Often the music most associated with the South is of the country persuasion. However, many other bands favoring other genres also hail from below the Mason-Dixon line.
Hometown: Athens, Alabama
Best Song You Won’t Hear On The Radio: “Always Alright”
Front woman Brittany Howard sounds like she swallowed glass and decided to cure it by eating a spoonful of sugar while wailing on a guitar. Coming together with the band members turns the rawness into something beautiful and gritty.
The Avett Brothers
Hometown: Concord, North Carolina
Best Song You Won’t Hear On The Radio: “Laundry Room”
This band’s infectious brand of bluegrass-pop is best enjoyed at their high-energy live shows where young and old shake their groove things. Their brilliant lyrics, melodies, and harmonies make it hard to stay in your seat.
Hometown: Raleigh, North Carolina
Best Song You Won’t Hear On The Radio: “Over There”
It’s jangly college rock at its best. They don’t play much anymore because they’ve all grown up to be lawyers and such, but their music stands as a testament to the sounds once known as “college rock.”
Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee
Best Song You Won’t Hear On The Radio: Miley has a song that isn’t on the radio?
Say what you want about Miley, the girl has some pipes and owns her live performances of “Wrecking Ball” and “Party in the U.S.A.” She’s come a long way from her country roots and Hannah Montana, which may not be an accident.
Dave Matthews Band
Hometown: Charlottesville, Virginia
Best Song You Won’t Hear On The Radio: “#41”
Bringing bluegrass, horns, and pop together in a confluence that was initially surprising, Dave Matthews Band has become a worldwide phenomenon.
Hootie and The Blowfish
Hometown: Columbia, South Carolina
Best Song You Won’t Hear On The Radio: “Not Even The Trees”
Before Darius Rucker was tearing it up at the Grand Ole Opry, he was performing with Hootie and the Blowfish. Overlook the noxious overplay they received in the 1990s and it’s easy to hear why they were so popular.
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
Best Song You Won’t Hear On The Radio: “Power of Two”
This duo and their songs have launched a thousand dorm room sing-alongs since their first major-label release in 1989. Just try and pretend you don’t know the lyrics to “Closer to Fine.”
St. Paul and the Broken Bones
Hometown: Birmingham, Alabama
Best Song You Won’t Hear On The Radio: “Don’t Mean A Thing”
Another live show treasure, this band is fronted by Paul Janeway, who looks more like your pudgy neighbor than a rock star. However, when the band starts playing and he begins singing, the shock and energy of the whole is staggering.
Are there any other non-country Southern bands that should be added to this list? The comments section below is waiting to hear from you!
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