In the 1970s Southern Rock popped up as a response to the changing south after the Civil Rights movement. The once proud region had to take a long look at its traditions of racist and political biases stretching back to slavery.
Southern Rock gave its fans a way to embrace their southern roots while looking forward to a New South of social equality. It also showed that Southern culture with its close family ties, working class values and honky-tonks remained a wellspring of creativity.
Most of all, Southern rockers–like their country music counterparts–had a knack for creating melodies. They produced hits that made you want to hit the open road and sing along. The best of these have proved nearly as enduring as the South’s claim on its sons and daughters.