Southbound: An Illustrated History of Southern Rockby Scott B. Bomar
(Book). Many of the architects of rock and roll in the 1950s, including Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Little Richard, were Southerners who were rooted in the distinctive regional traditions of country, blues, and R&B. As the impact of the British Invasion and the psychedelic era faded at the end of the following decade, such performers as Bob Dylan and the Band… See more details below
(Book). Many of the architects of rock and roll in the 1950s, including Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Little Richard, were Southerners who were rooted in the distinctive regional traditions of country, blues, and R&B. As the impact of the British Invasion and the psychedelic era faded at the end of the following decade, such performers as Bob Dylan and the Band returned to the simplicity of American roots music, paving the way for Southern groups to reclaim their region's rock-and-roll heritage. Embracing both Southern musical traditions and a long-haired countercultural aesthetic, such artists as the Allman Brothers Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd forged a new musical community that Charlie Daniels called "a genre of people more than a genre of music." Focusing primarily on the music's golden age of the 1970s, Southbound profiles the musicians, producers, record labels, and movers and shakers that defined Southern rock, including the Allmans, Skynyrd, the Marshall Tucker Band, Wet Willie, the Charlie Daniels Band, Elvin Bishop, the Outlaws, the Atlanta Rhythm Section, .38 Special, ZZ Top, and many others. From the rise and fall of the mighty Capricorn Records to the music's role in helping Jimmy Carter win the White House and to its continuing legacy and influence, this is the story of Southern rock.
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Since you’re reading this, it’s a safe guess that you’re looking for a good book about Southern rock. Southbound is great. Southern rock had a huge following in upstate New York in the ’70s. As high school students there and then, my friends and I had missed Woodstock by a few years, and weren’t too interested in most of the contemporary popular music styles: progressive, disco, new age, punk, funk, soul, or anything called soft rock. It was the Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Outlaws, the Marshall Tucker Band, and the rest of the Southern rock line-up that stoked the excitement of stringy-long-haired kids in greasy Levis like us. We’re card-carrying AARP members now, but that photo of Duane Allman in the spotlight on the cover of Southbound by Scott B. Bomar still makes me want to raise my Bic lighter high. And that’s just the cover. Inside, Southbound traces the historical roots of Southern rock from the early 20th century, and continues with thorough profiles of every prominent band in the category, including excerpts from Bomar’s numerous interviews. At almost 300 pages of in-depth info with many hundreds of photos, Southbound is as extensive and entertaining as a live version of “Whipping Post.” When I finished the book and walked out my door, the sun was coming up.
Very well researched, many direct quotes from those profiled in the book, tons of pictures. You get history and analysis.
For years I have been thinking about putting together the “ultimate” Southern Rock book. Something a friend used to refer to as the “Southern Rock Bible.” I never got a chance to do it, but now I no longer have to worry about it, because Scott B. Bomar has done it, and done it right. The day this doorstop of a book arrived, I honestly felt like it was Christmas and my birthday all rolled into one. I dropped whatever I was doing at the time, and for the next hour went through page by page, grinning like a stuck pig. There were so many great photographs, some I had seen, but many I had not. Of course, the photos are only half of the joy of Southbound. Bomar has tirelessly researched all the major (and some lesser known) bands and gathered information, quotes from various past media interviews, as well as from interviews of his own, to tell the story of Southern Rock from the ground floor up. Starting with the formation of The Allman Brothers Band and the opening of Capricorn¿Records in Macon, Georgia, along with the rumblings of Lynyrd Skynyrd down in Jacksonville, Florida, he carries us through the always interesting history of these seminal bands with great detail. Of course, there has been more than one book written on The Allman Brothers Band as well as Lynyrd Skynyrd, but they are only the jumping off point for Bomar’s book. He tells the stories of the other top acts of the genre, Wet¿Willie, The Marshall Tucker Band and The Charlie Daniels Band, and digs into one of my personal favorite bands, Cowboy. There’s plenty of history and photographs on The Outlaws, Molly Hatchet, Blackfoot, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Black Oak Arkansas, Grinderswitch, Bonnie Bramlett, 38 Special, Elvin Bishop and ZZ¿Top. And here’s where he digs a little deeper. Included in the book are great acts like Hydra, The Winters Brothers Band, Eric Quincy Tate, and Barefoot Jerry. The history even brings us full circle to great Southern Rock bands of today like Blackberry Smoke. Besides his tireless tribute to Southern Rock bands, Bomar also treats us to the early movements in r&b, country and blues that were the seeds from which Southern Rock bloomed. There’s a really interesting chapter on Muscle Shoals and the “Swampers,” another town that played an important role in the beginnings of the genre. Southbound is an essential for any lover of Southern Rock as well as for anyone wishing to explore the rich musical heritage of the Southland. Highly recommended. -Michael Buffalo Smith, "The Ambassador of Southern Rock" KUDZOO Magazine