An Illustrated History of Southern Rock

by Scott B. Bomar | foreword by Doug Gray


Drawn from dozens of original interviews and packed with hundreds of photographs, Southbound is the compelling story of a quintessentially American musical genre.

Southbound (August 12, Backbeat Books, $29.99), by Scott B. Bomar, chronicles the birth and growth of Southern rock, a tradition rooted in blues, soul, and country music that has outgrown the region of its origin to impact the music scene worldwide. Bomar follows the genre’s ascension from the early southern architects of rock and roll, such as Elvis Presley and Little Richard, through the era when the Allman Brothers Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd dominated the scene, up to its enduring legacy that continues to resonate with listeners today.

As Southern Rock began to grow in popularity in the 1970s, it nurtured the traditions of camaraderie and fellowship that characterized the early experiences of its pioneers. As Doug Gray, lead vocalist for the Marshall Tucker Band, writes in Southbound’s foreword, “The Southern rock community became yet another family that was shaped by those formative years in South Carolina or Georgia or Florida or all the places where these folks came from.” As a result, Southern rock became what Charlie Daniels called “a genre of people more than a genre of music.”

Yet, despite the good vibes that spread throughout the network of musicians and their fans, Southern rock struggled for respect before finally evolving into a significant musical revolution. Throughout Southbound, Bomar addresses stereotypical images of the South as a regressive backwater, while highlighting its rich history as a hub of artistic exploration and long-haired rock and roll rebellion that ultimately triumphed.

Focusing primarily on the golden age of the 1970s, Southbound profiles the musicians, producers, record labels, and movers and shakers that defined the genre, including the Allmans, Skynyrd, the Marshall Tucker Band, Wet Willie, the Charlie Daniels Band, Elvin Bishop, the Outlaws, the Atlanta Rhythm Section, 38 Special, ZZ Top, and many others. From the rise and fall of the mighty Capricorn Records, to the music’s role in helping Jimmy Carter win the White House, and to its continuing influence, Bomarpresents a fascinating and lavishly illustrated chronicle of Southern rock as told by the performers who made it great.

August 12, 2014
color photographs and illustrations throughout
8.25″ x 10.75″
304 pages


ScottBBomarScott B. Bomar is a researcher and music industry professional originally from Nashville, Tennessee. After completing his graduate studies at Vanderbilt University, he went on to work for Sony Music, Universal Music Group and BMG Rights Management. He produces reissue compilations, writes liner notes, and is a lifelong student of music history. Scott currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Melanie.







Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group, the trade book division of Hal Leonard Corporations, publishes books on the performing arts under the imprints Hal Leonard Books, Backbeat Books, Amadeus Press, and Applause Theatre and Cinema Books.

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