Have you ever thought about a "Southern Rock" cocktail hour? Southern rock got its start in the late 1960s with bands like the Allman Brothers and tended to marry a country and rock sound. The origins of Southern rock might actually go back even earlier in time to the 50s in Memphis when elvis, Jerry Lewis, and Johnny Cash began their recording careers at Sun Studio. Southern rock ruled rock radio in the 70s and 80s, and many bands are still heard on classic rock radio stations across America. Since the 70s and 80s, Southern rock has evolved with bands like REM, The Drive-By Truckers, and the Alabama Shakes. Whether your reception is at the Historic Rice Mill, Harborside East, or the Kiawah Island Club, enjoy this salute to Southern rock as you put together a playlist for creating the perfect soundtrack for your Charleston wedding.
1. "Caught Up In You" | 38 Special | 1982
38 Special was formed in Jacksonville, Florida in 1974 and a string of successful albums from the late 70s into the early - mid 80s. "Caught Up You" was released in the spring of 1982 off their album "Special Forces" and went to Number 1 on the Mainstream Rock charts.
2. "Jackie Blue" | Ozark Mountain Daredevils | 1975
The Ozark Mountain Daredevils were a Southern rock band forming in the early 1970s in Springfield, Missouri. "Jackie Blue" was their signature song and hit Number 3 on the Billboard charts.
3. "Keep On Smilin" | Wet Willie | 1974
Originating from the Alabama Gulf coast (Mobile, Alabama), Wet Willie formed in 1970 and had everyone smiling in the summer of 1974 with this Top 10 hit.
4. "Highway Song" | Blackfoot | 1979
Blackfoot were another band from Jacksonville, Florida who scored a few Top 40 hits that got classic rock radio airplay in the late 70s. "Highway Song" reached Number 26 on the Billboard rock charts in 1979.
5. "Statesboro Blues" | Allman Brothers | 1971
If "Southern Rock" was in the dictionary, you'd see the Allman Brothers listed. They are the epitome of that southern rock sound. "Statesboro Blues" was written by Blind Willie McTell in 1928, and this version of the song by the Allman Brothers was recorded at the Fillmore East in 1971.
6. "Simple Man" | Lynyrd Skynrd | 1973
Lynyrd Skynrd was formed in what seems like the "Southern Rock" capital of the world; Jacksonville, Florida. "Simple Man" was released in 1973 off their album "Pronounced". It's commonly used for the "mother / son" dance and was also covered by Shinedown.
7. "Driver 8" | REM | 1985
"Driver 8" was the 2nd song to be released off REM's album "Fable Of The Reconstruction". REM were formed in Athens, Georgia in 1980 and were a huge hit on college radio.
8. "She Talks To Angels" | Black Crowes | 1990
Based out of the Atlanta, Georgia area, the Black Crowes released their first record in 1990. "Shake Your Moneymaker" hit record stores and "She Talks To Angels" was the 4th single to hit the airwaves in the spring of 1991 and went all the way to Number 1 on the Album rock charts.
9. "Gregg Allman" | I'm No Angel | 1987
There are some Southern rock fans who might still be mourning the loss of Gregg Allman back in the spring of 2017. Gregg Allman wrote some of the Allman Brothers' biggest songs, like Whipping Post, and Midnight Rider. He released "I'm No Angel" in 1987 and the title track went all the way to Number 1 on the Album rock chart.
10. "Hold On" | Alabama Shakes | 2012
Named best song by Rolling Stone in 2012, the song was the first single to be released off their album "Boys & Girls" and went to Number 1 on the alternative charts.
11. "Heard It In Love Song" | The Marshall Tucker Band | 1977
Originating from the upstate of South Carolina (Spartanburg), this was their highest charting song hitting the Top 15 on the Billboard charts in the summer of 1977.
12. "Here Comes My Girl" | Tom Petty | 1980
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were formed in Gainesville, Florida before moving west. "Here Comes My Girl" was released in the spring of 1980 off their album "Damn The Torpedoes".
13. "I'm Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight" | Atlanta Rhythm Section | 1978
The Atlanta Rhythm Section were a Southern rock band formed in the early 70s in Doraville, Georgia. Their album "Champagne Jam" was released in 1978 and featured this song, which rose to Number 14 in America in the summer of 1978.
14. "Green Grass & High Tides" | The Outlaws | 1975
The Outlaws were another Southern rock band formed in Florida (Tampa), back in the mid 1960s. Their debut album in 1975 featured "There Goes Another Love Song", and this long Southern rock classic at nearly 10 minutes in length.
15. "Marry Me" | The Drive-By Truckers | 2003
The Drive-By Truckers were formed in Athens, Georgia in 1996. Their album "Decoration Day", released back in the summer of 2003 hit the Top 30 on the Indie charts.
These fifteen songs are really just a small taste of the Southern rock genre, and don't even scratch the surface. For even more of that Southern rock sound for your Charleston wedding playlist, you might also check out bands like Molly Hatchet, Blackberry Smoke, Black Oak Arkansas, The Georgia Satellites, Gov't Mule and the North Mississippi All-Stars. Thank you for making it to the end of another one of my blog posts. My passion for music runs deep and I love to share that passion to help brides and grooms create the perfect soundtrack for their wedding day. If you are recently engaged and are looking to get married later this year in 2018 or planning a wedding in 2019 and are looking to meet with one of Charleston's top wedding DJs, click HERE to tell me a little more about your big day in the Holy City.