Top 10 Southern Rock Guitar Solos Of All Time
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The reason why Southern rock easily touches its listeners due to the fact that it doesn’t really deal with the overly-complicated affairs of this world. Relatable lyrics, anthemic arrangements, and an aesthetic that feels like home make Southern rockers stand out from the rest of their brethren. But admit it, these bangers aren’t complete without solos that can range from blues-inspired burners to melodic, country-style slides.
“Train, Train” – Blackfoot
Rickey Medlocke is unforgiving in the solo of Blackfoot’s “Train, Train”. He almost perfectly replicates a scat vocal with his guitar chops for a blazing solo run before the song proceeds to its conclusion.
“Waitin’ For The Bus” – ZZ Top
While the Wah pedal might seem like a simple accessory to use, Billy Gibbons shows you why he’s ZZ Top’s axman. The technique and timing of the guitarist just do wonders as he blasts off with “Waitin’ For The Bus” solo section.
“Simple Man” – Lynyrd Skynyrd
The slow and simmering solo of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man” might take its steps with caution, but it really delivers and is quite a pairing to the arrangement.
“Can’t You See” – Marshall Tucker Band
From a call and response dynamic in the verses, Toy Caldwell barges in with full command as the solo section comes along. Tasty blues-inspired licks and melodic runs make his solo a standout in this list.
“Dreams” – The Allman Brothers Band
You know you’re in for a treat once Duane Allman rocks that slide guitar. Oozing with emotion and finesse, “Dreams” heightens the musical experience just with Duane’s soulful performance alone.
“Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers” – ZZ Top
Billy Gibbons once shows why he’s the top dog with “Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers” with his immaculate playing and well-mixed tone. He also dishes out a finger tap arpeggio that predates Van Halen.
“Sometimes Salvation” – The Black Crowes
Marc Ford might not be the most known guitarist on this list, but he can surely hold a tune, or solo, up to anybody. Technical and impassioned, his musicianship was second to none.
“Jessica” – The Allman Brothers Band
Dickey Betts rose to the occasion after Duane Allman’s passing and dished out some of his best playing on “Jessica”. The band went with an uplifting tune which served to celebrate the memory of Duane, as well as being inspired by Betts’ daughter.
“Free Bird” – Lynyrd Skynyrd
Of course “Free Bird” would show up in this list. The Gary Rossington and Allen Collins guitar duet burn up some fingerboards as they sweep up the tempo halfway through the song.
“Statesboro Blues” – The Allman Brothers Band
It doesn’t have to be technical to sound good, especially when the hands behind the instrument is Duane Allman’s. Complemented by Dickey Bett’s own tempered playing, “Statesboro Blues” certainly is a top bill in any Southern rock roundup.