Southern Rock Music

As you can tell by the name alone, southern rock music started out in the deep south of the United States and many of the pioneers of rock and roll in general hailed from the South, such as Elvis, even though he is not what would be considered southern rock by modern standards. This form of southern rock music was a fusion of rock and roll, blues, and country music and its origins began in the late fifties and early sixties. During the time when southern rock was first starting out the British bands were dominating the charts in America, and the American bands that did the make the charts during the British Invasion were mainly psychedelic rock bands. Because of all of this southern rock music was overshadowed throughout the early and mid sixties. Finally in the late sixties southern rock was on the comeback, and a big help in this revival was a band playing southern rock from California called Creedence Clearwater Revival.

When the sixties were ending southern rock music was starting to become very popular and many bands from the south starting gaining notoriety. Southern rock music bands like Georgia’s Allman Brothers Band, South Carolina’s Marshall Tucker Band, and North Carolina’s Charlie Daniels Band were becoming household names and climbing the charts. The Charlie Daniels Band released a hit song that became an anthem for southern rock titled “The South’s Gonna Do It”. Also in the early seventies some harder edged southern rock bands were on the rise and selling millions of records. One of the most infamous southern rock bands came from Jacksonville, Florida and were known as Lynrd Skynrd, they were actually reference in the Charlie Daniels anthem previously mentioned. Lynrd Skynrd, even though some considered them a redneck rebel band pumped out hit after hit on the charts and some of their songs are no doubt southern rock anthems to fans of the genre to this day. One of the most played songs in history on the radio is “Freebird” by Lynrd Skynrd, which is considered to be a southern rock anthem, along with another Skynrd song celled “Sweet Home Alabama”.