People are generally unsure of the origin of the term "Southern Rock".
The Allman Brothers Band played Blues Rock with long jams. Loosely associated with the first wave of Southern rock were acts like Barefoot Jerry and Charlie Daniels from North Carolina. In the early 1970s, another wave of hard rock Southern groups emerged. Their music emphasized boogie rhythms and fast guitar leads with lyrics extolling the values, aspirations - and excesses - of Southern working-class young adults, not unlike the outlaw country movement. Examples include Lynyrd Skynyrd. Bands such as Drivin N Cryin, Dash Rip Rock, and Kentucky Headhunters emerged as popular Southern bands across the Southeastern United States during the 1980s and 1990s. Some Rock groups from the South, such as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and The Fabulous Thunderbirds incorporated Southern musical and lyrical themes.
The 1990s also saw the influence of Southern Rock touching Heavy Metal. In 2001, Kid Rock went from a Heavy Metal Rapper to a Southern Rocker/Country singer. Southern Rock currently plays on the radio in the United States, but mostly on oldies stations and classic rock stations.
Additionally, alternative rock groups like Kings of Leon combine Southern Rock with Garage Rock, Alt-Country, and Blues Rock. Several of the original early 1970s hard rock Southern rock groups are still performing in later years, such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top, and Canned Heat.