BEST OF MIKE’S DAILY JUKEBOX originally posted Dec. 2012
Lynyrd Skynyrd didn’t invent Southern Rock but they became the band synonymous with the outlaw attitude, the misinterpreted Confederate Flag waving love of America holding to the values of down south Southern charm. Their music wasn’t racist, it was an in-your-face defiant attack about anyone restricting our rights and freedom. Classic Southern anthems challenged the politicians, the status quo, and provided a hope that the values that built this country are nothing to be taken for granted.
After Ronnie’s tragic plane crash, Southern Rock evolved. Artists like Tom Petty, Molly Hatchet, Bob Seger, and ZZ Top continued their styles from the 70’s until now. During the 1990’s, the new grunge sound stuck a dagger into the genre. Reincarnations of the Allman Brothers and Skynyrd hung around with Southern bands like R.E.M., Northern Mississippi All-Stars, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and the Black Crowes.
During the past 15 years, Kid Rock, Chris Robinson, Blackberry Smoke, Black Stone Cherry, Shinedown, Saliva, Kings Of Leon, and Stone Sour have maintained the spirit of Ronnie until now. Country radio has evolved and artists like Jason Aldean and Jamey Johnson are bringing back the attitude with rock guitars and a familiar swagger. Here’s a look back at the last 4 decades of Southern Rock’s evolution:
“WAS I RIGHT OR WRONG” LYNYRD SKYNYRD 1977
“REBELS” TOM PETTY 1985
“LIFE’S LESSONS” LYNYRD SKYNYRD 2003
“HELL OR HIGH WATER” BLACK STONE CHERRY 2007