Genre music has always been a thing. One of my favorites, country rock, had its roots in the Cajun music of Louisiana, in blues and jazz from all over the South. But it took the artists of the Sixties and Seventies to make Southern Rock great.
One of the pioneers was Tony Joe White, a purveyor of what was then known as “Swamp Rock.” Here’s his best-known work, Poke Salad Annie.
The Sixties gave way to the Seventies. Southern Rock exploded onto the scene, and one of the pioneers was Black Oak Arkansas. Here is their iconic Jim Dandy.
Another pioneering group was The Allman Brothers Band; here, from a 1970 show, is their song Whipping Post.
As the Seventies progressed, more and more examples cropped up. Here are two; first, Molly Hatchet and Dreams I’ll Never See.
And one of the greatest, of course, was Lynyrd Skynyrd. Here they are in 1977, performing what is perhaps their best-known tune, Sweet Home Alabama.