Five Greatest Southern Rock Songs of All Time
Outlaws - Green Grass and High Tides: The Outlaws band dates back to 1964 but it wasn't until 1975 after several major personnel changes that things started to rock - thanks in no small part to this extended jam. The song is a tribute to fallen rock stars who died too soon, and the title was inspired by a 1960's Rolling Stones greatest hits album "High Tides and Green Grass" which contained a tribute to Stones member Brian Jones who had died in 1968.
Charlie Daniels Band - The Devil Went Down to Georgia: The surprise hit of 1979 peaked at #3 on the BIllboard Charts (behind Earth Wind and Fire, and the Knack's "My Sharona" ) was a million miles away from pop music's mainstream. Top 40 radio required an edit that changed that "Sonofabitch" to "Son-of-a-gun". Johnny wasn't the only winner in this tune. It was the first of several hits and brought well deserved success for Charlie.
Marshall Tucker Band - Can't You See: The South Carolina band formed in 1972 and featured singer-songwriter Toy Caldwell on lead guitar and younger brother Tommy on bass. The song was a concert favorite but almost jinxed by radio. It was originally released as a single in 1973 and re-issued in 1977 following the success of their radio hit "Heard it in a Love Song".
Allman Brothers Band - Ramblin' Man: The birth of the southern rock culture can arguably be traced back to this gem with Duane Allman and Dicky Betts on twin lead guitars. Released in August 1973, it was their only Top Ten hit. It was inspired by a 1951 Hank Williams song of the same name.
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Freebird: It's one of the grandest of all the classic rock anthems, and stands out with nearly two dozen blistering dual lead guitar riffs. You can be sure the band will play it one final time in Cedar Rapids this Saturday night October 13 when the "Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour" takes the stage at the US Cell Center.
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