New on Soul Jazz Records, the second volume of Delta Swamp Rock continues to journey into the heartland of the American south, exploring the musical links between country, rock and soul music in the 1960s and early 1970s.
Deep in the southern towns and cities of America - Muscle Shoals, Nashville, Memphis and Macon – select groups of (largely unknown) session musicians made musical history on an almost daily basis.
Southern rock rose up in the 1970s on the huge commercial success of southern-based groups The Allman Brothers, Marshall Tucker, Lynyrd Skynyrd and others. Like the twisted roots of rock and roll, southern rock put country, rock and black music into a melting pot to create a unique sound. This gave rise to a new identity for white southern working-class youth.
The roots of this revolution were to be found in an obscure corner of Alabama, in the sleepy town of Muscle Shoals, where, in the previous decade, a group of white in-house studio musicians together with the greatest rhythm and blues vocalists of the day - Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Etta James and many others - away from the segregated environment found just outside the studio walls.
Delta Swamp Rock 2 contains extensive sleeve-notes in an accompanying deluxe large outsize book housed in double-backed card case, which also includes stunning photography from the Getty picture archive and new interviews with a number of the featured artists.
As well as the deluxe slipcase CD edition there is also a similarly deluxe limited edition heavyweight double gatefold vinyl edition complete with full sleeve-notes and super-loud pressing.
1. AREA CODE - 615 Ruby
2. CAPTAIN BEYOND - Sufficiently Breathless
3. BOBBIE GENTRY Touch - 'Em With Love
4. COWBOY - Houston
5. MARSHALL TUCKER BAND - Fire On The Mountain
6. CHER - For What It's Worth
7. BOBBY LANCE - Somewhere In Between
8. TONY JOE WHITE - Who's Making Love
9. BAREFOOT JERRY - The Minstrel Is Free At Last
10. GREGG ALLMAN - Midnight Rider
11. BOBBIE GENTRY - Something In The Way He Moves
12. AREA CODE 615 - Devil Weed And Me
13. CHET ATKINS AND JERRY REED - Tennessee Stud
14. JOE SOUTH - No Fence Around Me
15. COWBOY - Road Gravy Chase
16. LYNYRD SKYNYRD - Free Bird
17. GRINDERSWITCH - Let The South Wind Blow
18. CAPTAIN BEYOND - Thousand Days Of Yesterdays
19. THE BOX TOPS - Deep In Kentucky
20. EARL SCRUGGS - Lonesome And A Long Way From Home