Five Cool Ones: Five Southern Rock Bands We Like

 

5Whether it is Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchett, Blackfoot, Marshall Tucker, The Allman Brothers or anyone in between, the Southern Rock flag is waving loud and proud in 2018. Here are some bands that are on our radar.

Blackberry Smoke – Run Away From It All

It helps that these guys very much look like a Southern Rock band, and they definitely have the chops to prove it. They have been around forever and are just now coming into their own. If you are new to this band you are in luck. They are six albums into a career that is going on almost two decades now. Holding All The Roses from 2014 is probably their best, but they are all good.

Black Stone Cherry – Me And Mary Jane

Definitely veering more to the Rock Side of the Country Rock equation, but don’t sleep on these guys. No guts, no glory.

Dolly Shine – Spinning My Wheels

This band from Stephenville, Texas is a bit under the radar, but none the less a real cool band worth checking out. They can turn it loose on a Saturday night, and can turn a tear jerker tear in your beer song with the best of them. They really should be more famous than they are.

Grady Spencer & The Work

We are going deep Texas here with Grady Spencer & The Work. Their 2016 album The Line Between is a gem of a record. Early Steve Earl with a dose of Tom Petty with these guys.

The Cadillac Three – Dang If We Didn’t

I kind of worry about these guys. Their songwriting is so damn good and they seem to be entrenching themselves into the Nashville establishment. I don’t want them to lose their mojo.

Video of the Day: Eric Church – Desperate Man

Eric Church is walking that delicate line between Rock and Roll and Country Music quite nicely. If you haven’t checked out his 61 Days in Church series of live performances do yourself a favor and Rock On. Among other tasty covers he handles “The Ballad of Curtis Loew,” “The Weight,” “Screw You, We’re From Texas,” and “Lodi” quite nicely. On “Desperate Man,” his latest single and video, the surprise guest appearance of the great Ray Wylie Hubbard is worth the price of admission alone.

Video of the Day: Speedbuggy USA – Holding My Head Up High

Maybe, if it weren’t for their unfortunate band name this group would be a bit more famous than they are. And they are not very famous, but they are whole lot of fun. Their latest record, Kick Out The Twang, features everything you would want in a honky tonk Rock and Roll band. Foot-stomping tunes about drinking, heartache, and failure just like Hank, Johnny Cash, Willie, and Joe Ely would sing about. The sound is a bit ramshackle at times in all the best of ways. Think Bottle Rockets and Commander Cody here.