Posts filed under: Southern Rock

Marshall Tucker Band “Ramblin’”

A big thumbs up to Toy Caldwell of the legendary Marshall Tucker Band, who played lightning fast lead guitar licks using only, you guessed it, his thumb.... Read More

Lynyrd Skynyrd “That Smell” (1977)

A senseless analysis on the relative merits of the senses, but still the good sense to listen to this smell.... Read More

Lynyrd Skynyrd “Freebird” (1973)

It’s two songs, really. The second part – the seemingly endless rounds of classic chord progressions and never-to-be-matched guitar wailing – made it what it is, arguably the greatest rock song of all time. But would it be remembered that way without the first part, that sweet, melancholic ballad written and sung by perhaps the...... Read More

Marcus King Band “Where I’m Headed”

Occasionally I come upon a new artist whose musical capacity – let’s say, whose musical beauty – is almost literally staggering, so as to challenge finding a proper description or appreciation. I felt this way a few years ago when I first discovered a heretofore unknown 20-year-old named Marcus King.... Read More

Tedeschi Trucks Band “Midnight In Harlem” (2011)

The stupifyingly amazing Derek Trucks, guitarist and co-leader of the indomitable Tedeschi Trucks Band. What has, at times, actually curtailed my enjoyment of his unreal playing? He's too good.... Read More

Gregg Allman “My Only True Friend” (2017)

The Midnight Rider's final ride: with "My Only True Friend" Gregg Allman wrote his own farewell song.... Read More

Gregg Allman “My Only True Friend”

The Midnight Rider's final ride: with "My Only True Friend" Gregg Allman wrote his own farewell song.... Read More

Blackberry Smoke “Let It Burn” (2016)

They’re the keepers of the flame. For those like me, who basked in the glory days of Southern Rock music, who gobbled up as many southern rock jams as possible and maybe chased them with a little Southern Comfort, who consider the classic southern rock bands to be as much a part of our essential...... Read More

Lynyrd Skynyrd “I Know A Little” (1977)

There are probably few bands as associated with wailing guitars as Lynyrd Skynyrd, and fewer still as identified with a single song featuring a seemingly endless wall of such wailing guitars (ah, that would be ‘Freebird’ if you’re wondering). Yet, I think my favorite section of a Lynyrd Skynyrd song ever. ... Read More

Blackfoot “Highway Song” (1979)

Obviously, there was ‘Freebird’ and there was ‘Green Grass and High Tides’. That pair seems undeniable and indisputable as numbers 1 & 2. But beyond those two epic southern rock guitar marathons by Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Outlaws respectively, what would come next? I'd allow either of ‘Whipping Post’ or... Read More
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