Old Alabama is a Redneck Paradise All Summer Long – it’s Sweet Home Alabama, not Somethin’ Bad!

It’s June already?! How’d that happen? The kids only have 2-1/2 weeks of school left (unlike out East who are either already done or finishing their snow make-up days this week. Out here on the left coast they don’t start school in August, but get to wait until after Labor Day in September…hence the later end date).

I better whoop it up the next couple of weeks before I’m inundated with the Boredom Train and Sibling Rivalry Sonata. Ahem.

Meanwhile, it’s Monday, and that means music! This week’s theme is ‘Southern Rock’, so let’s rock this joint! We’re going to start with one of my favorite artists – and while this may not fit properly into the theme, we’re going to roll with it anyway.

The song itself pays homage to a band this artist admires, even incorporating into the lyrics some of the song titles of the other band. In fact, he even has the other band members record parts of the song with him, too.

The also features that group, as well as appearances from NASCAR drivers, Darrell Waltrip, Jeff Gordon and Rick Hendrick. Watch closely, because some of the scenes also feature this artist being superimposed onto the old videos.

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Here’s my boy, (featuring Alabama) with ”:

Next up is an artist who went from a hard metal rapper to a southern rocker/country singer. This particular single became one of his biggest hits to date without it being available on iTunes.

The artist said that this song is a nod to hardworking people who love the simple things in life – where everybody’s welcome.

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For the video, I chose the remix version that has participating.  Give a listen to featuring Hank Williams Jr. with”:

Next up, we’re going to let one of the artists play double duty, since I happen to like this song. A lot. It was the official theme song for WWE’s Backlash 2008, and is a mash-up of Warren Zevon’s “Werewolves Of London” and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “.”

Fun fact: When Lynyrd Skynyrd entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006, this artist inducted them. 

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Here’s Kid Rock with”:

Next up is an artist who will probably be getting a lot of play time with this week’s theme, since they are the ultimate Southern Rock band. Their signature three guitar attack coupled with superb songwriting and massive on stage charisma has rightfully earned them a reputation as one of the greatest live bands of all time.

The original band infamously had their career cut short by a disastrous plane crash in 1977 which took the lives of three members plus two of their road crew and seriously injured several others. In 1987 the surviving members reformed the band with Johnny Van Zant taking the place of his brother Ronnie.

They wrote this particular song about their impressions of Alabama – and one of the verses is an attack on Neil Young: “I hope Neil Young will remember a southern man don’t need him around anyhow.”  Apparently Young had written songs like “Southern Man” and “Alabama,” which implied that people in the Southern US were racist and stuck in the past.

This band responded with this, a song about Southern pride and all the good things in Alabama.

The feud between this band and Neil Young was always good-natured fun; they were actually big fans of each other. Ronnie Van Zant often wore Neil Young T-shirts on stage and is wearing one on the cover of Street Survivors, the last Skynyrd album before his death.

Fun fact: At the beginning, when Ronnie Van Zant says, “Turn it up,” it was not planned. He was telling an engineer to turn up the volume in his headset before recording his track. The comment sounded good, so they left it in the final mix.  

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Without further ado, here’s Lynyrd Skynyrd with “Sweet Home Alabama”:

Last, but certainly not least, is a duo who individually are favorites of mine, and together? Magic! They have been trying to work out a chance to sing together on an album for years, but their schedules just never seemed to mesh.

Even though this song originally was written as a guy/girl duet, they both thought it was perfect for their collaboration. They first performed it at the Billboard Music Awards, and will perform again this Wednesday for the CMT Music Awards. 

Apparently one of the duo was a bit ‘freaked out’ about doing the duet, wondering what she’d gotten herself into because some of the notes, according to her, “are huge”. Once they got into the song, however, all her fears were vanquished.

So it’s not technically  ‘Southern Rock’, but these gals are Southern, and the song is rock, so there ya go.

Give it up for and with “Somethin’ Bad”:

And that’s a wrap – have a rockin’ good week, Southern or otherwise.

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Now on to the particulars of Monday’s Music Move’s Me:

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I have the supreme honor and privilege of being a co-host with the inimitable Xmas Dolly and our musical cohorts, Callie from JAmericanSpice, Cathy from Cathy Kennedy’s Blog, and Naila Moon at Just the Stuff Ya Know.  

Want to join in the fun? It’s easy – just find a tune that rocks your boat, post it and link up – don’t forget to grab Xmas Dolly…er, um, I mean her button…over at her place here. Check out Xmas Dolly’s sidebar for the random themes we sport each week – and you can always ask for a specific theme of music you like, too. Check out the other music lovahs and let’s jam!

INTRODUCING OUR “SPOTLIGHT DANCER”:

 

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APPLAUSE! APPLAUSE!



 

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27 thoughts on “Old Alabama is a Redneck Paradise All Summer Long – it’s Sweet Home Alabama, not Somethin’ Bad!

  1. Oh Lordy, Brad Paisley, Kid Rock, Hank Williams, Jr., Lynyrd Skynyrd, Miranda Lambert AND Carrie Underwood! Girl are you kiddin’ me??? You put all these together, and for sure Something bad is about to happen! YOU TOTALLY, UNDENIABLY, ROCKED THE ENTIRE CYBERSPACE TODAY! WOOO!!! HOT… REALLY, MOST DEFINITELY HOT! WHEW! I worked up a sweat here for sure! Woo Hoo THE BEST!

  2. Woo hoo!! Sweet Home Alabama (looks like this blog hop’s favorite) with Kid Rock and Kid’s Rock’s All Summer Long were great picks – but you had me really rockin’ with Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwoods’ Something Bad!!

    Thanks for the music – I loved this theme. Who knew, huh? Don’t let your kids get you down this summer and I hope you enjoy your free days before the fighting starts, hahaha.

    • Does look to be this week’s themed favorite, doesn’t it? 😉 Glad you were rockin’ to Miranda and Carrie – I can’t wait for the official tune and video to come out! 🙂 I have big plans if the Boredom Train pulls into the station this summer – “Bored, you say? The laundry can be interesting!” or “How about you see how many bubbles you can pop while washing these dishes…” >;o)~ Have an amazing week! 🙂

    • Glad you enjoyed them, Steve! 🙂 And thanks for the giggle – maybe someone should check on XmasDolly… 😉 Have a great week!

  3. Kid Rock was one of my son’s favorites and I always considered him a bad influence. Until he teamed up with Uncl Kracker and then I too was hooked. And there are songs of his that are summer anthems. Must plays.
    Mirand and Carrie took me by surprise. Not sure yet that I like it, but it will get you on your feet!

    • You and I are on the same page – I didn’t care for Kid Rock until he teamed up with Uncle Kracker, too! Definitely has summer anthems that are must plays. 🙂 I’m looking forward to the official version to come out for the Miranda/Carrie collaboration – I have a feeling it’ll be even more ‘likeable’ in official form vs. someone snagging a video off the awards show on their TV. 😉 Definitely one to get you on your feet! 🙂 Have a great week!

  4. I totally love Kid Rock’s All Summer Long–it one of my favorite songs. It requires car dancing when it comes on the radio.
    This year is really zipping along. Turbo got out of school last week and they head back the week before Labor day. How can it be June already?

    • Car dancing is definitely a must when that song comes on! 🙂 Crazy how fast this year is flying by! Hard to fathom we’re already halfway through the year – seemed like we were anticipating Christmas just last week! 😉 Have a great week, Vandy! 🙂

    • Thank you, Patrick! CONGRATS on your daughter’s graduation! I’m simultaneously looking forward to and dreading my kids’ graduation days. I’ll be happy to see them graduate, but sad they’ve grown up so fast. Luckily my oldest still has 7 more years to get there, so I better practice not blinking. 😉 Have a great week! 🙂

  5. I don’t think I’ve heard that kid rock one before. Very cool line up you have here Stacy!

    As usual thanks for the Southern rock fun.

    Happy Rocky Road Ice Cream Day!

  6. First of all, I cannot believe your kids are still in school as most schools are out now. Ah well.

    I love all your picks today and the Alabama one with Brad…shall we just call him Brad (ha)…is really great!

    Rock on Southern style girlfriend!

    • Heh, it’s a West Coast thing (or at least a Washington State thing), Naila. Although it does seem they’re getting out a little later than when I was in school in this state – but they do have extra days off during the school year, so that probably explains it. Princess Nagger is especially happy for the extra Winter Break and finally having a Spring Break – something she didn’t have in PA. And she’s happy she doesn’t have to start school in the middle of August like they do at her old school, too. 😉

      I’m sure he’ll be just fine if we simply refer to him as “Brad”. 😉 Glad you enjoyed my picks today! 🙂 Rock On! 🙂

    • I could definitely play those over and over again… 😉 And just a reminder – I’ll be looking out for your ‘list’! 😀 Have a great week, Denise! 🙂

  7. On Memorial Day, I featured Southern Rock. I thought it was interesting that this got picked for this week’s theme, but I didn’t know this until after I had my tunes picked. Oh well….I can always put up more Southern Rock tunes for freebie week. Your choices are gr8 dance music. What a fabulous way to spend the morning ~boogieing with my bud!

  8. Now it’s not much of a surprise to me that I really enjoy Brad…. but really liking Kid Rock as a country boy — that surprise I was not prepared for! 🙂