Southern Rock was born in Jacksonville in the 1960s as a new fusion of rock, blues, country, and a heavy dose of Southern grit.
Arguably the first true Southern rock group, the Allman Brothers Band, formed following a jam at a Riverside home known as the Gray House.
A few months later Lynyrd Skynyrd was created, then a little later 38 Special, Blackfoot, and Molly Hatchet were created in Jacksonville.
We must give credit where credit is due
The Allman Brothers Band moved to Macon Georgia and recorded in Capricarn Studios.
Georgia is home of The Georgia satellites, The Black Crowes, Blackberry Smoke, Atlanta Rhythm Section, just to name a few. So Georgia is also responsible for Southern Rock as much as Jacksonville is.
Southern Rock outlived both the Allman Brothers, who broke up in 1976, and Lynyrd Skynyrd, who disbanded after a plane crash in 1977 that took the lives of three members, including frontman Ronnie Van Zant.
Jacksonville’s JJ Grey and Mofro and the Tedeschi Trucks Band, continue to carry on the Southern Rock legacy.