Southern rock can be likened to a tree with many branches and even more roots. Tapping deep into the ground, it draws nourishment from blues, country, soul, folk, and a whole lot of other genres, all tangled together. The up-and-coming group Blackberry Smoke is the real thing, and their brand new album, The Whippoorwill, is distilled Southern goodness.
Channeling the heyday of Lynyrd Skynyrd before the plane crash that killed three band members and a crew member in 1977, BBS captures that essence with a sound that has the power to transport listeners straight to Jacksonville. With edge, humorous storytelling, and skilled musicianship, they put together songs rich with a sense of place and time. See for yourself in this recent performance of "Everybody Knows She's Mine":
If you enjoy this, take a look at these while you're waiting for The Whippoorwill. They may not all be strictly Southern rock, but if you like one, you'll probably like the other (and a background check can't hurt).
- The Marshall Tucker Band
- Lynyrd Skynyrd
- Allman Brothers
- Creedence Clearwater Revival
- Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
- George Jones
- Doobie Brothers
- Arlo Guthrie
- James McMurtry
Newer groups (1990s and later):
I'm undoubtedly forgetting somebody, so post a comment with your favorites!
There's so much, Ms G. Wet Willie, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Georgia Satellites, Charlie Daniels, Outlaws, even ZZtop (Texas is considered south, right?), and more. However, BBS is in the finest of company, because they have the hallmarks of the greats--guitar aces and the southern swagger, the charisma, and the music that draws people in. Thanks for the tip on these guys.