Rebel Rousers: Southern Rock Classics

For many music fans north of the Mason-Dixon line, contemporary white Southern culture is nothing but an Easy Rider cliché of booze, bikes, and bad attitudes. Unfortunately, the region’s best rock bands seemed to see it that way too. The Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and their followers grew a long-haired version of the redneck stereotype and brought a Southern accent to crowd-pleasing rock in the ’70s. But other than a weakness for interminable guitar solos, the groups had little in common: Very few of the 12 tunes on Rebel Rousers: Southern Rock Classics (a solid dose of ’70s nostalgia, including such enduring FM favorites as ”Statesboro Blues” and ”Free Bird”) are any sort of stylistic kin. In fact, the only element that could possibly unite the catchy Anglo-pop of the Ozark Mountain Daredevils’ ”Jackie Blue,” the slack rhythm & blues of Black Oak Arkansas’ ”Jim Dandy,” and the straight country-rock of the Marshall Tucker Band’s ”Heard It in a Love Song” is geography. C+

Rebel Rousers: Southern Rock Classics
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