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American Band — Southern Fried

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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