Tag Archives: southern rock

Raging Slab

RAGING SLAB

RAGING SLAB (1983–PRESENT). Greg Strzempka (guitar/vocals), Elyse Steinman (slide guitar), Mats Rydstrom (bass), Niklas Matsson (drums). Raging Slab are one of the best Southern rock boogie bands to come out of New York City. Slab, who have been described as a combination of Lynyrd Skynyrd and Metallica, have long put out some of the best rock of its kind since their debut in 1987 with Assmaster. Although the band has probably never been taken as seriously as they might by potential fans Read more [...]
Kid Rock in 2008

KID ROCK

KID ROCK (1990–PRESENT). (Various backing musicians). While not technically a metal act by the strictest definition of the term, Kid Rock (real name Robert James Ritchie, born 1971) has demonstrated that American hard rock, country, metal, and other fans can be united under the banner of beer drinking and hell raising. Kid Rock is not a metal singer, but many often mistake him for one, or his efforts to maintain the “party all the time” image of early metal as being authentically metal. While Read more [...]
JACKYL

JACKYL

JACKYL (1991–PRESENT). Jesse James Dupree (vocals), Jeff Worley (guitar), Jimmy Stiff (guitar), Tom Bettini (bass), Chris Worley (drums). Playing heavy rock in the early nineties, Georgia’s Jackyl were automatically categorized by the industry as hair metal, but their roots were more in the boogie rock that informed much of Southern rock, and they were in many ways misunderstood by many potential fans. Nonetheless, enough rock fans got the message to support the band as they released a Read more [...]
ASPHALT BALLET

ASPHALT BALLET

ASPHALT BALLET (1988–93). Gary Jefferies (vocals), Danny Clarke (guitar), Julius J. Ulrich (guitar), Terry Phillips (bass), Mikki Kiner (drums). A contender for the L.A. hair metal sweepstakes in the late eighties, Asphalt Ballet’s tough melodic rock never quite had a chance given their late entry on the scene. While 1991’s self-titled album showed a lot of promise, it arrived a bit late to the party, as musical tastes were moving toward alternative rock, and despite the band’s loyal Read more [...]