American Band — Southern Fried

25 Sep

In the early to mid ’70s, the band was king. The South, in particular, turned out some earth-shattering new sounds that forever changed popular music. What was it that turned small-town boys born in the idyllic 50’s into the “rebels” of the ’70s? Was it the rapid descent of trust in the establishment after JFK’s assassination? Was it the disillusionment of their older brothers and friends going off and dying in Vietnam? Was it the influence of the counterculture instructing them to “turn on, tune in, and drop out”?

Whatever the cause, the South produced some dynamically talented bands who proved themselves capable musicians and, in many cases, insightful poets. With hair to their waists, mustaches and goatees, and hip-huggin’ bell bottoms, they hit the road…hard, converting the young masses in the process.

There were so many great ones that came out of that decade, but here are a few of my favorites. None of these, with the exception of Z Z Top, are in tact anymore, but through the magic of video and audio, they are preserved.

We’re an American Band, Grand Funk Railroad

Tobacco Road, Edgar Winter

Rock & Roll Hoochie Coo, Johnny Winter

FreeBird, Lynyrd Skynyrd

Can’t You See, Marshall Tucker Band

Born on the Bayou, Creedence Clearwater Revival

Shame On You, Wet Willie

Midnight Rider, The Allman Brothers

Spooky, Atlanta Rhythm Section

Jim Dandy to the Rescue, Black Oak Arkansas

Smokin’ in the Boys Room, Brownsville Station

Tuff Enuff, Fabulous Thunderbirds

If You Want to Get to Heaven, Ozark Mountain Daredevils

Tush, Z Z Top


Posted by on September 25, 2007 in rock


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15 responses to “American Band — Southern Fried

  1. shrewspeaks

    September 25, 2007 at 8:32 pm

    Okay…but there were some great band songs from the North too…like Rutgers Guys Looking Glass Okay…they are also a great one hit wonder.

  2. music maven

    September 25, 2007 at 9:17 pm

    Ok, you’re going to put Brandy up against FreeBird?

    Pardon my sarcasm, but “Is you crazy?”

  3. shrewspeaks

    September 25, 2007 at 10:51 pm

    Hey…FreeBird was alway the song every local band did which they would murder. Brandy was a number 1 hit…and joisey gal has to give the Rutger’s based band a shout out.

  4. southlanditaly

    September 26, 2007 at 4:54 am

    hello here’s southland from italy (check my southern blog:

    Obviously there’s no competition among Freebird and Brandy. I agree with MusicMaven.

    I think there are a few dixie songs that are like rainbow that link usa and europe: freebird is one of them. The others are: sweet home alabama, jessica, cant you see…..

  5. shrewspeaks

    September 26, 2007 at 8:23 am

    Awe Shucks…no love for Looking Glass. Story of their musical life 😉

  6. jenfera

    September 26, 2007 at 8:24 am

    MM, I am curious about your inclusion of the Fabulous Thunderbirds here. Weren’t they, and that song, from the mid-80’s?

  7. music maven

    September 26, 2007 at 8:25 am

    Well, there you have it…our neopolitan friend sums it up. But don’t forget the Ultimate Rainbow, a Jersey lad.

    Welcome, southland. The credo here is “All Roads Lead to Wet Willie”. Jimmy Hall rawks.

    Shrew, I hear you on the Rutgers thing. I have to say that “The Scarlet Knights” is the kewlest mascot name evah! Do y’all say GEAUX KNIGHTS!?!

  8. music maven

    September 26, 2007 at 8:37 am

    Actually, Brandy is one of my absolute favorite songs of all time…looks like another topic for another post…Jersey Bands.

    from Wikipedia:
    “The Fabulous Thunderbirds are a blues-rock band, formed in 1974. After performing for several years in the Austin, Texas blues scene, the band won a recording contract with Takoma/Chrysalis Records, and later on signed with Epic Records.”

    FT’s were playing my neck of the woods ALOT in the late ’70s. Basically, all of these bands were. I’ll bet dollars to donuts that every one of these bands have played Grant St. Dancehall in Lafayette, LA (a/k/a God’s Country).

    I cannot tell a lie, I really just wanted to get that clip in of Stevie Ray sitting in with Jimmie and the boys. Technically, you are Ko-RECK that Tuff Enuff was an ’80s hit.

  9. shrewspeaks

    September 26, 2007 at 9:46 am

    OOOH…Joisey (must spell it that way) Bands too cool. As for the Scarlet Knights…it is more like “YO, K-Nights!” ala Soprano.

    I must admit I was on the beach last week had the pod on shuffle and Wet Willie came on and all seemed right with the world.

  10. morewines

    September 26, 2007 at 11:05 am

    Grand Funk Railroad. Can’t even tell
    you the last time I have listened to them. They performed at my County Fair
    in July. I missed that.

    Lynyrd Skynyrd, when I read his name or
    hear some one say his name I always think of Freebird.

  11. music maven

    September 26, 2007 at 11:22 am

    TODAY’s TRIVIA: Lynyrd Skynyrd’s name originated from Leonard Skinner, some of the band members high school gym teacher.

  12. shrewspeaks

    September 26, 2007 at 12:39 pm

    Oh wow…my band would be named Gus Shultz…I guess it would be a punk polka band.

  13. later

    September 26, 2007 at 11:05 pm

    Just found this blog…love the music here!! The video of Grand Funk Railroad reminded me of Bo Bice’s music he has on his new CD due out in Oct.

  14. southlanditaly

    September 27, 2007 at 2:14 pm

    MM: my dear take a look to my blog, i’ll edit something about wet willie. I love their music, above all LUCY WAS IN TROUBLE (live version, great sound, wonderful feeling…..), and DIXIE ROCK…..
    FABULOUS THUNDERBIRD: they played here in Italy, in a smooky rock club in Milan about 1988-89, with a powerful jimmi vaughan at the guitars….

  15. Georgia

    October 1, 2007 at 6:07 pm

    What a rockin’ page of music you have! If you or anyone else that checks out your page are super into Southern Rock, Country, Outlaw Country, or Alternative Country, Ya’ll should check out this radio station we have here in Dallas, Lone Star 92.5. They dont play a lot of commercials and they have killer upcoming classic rock shows. I think they have an upcoming Skynyrd show, I work with those guys and they always have awesome events. Ya’ll need to check them out, for some real southern comfort!


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