Southern rock, from alabama to mississippi via southern california….


The Band

Who is the best southern rock band of all time?  This is a question that has been talked about for a long, long time so I thought I would pipe up with my opinion.

By the way, by southern rock I am talking american southern rock.  There are many bands over the course of time who would qualify for this accolade, but the majority were rocking in the 60’s and 70’s.  There are very few bands around now with the southern swagger of the ir predecessors.

Creedence Clearwater Revival

Anyway, enough waffling.  My first nominations are The Band.  Robbie Robertson and co play an eclectic mix of country, folk, jazz and hillbilly music.  Albums “Music from Big Pink” and “The Band” made it onto the rock ‘n’ roll hall of fame, and classic songs such as “The night they drove old dixie down” and “The weight” will always confirm The Band in the legend ranks.

My second nominations are Creedence Clearwater Revival.  Bruce Willis revealed in Die Hard that they are the greatest band of all time.  Maybe he was slightly exaggerating, but I see where he is coming from.  CCR have a plethora of genius albums such as ‘Green River’, ‘Willy and the Poor Boys’ and the self titled ‘CCR’.

The Marshall Tucker Band

The Marshall Tucker BandNomination number three are The Marshal Tucker Band.  Now you may not have heard of them, but they are quite possibly the best band you have never heard of.  I will let you make your own mind up – check out their self titled album, ‘The Marshal Tucker Band’ and ‘Searching for a Rainbow’.

Onto number four…..it’s Lynryd Skynryd.  Legends of southern rock, Skynryd had to be in this list.  ‘Freebird’, ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ and ‘Poison Whisky’ are the obvious classics but it’s the broken down ‘Mississippi Kid’ that made me want to pick up my Les Paul again.

Lynyrd Skynyrd

The final nominees are Buffalo Springfield.  Again, not a band that is greatly recognised, but a brilliant one all the same – The first album ‘Buffalo Springfield’ is by far the best….

Those are the five nominations.  Come back soon to check out the winner…..

Buffalo Springfield

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One comment on “Southern rock, from alabama to mississippi via southern california….

  1. Pingback: So who is the greatest southern rock band? The winner… « rockcountdown

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