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.
Earlier this month was the anniversary of one of the saddest moments in rock music history. In 1959, three of the biggest names in rock music – J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, Ritchie Valens and Buddy Holly – were killed in a plane crash in Iowa. But they weren’t the only musicians ever killed in this manner. Join us as we look at some of the iconic stars of the music industry who were silenced after dying in plane crashes.
As we come to the close of 2018, it is time to remember those musical greats that have passed away over the last 12 months. Included in this remembrance on the Renegades Radio Podcast is music from The Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan, Ed King of Lynyrd Skynyrd and the legendary Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, and many more. Listen here!