Musical bands list
Maybe Guns N’ Roses weren’t the most overtly patriotic bunch, but the band remains an embodiment of the American Dream. They too found success after traveling to California in search of a dream. Both Axl Rose and Izzy Stradlin originally called Indiana home, while Duff McKagan and Steven Adler came from Seattle and Cleveland, respectively. (Slash found his way to America from the U.K.) Together, they’d lead a successful battle of independence.
From the time they were formed in Florida in 1965, few bands wore their pride for the South on their sleeves the way that Lynyrd Skynyrd did. Offering a gritty, deeply American mix of blues, country and rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd racked up a number of hits while embodying a rebel spirit that resonated not just in the bayous and cotton fields of their birth, but all across this country.
The Allman Brothers Band have become, since their 1969 founding in Georgia, similarly synonymous with Southern rock. And also, alas, for tragedy. Their remarkable talent remains, of course, a stick that stirs this tasty pot of musical gumbo featuring R&B, country, rock, blues and jazz. But the Allman Brothers Band join Skynyrd in personifying, more than anything else, the nation’s spirit of perserverance.
The Eagles make our list of the Top 10 American Bands, despite lineup changes and breakups, as a model of American craftsmanship and rootsy authenticity. Comprised of former members of Poco, the Flying Burrito Brothers and Linda Ronstadt‘s band, the Eagles helped redirect rock back to its country roots — and then surprised everyone by mounting a series of unlikely reunions with Don Felder and then Bernie Leadon.