The South Will Rise Again

Kings Of Leon did it to me. That opening to Joe’s Head. It took me back to the 70s and the Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd. I was always more of a Skynyrd fan. The Gotham Gal is more Allmans. We grew up on it and then kind of left it behind. But now I am back with a vengeance

This is music for the simple man with the whiskey bottle in hand. And I love it. Two records that stand tall in our vinyl collection are The Allman Brothers at Fillmore East and One More from the Road by Lynyrd Skynyrd. They’ve been getting a lot of play on the turntable this week.

But the south has risen again. Maybe it never fell. Bands like My Morning Jacket from Kentucky, Kings Of Leon from Tennessee, and The Drive By Truckers from Alabama by way of Athens Georgia are making southern rock in the 21st century that sounds both new and old at the same time. I’ve seen MMJ and KOL live and they are truly great. They’ve picked up where the Allmans and Skynyrd left on and are keeping the southern rock genre vital.

Here’s an imeem playlist that I put together with some highlights of this week’s southern rock binge. I hope you like it.