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Scott B. Bomar: Southbound


Scott's book Southbound: An Illustrated History of Southern Rock is now available from Backbeat Books, an imprint of Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group.  Drawn from dozens of original interviews and packed with hundred of photographs, Southbound is the story of a quintessentially American musical genre.

PopMatters rated the book 9 out of 10, saying: "Southern rock is often maligned and misunderstood and Scott B. Bomar’s recent illustrated history on the topic gives readers a new appreciation of the music. It’s an excellent read on a topic that some may come to kicking and screaming. . . . Bomar has an impressive grasp on each act’s discography and history and has researched the topic thoroughly. True to its title, this is an illustrated history with numerous photos that reveal as much of the story as the words do, making for a rare and impressive marriage that makes ‘Southbound’ one of the best music-themed books of the year.


Many of the architects of rock and roll in the 1950s, including Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Little Richard, were Southerners who were rooted in the distinctive regional traditions of country, blues, and R&B. As the impact of the British Invasion and the psychedelic era faded at the end of the following decade, performers such as Bob Dylan and the Band returned to the simplicity of American roots music, paving the way for Southern groups to reclaim their region’s rock-and-roll heritage. Embracing both Southern musical traditions and a long-haired counter-cultural aesthetic, the Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and others forged a new musical community that Charlie Daniels called “a genre of people more than a genre of music.” Focusing primarily on the music’s golden age of the 1970s, Southbound profiles the musicians, producers, record labels, and movers and shakers that defined Southern rock - 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 legacy and influence, this is the story of Southern rock. 


“Scott is a great writer, and there’s so much good stuff here. For me, it brings back some beautiful memories of guys like Duane Allman and Toy and Tommy Caldwell. If you want to know what Southern rock was all about, read this book.”
Elvin Bishop, guitarist and recording artist, “Fooled Around and Fell in Love”

“Scott B. Bomar has dug deeply into a special time in my career and my life, and the lives and careers of some people who are very dear to me—the bands who were involved in what has become known as Southern rock. We so often see only the professional side of entertainers, but Scott has also exposed the personal side—up close and intimate looks at some of the people I admire the most.”
Charlie Daniels, Grammy-winning vocalist and multi-instrumentalist

“I’m overwhelmed by the effort that Scott invested in this book to remind us, not only of our history, but to help point us on to what’s next. I’ve got all the confidence in the world in his ability to tell the story, from its earliest roots to its ongoing and unfolding future.”
Doug Gray, vocalist and founding member of the Marshall Tucker Band

“Scott B. Bomar has done his research! The chapters about Lynyrd Skynyrd are as accurate as can be. His matter-of-fact style makes Southbound a good resource . . . and a great read.”
Ed King, guitarist for Lynyrd Skynyrd and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

“In Southbound, Bomar captures the golden age of Southern rock and takes the reader on a wonderful journey that some of us were privileged to experience.”
Chuck Leavell, Grammy-winning keyboardist for the Allman Brothers Band and the Rolling Stones

“It’s apparent that Scott took the extra initiative with respect to the truth regarding this genre of music. The players who struggled against impossible odds to reach their dreams and goals are grateful for that truth. He fully fleshes out the passion, the persistence, the underdog spirit, and incredible fortitude it took for these relatively few musicians to make their mark in the highly competitive music world. Scott gets it right.
Don Barnes, vocalist, guitarist, and founding member of 38 Special

“I thought I knew everything I’d ever need to know about Southern rock until I read Scott B. Bomar’s Southbound. Filled with great photos and insightful information culled from his interviews with many of the genre’s most important figures, Scott brings the Southern rock era roaring back to life in this extremely entertaining and well-written book.”
Randy Poe, author of Skydog: The Duane Allman Story

“We are very fortunate to have Scott B. Bomar telling our story. His passion for the music—and all the details behind it—makes this book an accurate and worthy resource for generations to come.”
Jimmy Hall, vocalist for Wet Willie

“Thanks a million to Scott for his tireless efforts in the pursuit of factual information. He rocks!”
Dave Hlubek, guitarist and founding member of Molly Hatchet

“Thank God for people like Scott, who love and appreciate this beautiful music and the musicians who have created it . . . and continue to create it. It is a fascinating art form and is as deeply and truly American as the culture that influenced it. We in Blackberry Smoke feel honored to be included.”
Charlie Starr, vocalist and guitarist for Blackberry Smoke

“Thanks to Scott for shedding new light on a bright spot in our lives. His approach is very respectful and insightful, and I know the fans will love it!”
Henry Paul, vocalist and guitarist for the Outlaws

“Southern rock gets the detailed historical treatment it’s long deserved in this fascinating, well-written book. Not only does Scott B. Bomar attempt a solid definition of the elusive genre that came to prominence with the rise of the Allman Brothers Band in the late 1960s, but he follows the music’s trajectory straight up to present-day country. Meticulously researched and reported, with proper attention to the culture of the South and the social and political mood of the times, Bomar traces Southern rock from its blues, country, and R&B roots in the 1950s to its FM-radio heyday of the 1970s, with full stories (and loads of stunning photos, many rarely seen) of every important act that came in the Allmans’ wake: Wet Willie, the Marshall Tucker Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Charlie Daniels, Blackfoot, 38 Special, Molly Hatchet, and more. A welcome addition to the rock canon.”
Mark Kemp, former senior music editor for Rolling Stone and author of Dixie Lullaby: A Story of Music, Race, and New Beginnings in a New South

“There’ve been quite a few books written about the Southern rock genre, with varying degrees of accuracy. In Southbound, Scott B. Bomar gets down in the trenches with the Southern rock soldiers and chronicles their stories—from being hungry, struggling hopefuls, to staying the course and finally ‘making it’ against all odds. And Scott gets it right!”
Paul Hornsby, musician and producer of the Marshall Tucker Band, Charlie Daniels, and Wet Willie

“Scott B. Bomar digs deep into the history of one of America’s most misunderstood musical genres, writing not only about the well-known bands such as the Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd, but also fantastic bands like Grinderswitch, Hydra, and Cowboy. Richly illustrated with rare and never-before-seen photographs, this one is a must read for all of us fans of good ol’ Dixie rock!”
Michael Buffalo Smith, author of Rebel Yell: An Oral History of Southern Rock

“Scott’s dedication to the truth and to the music is unmatched. His revealing look at Southern rock will certainly become the standard by which future works on the subject are viewed and valued.”
Tommy Talton, founding member of Cowboy and former guitarist for Gregg Allman