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In this edition of '50 licks you MUST know' we're going to focus on Southern Rock music. This R&B based Country Rock style was founded in the Southern states of the USA in the late 1960's. In order to understand that we're dealing with all kinds of different approaches within the 1970's era of Southern Rock, we will have a closer look into what I call the 4 main pillars. Pillar 1 can be described as the foundation created by the Allman Brothers Band from Macon, Georgia in 1969. Their music was originaly based on Blues. Later on they mixed it up with other styles, such as Country music. With lots of space for improvisation on stage, this band created a lot of excitement. For pillar 2 we're gonna move to the state of Alabama, where Lynyrd Skynyrd was founded in the early 1970's. With 3 guitar players this band sounded more like a Rock band, but with typical Southern features. These included Country music influences and of course their traditional 'home' based lyrics performed by lead singer Ronnie van Zant. Their most famous and characteristic song is of course their anthem 'Sweet Home Alabama' (1974). The 3rd pillar of Southern Rock music is Florida based band The Outlaws, featuring two amazing guitar players; Huey Thomason & Billy Jones. Their music is strongly connected to America's traditional Country music and sets a very high standard in soloing; on record and live on stage! Finally, the 4th pillar is the 'Pop' element in Southern Rock music, with on the forefront a more sophisticated sounding band: The Atlanta Rhythm Section. This 6 piece band from Dorraville, Georgia brought a unique sound to Southern Rock. Their song based compositions were well arranged, had a nice build up and featured all sorts of musical layers. Aside from these 4 pillars we'll take a look at other influences that contributed to the developement of Southern Rock. Let's dig in!