SPECIAL NOTE: I wanted to start moving this forum into the earlier part of the week so that all the other features get their own time and attention as well. I am thinking a staggered schedule for SHT, NMC, LAOTW, etc... would benefit everyone. So this coming on Wednesday this week for #8 and I will try to get to a Monday/Tuesday timeframe going forward.
I'm gonna theme this week because I've been picking at this style of music ever since NMC #4 posted the new Molly Hatchet. So for your listening pleasure, here are some Southern flavored Hidden Treasures. Im gonna hesitate to call it outright Southern Rock because some of the bands I am putting up are more southern influenced than can truly claim a Southern Rock heritage. Let me also address some obvious omissions... I limit this list to 10 tracks and 10 Distinct bands, so Ive omitted some bands you may think should be here, bands like The Allman Brothers, Mothers Finest, The Outlaws and Blackfoot... Sorry, maybe they will show up in later editions...
Title: You Got That Right
Band: Lynyrd Skynyrd
Album: Street Survivors
Its simply a moral imperative that all Southern Music lists start with Skynyrd and its not easy to find a hidden treasure in their catalog either, they are all so good. This track is not well hidden, but certainly did'nt get the attention it deserved. Great opening riff, solid beat, strong rhythm and the vocal trade offs are hot! Classic track by a classic band.
Title: I'm Not Gonna Let it Bother Me Tonight
Band: Atlanta Rhythm Section
Album: Champagne Jam
(Taken from The Best of...)
I love the slow grinding beat and the lyrics. ARS is one of those bands that I keep checking for Re-Masters of. I am lying in wait to buy up their stuff. Just a solid band with great players and song writers.
Title: Twice as Hard
Band: The Black Crowes
Album: Shake Your Moneymaker
I so love their first album! But thats about it for the Crowes and me. This tune kicks butt though, great riff!
Title: Blue On Black
Band: The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band
Album: Trouble Is...
The next Stevie Ray? That was he was being called when this came out, but he has yet to take that right. This track rightly shot him into the spotlight. The acoustic guitar is wonderfully layered into this and the vocals trigger great lead riffs throughout.
Title: Fire On The Mountain
Band: The Marhsall Tucker Band
Album: Searchin' For a Rainbow
Got into this band because my older brother listened to them ... alot. Them moved to the Carolinas in 1998 and reconnected with them. I love the lyrics in this one. It may lean more to the rock-country side, but its very well written and really hits home.
Title: If You Wanna Get To Heaven
Band: The Ozark Mountain Daredevils
Album: The Ozark Mountain Daredevils
(Taken from Best of Ozark Mountain Daredevils)
My sister is into Mountain Man activities, an this band is still huge with that crowd (see Chicken Train on this best of collection if you dare). This is just a cool song with a great rhythm.
Probably one of my top 5 bands of all time. I love them! This is most likely their hardest rocking track and the one that most resembles Southern Fried Rock and Roll from them.
Title: Ol' 55
Band: The Eagles
Album: On The Border
(Taken from the Best Of...)
Slowing it down a bit... The chorus of this must be sang with, if you don't belt out this one when it comes on, then you've never heard it before, and that little problem just got solved....
Title: Fly Away
Band: .38 Special
Album: .38 Special
Another influence out of my brothers collection. Before they became Wild Eyed, they were trying to find their way. Their debut might not have took the world by storm special, but it was'nt bad either. It probably sounded to much like Skynyrd, but since when was that a bad thing, especially if your last name is Van Zant?
Title: Fall Of The Peacemakers
Band: Molly Hatchet
Album: No Guts...No Glory
This is the tune that spawned the idea for this list, so its the last one, representing the encore (Get your Bics out). I love Danny Joe Browns vocals and the guitars are classic Southern Shredding! The structure of the tune is also perfect, nice slow intro, emotional lyrics that launch you into a blazing solo to close it out! YES!!!
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