is focused generally on electric guitars and vocals. So far so easy, but who qualifies for inclusion and who doesn’t? Well, one condition ought to be origin in the southern states of the US, and some kind of lyrical affinity with the region. Some acts that are often (but not invariably) included in lists of Southern Rock acts are Creedence Clearwater Revival (from California) and The Band (Canada). Of course, the latter included Levon Helms, who was from Arkansas and sings lead on the featured track. How purist should one be about such things? I don’t know, but I excluded the Atlanta Rhythm Section and Orleans, because they don’t really sound like the others.

If this mix is popular, there will be a second volume. If so, I might extend it beyond the 1970s (which I do here once) to include acts like Drive-By Truckers, .38 Special, Doc Holliday, Georgia Satellites, Bishop Black or the Black Crowes. If that happens, rest assured that Kid Rock will not feature.

No Confederate flags may be flown while listening to this mix. As ever, the mix is timed to fit on a standard CD-R, and includes home-gatorwrestled covers.  PW in comments.

1. Molly Hatchet – Gator Country (1978)
2. Wet Willie – Country Side Of Life (1974)
3. Little Feat – Dixie Chicken (1973)
4. Marshall Tucker Band – Can’t You See (1973)
5. Lynyrd Skynyrd – Simple Man (1973)
6. Charlie Daniels Band – High Lonesome (1976)
7. Boondoggle & Balderdash – I’ve Been Delayed (1971)
8. The Allman Brothers Band – Ramblin’ Man (1973)
9. Ozark Mountain Daredevils – If You Want To Get To Heaven (1973)
10. Black Oak Arkansas – Uncle Lijiah (1971)
11. Barefoot Jerry – Smokies (1975)
12. The Band – Up On Cripple Creek (1969)
13. Creedence Clearwater Revival – Someday Never Comes (1972)
14. Blackfoot – Diary Of A Workingman (1981)
15. The Outlaws – Green Grass & High Tides (1975)
16. Edgar Winter’s White Trash – Rock And Roll, Hoochie Koo (1972)
17. ZZ Top – Tush (1974)
18. Elvin Bishop – Have A Good Time (1975)

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  1. amdwhah
    November 12th, 2020 at 08:04 | #1

    PW = amdwhah

  2. November 12th, 2020 at 20:21 | #2

    Great mix Dude, lots of fun.

  3. MusicBringer
    November 13th, 2020 at 02:05 | #3

    I agree, Great mix, lots of fun.
    Thanks for the Music,

  4. iammike
    November 13th, 2020 at 03:09 | #4

    Thx for this again, again lots of bands I never heard of.

    Always looking forward to the end of the week ;)

  5. November 13th, 2020 at 16:21 | #5

    I’d definitely be up for more of that!. Thanks, Dude.

  6. Rat-a-tat-tat
    November 13th, 2020 at 16:51 | #6

    Most excellent. Thx in advance for your work putting this together.

  7. Little Bill
    November 13th, 2020 at 18:57 | #7

    Many thanks for another nice set!

  8. November 16th, 2020 at 00:25 | #8

    Super hyped to load this onto a tape, throw it into the Firebird, and cruise on over to Mobile while blasting this on repeat.

  9. amdwhah
    November 16th, 2020 at 15:54 | #9

    Oh, that sounds like a plan!

  10. Fredrick
    November 17th, 2020 at 01:59 | #10

    @Rol Seconded :)

  11. Jungle Jim
    November 20th, 2020 at 20:07 | #11

    Great Mix!
    This one is long overdue and you did a fine job compiling
    all the big artists and tracks.
    Thanks so much for the dedication you put into your projects
    for all to enjoy!

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