Hard to believe that another year has passed us by and, this time, also another decade. The Renegades Radio Podcast is taking time in this episode to salute those that departed this mortal plane in the past year. From some of the greatest musicians in the country ranks to legends of the rock world, there have been some saddening moments. But we can take solace in the fact that they left their musical legacies for us to enjoy and we will do that on this episode of the Renegades Radio Podcast!
As one of the subgenres of rock music, Southern rock is a hodgepodge of many musical genres. Melding hard rock, country, blues, bluegrass and even a bit of gospel, Southern rock began in the 50s and emerged as a powerhouse in the 70s. With groups like the Allman Brothers Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd, Southern rock became a staple of the airwaves on both pop and rock radio.
As the 80s and 90s came along, however, Southern rock began to fade from the fore. Today, it is but a shell of its former self, with only a few new practitioners standing alongside some of the “old guard” of the genre. Why has it gone away? As we look at a brief history of Southern rock on the Renegades Radio Podcast, we’ll examine why it was popular and why, at this mark in the 21st century, it is struggling for a spot in the limelight.