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...Anticipation for Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight...

...Anticipation for Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight... I just re-watched Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained. It's been three years since Tarantino released a movie. I needed a break from revising stories, and decided to delve into his last read more...


A Trip Back in Time: A Review of Bob Keefe's "Stories From the Okefenokee"

In 1969 a young Marine returning to civilian life after a tour of duty as a helicopter pilot in Viet Nam found refuge in a remote and primal place in the Deep South, the Okefenokee Swamp. The Marine's name was Bob Keefe, and he spent five wonderful years in the swamp, working as a read more...


View the BBC's Southern Rock Documentary on Swampland

Swampland has added the BBC's new Southern Rock Documentary to it front page.   Go here to view it - Swampland Front Page


"How Do You Like Your Blueeyed Boy, Mr. Death": Harry Crews (1935-2012)

Harry Crews! I guess I thought he would live forever. When all of those years of out of control drinking did not kill him, I decided he had outwitted the devil. That would be just like Crews--to make a wager with the devil and win.   When a great read more...


2012 Hannah's Buddies Charity Ball

2012 Hannah's Buddies Charity Ball  On March 30 and 31st, Widespread Panic's


Reflections, Progressions & Horizons

   "Will all your money buy you forgiveness?     Will it keep you from sickness?     Will it keep you from cold?     Will all your money     Keep you from madness?


A Modern Legacy of America's Finest Archivists

A Modern Legacy of America's Finest Archivists A treasure trove of old, obscure American music exists out there. Bits and pieces of lost American culture preserved between the grooves waits for any listener's ear. This


FX's Justified Leads Elmore Leonard To Release New And Old Books About Raylan Givens

Swampland reviewed Elmore Leonard's fine short story collection When the Women Come Out To Dance last year.   The collection has been reissued this week with the new title of 


Sam Rivers RIP

Jazz Musician Sam Rivers Passes Away At 88 Oklahoma-born jazz musician Sam Rivers passed away on December 26, 2011, in Orlando, Florida at 88.


Happy Holidays From Swampland 2011

Happy Holidays From Swampland "Never be impatient with the ones who love you, It might be yourself that you're hurting."


A Georgia Son Shining In The Big Apple: Upcoming Interview with Actor Brit Whittle

A Georgia Son Shining In The Big Apple: Upcoming Interview with Actor Brit Whittle Georgia native Brit Whittle is making a name for himself in New York City. In November, Whittle appeared in an episode of Law & Order: SVU. Whittle read more...


Lera Lynn Headlines Jacksonville's Natural Life Music Festival

Lera Lynn Headlines Natural Life Music Festival November 20 Athens, Georgia, musician Lera Lynn will headline the Natural Life Music Festival in Jacksonville, Florida, on November 20. The festival began as an event to support the Children's Home Society ten read more...


Tom Petty Sides with Indie Radio & Beyond...

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Play Gig For Indie DJ I found this L.A Times Tom Petty article regarding events that read more...


Duane Allman: 40 Years Later

Duane Allman: 40 Years Later 40 years ago today Duane Allman was killed in a motorcycle accident at the age of 24 in Macon, Georgia. One of the greatest slide players to ever touch a guitar, Allman played with Aretha Franklin,


Lynyrd Skynyrd's Gary Rossington Renews Wedding Vows

Gary Rossington Renews Wedding Vows The Florida Times Union reported


Lynyrd Skynyrd In The Studio

Lynyrd Skynyrd In The Studio Lynyrd Skynyrdʼs Gary Rossington is In The Studio for the 35th anniversary of theʻliveʼ classic One More From The Road in Dallas, TX- Oct 10, 2011. North American syndicated Rock radio show In The Studio: The Stories read more...


This May Be My Last Time Singing: Raw African-American Gospel On 45RPM 1957-1982

This May Be My Last Time Singing Tompkins Square's latest release is an amazing 3-CD set titled This May Be My Last Time Singing: Raw African-American Gospel On 45RPM 1957-1982. Tompkins Square released this official statement regarding this rare read more...


Jamaican Blues & Southern Breezes: Blue Water, Black Soul & Rock N Roll

Jamaican Blues & Southern Breezes: Blue Water, Black Soul & Rock N Roll "I say when it drops, oh you gonna feel it Know that you were doing wrong. I say a pressure drop, oh pressure Oh yeah, pressure drop a drop read more...


Swampland's Daily Duo of Reviews For 8/1/11: Josh T. Pearson and Damon Fowler

Monday's pair of reviews come from a couple of releases from earlier this year.  Texan Josh T. Pearson's initial band, Lift to Experience, made one well regarded record a few years back, and he released Last of the Country Gentlemen, his first official solo album, in read more...


Upcoming Interview: Preston Lauterbach's Chitlin' Circuit: And The Road To Rock 'N' Roll

The Chitlin' Circut: And The Road To Rock 'N' Roll Memphis writer Preston Lauterbach's first book--The Chitlin Circut: And The Road To Rock 'N' Roll--arrived in the mail on Monday. An upcoming interview with Lauterbach is on the way, but I wanted to write a quick read more...


Tom Petty Issues Cease & Desist Letter To Michele Bachman

Petty Issues Cease & Desist To Republican Presidential Candidate This article reports


Swampland's Gospel, Funk & Soul Collection

Swampland's Gospel, Funk & Soul Collection It's arguable that one of America's finest contributions to history is music. Deep forms of music culminated from various influences that mold a specific style. In this dispatch, read more...


Girl Power: A Compilation of Swampland's Most Talented Female Artists

Swampland Salutes Southern Women: Volume 1 Today we'd like to salute all the great southern female artists we've covered here at Swampland. We've compiled a list of cornerstone interviews/articles/reviews pertaining to these talented read more...


Clarence Clemons RIP

Clarence Clemons RIP (1942-2011) Bruce Springsteen's longtime Virginia-born saxophonist Clarence Clemons died yesterday in Florida. Clemons suffered a stroke on June 12, and passed away from those complications. Bruce Springsteen released this read more...


A Father's Day Gift From The Traveling Wilburys

Free Father's Day Stream On Father's Day--Sunday, June 19--The Traveling Wilburys will release a free 24-hour stream of "The True History Of The Traveling Wilburys". The program begins read more...


O Brother, Where Art Thou? Celebrates 10th Anniversary

O Brother, Where Art Thou? Celebrates 10th Anniversary GRAMMY® ALBUM OF THE YEAR FOR 2001 O Brother, Where Art Thou? CELEBRATES 10TH ANNIVERSARY WITH EXPANDED TWO-CD DELUXE EDITION NEW BONUS DISC INCLUDES read more...


Frankie Toler RIP

With great sadness we pass on the news that drummer David "Frankie" Toler died on Saturday in Bradenton, FL after a long illness stemming from his liver transplant that he received two years ago.  Toler was 59.


Official Duane Allman website debuts

Galadrielle Allman, the daughter of late Duane Allman, has helped create a website in tribute to her father - duaneallman.com.  Clearly a labor of love, the website provides a home for Duane's legacy as it contains discographies, stories about Duane's life, and a forum for read more...


A Memorial Day Tribute: An Early Salute

 A Salute To All The Veterans An early salute for the upcoming weekend... In honor of Memorial Day, and all the read more...


Never A Pal Like Mother

Happy Mother's Day 2011 Happy Mother's Day to Everyone! Since it's Mother's Day weekend, I thought I write a dispatch around the great Atlanta label


CD Reviews of 2011 (So Far...)

CD Reviews of 2011 (So Far...)                     " I will see you on Good Friday..."


Film Reviews of the Past

Swampland Film Reviews of the Past Today's dispatch includes a list of various films reviewed on Swampland. This follows up recent lists of book and


Book Reviews of the Past

Book Reviews of the Past on Mystery and Manners Today I thought I'd include a list of a few books reviewed on Swampland from the past. Perhaps a title will ignite some inspiration for a reader to seek out a specific book or story. While a read more...


Isabel Wilkerson, Pulitizer Prize Winning Journalist, To Speak at University of North Alabama

Isabel Wilkerson, the first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize in the history of journalism, will be speaking at the University of North Alabama (in Florence, Alabama) at 12:30 PM, Thursday, April 14. read more...


Furthur Southern Shows Announced

Southern Furthur Dates Grateful Dead members Phil Lesh and Bob Weir will bring their band--Furthur--south this summer. The tour begins in June. The southern dates begin in July, which include Raleigh, NC (July 28), Simpsonville, SC (July 29), Saint Augustine, FL (July read more...


MLB Opening Day 2011

MLB Opening Day 2011 “I was fairly typical of my generation of Southerners, I suppose. I got hooked on the game when I heard Mel Allen’s tense description of Enos (‘Country”) Slaughter of the Cardinals winning the ’46 read more...


Tom Petty's Buried Treasure Contest

Tom Petty’s Buried Treasure Contest On April 14, Sirius XM will broadcast a special 2-hour live event—Tom Petty’s Ultimate Buried Treasure—in celebration of Petty’s exclusive Sirius XM radio show. Petty’s read more...


Friendship, Love & Betrayal in Modern Times

Friendship, Love & Betrayal In Modern Times “You got a lot of nerve to say you are my friend When I was down you just stood there grinning…”


Southern College Football – End of an Era

For generations around our Swampland Footprint, the play-by-play announcer of your favorite university was like a part of the family. Yes, there was a time before ESPN and billion-dollar network deals when not every game was on television. Classic voices like Tennessee’s John read more...


Alabama Blues Musician Debbie Bond Pays Tribute to Eddie Kirkland (1923-2011)

The funeral service for Eddie Kirkland, "Gypsy of the Blues," was held on Monday, March 7, in Macon, Georgia. Friends came from far and wide to pay tribute to the 87-year-old blues legend who was killed in read more...


Eddie Kirkland RIP

Eddie Kirkland RIP Blues guitarist Eddie Kirkland died on Sunday in Florida. Kirkland, born in Jamaica and raised in Dothan, Alabama, served as Otis Redding’s read more...


Southern College Football – Can the Big 12 Survive?

The world of college athletics was almost turned upside down last summer when possible conference realignment(s) seemed to be rumored on a daily basis. Would the Big 12 still exist in 2011? Texas and Oklahoma to the Pac-10? Texas or Missouri to the Big Ten? Texas A&M to the SEC? read more...


Like Clockwork, SEC Tops Recruiting

There seems to be a rhythm to each winter over the last few years; an SEC team wins the BCS Championship in January and then the league cleans up in recruiting on the first Wednesday in February. Those two annual events are very intertwined, and we have written for years about how read more...


Southern College Football – SEC Wins Again

LEAD STORY The numbers are staggering: five national titles in row, a 7-0 record in the 13 BCS Championship Games, and five different schools who have won a national crown during those 13 years.


20 Interviews From The Archive

20 Interviews From Swampland/Mystery and Manners Archive Amid other pressing projects, today I thought I’d construct a dispatch regarding 20 interviews from the Swampland/Mystery And Manners archive. Each artist read more...


Drive By Truckers Shift Into Overdrive

The Drive By Truckers Shift Into Overdrive This Friday and Saturday the Drive By Truckers will play their annual benefit concert at Athens, Georgia’s, 40-Watt Club for


Widespread Panic’s John Bell’s Upcoming Charity ‘Classic & Concert’: Hannah’s Buddies

John Bell's Upcoming Hannah's Buddies 'Classic & Concert' Yesterday I conducted Part Two of my recent interview series with Widespread Panic’s read more...


Gregg Allman's Low Country Blues

Gregg Allman’s Low Country Blues On January 18, Gregg Allman’s latest studio recording—Low Country Blues—hits the streets. Produced by T-Bone Burnett, Low Country Blues read more...


Southern College Football – Bowl Season

LEAD STORY The BCS Championship Game is almost here, and the fans around our Swampland Footprint are very eager to see if Auburn can earn the SEC’s fifth straight national title. It’s quite the


Merry Christmas From Swampland

Merry Christmas From Swampland Ho, Ho, Ho…I’d like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas from Swampland. Thanks for all the support. A Happy New Year to you all! Don’t let the Devil get you down. I’ve included a couple of read more...


Southern College Football – Coaching Carousel

LEAD STORY With bowl season beginning and holidays upon us, the big news in our Footprint is the gigantic transformation of the coaching hierarchy in the state of Florida. Do you realize that one-season ‘veteran’ Jimbo Fisher of Florida State is now the dean of read more...


Henry Paul On Buffalo Show, Available On Demand

If you missed even one minute of THE BUFFALO SHOW Sunday night, you can download and/or listen to our conversations with Bekka Bramlett and Henry Paul of The Outlaws anytime


Southern College Football – Championship Week

LEAD STORY The amazing story of Auburn and Cam Newton will continue Saturday when they meet South Carolina in the SEC Championship Game.


Buffalo Radio Show Tonight: Doug Jones (Blind Willy), Rick Cash (Silver Travis), and Author A. Lawrence Haskins

Tonight at 7 pm/est, the Buffalo Radio Show welcomes A. Lawrence Haskins, a novelist whose book "The Whisper of Serpents" is an astounding crime drama. Lawrence is also the mastermind behind his own multi-media empire which includes online talk shows and much read more...


Southern College Football - Week 13 Themes

It’s rivalry week in our Swampland Footprint. Some teams are looking towards league titles (Auburn, Oklahoma/Oklahoma State, NC State, etc.) while some usual stalwarts are just trying to become bowl eligible (Texas, Georgia, Tennessee). The last weekend of the season is the read more...


GRITZ Compilation Volume 5 FREE Dowload Ready!

We are proud to present the new Gritz Stone Ground & Southern Compilation Volume Five. A FREE dowload for the readers of GRITZ! This time we have read more...


Buffalo Radio Tonight Features Guests Molly Hatchet and Swampdawamp

Tonight THE BUFFALO RADIO SHOW welcomes Molly Hatchet bandleader Bobby Ingram. Bobby will discuss the history of the band,their upcoming European tour, and their latest album Justice. Also on tap, Gig Michaels, lead read more...


Southern College Football - Week 12 Themes

LEAD STORY It finally happened. For the first time since joining the SEC in 1992, the South Carolina Gamecocks will represent the East Division in read more...


Happy Birthday Duane

Brother Duane Allman's birthday is Saturday, November 20th. Had he lived, he would have turned 64 years old tomorrow. We at GRITZ remember one of Southern Rock's finest this weekend. We miss you Skydog. The link below will lead you to a high-def performace of


Lynyrd Skynyrd Video Collection

What a way to start the week! Here are some great videos from the Ronnie Van Zant era of Lynyrd Skynyrd. -Buffalo


Keith Richards Writes About Gram Parsons In Life

Keith Richards Writes About Gram Parsons in Life I’ve been reading Keith Richards’ new book, Life. I’ve already made some notes for the Swampland review, but today I reached page 247 where Keith writes about Gram Parsons. read more...


Southern College Football - Week 11 Themes

LEAD STORY The Cam Newton saga continues to be the story of the week in college football. It seems very likely that his father was involved in seeking money for his son’s commitment. Does read more...


Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' Damn The Torpedoes Deluxe Edition Out Now

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Damn The Torpedoes Reissue This week a deluxe re-issue of Tom Petty’s 1979 Damn The Torpedoes hit the streets. The deluxe edition contains songs left off the original album such as “Surrender”, “Casa read more...


GRITZ Salutes All Veterans Today, With Thanks


Buffalo's Radio Show Tonight Features Tommy Talton, Freddie Vanderford

Join us for THE BUFFALO RADIO SHOW tonightat 7 PM est when our guests will include


Southern College Football - Week 10 Themes

LEAD STORY What an old-fashioned Southern soap opera we have on our hands. I’m sure by now you’ve read (or at least heard about) the ESPN story regarding the recruitment of Auburn read more...


Music Maker's 'Homebrew Hootenanny' (And A Lookback)

Music Maker’s Saturday Homebrew Hootenanny Music Maker Relief Foundation, a non-profit organization, dedicated to assisting neglected southern musicians with daily expenses, instrument acquisition, recording, and read more...


Southern College Football - Week 9 Themes

LEAD STORY So much of the national attention (ESPN) at this point in the college football season goes to just the handful of teams in the BCS chase. Auburn-- as well read more...


Georgia's Rock & Roll Halloween Weekend

Georgia’s Rock & Roll Halloween Weekend ...Written from the eye of the tempest near the Georgia-Florida line during Halloween weekend for the UGA versus UF football game...   Folks are rushing around here with football, rock & roll and a read more...


Dylan, Petty & Drive By Truckers Participate In ‘Back To Black Friday’

Dylan, Petty & Drive By Truckers Participate In ‘Back To Black Friday’ In support of independent record stores, November 26 stands as ‘Back To Black Friday’. Artists such as Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, The Drive By Truckers, Iron & Wine, U2, read more...


Buffalo's Radio Show Sunday Night Features Barry Lee Harwood, Rickey Godfrey

Hey y'all - please join me for my new internet radio talk show, THE BUFFALO SHOW, this Sunday night at 7 pm est when my guests will be


Caught Glove-Handed: Stone Crabbing in the Gulf of Mexico

"Did you catch them or buy them?" I asked my son John Laubenthal when he sent me this photo. " I caught them glove-handed," he replied. John lives on the lagoon in Panama City and catches/eats all things marine. The apple does not fall far from read more...


Southern College Football - Week 8 Themes

LEAD STORY It’s a huge weekend in the Big 12, with conference and national title implications. Top-ranked Oklahoma travels to undefeated Missouri, while read more...


Dickey Betts Leads Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp Tour Beginning Today

In conjunction with the VH1 Classic series, Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp is criss-crossing the nation, bringing a series of “Weekend Warrior” Camps to several towns, including one big Southern city!


The Buffalo Show Debuts On Blogtalk Radio This Sunday with Barry Lee Harwood, Rickey Godfrey

The Buffalo Show debuts this Sunday, October 24th with a couple of very special guests.


Southern College Football - Week 7 Themes

LEAD STORY With South Carolina’s huge 35-21 victory over Alabama, the SEC’s current streak of four straight National Championships looks to be in read more...


Molly Hatchet To Perform at Somer Thompson Candle Light Vigil

Diena Thompson of Jacksonville, Florida found herself living every parent's worst nightmare when her 7-year-old daughter went missing on October 19, 2009.  Two days later, in read more...


Nobel Peace Prize Campaign For Willie Nelson

Nobel Peace Prize Campaign for Willie Nelson A Nobel Peace Prize Campaign has been launched for Willie Nelson and his FARM AID efforts. For the last 25 years Nelson has assisted the American farmer through FARM AID as well as raised awareness of healthy foods.


Southern College Football - Week 6 Themes

LEAD STORY Florida State and Miami meet Saturday night in South Beach for their usual heated clash. This rivalry has lost a little luster read more...


It's Never Too Late To Read a Banned Book

I recommend that you start with The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn or perhaps All The King's Men, or even To Kill A Mockingbird which just celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. The great poet T.S. Eliot once said that his parents forbade him to read more...


Widespread Panic Rocks Saint Augustine

Widespread Panic Visits The First Coast My ears are still ringing… Widespread Panic delivered an energetic show last night at the beautiful Saint Augustine read more...


Southern College Football - Week 5 Themes

  LEAD STORY Alabama and Florida will meet in Tuscaloosa Saturday in a battle of the last two National Champions. It’s been over two years since the Gators lost a regular season SEC game (Ole Miss, September ’08), and it’s been read more...


President Obama Describes Meeting Bob Dylan

President Obama Describes Meeting Bob Dylan On September 17, 2010, President Obama conducted an interview with Jann Wenner for Rolling Stone magazine. It’s an extensive read more...


A Conversation with Alabama Guitarist & Songwriter Riley Watkins

Riley Watkins To Discuss Grandma's Roadhouse  Everyone likes a good story. The Riley Watkins story proves to be one you should hear. This Alabama guitarist and songwriter stands as an obscure American hero that any real music fan would love.


Southern College Football - Week 4 Themes

LEAD STORY Week 4 will be ‘Definition Saturday’ in our Swampland Footprint, especially in the SEC West. We should begin to see the true identity of many of our teams and what they have the potential to achieve in 2010.


Neil Young's Southern Shows & Le Noise...Bob Dylan Southern Tour Dates Released...Island Notes

Neil Young in Clearwater Florida Tonight Before the release of his new record Le Noise on September 28, Neil Young will play a string of southern shows beginning tonight in Clearwater, Florida. On the full moon tomorrow Neil plays Hollywood, Florida, and then read more...


Inside Alabama Politics: Fish Frys, Barbecues, and Chittlin' Suppers

According to my friend Dr. Susan Parker, Alabama politics is not just about politics; it is about food and lots of it. No political rally is complete without a read more...


Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers MOJO Tour: The Last Five Days

The Last Few Shows of Mojo Tour Last night Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers played in Raliegh, North Carolina. Only five shows remain on the MOJO tour. For these last shows, ZZ Top serves as the opening band.


Coach Leonard Skinner Dead at 77

Leonard Skinner, the  basketball coach and gym teacher whose name inspired the legendary Lynyrd Skynyrd, died in his sleep early Monday morning, September 20, 2010, at the age of read more...


Southern College Football - Week 3 Themes

LEAD STORY After last season, we wrote how the ACC would look for improvement in 2010. Last year’s campaign was summed as read more...


The 13th Annual Gram Parsons Guitar Pull & Festival This Weekend in Waycross, Georgia

13th Annual Gram Parsons Guitar Pull & Tribute Festival “This old town’s filled with sin It’ll swallow you in If you’ve got some money to burn…” “Sin City” The Flying Burrito read more...


42 Years Later: Buffalo Springfield Reunites At Bridge School Benefit

Buffalo Springfield Reunites At Young’s Bridge School Benefit Buffalo Springfield will reunite for the first time in 42 years at


Bloodkin Opens First Shows of Widespread Panic's Fall Tour This Weekend

Bloodkin Kicks Off Panic Tour As fall descends, the interesting season of live shows begin…Bloodkin’s Daniel Hutchens,


Southern College Football - Week 2 Themes


2010 SEC Season Outlook

The nation’s toughest conference looks primed for another stellar season on the gridiron. Alabama and Florida, the last two National Champions, will aim for a third straight appearance in the SEC title game.


Download the New Gritz Compilation CD Free

The new GRITZ STONE GROUND & SOUTHERN COMPILATION VOLUME 4 is ready for FREE DOWNLOADING! We are extremely pleased to present the September edition featuring an amazing lineup of songs, new read more...


Jim Jarmusch Conjures Tom Waits, Neil Young & The North Mississippi Allstars In Interview

Jim Jarmusch Conjures Tom Waits, Neil Young & North Mississippi Allstars Jim Jarmusch serves as the guest curator on Sunday for a festival in Monticello, New York, called All Tomorrow’s Parties. Jarmusch’s films always contain vivid musical imagery. Jarmusch read more...


Hot Haitian Jazz and a Cool New Album by RIYEL (Watters, Atkins, and Abel)

Jazz trumpeter and Alabama native Ken Watters has joined with several of the country's top musicians to form an eclectic and exciting jazz group called


2010 ACC Football Preview

A new era begins in Tallahassee as Jimbo Fisher takes over for Florida State legend Bobby Bowden. The Seminoles should have a powerful offense led by senior read more...


Spotlight On Ed King

One of Southern Rock's greatest guitar slingers is Ed King, the former member of Strawbery Alarm Clock who went on to legendary status in Lynyrd Skynyrd. Today, we revisit our read more...


Ronnie Van Zant Featured in Legends Scrapbook

Check out our latest Legends of Southern Rock Photo Scrapbook page featuring the great Ronnie Van Zant! - read more...


Still More Rare Lynyrd Skynyrd Video


Even More Rare Lynyrd Skynyrd Video


SEC Media Days Attract Huge Attention

The SEC tops the nation when it comes to college football so it should be no surprise that the "Media Days" in July draw so much interest. Media members from all over the country marvel at the three day spectacle that has gridiron fans counting the days until the season read more...


More Rare Skynyrd Videos Posted

Today we are happy to share some more Lynyrd Skynyrd video from the very cool collection of Rita Ann VanZant Song. The first video is a slide show of rare Skynyrd images with the most read more...


Rare Video Find: Skynyrd, Outlaws Jam Together 1976

It is truly rare these days for me to see a video I have not seen before from the history of Southern Rock. When Rebyll called last night and told me about this one, I could hardly wait to see it. From Winterland, 1976,


Molly Hatchet is Out For Justice: Our Exclusive Bobby Ingram Interview

Molly Hatchet is back with a career defining new release, a new tour and a renewed spirit. I spoke with Bobby Ingram yesterday about their read more...


Classic Video: Molly Hatchet Live, 1979


SEC Continues Its Run of Excellence

The SEC ended another stellar year with another national championship. South Carolina won the school’s first ever national title when they swept UCLA at the College World read more...


Black Death in Louisiana and The Gulf

Hurricane Katrina was a natural disaster. This oil spill is a man made disaster. There’s a big difference. This whole issue has made me pig biting mad. As I watched the evening news last night I was appalled and sickened by the oil damage to the beautiful gulf coast. The read more...


The Drive By Truckers Hit the Road Next Week with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Fourth of July Dispatch Happy Independence Day to all your great Americans…Next week The Drive By Truckers and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers hit the road for most of the month. Now, that’s a ticket worth buying.


Neil Young To Play The Gulf Coast

Neil Young To Play the Gulf Coast “I’m a vampire Sucking blood from the earth I’m a vampire I’ll sell you twenty barrels worth I’m a black bat Hanging on your window pane I’m read more...


Music For A Cause: Benefit Concerts from Nashville to Gulf Shores

One week after country music stars rallied to raise over $2 million for Nashville, TN, flood relief,Jimmy Buffet will give a benefit concert live from


Spotlight Videos: Jo Jo Billingsley

Here's a video tribute to our friend Jo Jo Billingsley.


Gregg Allman Undergoes Succesful Liver Transplant

Gregg Allman underwent a successful liver transplant operation at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL yesterday morning, Wednesday, June 23, according to our friends Lana and Rowland at the official read more...


Lynyrd Skynyrd Receives Congressional Record Tribute at U.S. Capitol

Johnny Van Zant, Gary Rossington and Rick read more...


Barry Lee Harwood EIght Years Later: The GRITZ Interview

Eight years ago Scott Greene interviewed former Rossington Collins Band member Barry Lee Harwood for GRITZ. At the time, Barry Lee was read more...


T-Bone Burnett Produces Robert Randolph's We Walk This Road

T-Bone Burnett Produces Robert Randolph’s We Walk This Road On the heels of a Grammy for Crazy Heart, T-Bone Burnett’s latest production stands as pedal steel wizard Robert Randolph’s latest CD, We Walk This Road. In


Conference Realignment: Gene Stallings Has A Texas-Sized SEC Vision For A&M

Consider us here at Swampland Sports a bit ahead of our time.  In September of 2007, we published an article about realigning southern college conferences so that read more...


Tom Petty Talks Southern Mojo

Tom Petty Talks Southern Mojo Mojo—due out June 29—counts as the first Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers album in 8 years. Mojo revolves around the rural south. The music derives inspiration from artists such as


Carolina and Tampa Bay Look to Recapture Past Success

With the conclusion of our look at the NFL teams in our Swampland Footprint, we’ll tackle two teams trying to work their way back up to their recent success—Carolina and Tampa Bay. Both squads missed the postseason in 2009, and they each targeted a very specific area of read more...


Video Flashback: Molly Hatchet TV Interview

A great 1980's video interview with Danny Joe Brown, Duane Roland, Riff West, John Galvin, Bruce Crump  and Bobby Ingram. Look at all the hair on these fellas! -Buffalo


Molly Hatchet: Remembering Danny Joe Brown

Continuing with our month long tribute to Molly Hatchet, we revisit an interview I had the pleasure of conducting back in November of 1999 with read more...


Molly Hatchet's New Album is a Rocker

Beginning our month long tribute to Molly Hatchet, we are happy to post today a review of the band's excellent new release, Justice.


London Calling Thomas Wynn & The Believers

Thomas Wynn & The Believers are one of the tightest Southern rock bands on the scene today, and boy howdy do they come by it honestly.


Once an Outlaw: An Interview with Former Outlaws Member Chuck Glass

As a special treat for the Holiday, I'd like to present an interview passed on to us by my Facebook friend Hank Hart. It's a cool conversation with Nashville musician and read more...


Video of The Day: Aaron Kelly On Larry King Live

This week Larry King had all of the American idol finalists on his show. Here is a clip with our buddy Aaron Kelly and some of the other Idols. Keep it Real. Keep it read more...


American Idol Finale Brings Aaron Kelly and Stars of The 70's Out To Play

The American Idol finale was one of the best ever, especially for folks in my generation. Tons of surprise guests, with the lion's share being stars of the seventies and eighties. People like Chicago, Alice Cooper, Joe Cocker and The Bee Gees, along with Janet Jackson, read more...


Big-Name Franchises Make Huge News During Offseason

Three teams in our Swampland Footprint definitely have national fan bases and looked to make a splash during free agency and the draft. The Dallas Cowboys made their news on the first night of the draft, while the Miami Dolphins and Washington Redskins dominated the headlines with read more...


New Orleans and Indianapolis Add Defensive Playmakers

Many teams in the NFL Draft feel compelled to fill an immediate need with their first selection, but some elite clubs are able to take the best player available and build quality depth for the future. Those picks do not always excite fans on draft day but tend to work out quite well read more...


Video of the Day: Barry Lee Harwood

As a  follow up to yesterday's review of the new CD from Barry Lee Harwood, we'd like to share this video produced by Barry Lee himself that will g1ve you more insight into the man and his music. Keep it Real. Keep it Southern. Buffalo


Barry Lee Harwood Comes Back Strong

Say you need a good album to listen to this weekend" Boy do I have a good one for you. The new release from Barry Lee Harwood. Check out my review here, and look for our new interview with read more...


New Video From Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' MOJO

"I Should Have Known It" New Petty Single “I Should Have Known It” counts as the latest single/video from Tom Petty’s upcoming new album


Jaguars Disappoint Fans by 'Reaching' for the Wrong Player

We all know the huge decision that the Jacksonville Jaguars faced in the first round of the NFL Draft—“reach” for local hero Tim Tebow with the #10 pick, or take a higher-rated prospect like Clemson running back C.J. Spiller or Georgia Tech defensive end Derrick read more...


American Idol Aaron Kelly's Friends Speak Out

Our buddy Aaron Kelly wowed the audience again last night with his own take on a Sinatra classic during


Great New Music: Toler Townsend Band and Preacher Stone

I sure hope everyone is having a great weekend. As for me and my puppy dog, we have been rocking out on a few of the great CDs I have wanted to review since back before the temporary blindness. And brothers and sisters, there have been some fine releases, including read more...


NFL Draft Impressions: Rams Get Their Man; Jags Disappoint Their Fans

Did your team improve? Is your fan base excited about the direction of your squad? We will take an in-depth look at the NFL Draft over the next couple of weeks, but wanted to give our read more...


Rams and Jaguars Can Shape Their Franchises on Draft Day

The NFL Draft is upon us, and two of the teams in our Swampland footprint have a great chance to decide the direction of their franchise for the next few seasons. The NFL is a quarterback league, and both St. Louis and Jacksonville can select signal callers who will become the face read more...


Aaron Remains in the Running on American Idol

Congratulations to Aaron Kelly once again, read more...


Aaron Kelly Still On Track To Be American Idol

During my blackout, one thing I really looked forward to each week was American Idol. The main reason being my little buddy Aaron Kelly. I have been rooting for Aaron the whole time and now he is in the Top 7. How cool is that? Aaron is a great singer that I read more...


Atlanta Film Festival Screens Drive By Truckers' The Secret To A Happy Ending April 23

The Secret To A Happy Ending Screening Filmmaker Barr Weissman's documentary on Athens, Georgia's, Drive By Truckers--


Celebrate Record Store Day 2010!

  Record Store Day 2010 is read more...


Wanee Report: Day Two

Swampland Wanee Report: Day Two ...A Few Notes From The Swamp... Funkadelic closed the evening out last night. It's a musical read more...


Col. Bruce Rocks Wanee

Colonel Bruce Rocks Wanee Update number two from read more...


The Wiregrass Road To Wanee

The Road To Wanee   “Odds and Ends Lost time is not found again…” On the road to the Wanee read more...


Widespread Panic's Sunny Ortiz Anticipates Wanee Festival

Two Panic Shows At Wanee Festival This Weekend   Today I interviewed


Photographer Jim Marshall Passes Away

Our good friend John Lyndon has allowed Swampland to post a remembrance of Jim Marshall who passed away on Wednesday March 24.   For those unfamiliar with Jim Marshall the man, most will know his work.  This is from


How Duane Allman and Sam The Sham Gave Clapton His "Key To The Highway"

Athens, GA attorney John Lyndon, brother of the late ABB road manager Twiggs Lyndon, passed on a remembrance right before the Allmans started their run of NYC shows last night.  He was generous enough to allow us to share it with everyone: I saw Eric read more...


Allman Brothers NYC Run Begins Tonight!

 We were hoping that Michael Buffalo would be ready to go tonight, but his eyes still aren't cooperating.  He wanted to assure everyone that he will review all of the Allman Brothers Band shows via Moogis once he is able. In the meantime, we know everyone is read more...


Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' First Album In Eight Years Due Out In Spring

Mojo Due Out This Spring On Tom Petty’s official website you can hear


Buffalo Roaming: Gritzfest, Aaron Kelly and Swampdawamp

It's clear but cold here in Nashville today, and I have been having a relaxing day here at the Hotel Preston. Mark and Gig told me it is a great  place and now I know. The beds are amazingly comfortable and the staff are all just real nice folks. I took a lunch meeting read more...


Big East Teams In Our Region Have Great Potential

 As we wrap up our coverage of Signing Day and recruiting, there are three Footprint teams in the Big East that deserve a mention. 


Our Own American Idol: Aaron Kelly

I first met Aaron Kelly and his mom several years ago at our annual Angelus gathering in Florida. Even then, he must have been ten or eleven years old, we all knew he had star read more...


Jimmy Hall Added to GRITZFEST LIneup

We are happy to announce the addition of Jimmy Hall to the lineup for GRITZFEST II, to be held at Crossroads Music Hall in Huntsville, Alabama on Friday evening, February 26th beginning at 7:30 PM. The concert will benefit GRITZ Charities, with portions of proceeds going to read more...


GRITZ Presents All New Volume II Free Compilation Download

The second "Gritz Stone Ground & Southern" compilation is now available! The FREE album download features another


ACC Teams See Mixed Recruiting Success

We wrote a month ago about last year’s mediocre season for ACC football and how the conference would look for improvement in 2010.


Sunday Sounds: Super Bowl Sunday

Super Bowl Sunday A cool breeze swirls on the coast of South Georgia…birds chirping…wind chimes echo in the distance. It’s read more...


SEC Continues to Rule the Recruiting World

National Signing Day has passed, and once again the teams of the SEC were dominant in the rankings. The conference that has won the last four National Championships (with three different schools) continually pulls in the top classes, and that's what it takes to compete in America's read more...


National Signing Day: Christmas Morning for Southern Football Fans

It’s finally here- a virtual holiday in our Swampland Footprint.


Book Reviews of the Past: Adventures in the Literary Realm

Mystery and Manners Book Reviews of the Past On this Tuesday evening, I thought I’d lash together a book review read more...


Buffalo's Top Ten List For The Week of January 29, 2010

Howdy guys. Well it's Friday and we are under a winter storm warning so I have assembled a playlist that i feel will warm up anyone's cold day. Check 'em out. 1. Lady 


Daniel Hutchens' Run To Mexico

Daniel Hutchens Runs Wild In Mexico Last night Daniel Hutchens sent me his “Bloodkin Sails with Lynyrd Skynyrd" article. This mighty read more...


Interview Spotlight: Tommy Talton

One of the finest guitarists of the Southern Rock era is Tommy Talton. Along with Scott Boyer, Talton headed up the seventies band Cowboy, one of the many great acts on the Capricorn read more...


Coaching Uncertainties Create Instability in the Normally Calm Sunshine State

With National Signing Day approaching quickly, tons of attention will be on the state of Florida with so many top players being courted by schools all over the nation. However, the real race to most Floridians happens between the home state programs. The Florida Gators have read more...


Saints vs Colts Present a Dream SPF Super Bowl

Much more to come on this as the Super Bowl approaches, but yesterday's wins by Peyton Manning and the Colts and Drew Brees and the Saints presented our football-hungry region with the best reason yet to watch the Super Bowl.


Patterson Hood Scores Soundtrack for That Evening Sun

 That Evening Sun Features Patterson Hood Soundtrack  


Team In Turmoil #2 - Del Rio's Presence Hurts Jags Effort To Rebuild Support

After years of wondering and worrying, recent and disturbing word came out from the developer of the new NFL-ready stadium in Los Angeles - their group is 


Sunday Southern Rock Videos

Here are a few videos for your Sunday spotlighting some of the artists featured on our free Stone Ground & Southern Compilation. Check 'em out and if you haven't yet downloaded your free album,


Skinny Molly Gets Political

Skinny Molly will be appearing on former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee’s show “Huckabee” on Fox News this Saturday, January 16, 2010 (8:00 p.m. EST and 7:00 p.m. CST). The band will be


SEC Daily Fever: Georgia Still Searching for New Defensive Coordinator

Bud Foster, John Chavis, and Kirby Smart. That looks like a list of top defensive coordinators in our Swampland footprint, but it also the candidates who have turned down the chance to work for Mark Richt this offseason.


ACC Daily Fever: League Looks for Improvement in 2010

2009 was a rather forgettable season for ACC football. It started with the Virginia Tech's ten-point loss in the Georgia Dome to Alabama and ended with Georgia Tech's ten-point loss to Iowa in the Orange Bowl.


Download The New GRITZ Digital Compilation FREE

It's quite a special day in the Swampland. Today we begin our monthly series of digital music compilations. and every month we will be offering you the GRITZ reader a FREE download of new music from many of the artists you read about here in GRITZ. The first read more...


No Holds Barred: Dusty Rhodes

We continue with our ongoing look at pro-wrestling in the South during the seventies. Another one of my all-time farorite wrestlers is the one and only “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes. During the seventies and into the early eighties I was fortunate enough read more...


SEC Daily Fever: Bama Win Keeps SEC on Top

The SEC captured a fourth straight National Title Thursday night with Alabama’s 37-21 win over Texas in the BCS Championship Game.


ACC Daily Fever: Johnson Not Sitting Still at Georgia Tech

Despite winning the ACC, Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson is not sitting still in trying to build the Yellow Jackets into a consistent winner. The Tech offense has been read more...


Allman News: Gregg's New Album, Change of Venue for Annual Beacon Run

Lots of Allman Brothers news is rolling in. I am happy to report that Gregg Allman is finishing up his first read more...


SEC Daily Fever: Alabama Playing for National Title and Conference Pride

Alabama has played their way back to the national forefront over the last two years, and they will try to cap that run with a victory over Texas in tonight's BCS Championship Game. If the


ACC Daily Fever: Georgia Tech Flops in Second Straight Postseason

"Dance with the one that brung you” was a favorite expression of legendary University of Texas football coach Darrell Royal. When applying that phrase to read more...


SEC Daily Fever: Meyer Faces Tough Choices Between Florida and Family

Some important decisions are now at hand for Urban Meyer and the Florida athletic department. After the Gators destroyed an overmatched Cincinnati team (dealing with read more...


ACC Daily Fever: Bowden Wins Career Finale in the Gator Bowl

It was just supposed to go this way. Florida State overcame a halftime deficit with a convincing second-half performance to win Bobby Bowden’s last game in front of a read more...


Looking Back at 2009

On the last day of 2009, I thought it only made sense to recount the ten most imortant events of the year from the GRITZ perspective. 1. The Allman Brothers Band read more...


SEC Daily Fever: Meyer Saga Leaves Doubt Around UF Program

What a roller coaster of a week it’s been for Florida Gator fans. The wishy-washy Urban Meyer drama has left a cloud of uncertainty over the program read more...


ACC Daily Fever: League Starts Postseason Slowly

We knew the ACC would be out to gain some respect during Bowl season, and so far the results have been pretty mediocre. North Carolina dropped a tough game in Charlotte, and Boston College fell to USC as expected in the Emerald Bowl.


Merry Christmas

Mystery And Manners Christmas Dispatch   Ho Ho Ho Folks, Merry Christmas! I'd like read more...


2009 Top 20 New Music Releases

Top 20 Mystery And Manners 2009 Music Releases    I hate to split hairs, and even begin to rank music but read more...


Between A Memory And A Dream: Tom Petty's Live Anthology

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' The Live Anthology   This new Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' Live Anthology--4 read more...


SEC Daily Fever: Saban Not Worried about Facing Former Assistants in Title Game

The media has raised the question recently whether or not Texas assistants Will Muschamp and Major Applewhite, who served under Nick Saban at LSU and Alabama respectively, give the Longhorns any advantage with their familiarity of the Tide coach as they prepare for the BCS Title read more...


ACC Daily Fever: UNC's Houston Looks to Star at Home in Bowl Game

North Carolina fans (and the players) may have wanted to go a little further from Chapel Hill than Charlotte for the postseason. But after an 0-3 start in league play, read more...


Jo Jo Billingsley Recovering From Emergency Cancer Surgery

Our thoughts and prayers go out to our dear friend JoJo Billingsley White, who was diagnosed this week with abdominal cancer. Jo Jo was admitted to the UAB Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama, read more...


SEC Daily Fever: Gator Fans not feeling the Sugar Bowl after SEC Title Loss

It currently looks like Florida fans are not very fired up for the Sugar Bowl against Cincinnati. As we approach Christmas, the Gators are read more...


ACC Daily Fever: Miami offense faces challenge without Fox

Miami received some bad news during their preparation for the Champs Sports Bowl against Wisconsin. Left tackle Jason Fox, who has started 47 games (third most in read more...


A Little Help From My Friends: A Big Thank You

I would like to say a public “thank you” to those who helped us out during the past few months. Some donated items for an auction to help with medical bills and equipment, while others made cash and in kind donations to help both GRITZ and the ol’ Buffalo himself. read more...


The GRITZ Top Ten for Friday, December 18, 2009

In light of Dickey Betts’ announcement that he is retiring from the road, I decided that this week’s Top Ten should be Dickey's ten best tracks outside the Allman brothers Band. Let me know what you think. 1. Bougainvillaea 


SEC Daily Fever: Brooks receives accolade for another solid season at Kentucky

The website collegefootballnews.com had a very interesting choice for their conference Coach of the Year- Rich Brooks of Kentucky.


ACC Daily Fever: Bowden Bowl Plan is a Proven Winner

As Florida State prepares for the Gator Bowl against West Virginia, there is a ton change happening in Tallahassee. Bobby Bowden will be coaching his last game, and then Jimbo Fisher and his (somewhat) new staff will take over and hit the recruiting trail.


Dickey Betts Retires From The Road

In New York City, a place where Dickey Betts had had many great achievements, he played what will possibly become his last touring date on read more...


SEC Daily Fever: Vols Sign Simms Youngest Son

Many teams in the conference added a junior college prospect or two yesterday, and one of the more interesting names to sign was quarterback Matt Simms at Tennessee. Besides the fact that he is the son of Phil Simms, this signing is interesting because his older brother (Chris read more...


ACC Daily Fever: Korn Still Practicing with Clemson Despite Transfer Plans

Dabo Swinney has a unique situation on his hands as he prepares his Clemson club for the Music City Bowl against Kentucky. Willy Korn, a former star at Byrnes read more...


SEC Daily Fever: Meyer's December Shows the Roller Coaster of Being an SEC Boss

From the outside looking in, things appear pretty sunny for Urban Meyer at the University of Florida. He is 56-10 in five seasons in Gainesville, has won two League and two National Titles, had an undefeated regular season this year, and has another Top 10 recruiting class on the read more...


ACC Daily Fever: Recruting Must Improve to Compete with the Top Conferences

The AP All-American teams (first, second, and third) were released this week, and the ACC had six players make the one of the squads. League champ Georgia Tech had two read more...


SEC Daily Fever: Spurrier Extended at South Carolina

it may not seem like a big deal that South Carolina added an extra year to Steve Spurrier's contract this week, but it shows the USC administration is sticking with the program. After some late season fizzles the last few years, it would be easy to jump right back into the coaching read more...


ACC Daily Fever: Foster a Fixture at Virginia Tech

It has become an annual December news item at Virginia Tech—other top programs are interested in defensive coordinator Bud Foster. With him on Frank Beamer's staff since 1987 and the coordinator since 1995, most Hokies fans probably were not too worried about losing the read more...


SEC Daily Fever: Ingram Wins Bama's First Heisman

There aren’t many “firsts” left with the University of Alabama’s football history, especially now that Mark Ingram became the Tide’s only Heisman Trophy read more...


ACC Daily Fever: Conference Mediocrity to Blame For Spiller's Heisman Snub

The Heisman vote is in - the ACC's quality of play isn't up to par. Not all from ACC country agree. With Clemson star C.J. Spiller not being invited to the Award ceremony, South Carolina columnist Bart Wright questioned the whole Heisman process. He also wonders why true read more...


The Best Releases of 2009

Well, it’s time once again to run down the GRITZ Best Albums of 2009. It wasn’t easy. There was a lot of good music this year, but we narrowed it down to our twenty best. Let us know what you think.


SEC Daily Fever: Kiffin denies any wrongdoing

In one year on the job at Tennessee, Lane Kiffin has become a lightning rod for the national and regional media. His brash attitude and recruiting prowess has rubbed some writers and some other coaches the wrong way.


ACC Daily Fever: Fisher Building his own staff at FSU

Jimbo Fisher will take over for Bobby Bowden following the Gator Bowl, but the new coach has already been making a statement in Tallahassee. Earlier this week, he read more...


The GRITZ Top Ten for Friday, December 11, 2009

1. “Monday Morning Meltdown”  Gov’t Mule From their new (and red hot) release. Just one of Warren Haynes’ amazing new compositions. Got Mule? 2. “Tougher read more...


SEC Daily Fever: Alabama Proves That It Takes Money To Make Money

Last January, Swampland answered the national media criticism of escalating coach’s salaries by saying “SEC Coaching Dollars Make Sense”. read more...


ACC Daily Fever: Unique Regional Rivalry Finally Takes Place in Atlanta

The matchup of Virginia Tech and Tennessee in the Chick-fil-A Bowl has become a very popular ticket in that part of our Swampland Footprint. The last time these two read more...


Video Spotlight: The Angelus End Jam with Charlie Daniels

Here's a nice video of the end jam on "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" from Angelus last Saturday night. The cameraman was concentrating on 12-year old performer Suite Caroline (I would too if she was my daughter!), but if you look closely at the beginning read more...


ACC Daily Fever: Georgia Tech Playing For League Pride

In last year’s Orange Bowl, Virginia Tech beat Cincinnati 20-7 which gave the ACC its first BCS Bowl win since Florida State won it all in 1999. Georgia Tech will read more...


SEC Daily Fever: Kiffin Must Replace Some Top Recruiters

A constant theme on Tribal Fever has been the importance of recruiting, and how all of the top teams in the conference recruit at the highest level.


ACC Daily Fever: Gator Bowl To Host Bowden Finale

We wrote last week that the Gator Bowl wanted to match up Florida State (in Bobby Bowden's last game) and West Virginia (his former read more...


SEC Daily Fever: All-League Squad Looks Like NFL Draft Primer

The SEC is considered the big dog conference in college football right now, especially with Alabama aiming to win the league’s fourth straight National Title. With


Buffalo Roaming: The Angelus, A 2009 Retrospective

by Michael Buffalo Smith DAY ONE: THURSDAY It was the 19th annual Angelus Golf Tournament and Country Concert down in Tampa, Florida, and my own ninth event in a row. This year’s event was as much fun as ever, filled with great read more...


SEC Daily Fever: Alabama Domintates Florida in SEC Title Rematch

Alabama rode a physical offense and a swarming defense to the SEC crown as they defeated the defending league and national champion Florida Gators 32-13.


ACC Daily Fever: Georgia Tech Beats Clemson in a Thriller

It may not have been the most watched game on Saturday, but the ACC Championship Game in Jacksonville was the most exciting. Georgia Tech answered a Clemson read more...


SEC Championship: The Long Road to the Rose Bowl Stadium

The day was September 12, 1970. The integrated football team of University of Southern California met the all-white team of the University of Alabama at


SEC Daily Fever: Championship Game Becomes the "Southern" Super Bowl

It’s finally here.  #1 vs. #2. Florida vs. Alabama- 24 wins and no losses. Winner goes to the BCS Title Game, while the loser heads reluctantly to the Sugar Bowl.


ACC Daily Fever: Title Game Needs Buzz, Audience

The buzz around Atlanta (and the nation) is at a fever pitch for the SEC Title game. Big 12 Country (along with very interested fans at TCU and Cincinnati) can't wait to see if Texas can finish off Nebraska or if the Huskers can pull the upset.


Buffalo Roaming Again: Back to The Angelus

The Angelus weekend is well under way and we are having a ball as usual. Charlie Daniels and Charlie Hayward jammed with N -Kahootz last night during the golf Pairing Party (see photo).  Check back later for a full report. Keep it Real. Keep it read more...


SEC Daily Fever: Richt Fires Martinez, Other Defensive Assistants

About ten days ago, we wrote how Georgia fans wanted some changes in Mark Richt's staff after a frustrating season.


ACC Daily Fever: Gator Bowl Decision Looms for League and Bobby Bowden

There is a current debate brewing over the pecking order of ACC bowl-eligible teams and where they may head for the postseason. The most interesting scenario read more...


SEC Daily Fever: Florida Dealing with Distraction before Big Game

Florida was dealt a self-imposed blow this week in their quest to repeat as SEC and national Champions. All-American defensive end Carlos Dunlap


ACC Daily Fever: Clemson's Spiller is the Focus for Georgia Tech

We have written quite a bit the season on the spread running attack of Georgia Tech. It should help Clemson defenders that the ACC Title clash will be the second time this season in which they will see Paul Johnson's unique offense.


Video Spotlight: Betts, Hall Leavell and Trucks (BHLT)

Back in 1982 and '83 there was a short lived Southern Rock supergroup called BHLT. The band featured Dickey Betts, Jimmy Hall, Chuck Leavell and Butch Trucks with Rook Goldflies on bass. I had heard them on a live radio show, but until now I had never seen them perform read more...


ACC Daily Fever: Bobby Bowden Retires

It has finally happened. A day that has been debated seemingly all decade arrived this week with the news that Florida State's read more...


SEC Daily Fever: Could Florida and Alabama Play Twice?

It’s time to address the question on the minds of many college football fans- if Texas loses in the Big 12 Championship Game and the SEC Game is a close one, could we see a Florida-Alabama rematch in the BCS Title Game?


SEC Daily Fever: Thrilling Weekend Shows League's Strength

The SEC saved its best for the last week of regular season play. There were a number of exciting games where the conference showed its power and depth.


ACC Daily Fever: Tough Weekend for League's Reputation

Last weekend saw a doomsday scenario play out for the league in its three battles against the SEC. #1 Florida was expected to beat Florida read more...


New Skynyrd Photos Added to Scrapbook

Hi Y'all. Check out the latest page added to our Legends of Southern Rock Photo Scrapbook, thanks to reader Mike Sims. Some cool pictures of Lynyrd Skynyrd he shot at their read more...


SEC Daily Fever: Bama Barely Escapes in Thrilling Iron Bowl

Much like Texas on Thursday night, Alabama got a scare from their in-state rival but also remained unbeaten with a 26-21 last-minute win.


The GRITZ Top Ten for Friday, November 27, 2009

Every Friday GRITZ brings you our “Top Ten,” a playlist of songs past and present that we have been listening too here in the office - songs you just can’t live without. Check ‘em out and please leave a comment. 1. Amos Moses 


ACC Daily Fever: Big Weekend for the League- In and Out of Conference Play

It's going to be a heated-rivalry Saturday for the ACC- with big games in conference and some in-state clashes out of league. We wrote earlier in the week about how


Spotlight: New Outlaws Page Added to Legends Scrapbook

Greetings fellow travelers... I trust everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving day and had plenty of turkey. At least I hope so! We have added a new page to the Legends of Southern Rock Photo Scrapbook, featuring some classic and new pictures of one of our favorite read more...


Video Spotlight: The Outlaws


ACC Daily Fever: Clashes with SEC Rivals Could Boost League's Rep

The ACC has a chance to improve its national perception this weekend with three games against the SEC. And at first glance, the matchups look very favorable for the conference to go 2-1 in those rivalry contests.


SEC Daily Fever: Georgia and Mark Richt Could be Staring at 6-6

Many around our Footprint (and the country) believe Les Miles is having the toughest week amongst SEC coaches, but you could argue that it's even worse for Georgia's Mark Richt right read more...


Interview of the Week: The Late Great Ace Moreland

One of the most interesting characters I was fortunate enough to get to know during the early days of GRITZ was a guitar player named Ace read more...


SEC Daily Fever: Wild Sequence Ends with LSU Gaffe, Ole Miss Win

The ending of the LSU-Ole Miss game had fans all over the country glued to their TVs, and scratching their heads as well. The Tigers missed both chances to tie the game on a two-point conversion with 1:17 left, but then recovered an onside kick to keep their hopes read more...


ACC Daily Fever: UNC Defense Dominating In November

After North Carolina's crushing 30-27 loss to Florida State in late October, frustration was high in Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels had blown a 24-6 secong half lead and had read more...


The Drive By Truckers Contribute To Eddie Hinton Tribute

Very Extremely Dangerous Singles Shake It Records has released a series of limited-edition 45-rpm vinyl singles, and


The GRITZ Top Ten for Friday, November 20, 2009

Every Friday GRITZ brings you our “Top Ten,” a playlist of songs past and present that you just can’t live without. Check ‘em out and please leave a comment. 1. “Ramblin”  


The Latest News On Tom Petty...

New Live Anthology Due Out Tuesday Tom Petty’s read more...


SEC Daily Fever: Ole Miss Looks To Continue Late Season Surge Against LSU

The top two teams in the conference have been pretty clear for a while, and the rematch in Atlanta is already set for Florida and Alabama. But who's next? LSU has seeimngly been that third squad all year with their only two losses coming against the Gators and Tide. One team read more...


ACC Daily Fever: Clemson's Offense Sparks Winning Streak

Clemson is on the verge of their first Atlantic Division crown as they prepare to host Virginia on Saturday. After starting 2-3, Dabo Swinney’s bunch has won five in a row with the offense leading the way.


Spotlight On Duane Allman On His Birthday Friday

Tomorrow is the 63rd birthday of Duane Allman. I can think of no better tribute than the following piece, written by GRITZ reader and Facebook friend Brian Ringo. He really summed up my own feelings on Skydog as well. Thanks Brian. Keep it Real. Keep it read more...


SEC Daily Fever: Chizik's First Year Shows Promise

Auburn suffered a tough loss to Georgia last weekend to fall to 7-4, but even the heavy crtics of Gene Chizik’s hiring would have to admit it's been a good first season. The Tigers will take this Sataurday off as they prepare for the Iron Bowl. And speaking of Alabama,


ACC Daily Fever: Florida Governor (and Ann Bowden) Voice Support for Bobby Bowden

As the debate continues on the future of Florida State's Bobby Bowden, the long-time coach received support recently from a well-known FSU graduate- read more...


SEC Daily Fever: Florida's Defense Leading the Way in 2009

While Tim Tebow gets all of the national attention, SEC fans know why the Gators have maanaged to stay undefeated once again this year-- their stellar defense. The Florida read more...


ACC Daily Fever: Clemson's Spiller Making Late Heisman Push

As Clemson pushes towards their first Atlantic Division crown, star playmaker C.J. Spiller is making a strong case for Heisman consideration. In a season where there appears to be no clear cut favorite for the always-controversial award, Spiller has a a decent shot


ACC Daily Fever: FSU Gets Much Needed Victory

Things looked bleak last week for a Florida State squad that needed a win at Wake Forest to keep their bowl hopes alive. The Demon Deacons had beaten the 'Noles three read more...


SEC Daily Fever: Brooks Making History At Kentucky

With their win over Vanderbilt last Saturday, Kentucky became bowl eligible for the fourth straight season. The Wildcats went to three straight bowl games in the read more...


SEC Daily Fever: Ole Miss' McCluster Has Record Day Against Distracted Vols

Wonder if Ole Miss would increase the speed limit on campus from 18 (Archie Manning's retired number) to 22 after Saturday? #22 Dexter McCluster had a monster read more...


ACC Daily Fever: Butch Davis Stays Unbeaten Against His Former School

When North Carolina blew a 24-6 second-half against Florida State and dropped to 0-3 in the conference, there were some questions around Chapel Hill about which direction the program was going.


Molly Hatchet Write New Song, Play Concert For Slain 7-Year Old

Bobby Ingram of Molly Hatchet has written a song in memory of 7-year old


The GRITZ Top Ten for Friday, November 13, 2009

Every Friday GRITZ brings you our “Top Ten,” a playlist of songs past and present that you just can’t live without. Check ‘em out and please leave a comment. 1. Save The Planet   Dixie Tabernacle From the


SEC Daily Fever: Kiffin Must Be Decisive In Dealing With Player Arrest Incident

For Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin, this week was supposed to be about continuing the Vols current momentum (on the field as well as recruiting) and winning the "Coach O" game in Oxford. Instead, he's dealing with his first 'crisis management' experience as three UT freshmen read more...


ACC Daily Fever: Bowden Needs Wake Victory To Secure Bowl Bid, Quell Fan Unrest

At 4-5, Florida State is staring at the distinct possibility of not making a Bowl game if they cannot beat Wake Forest in Winston-Salem on Saturday. The Demon read more...


SEC Daily Fever: Georgia And Mark Richt Desperate For An Auburn Win

Georgia fans are feeling a little nervous these days. The Bulldogs have already been blown out by two rivals, Tennessee and Florida, and they will face two more in Auburn and Georgia Tech over the next three games.


ACC Daily Fever: Clemson Cannot Overlook NC State

Clemson has won four in a row, and the offense has averaged over 40 points a game during their streak. The Tigers can wrap up their first ACC Title Game berth with read more...


SEC Daily Fever: Spurrier Says He's Staying At South Carolina For The Long Term

As South Carolina and head coach Steve Spurrier prepare to host #1 Florida on Saturday, this game is a reminder to Gamecock fans of what their coach built at his alma mater and what has not happened in Columbia.


ACC Daily Fever: Georgia Tech's Low BCS Status Is A Casualty Of A Weak ACC

With Georgia Tech in the Top Ten and only having one loss, ACC fans would like to think that the Yellow Jackets have an outside shot at the BCS Title Game with a few breaks.


ACC Daily Fever: Florida State Loses Ponder For The Year

Florida State suffered a devastating blow this week with the news that quarterback Christian Ponder is out for the rest read more...


SEC Daily Fever: Officiating Issues Creates Negative Vibes For Top League

It’s the story that won’t go away- another week, another game where bad officiating dominates the league conversation. The SEC read more...


SEC Daily Fever: Alabama Beats LSU, Wins West

Alabama won a physical 24-15 battle against LSU on Saturday, and they now have cemented the highly-anticipated SEC Championship Game rematch with Florida. The Tide read more...


ACC Daily Fever: Georgia Tech Survives Wake Forest Scare

What a decision. Trailing 27-24 in overtime against Wake Forest, Paul Johnson had his Yellow Jackets go for it on 4th and inches from the five-yard line.


Video of the Day: The Outlaws in Columbus Last Night

One of our readers sent me a link to this video of The Outlaws In Columbus, Ohio last night, Nov 8, 2009 doing "Freeborn Man." The boys are sounding good! Keep it Real. read more...


Swampland Search Engine and Links

Dear Y'all, I have had many people asking me about our site search engine, and I want to assure you all that it is being worked on. We are aware of the issues with the searches and the bad links and our webmaster is working to resolve the issues as soon as possible. We are read more...


SEC Daily Fever: LSU-Alabama Is The National Game Of The Week

The eyes of the college football world will be on Tuscaloosa Saturday afternoon when #9 LSU meets #3 Alabama. This game has conference and national read more...


ACC Daily Fever: Clemson Will Control ACC Atlantic With A Win Against FSU

Clemson could virtually wrap up the ACC's Atlantic Divsion with a home win against Florida State on Saturday night. That seemed improbable when the Tigers dropped to 2-3 on the season after their crushing defeat at Maryland.


SEC Daily Fever: Meyer looks bad after Spikes debacle

Many fans around the league are asking the question this week: what kind of program is Urban Meyer running in Gainesville? While many have questioned Meyer’s recruiting read more...


ACC Daily Fever: Virginia Tech tries to avoid third straight loss

In a season where the ACC has looked very vulnerable against non-BCS foes, Virginia Tech will have a tough contest tonight when they visit East Carolina (


Gritz Fan Page On Facebook to Offer Special Surprises

The Gritz Fan Page at Facebook is up and running. I hope you will all take the time to


ACC Daily Fever: Andrews leaves an amazing legacy at FSU

As expected, longtime Florida State defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews announced yesterday that he will retire at the end of this season. And what a read more...


SEC Daily Fever: Georgia's Richt looks to right ship in Athens

While much of the attention following the Florida-Georgia game has been on Brandon Spikes eye-gouging of Washaun Ealey, the reality for the Bulldogs is that they have the feel of a program that has slipped a notch from past seasons.


The Top Ten Instrumentals of The Southern Rock Era

This list might be very different if one were to count the instrumental jams at the end of “Free Bird,” “Green Grass and High Tides” and “Highway Song.” But alas, we are listing only full instrumental tracks. Also note that their are


SEC Daily Fever: Seemingly Insufficient Punishment For Spikes Sparks Controversy

Is a half-game suspension at home against Vanderbilt  really a punishment? That’s what many are wondering after Urban Meyer read more...


ACC Daily Fever: Duke Improving Under Cutcliffe

Coming into the season, Virginia Tech looked like the clear favorite in the Coastal Division, with Georgia Tech and Miami also having a shot. The Yellow Jackets have read more...


SEC Daily Fever: Freshmen SEC Coaches Seeing Success

One of the consistent themes in the conference this season has been the effect of the three new coaches. That continued on Saturday with Tennessee, Auburn, and Mississippi read more...


ACC Daily Fever: Georgia Tech Surges Towards Elite Status

As much of the league struggles for respectability, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets continue to look impressive. On a night where Paul Johnson’s club did read more...


Beaten Like Dawgs: Florida Humiliates Georgia on Halloween Weekend

Midnight From The Inside Out on Halloween Saturday for the Georgia Bulldogs Well folks, my Georgia Bulldogs were stomped like a gang of losers read more...


SEC Daily Fever: "Cocktail Party" Remains A Great Southern tradition

It's more than just a football game. Whether it's golf tournaments, concerts, or just a long weekend with friends, the Georgia-Florida game has become a can't miss event for both fan bases and for read more...


ACC Daily Fever: North Carolina Revives Season With Improbable Win

Nobody wins in Blacksburg, right? Especially not teams that enter late October without a conference victory. However, North Carolina changed both of those last night with a shocking 20-17 win at read more...


Video of The Day: Dickey Betts Jams with The Charlie Daniels Band at Musicians Hall of Fame

Ah yes, these are the moments I live for! The Charlie Daniels Band doing "Southbound" with Dickey Betts read more...


Where The Wild Puppies Are

It's been quite a magical day here in the land of the Buffalo. First, I opened the front door this morning to find a downright adorable, and quite lost, puppy staring up at me on my front porch. He looked a lot like the old movie star dog Benji, only thinner. He appeared to read more...


SEC Daily Fever: Ole Miss Looks To Finish Strong

As Ole Miss prepares to travel to Auburn this Saturday, Houston Nutt's team will look to build the same second half of the season momentum that they did in 2008.


ACC Daily Fever: Jacory Harris Struggles, Matures

After starting the season with over 650 yards passing and five touchdowns in the two wins against Florida State and Georgia Tech, Miami quarterback Jacory Harris read more...


Video of the Day: Dickey Betts & Great Southern in Greenville, SC

Some video footage from Dickey Betts & Great Southern at The Handlebar in Greenville, SC on October 21, 2009. What a show! Keep it Real. Keep it Southern! Buffalo  


ACC Daily Fever: Two North Carolina Teams Hurting The Conference

In a fairly disappointing season for the ACC, two programs falling way below expectation have been North Carolina and NC State.


SEC Daily Fever: Tebow Shuns The Media

An interesting scenario happened after the Florida win at Mississippi State; Tim Tebow did not meet with the media.


Dickey Betts & Great Southern Rip It Up in Greenville

Dickey Betts and Great Southern brought it all back home to Greenville's Handlebar  on Wednesday, October 21, 2009 with a show that had a read more...


ACC Daily Fever: Paul Johnson Has Changed the ACC Landscape

Georgia Tech's running attack has the Yellow Jackets in the driver's seat in the Coastal Division and has the league's defensive coordinators very frustrated. As has read more...


SEC Daily Fever: Officials Under Heavy Scrutiny

Here we go again-another week, another rash of bad and missed calls that have SEC coaches angry. A week after Arkansas’ Bobby Petrino was reprimanded by the league office, two more read more...


Spotlight On The Classic City: Athens, Georgia

Spotlight On The Classic City: Athens, Georgia This week I’d like to shine a spotlight on Athens, Georgia. Like many, I graduated from The read more...


SEC Daily Fever: Bama Hangs On Against Tennessee

We have used the term "survive and advance" several times during league play, and that's just what Alabama (barely) did with their 12-10 victory over read more...


ACC Daily Fever: Clemson Shakes Up The ACC With Its OT Win At Miami

Dabo Swinney got the biggest win of his young career on Saturday as Clemson defeated Miami in a 40-37 overtime thriller.


The Word Returns: North Mississippi Allstars, Robert Randolph & John Medeski

North Mississippi Allstars, Robert Randolph, John Medeski Reunite for The Word In 2001,


SEC Daily Fever: LSU needs Auburn win to stay on league's top shelf

Most in the local and national media are already looking towards December for the highly- anticipated Florida-Alabama matchup in Atlanta, but one team who has the talent to throw a wrench in that scenario is LSU.


ACC Daily Fever: FSU Gets A Much Needed Victory, But Bowden Still Under Scrutiny

It looked like the Florida State season was about to spiral out of control last night, as the Seminoles trailed 24-6 at North Carolina early in the third quarter. But read more...


ACC Daily Fever: FSU and UNC Are Both Desperate For A Win Tonight

It's pretty amazing that here in late October, the North Carolina-Florida State clash will feature two teams searching for their first league win. But that is read more...


SEC Daily Fever: Nutt Back In Spotlight As Ole Miss Prepares For Arkansas

When the 2009 season kicked off, Ole Miss looked to be a contender in the West while the Arkansas was supposed to play the role of spoiler - but roles could be reveresed after this Saturday's game.


ACC Daily Fever: Shannon Keeps Miami Focused

With Georgia Tech’s big win over Virginia Tech last Saturday, the biggest beneficiary may have been the Miami Hurricanes. The Coastal Division is now a read more...


SEC Daily Fever: Kiffin And Saban Build Their Programs Using Past NFL Perspective

As Tennessee and Alabama prepare for their annual October clash, the Vols seem to be a couple of recruiting classes behind the Tide in building a roster to compete for a league title.


SPF Daily Rating: Team In Turmoil #1 - Washington Redskins

We knew it was going to be a tough year for several SPF teams.  We are going to spend some time this week on a few individual teams to give a sense of their respective level of desperation. Our first team is the Washington Redskins.  Their fall might be the read more...


ACC Daily Fever: Will Clemson Ever Become A Dominant ACC Force?

Clemson made a statement last Saturday with their resounding 38-3 win over Wake Forest. It showed that they have the talent to be a heavy player in the ACC and could be a serious contender for the Atlantic Division title.


SEC Daily Fever: League Refs Under Scrutiny After Missed Calls

It seems to happen every week- fans gripe about the refs. While part of that is just fans being fans, this season has seen an especially high number of questionable calls around the SEC.


ACC Daily Fever: Georgia Tech Enters National Picture With Win Over Virginia Tech

The Coastal Division just got very interesting after Georgia Tech’s 28-23 win over #4 Virginia Tech on Saturday.


SEC Daily Fever: Florida Squeaks By Arkansas, Drops to #2 in AP

We wrote on Friday that Florida could be in for a classic trap game against Arkansas, and that’s what it turned out to be.


SEC Daily Fever: Should Florida be on Upset Alert?

Is this the one? Even though the Florida Gators have won two of the last three National Titles, they lost a surprising game in the middle of both of those seasons. Urban read more...


ACC Daily Fever: Tech battle will decide Coastal Division

The Coastal Division could get very interesting on Saturday if Georgia Tech can beat favored Virginia Tech at home in Atlanta. That result would net a three-way tie read more...


SPF Daily Rating: Bengals Blackout?

 The Bengals have had a dream season so far. They've beaten their arch rival (Steelers).  They've beaten their in state rival.  They are a last minute tipped pass away from being undefeated, but they are still at 4-1 and lead the AFC North.


SEC Daily Fever: Can LSU Still Challenge For the West Crown?

We wrote earlier this week that it’s beginning to look more and more like a Florida-Alabama rematch in the SEC Title Game.


ACC Daily Fever: Clemson-Wake Forest Winner Could Become Atlantic Favorite

The Atlantic Division is wide open at the midway point, and an important game in deciding that half of the conference will take place Saturday when Wake Forest read more...


SEC Daily Fever: Snead and Ole Miss Are Struggling

Along with Georgia, one of the most frustrated fan bases in the league at the halfway point has to be that of Ole Miss. Their record will not look that bad after read more...


ACC Daily Fever: NC State's Tom O'Brien Needs To Beat Former Team

It’s been a year full of frustration in the ACC, and one team that has showed a surprising lack of progress is NC State.


SPF Daily Rating: Saints Fever Sweeping the Gulf Coast

 As we predicted, it has been a pretty dire year for SPF teams.  Even one of our playoff locks, the Tennessee Titans, is surprisingly winless and going nowhere fast. The best news amongst our SPF teams comes from the Saints who made an off season commitment to read more...


SEC Daily Fever: Georgia Coaching Staff Under Fire

There is some extra heat radiating from Athens these days, as Mark Richt tries to regroup his Bulldogs after being blown out by Tennessee. AJC columnist Mark Bradley called Georgia’s 45-19 loss in Knoxville “


ACC Daily Fever: The Coastal Division Shaped By Battle of Tech Schools

It seems to be a weekly theme around the ACC; league coaches trying to prepare for Georgia Tech’s vaunted running attack.


SEC Daily Fever: Florida and Alabama On Path For Title Rematch

Tim Tebow did start and play against LSU Saturday night, but it was the Gator defense that dominated the game and propelled Florida to a 13-3 road victory in Death Valley.


ACC Daily Fever: Embattled Bowden Sees FSU Fall To 0-3 In League Play

We wrote before the weekend about the concern for Florida State having to prepare for Georgia Tech’s running offense amid the Bobby Bowden read more...


SEC Daily Fever: Will LSU's Running Game Beat Florida?

Prime time national television audience, Baton Rouge, #1 vs. #4; this one should be fun. That’s the scenario as Florida travels to LSU amid questions read more...


ACC Daily Fever: FSU Prepares for Georgia Tech Amid Bowden Debate

It’s been quite a week in Tallahassee. With everyone voicing an opinion on the future of Bobby Bowden, there have been more than enough read more...


SPF Daily Rating: Blank Talks About A New Stadium In Atlanta For Falcons

Amidst a serious economic downturn, Falcons owner Arthur Blank has again begun engaging in public discussion about a new stadium to replace the Georgia Dome.  The fact read more...


ACC Daily Fever: Gator Bowl Dumps The ACC For The SEC

It’s been a tough year for the national image of the ACC and their quest to be perceived with the big boys of college football. Ever since the opening week (N.C. State lost to South Carolina, Virginia to William & Mary, Duke to Richmond, Maryland to Cal, and Wake Forest read more...


SEC Daily Fever: Arkansas Has Much To Prove Against Auburn

Arkansas came into the season with the goal of at least being a factor in the SEC West, if not more. Already at 0-2 in league play, the Hogs begin a stretch this Saturday read more...


SPF Daily Rating: Del Rio Keeps Playing Silly Games #3

We guess Jack Del Rio's two game win streak has further emboldened him. After already playing silly media games with players on two different occasions (here and read more...


ACC Daily Fever: Bowden Saga Engulfs The Sunshine State

The drama of the Bobby Bowden saga at Florida State continues to be the story of week. The


SEC Daily Fever: Saban and Nutt Share Mutual Admiration

While the Florida-LSU matchup is getting much of the conference attention this week, another key league game will take place when Ole Miss hosts Alabama. The read more...


SPF Daily Rating: Are the Cowboys and Texans Going In Opposite Directions?

As always, there is panic in Cowboy Nation. Panic like this always ensues when their beloved team isn't undefeated or at least in the top half read more...


SEC Daily Fever: Auburn Faces Offensive Shootout At Arkansas

While most of the attention in the league has gone to the three teams in the Top 4 of the polls, maybe the best story of the early season has been the resurgence of Auburn.


ACC Daily Fever: Miami Looks Like a BCS-Level Team

While Florida State is battling inconsistency and coaching upheaval, their Sunshine State rival Miami is experiencing resurgence.


SPF Daily Rating: Saints Look Consistent, Perhaps Elite At 4-0

  It's early, but the 2009 New Orleans Saints look like a very, very good team.  No one has ever questioned this team's read more...


ACC Daily Fever: Against His Wishes, This Will Be Bobby Bowden's Final Season at FSU

It might not be "official" yet, but 2009 will be Bobby Bowden's last season a Florida State's head coach.


SEC Daily Fever: LSU's Tight Win Sets Up SEC Mega-Clash

It may not have been the most well played game, but what a finish we all got to see in Athens Saturday. LSU led Georgia 6-0 after three quarters, read more...


Big 12 Daily Fever: Bradford-less Oklahoma loses at Miami

It started well enough. The Oklahoma defense got two early interceptions, but Landry Jones and the offense could only turn them into seven points. Miami eventually got read more...


ACC Daily Fever: Miami-OU History Reminds Hurricanes Of Past Glory

Most of the attention for Saturday night’s Miami-Oklahoma matchup has been on the quarterbacks. Sam Bradford will not play for the Sooners, and Jacory Harris will try to bounce back from last week’s tough outing against Virginia Tech.


SEC Daily Fever: Georgia Looks To Define 2009 Season Against LSU

Saturday’s huge clash between Georgia and LSU will go a long way in defining the Bulldogs’ season. Mark Richt’s bunch is 3-1, a pretty solid record read more...


SPF Daily Rating: Del Rio Cancels Garrard's Radio Show

We hate piling on, but Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio has been asking for it. Just recently, we wrote about Del Rio's penchant for playing silly games - most read more...


Lynyrd Skynyrd On The Tube This Weekend

Lynyrd Skynyrd will appear on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on Friday, October 2nd performing their new single, “Simple Life.” 


ACC Daily Fever: Georgia Tech Carries the ACC Flag into Starkville

Georgia Tech has a chance to do the conference proud Saturday when they travel to Starkville to meet an improving Mississippi State squad. One aspect working in read more...


SEC Daily Fever: LSU Can Prove Their Top 5 Ranking Between the Hedges

LSU will begin a brutal three-game stretch this Saturday that will test their lofty #4 national ranking.


SPF Daily Rating: Jaguars to Orlando?

Orlando Sentinel sports columnist, Mike Bianchi, made some big sports news today when he reported that the Jacksonville Jaguars might be looking to move


SEC Daily Fever: Auburn Faces Litmus Test in Tennessee

It has been quite the successful beginning at Auburn for new coach Gene Chizik. His Tigers have started 4-0 while putting up 45.3 points and 526 yards a game, read more...


ACC Daily Fever: Florida State Should Focus on Saving Its Conference Season

The question this week in the ACC is - which Florida State team will show up at Boston College? Two games ago, the Noles dismantled a quality BYU squad on the read more...


SPF Daily Rating: Dolphins Trade for Thigpen

 The Miami Dolphins wasted no time replacing injured QB Chad Pennington by trading for former Chiefs and Coastal Carolina QB Tyler Thigpen in the wake of Pennington's decision to have read more...


Buffalo's Top Ten List For The Week of September 29th, 2009

1. Kris Kristofferson  Closer to the Bone  (CD)     I wear this one like a warm winter coat. To me, it is what music is all about - great songs, no frills, read more...


Big 12 Daily Fever: Bradford Creates A Tough Dilemma for Stoops

The decision of the season is rapidly approaching for Bob Stoops: does Sam Bradford play against Miami read more...


SEC Daily Fever: Hogs Desperate for Win in Big D vs Texas A&M

Can you have a must-win game at the beginning of October against a non-conference opponent?  That’s the feeling around an Arkansas squad that sits at read more...


ACC Daily Fever: Can Hokies Still Emerge As BCS Contender?

With Virginia Tech’s big win over Miami, the Hokies and their fans are still thinking about a shot at the national title. With a neutral field loss against read more...


SPF Daily Rating: Chad Pennington to Miss Season

Although they don't want to officially announce it yet because of a possible misdiagnosis, the immediate signs are that Dolphins QB Chad Pennington will miss the 2009 season with a shoulder read more...


SEC Daily Fever: Is Bama the league's top dog?

Florida still has the #1 spot in the national polls, but many believe Alabama is staking a claim as the best team in the read more...


ACC Daily Fever: Another rough weekend

The negative theme continued Saturday for the ACC as Florida State lost to South Florida, while


SPF Daily Rating: Texas Stadium RIP

Last night, the Irving (TX) City Council approved the funds to demolish Texas Stadium.   Lost in all the hype of the new Cowboys Stadium, it's hard to believe that a place with so read more...


ACC Daily Fever: Miami at Virginia Tech Is This Weekend's Biggest Game

The anticipation in Blacksburg is reaching a fever pitch. It is not lost on us here that it has been quite a while since an in conference ACC matchup is the game of the week.


SEC Daily Fever: Gamecocks Embrace the Spotlight While the Rebels Wither

SEC Daily Fever is the top SEC story of the day. Disagree? Let us know. South Carolina played a physical game led by their relentless defense and took down #4 Ole Miss 16-10, Thursday night in Columbia in a classic SEC headknocker.


SPF Daily Rating: What if Redskins Lose To Lowly Lions? Bye, Bye Zorn

 It's the unthinkable times two. The first unthinkable is that an NFL team can finish 0-16.  That already happened with last year's Detroit Lions.  Now that the Lions are 0-2 to start the 2009 season, the question starts - "who will they finally read more...


SEC Daily Fever: Rebels-Gamecocks Ready To Prove It in Primetime

It should be a great Thursday night national television matchup between Ole Miss and South Carolina, two teams that have a lot to prove.


ACC Daily Fever: Clemson Can Make ACC Proud on Saturday

Lost in the shadow of the ACC's biggest weekend game that pits Virginia Tech against visiting Miami, Clemson finds itself preparing for a tough home game against TCU.  


Happy Birthday to Dangerous Dan Toler

A very happy birthday wish goes out to former Allman Brother “Dangerous” Danny Toler who turns 61 today. Dan shares a birthday with


SPF Daily Rating: Del Rio Playing Silly Games in Jacksonville

 In what should be a small story, Jags coach Jack Del Rio has brought back WR Nate Hughes to the practice squad after cutting him on read more...


ACC Daily Fever: The ACC's Best Team in 2009 Could Be Determined on Saturday

ACC Daily Fever is the top ACC story of the day. Disagree? Let us know. One of the most important games in the conference season will take place Saturday in Blacksburg when Miami travels to meet Virginia Tech.


SEC Daily Fever: It's Offense vs Defense When Arkansas faces Alabama

SEC Daily Fever is the top SEC story of the day. Disagree? Let us know. One of the more interesting storylines this Saturday will be seeing


Video of the Day: Lynyrd Skynyrd On The Tonight Show Last Night

Skynyrd played their new single "Simple Life" on The Tonight Show last night. If you missed it, here's your chance to see it. This is the entire show. Just click on the final segment bar (around the 39 minute  mark.) Sorry for all the commercials. It's beyond my read more...


SPF Daily Rating: Lack of Playmakers Leave Florida Teams Winless

"I'm not interested in Pro Bowl players, I'm interested in world champions." "[I'm interested in 'non-talent issues' [namely] the hustle, the effort, the technique, the fundamentals, all of those things." The above quotes read more...


SEC Daily Fever: Verbal Jabs Between Meyer and Kiffin Escalate

SEC Daily Fever is the top SEC story of the day. Disagree? Let us know. New Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin may have gotten the first word in between him and Urban Meyer when he boldly (or stupidly depending on your point of view) announced read more...


ACC Daily Fever: UNC Program Improves Under the Radar

ACC Daily Fever is the top ACC story of the day. Disagree? Let us know. While Miami has been the best story of the early ACC year, the only other undefeated team  in the league (and ranked all season) is Butch Davis’ read more...


SPF Daily Rating: The Saints Roll Again Behind Smart Decisions

The New Orleans Saints keep their high powered offense rolling once again as they went into Philadelphia and smoked the Eagles 48-22. What read more...


Lynyrd Skynyrd On TV Tonight

Just a quick heads up for all the Free Birds. Lynyrd Skynyrd will appear on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien tonight, September 21. They will be performing their new read more...


SEC Daily Fever: New Coaches Show Early Promise

SEC Daily Fever is the top SEC story of the day. Disagree? Let us know. The story of the early SEC season continues to be the impact of the new coaches. We already knew the strength of the top teams in the league (Florida, read more...


ACC Daily Fever: FSU and Virginia Tech Get Huge Wins for the Conference

ACC Daily Fever is the top ACC story of the day. Disagree? Let us know. While the lower teams in the conference have had some terrible losses early, two of the league stalwarts, Florida State and Virginia Tech, had big time wins on read more...


Buffalo's Top Ten List For The Week of September 19th, 2009

1. Swampdawamp  Rock This Country  (CD) The singer has one of the most unusual voices since Jim Dandy, and the band just plain rocks, read more...


SPF Daily Rating: Houston Texans Don't Like Being Called "Soft"

To say the Houston Texans have been disappointing since entering the NFL as a expansion team in 2002 would be an understatement.  In a way, however, everything about the Texans seems understated, including their presence on the field according to those who have been calling read more...


SEC Daily Fever: Meyer Looks To Make Statement Against Kiffin

SEC Daily Fever is the top SEC story of the day. Disagree? Let us know. The national media has had this game circled since Lane Kiffin's hiring press conference earlier this year. Kiffin and Tennessee will travel to the Swamp this read more...


ACC Daily Fever: Canes Looking Like A National Power Again

ACC Daily Fever is the top ACC story of the day. Disagree? Let us know. What a difference a year makes and what a difference the Miami coaching changes made in their convincing 33-17 victory over Georgia Tech.


SPF Daily Rating: Jacksonville Mayor Makes Personal Plea For Fans To Buy Jags Tix

The Jaguars lost an astonishing 17,000 season ticket holders between this season and last.  Expectations are that most of their games will be blacked out locally. So who have the Jags turned to?  


ACC Daily Fever: Is Miami's Defense Ready For Prime Time?

ACC Daily Fever is the top ACC story of the day. Disagree? Let us know. A year ago, Miami simply not ready for Georgia Tech’s running attack. The Jackets totaled 472 yards on the ground on the way to a 41-23 victory. read more...


SEC Daily Fever: Hogs-Dawgs Could Be The SEC Game of The Weekend

SEC Daily Fever is the top SEC story of the day. Disagree? Let us know. One of the more interesting matchups of the weekend has to be Georgia traveling to Arkansas. (Give Mark Richt credit - his tough schedule has kept his team on read more...


SPF Daily Rating: Delhomme Under Fire In Carolina

Things are getting ugly in Charlotte and Carolina for Panthers QB Jake Delhomme.  Delhomme is getting major flack from fans. read more...


SEC Daily Fever: Chizik Tries To "Manage" Auburn Fans' Expectations

SEC Daily Fever is the top SEC story of the day. Disagree? Let us know. Auburn fans have had more than a little frustration with their offense over the last few seasons.


ACC Daily Fever: FSU's Players Call Closed Door Meeting

ACC Daily Fever is the top ACC story of the day. Disagree? Let us know. It doesn’t affect their ACC title hopes, but the BYU contest in Provo Saturday could become Florida State’s most important game of the season.


SPF Daily Rating: The Falcons Display Winning Formula in Week One

The Atlanta Falcons have opened 2009 just like they did 2008 - by winning decisively.   The main difference is that they beat the ultimately 0-16 read more...


SEC Daily Fever: Kiffin Continues Tennessee's Recruiting Gains

SEC Daily Fever is the top SEC story of the day. Disagree? Let us know. Saturday was a tough day for Lane Kiffin and the Vols.


ACC Daily Fever: Miami Works Long Hours To Stop Tech's Running Game

ACC Daily Fever is the top ACC story of the day. Disagree? Let us know. We wrote last week about how tough it would be for Clemson


ACC Daily Fever: Almost Competitive Conference?

ACC Daily Fever is the top ACC story of the day. Disagree? Let us know. The Week 1 storyline for the ACC was tough defeats and narrow escapes against supposedly ‘inferior’ opponents.


SEC Daily Fever: UGA and South Carolina Deliver Early Season Drama

SEC Daily Fever is the top SEC story of the day. Disagree? Let us know. What a game between Georgia and South Carolina. With their recent history, we all expected a low scoring, defensive affair.


ACC Weekend Fever: Clemson Rally Against Tech Shows Heart, Falls Short

ACC Weekend Fever Previews Top Stories for the Upcoming Weekend Although it was still a 30-27 road loss, Clemson has to be encouraged


SEC Weekend Fever: Mullen vs. Chizik

SEC Weekend Fever Previews Top Stories for the Upcoming Weekend Auburn hosts Mississippi State in 2009's first meeting between SEC rookie coaches.  Quite a lot has changed in a year for both squads. 


ACC Daily Fever: Short Week Has Swinney Understandably Nervous About Tonight's Game

ACC Daily Fever is the top ACC story of the day. Disagree? Let us know. Paul Johnson’s spread running attack had quite the effect on the league a year ago.


SEC Daily Fever: Georgia & South Carolina Ready Defenses For A Tight Game

SEC Daily Fever is the top SEC story of the day. Disagree? Let us know. Mark Richt and Steve Spurrier are both offensive-minded coaches, but it looks like they have to rely on their defenses to win early in 2009.


SEC Daily Fever: Gut Check time for Georgia

SEC Daily Fever is the top SEC story of the day. Disagree? Let us know. After dropping the opener at Oklahoma State, it is a huge week for Georgia as they try to avoid an 0-2 start when they battle South Carolina Saturday.


ACC Daily Fever: Miami's Jacory Harris Provides Hope For ACC

ACC Daily Fever is the top ACC story of the day. Disagree? Let us know. What a game. For a week that saw the league struggle mightily, the Florida State-Miami thriller was a nice sign of the ACC’s potential.


SEC Daily Fever: Solid Debuts For New Coaches Makes Conference Even Deeper

SEC Daily Fever is the top SEC story of the day. Disagree? Let us know. With the exception of the Georgia loss, it was a pretty solid start for the SEC. The biggest story had to be the debut of the three new coaches.


ACC Daily Fever: Miami-FSU Barely Salvages An Opening Week Full of Bad Losses

ACC Daily Fever is the top ACC story of the day. Disagree? Let us know. You know it was a bad week when columnists are already calling you the “


Complete Guide To Lynyrd Skynyrd Launched

We are very happy to present the latest in our Six Degrees of Swampland series, a complete guide to every article related to Lynyrd Skynyrd on the site. In addition, we have tossed in read more...


Lynyrd Skynyrd Feedback

Hi Guys - Thank you for all of he comments, e-mails and calls regarding my review of Lynyrd Skynyrd's latest album. Seems like our readership is divided about 50/50 on whether ol' Buffalo crossed some imaginary line read more...


SEC Daily Fever: Spurrier Lets Defense Rule Over Wolfpack

SEC Daily Fever is the top SEC story of the day. Disagree? Let us know. It wasn’t pretty, but South Carolina relied on their defense for a hard fought read more...


ACC Daily Fever: N.C. State's Loss Gets 2009 ACC Football Off To Poor Start

ACC Daily Fever is the top ACC story of the day. Disagree? Let us know. This one will sting awhile. North Carolina State was in a great position to move the program forward, but instead flopped on national television with


SEC Daily Fever: Tide Duo cleared to play in Opener

SEC Daily Fever is the top SEC story of the day. Disagree? Let us know. Although the NCAA did find a violation in the Alabama case involving receiver Julio Jones and running back Mark Ingram,


ACC Daily Fever: All Eyes on Raleigh Tonight

ACC Daily Fever is the top ACC story of the day. Disagree? Let us know. What an opportunity tonight's game presents for North read more...


ACC Daily Fever: Miami's Brutal Opening Month May Affect Shannon's Future

ACC Daily Fever is the top ACC story of the day. Disagree? Let us know. In a recent interview,


SEC Daily Fever: Auburn Opener Provides Dilemma for Vince Dooley

SEC Daily Fever is the top SEC story of the day. Disagree? Let us know. An interesting scenario presents itself for SEC legend Vince Dooley in the Auburn-Louisiana Tech opener.


SEC Daily Fever: Embattled Dawgs D Gets Opening Challenge

SEC Daily Fever is the top SEC story of the day. Disagree? Let us know. While much of the talk in Athens has been about replacing Matt Stafford and Knowshon Moreno, the key to the 2009 Georgia season may lie in the improvement of the read more...


ACC Daily Fever: Hokies Must Improve on Offense

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Artimus Pyle Acquitted

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Artimus Pyle, the long time drummer for Lynyrd Skynyrd, was acquitted Friday of read more...


SEC Daily Fever: Bama Locks Up Saban For Another 3 Years

SEC Daily Fever is the top SEC story of the day. Disagree? Let us know. A contract extension for Nick Saban, whose megadeal already runs through 2014?


ACC Daily Fever: Cutcliffe Inspires Hope at Duke

ACC Daily Fever is the top ACC story of the day. Disagree? Let us know. When you talk postseason in Durham, most Duke fans automatically think March Madness.


Dan Toler To Be Interviewed Tonight, Listen Live Online

This in from our Alabama "man on the street" Sonny Edwards If you love great music, you will want to tune in to "Down Home Cookin" with Larry "T", on Clear Channel Port Charlotte - Kix Country PM Drive/Americana PD - today, Friday, August read more...


SEC Daily Fever: Ole Miss Fans Hoping For a Monumental Season

SEC Daily Fever is the top SEC story of the day. Disagree? Let us know. Coming off a Cotton Bowl win and with quarterback Jevan Snead returning, the expectations at Ole Miss are as high as ever. The fan base has responded by


ACC Daily Fever: 2009 Is a Make or Break Year for Al Groh at UVA

ACC Daily Fever is the top ACC story of the day. Disagree? Let us know. Can Virginia get back to the days of George Welsh when the Cavaliers were a consistently solid team in the ‘90s? One man who will try and help that read more...


SEC Daily Fever: Vols' Brown cleared by the NCAA

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ACC Daily Fever: Will Gamecock Trash Talk Motivate an Improving NC State?

ACC Daily Fever is the top ACC story of the day. Disagree? Let us know. The 2009 campaign will be huge for N.C. State’s Tom O’Brien, who has gone 11-14 in his first two years in Raleigh after eight straight winning seasons at read more...


Rare Photos of Skynyrd & Rossington Collins Band Added to Scrapbook

Hi there sports fans. I am very excited about the latest page of photos added to the Legends of Southern Rock Photo Scrapbook, There are some pics of the original


ACC Daily Fever: FSU's Offense Continues to Raise Concerns

ACC Daily Fever is the top ACC story of the day. Disagree? Let us know. It seems that Bobby Bowden is not too happy with his read more...


SEC Daily Fever: Latest On Julio Jones and Alabama

SEC Daily Fever is the top SEC story of the day. Disagree? Let us know. It's the story that just won't go away in Alabama.


No Holds Barred: Blackjack Mulligan

Of all the wrestlers I have seen step into the squared circle, none was more exciting than the “man in black,” the Texas giant known as Blackjack Mulligan.


ACC Daily Fever: Two More QBs to leave the "U"

ACC Daily Fever is the top ACC story of the day. Disagree? Let us know. An interesting story broke today in Coral Gables as two more quarterbacks read more...


SEC Daily Fever: How will Kiffin's offense fare in Year 1?

SEC Daily Fever is the top SEC story of the day. Disagree? Let us know. As expected, Tennessee has named senior quarterback Jonathan Crompton the read more...


SEC Daily Fever: The Gamecock Spotlight Shines on Garcia in South Carolina

SEC Daily Fever is the top SEC story of the day. Disagree? Let us know It’s nothing new for Steve Spurrier to seem upset with the play of his quarterbacks.


ACC Daily Fever: Will The Injury Bug Derail Virginia Tech's Season?

ACC Daily Fever is the top ACC story of the day. Disagree? Let us know. It’s been a tough preseason camp for Virginia Tech, especially at the running back position.


SEC Daily Fever: SEC Media Policy Upsets the Press

SEC Daily Fever is the top SEC story of the day. Disagree? Let us know A huge debate is about to happen regarding the direction of the league’s media coverage.


ACC Daily Fever: Biletnikoff List Shows Unfortunate Lack of ACC Playmakers

ACC Daily Fever is the top ACC story of the day. Disagree? Let us know  Although it’s good news for Jacoby Ford, it’s not so good news for the conference.


SEC Daily Fever: Eligibility of Prized Vol Recruit Under NCAA Scrutiny

SEC Daily Fever is the top SEC story of the day. Disagree? Let us know   The highly-publicized recruitment of Tennessee’s Bryce Brown has taken an interesting turn a few weeks before the top running back is set to make read more...


ACC Daily Fever: Another Florida Coaching Legend Passes Over Tebow

ACC Daily Fever is the top ACC story of the day. Disagree? Let us know   This will get them talking in the Sunshine State.


SEC Daily Fever: Tough Break for Improving Vandy

SEC Daily Fever is the top SEC story of the day. Disagree? Let us know   Vanderbilt’s defense suffered a major blow with


SEC Daily Fever: Tough Injury for the Razorbacks

SEC Daily Fever is the top SEC story of the day. Disagree? Let us know. The Arkansas defense has suffered a major loss with the news that


ACC Daily Fever: New Starter for Clemson

ACC Daily Fever is the top ACC story of the day. Disagree? Let us know. Clemson will have a new signal caller for their opener as Dabo Swinney has named


A Virtual Gravesite Tour of Skynyrd, The Allmans and Marshall Tucker

The past few years have held quite a bit of sadness for lovers of Southern Rock. There have been so many deaths in our extended family. But one fact remains. We will always remember our late brothers and sisters. Always. In keeping with that thought, we are pleased read more...


SEC Daily Fever: Auburn Names QB Starter

SEC Daily Fever is the top SEC story of the day. Disagree? Let us know. Chris Todd was recently named the starting quarterback at Auburn, and he


ACC Daily Fever: GA Tech Loses Backup QB

ACC Daily Fever is the top ACC story of the day. Disagree? Let us know. Georgia Tech suffered a blow to their depth over the weekend when


Toby Keith's Controversial New Video, See It Here

Toby Keith has never been one to hold back on his feelings. Now he has a new song and video that are already stirring up controversy. Imagine that. I'll leave the commenting up to you, our readers. Let us know what you think! Meanwhile... Keep it Real. Keep it read more...


Honorary Southern Artist: Jerry Garcia Aug. 1, 1942- Aug. 9, 1995

Honorary Southerner Jerry Garcia: 14 Years Ago Today Truly an honorary southerner…


More Legends Added to Photo Scrapbook

Howdy y'all. I hope everyone is having a great weekend. It's time once again to add another page to our ongoing Legends of Southern Rock Photo Scrapbook. No theme this time, read more...


In Defense of Steve Spurrier: How The Ole Ball Coach's Honest Humility Might Help Carolina

Is the SEC seeing a new side of Steve Spurrier in the wake of what seemed to be an uncharacteristic performance at this year's SEC Media Days? His current situation hinges around a piece Swampland Sports wrote last February


Hank William's, Jr's Best Album in Years, New Scrapbook Pics Lynyrd Skynyrd 1971

After eleven years of listening to new CD releases in country and Southern Rock I admit I have become somewhat jaded. It takes something really special to stop me in my tracks. Well campers, that is exactly what happened with the new release from the living legend Hank Williams, Jr read more...


New Lynyrd Skynyrd Single Rocks Hard

The new single from Lynyrd Skynyrd’s soon to be released album is called “Still Unbroken,” and it is a balls out rocker. When I first cranked it on my stereo I was read more...


Summer Tour Notes Volume 5: Music Maker Relief Foundation

Mystery And Manners' Summer Tour Notes Number 5: Music Maker My friend


I Remember The Moon

It was forty years ago today that man first walked on the moon, and I remember it like it was yesterday. How sad and ironic that the man whom I watched report the whole thing, Walter Cronkite, would read more...


Can the Big 12 or the ACC catch the SEC?

With every football season, the conversation around the nation leads to the inevitable question- who is the best conference? Many fans answer the same every year (their favorite) while others look a little more objectively. I found it interesting a couple of weeks ago when separate read more...


Orrin Hatch's Folly: Senator, College Football Is About Conferences, Not Teams

After concluding Senate hearings about the BCS, Senator Orrin Hatch wrote an op-ed piece that appeared on ESPN.com.  Here's a selection of that article: During the June 7 read more...


Gates Nichols of Confederate Railroad Diagnosed with Cancer

We are saddened to learn that one of our Angelus friends Gates Nichols, pedal steel player of Confederate Railroad, has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. A mutual friend Julia LaRue read more...


Classic Allman, Skynyrd and More Added To Legends Scrapbook

Greetings from South Carolina! Today I am happy to present yet another page of historic Southern Rock photographs in our ongoing Legends of Southern Rock Photo Scrapbook. Great old pictures of Gregg and Duane Allman, Toy and Tommy Caldwell, Ronnie Van Zant, Bonnie Bramlett read more...


Exploring The Swampland

Hi Guys. Just a note. Don't forget to check out the rest of our Swampland,com site for great stuff like James Calemine's new interview with 


Molly Hatchet's John Galvin Loses Home To Fire

Our good friend and keyboard man for Molly Hatchet John Galvin and his wife lost there home to a house fire on June 30, 2009. The good news is they are okay as are their pets. John also reports that the read more...


New CD Reviews include Ronnie's Daughter Tammy Van Zant

Be sure to check the GRITZ CD reviews page for a couple of new postings. We have a review of the newly remastered classic Creendence Clearwater Revivial album The Concert as well as a review of read more...


Harry Crews' Blood and Grits

Harry Crews' Book Blood and Grits Published in 1979, Harry read more...


The Shocking Loss of Steve McNair

So there I was in Nashville- relaxing by the water with friends on the 4th of July like most of us like to do. Then I heard something that made the festive holiday mood fade quickly; “Steve McNair had been shot”. Could this really be, or maybe it was just bad read more...


Random Thoughts For The Holiday Weekend

I just received a call from my son Ben who is vacationing down at Kiwi Island. Seems he and his wife Austin were out for breakfast when he noticed a super tall gentleman in line close to them ordering up some vittles. Ben turned to Austin and said, “Man, that guy looks like read more...


NBA Draft: Swampland's Pro Hoops Teams

Pro sports has a problem in the Swampland Footprint.  Considered the top level of competition and interest throughout the rest of the country, the pro game doesn't resonate with read more...


New Scrapbook Photos Feature Classic Molly Hatchet, Black Oak

Hi Guys. Well, I am heading out for the Winters Brothers Summer Jam early Friday, so I won't be able to post a blog until late Friday night or Saturday. Meanwhile, check out the latest page in our


Southern Baseball Leads the Way Again

On the eve of the College World Series and Major League Draft, we thought we should take a look at some of the top baseball prospects in our Swampland read more...


Allman Brothers, Bonnie Bramlett and More Posted On New Legends Scrapbook Page

Hey gang! More new Southern Rock photos have been posted in the Legends Scrapbook. Allmans, Tucker, Bonnie Bramlett and much more. Check it out here! Keep read more...


Tommy Talton Surprises Charlotte Audience with Classic Cowboy Tune

On May 29, 2009 Tommy Talton and his band pulled out a classic Cowboy song that Tommy has not read more...


Skynyrd On Stage 1974 Added To Legends Scrapbook

The Scrapbook just keeps getting bigger! Check out page nine, with some never before seen Lynyrd Skynyrd concert shots from 1974. Here's the read more...


The Tampa Bay Bucs Try to Re-Imagine Rather than Rebuild

Who are these guys? No team in the world of SPF has had more turnover and change than the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  So far, reaction in Tampa to that change has not been promising for the Glazer family.  For the first time in years, there's no season ticket waiting read more...


Jimmy Hall, Artimus Pyle, And Other Southern Rockers Band Together For Dixie Tabernacle

There has been an abundance of “all star” Southern Rock groups over the past few years. Some of them stay the course, while others fall by the wayside, often due to scheduling conflicts. Well, there’s one band that I sincerely hope keeps it together to record an read more...


Butch Trucks Reflects On 2009 Beacon Run

There's no doubt in my mind that The Allman Brothers Band's 2009


Win a Dean Guitar Signed by Legends of Southern Rock

Hi Guys. It's time for the much talked about, long awaited Legends of Southern Rock Contest, brought to you by Swampland and the Facebook Groups


FSU Booster Suggests ACC Divisional Realignment

 The Orlando Sentinel recently reported that the president of the Seminole Boosters, Inc has written a plea to his school to ask that the


Random Notes, Hoopee Jam, Boxmasters and Such

Greetings, Sports Fans. I was hoping to have our new Boxmasters interview ready for you today, but it turned out to be quite an opus. Still transcribing. But man oh man, is it a good one. I had the opportunity read more...


Parcells Formula Works Again in Miami

Retirement and South Florida mix very well for many of us, but not for Bill Parcells. He left the comforts of retired life to return to football and resuscitate the fading Dolphins, who had been such a successful franchise for many years. Coming off a 1-15 debacle in 2007, the read more...


For Better or Worse, the Jaguars are Jack Del Rio’s Team

If Jacksonville does not succeed in 2009, there is no one left to blame outside of head coach Jack Del Rio. After the 2006 season, he fired most of the offensive assistants. Following a lackluster 5-11 campaign in 2008, the Jags let GM James Harris go and replaced half of the read more...


Texans Need to Break Through the Wall of Mediocrity

The pressure will be coming from the top for the Houston Texans to have their first winning season and first postseason appearance in their eighth year in the NFL. Dom Capers, who read more...


Revisiting Lynyrd Skynyrd of 2003; Ean, Billy and Hughie

I was looking through the archives of our old GRITZ print magazine when I happened across a review of a show I saw in Clemson, SC where 38 Special opened for


Swampland and Friends Remembers Ean Evans

It has been a sad day, workiing on the memorial page for Ean Evans. He was so young and talented. I keep hearing Paul Thorn's song in my head, "We've got to give then their roses while they're here." So true. Check out our


Lynyrd Skynyrd's Ean Evans Succumbs To Cancer

May 6th, 2009 We at Swampland are deeply saddened by the news of another death in the  Lynyrd Skynyrd family. Bassist Ean Evans has died. As most of you know, he fought read more...


2009 Season Represents a Change in Philosophy for the Cowboys

We must start out by saying that our thoughts and prayers here at Swampland are with the Dallas Cowboys family after the horrific collapse of their read more...


Bengals Have Glimpse of Hope with Stellar Draft

Marvin Lewis is entering his seventh season as the Bengals head coach, and 2009 could very well be his make-or-break season to get the culture of losing changed in Cincinnati.


New Scrapbook Photos Feature Lynyrd Skynyrd

Happy Saturday, y'all. It's "Free Comic Book Day," so be sure to hit your local comic shop on the way to go see X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Just know that while the film is a good action movie, they have changed the whole history from what we all learned in read more...


Panthers Making Every Effort to Win Now

It all seemed to be falling into place for John Fox’s club last season. Coming off a losing 2007 campaign where Jake Delhomme only played three games, Carolina rediscovered their physical running game identity in 2008 and won the NFC South. At 12-4 and the #2 seed in the NFC, read more...


Falcons Future Looks Bright with Dimitroff in Charge

To borrow a line from Robert Randolph, the Atlanta Falcons are now a team that is definitely “going in the right direction". Just two years ago, this organization was in turmoil. Their franchise quarterback, Michael Vick, was arrested on federal charges and consequently read more...


Ean Evans Benefit Brings Out Heavyweight Frynds

Just a quick note for all of our Lynyrd Skynyrd fans. Someone kindly sent me the following link to an excellent story about the recent benefit show given for Lynyrd Skynyrd' bassist Ean Evans who was recently diagnosed with stage 3 cancer. Many friends came out to help a read more...


Swampland's NFL Draft Impressions

How did your team do? That’s the question that NFL fans are trying to answer following this weekend’s annual NFL Draft. We will take an in-depth look at each team in our read more...


NFL Teams Draft Their Identity This Weekend

Well it's finally here-Xmas in April for football fans. The ultimate convergence of pro and college football happens today with the annual NFL Draft. This is a day of hope for every fan base, and it's also the day(s) that NFL executives decide on the identity of their respective read more...


Should NFL Teams Lean Towards Drafting Local College Favorites?

A theme that seems to arise every season in our Swampland footprint is the choice of NFL teams to draft a local college favorite. Most professional organizations will deny that this decision ever enters their thinking, and that they always select the next best player on their Draft read more...


Our Conversation with Cowboy's Pete Kowalke Concludes

Rather than have our Pete Kowalke interview divided in two segments, I today added the second half right onto the first half's page. Check it out here. Pete is a great guy and a read more...


Pete Kowalke Talks to GRITZ About Cowboy, Duane Allman and Jamming with Berry Oakley

Pete Kowalke is one of the founding members of Cowboy,


Record Store Day Remembrances: Orlando's Park Ave CDs

Orlando, Florida seems an unlikely Southern musical hub.  In the shadows of the all-encompassing mouse south of town, this ever-emerging city has seemingly yet to define itself culturally outside of Disney and its other famous tourist attractions.


Back To Where it All Began: The Southern Rock Era

I have pretty much decided that the whole "Southern Rock" thing began in 1969. Sure, there were many rock and rollers and rockabillys that lead up to this new genre at the time. Not to mention all the country, blues and gospel players that served as influences on read more...


Matthew Stafford: #1 Pick or Bust? SEC Fans Have Doubts

Few players have a cloud of doubt on them as thick as Matthew Stafford's.  Where did these clouds come from?  Some have chalked it up to the standard over-analysis during the overly long NFL Draft period that lasts from the end of the college football season to the third read more...


The Stars of Merlefest Talk About The Influence of The Allman Brothers Band

Merlefest is right around the corner, and today Derek Halsey presents an in depth look at last year's festival, what to expect this year, and presents interviews with James Nash of the Waybacks and New Grass Revival legend John Cowan on being a part of the Hillside Album Hour read more...


A New (Media) Day Dawning for the SEC

We ran across this video recently, and we thought we'd put it up for everyone to view.  It ran at the end of Raycom Sports final SEC game during this past SEC basketball tournament in Tampa. We all know about the SEC's new ESPN deal


Authors Michael Knight and Nanci Kincaid To Speak at Alabama Writers' Conferences

 On Thursday, April 16, Calhoun Community College will host its Eighth Annual Writers’ Conference. The featured author for the 2009 conference will be Alabama native


New Tommy Talton CD is Just Plain Good

The Tommy Talton Band has a new CD available through


Cowboy are Our Latest "Legends of Southern Rock"

Tommy Talton is really blazing a comeback trail and sounding great, and many of us who have been fans for years couldn't be happier. Today we pay tribute to his "old band" Cowboy, a group that just happens to be one of my all time favorites. Today they enter the GRITZ


New Live EP From Derek Trucks Band Will Only Be Available in Indie Record Stores

I was simply blown away by Derek Trucks during the recent Beacon run, and have be re-visiting his older read more...


Allman Brothers Band: Video Tribute to Dickey Betts

For anyone who was sad that Dickey Betts didn't show up at the Allman Brothers Band's


In Defense of Jay Cutler: Why Most SPF Teams Still Don't Get It

I wish it hadn't come to this [trading Cutler]. I'm disappointed. . . . It's a sad day for one of the elite franchises in football and all the Broncos fans, and I'm sad - John Elway The saga of Jay Cutler has mesmerized the NFL landscape just like Brett Favre did read more...


Beacon Wrap Up: Guest Artists Remember The Allman Brothers Band 2009 Beacon Run

The 40th Anniversary Celebration of The Allman Brothers Band continues, but sadly, their phenomenal 20th year Beacon run has come to an end. (Of course, those who read more...


The Allman Brothers Band at The Beacon, March 28, 2009

The powers that be were playing some mighty fine music through the p.a. prior to the show, Edgar Winter’s White Trash, Robbie Robertson, Buffalo Springfield... It really set the mood for a great night. That ,and seeing


The Allman Brothers Band at The Beacon, March 27, 2009

The Duane slide show never gets old, and you never know what song The Allman Brothers will play while it is being projected. Tonight it all began with a rousing read more...


The Allman Brothers Band: A Different Point of View from Swampland's James Calemine

James Calemine, a long time contributor to GRITZ, as well as many other publications, including Hittin' The Note, is the man behind the


The Allman Brothers Band at The Beacon, March 26, 2009

"We'll reach the end well all be singin And well all be friends Back where it all begins..." Tonight was forty years to the day that the band played their first gig in Jacksonville, Florida, so we all knew it would be something read more...


Billy Gillispie's Fate Could Send Big Ripples Throughout the SEC and the Footprint

Mark Wiedmer at the Chattanooga Time Free Press has it right.  If Billy Gillispie gets fired, it will create a coaching shakeup around the Swampland read more...


The Allman Brothers Band at The Beacon, March 24, 2009

The curtain came up, the brother Duane slide show started up, and the Allmans kicked off tonight’s show with “Hot ‘Lanta,” one of my old favorites, read more...


The Allman Brothers Band at The Beacon, March 23, 2009

The rumors were flying once again. Some thought that Dickey Betts would join the band tonight, while others were speculating on everyone from


The Allman Brothers Band at The Beacon, March 21, 2009

Saturday night in New York City at 74th and Broadway. Everyone seemed to still be trying to get over the two back to back Eric Clapton jams. No small wonder. Both were just off the charts good. But then came the question, who’s next?


Tom Wynn Talks About Cowboy, Capricorn and The Allman Brothers Band

There really seems to be a surge of interest these days in the music that I have always loved the most, that is, the music of the "Capricorn Records" era. One of my all-time favorite bands was Cowboy, and when they gathered back together at Johnny Sandlin's read more...


The Allman Brothers Band at The Beacon, March 20, 2009

Friday night’s Beacon extravaganza began with the Duane slide show backed by “Little Martha,” this time played by Oteil Burbridge solo, on bass. It was pretty awesome. Beautiful read more...


The Allman Brothers Band at The Beacon, March 19, 2009

The rumors were raging again. Lots of talk about Eric Clapton. Lots of anticipation. No doubt. The curtain came up, the Duane Allman slide show paid tribute to Skydog while Derek Trucks and


The Allman Brothers Band at The Beacon, March 17, 2009

Excitement was in the air tonight, especially for me. I had known for some time that Tommy Talton and


The Allman Brothers Band at The Beacon, March 16, 2009

I was speaking to a friend (I can’t say who right now, it’s a surprise) late this afternoon and he told me he had run into Bonnie Bramlett and Bekka Bramlett on the street read more...


The Allman Brothers Beacon Run: Ready for Round Two

Well, The Allman Brothers Band moved read more...


The Allman Brothers Band at The Beacon, March 14, 2009

I was still trying to get past last night’s show with Southside Johnny’s horn section and Boz Scaggs as I took my seat for the Saturday spectacle.


The Allman Brothers Band at The Beacon, March 13, 2009

There was nothing but “good luck” flying around New York’s famed Beacon Theatre tonight, even if it was Friday the 13th. Jason was no where to be found. The usual


Quarter Notes: Derek Trucks welcomes Bobby Whitlock; Brothers of The Southland Arrive; Tommy Talton Band Rocks

The Derek Trucks Band welcomed a very special read more...


The Allman Brothers Band at The Beacon, March 12, 2009

I heard from a few people that they thought Monday’s show was amazing but that Tuesday’s was weak. I disagree. I thought both were great. That being said, I honestly feel that tonight’s show was the best so far in the run, and read more...


All New Butch Trucks Interview Posted, Six Degrees of Swampland features Allman Brothers Band

Greetings. Well, the Beacon run continues tonight, and we'll be watching and listening. If the first two shows are any indication, we are in for even more southern fried goodness tonight. Allman Brothers month continues at GRITZ with our brand new interview with Allman read more...


The Allman Brothers Band at The Beacon, March 10, 2009

I had just gotten off the cell with Tommy Talton. We were talking about the Hittin’ The Note party in New York, where his band will open for Jaimoe and read more...


The Allman Brothers Band at The Beacon, March 9, 2009

It was truly one hot Spring night at the newly refurbished Beacon Theatre in New York City last night as The Allman Brothers Band kicked off their 40th Anniversary spectacle, read more...


Allman Month Continues, Buffalo Roaming Saturday

I'm packing up for another trip down to Rome, Georgia tomorrow morning. Tomorrow night is our Benefit for the Kerry Creasy Family, and we are all looking forward to playing read more...


The Big East in SEC Country: How USF Can Join the Sunshine State Elite

After looking at the SEC-ACC competition within the Sunshine State, we next wanted to examine the challenge that Big East member South Florida has read more...


We Celebrate The Allman Brothers Band During The Month of March

I am extremely happy to announce that March is Allman Brothers Band month here at GRITZ. In celebration of The Brothers' 40th Anniversary and their upcoming Beacon run,


Latest Rolling Stone Brings Back The Good Stuff with Derek Trucks Piece

Well, I am sitting here drinking some tea and looking out the office window at the snow drifting down and covering everything in pure white. Snow is such a calming thing. So quiet.


Join Our Southern Rock Group On Facebook

I am very happy to announce our new "Legends of Southern Rock" group on Facebook. If you are a Facebook member, just follow the Legends link above and join us. We have one discussion already read more...


From the GRITZ Vaults: It's Good to Be The King; Ed King of Lynyrd Skynyrd

Today I was listening to some random CDs, and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Second Helping came on. I had not heard it in a while, and it was sounding so good, it brought back a lot of read more...


Allman Brothers, Mule, Betts: Great Southern Rock On Demand on The Tube

I was sitting around chillin’ after a long day of writing, paperwork and a nice long walk in the park. Remote in hand, I was channel surfing like a mad man, and getting kinda frustrated that there are a million and one channels and nothing worth watching. Then I remembered the read more...


SEC vs ACC: Can FSU and Miami Join Florida to Make a "Big 3" Again?

As we wrap up our look at states with SEC and ACC schools, the Swampland focus turns to the seemingly abundant football fields of the Sunshine State. The State of Florida produces the best recruits east of the Mississippi River and is home to a couple of very salty gridiron read more...


Mickey Rourke and The Nature Boy: Pro Wrestling and The Oscars

I am more excited than usual about this year’s Oscars, for several reasons, but the primary reason is the one movie that just blew me out of the water lately. That movie was


Sweet Home Alabama Just Gets Sweeter: Literary Events in March

March is definitely coming in like a lion in Alabama this year. March 5-8 marks the occasion of the 12th Annual George Lindsey Film Festival in and around the area of


Southern Cities Make Up 50% of Portfolio's "Top 10 Best Markets for Small Business"

Portfolio Magazine released their list of the Best Markets for Small Business.  Here are the cities that made their Top read more...


Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere: Derek Hess Talks About Rossington Collins, Drumming and Ronnie Van Zant

Derek Hess is one of the true “unsung heroes” of Southern Rock. He was smack-dab in the middle of the whole Jacksonville scene during the glory days of the seventies, and after the Lynyrd Skynyrd airplane crash, when Gary Rossington and Allen Collins decided to form a read more...


SEC vs ACC: Clemson and South Carolina Try to Make the Palmetto State Relevant

In continuing our look at the states with both ACC and SEC teams, we move to the Palmetto State, where a ton of changes occurred in the offseason.


SEC vs ACC: Georgia and Georgia Tech Battle for Peach State Supremacy

With recruiting classes signed and spring practices approaching, it’s a good time to look at states in the Swampland Footprint that share SEC and ACC teams.  We’re going to start in the Peach State, where a long time


The Allman Brothers On Moogis

As the March 9th beginning of the Allman Brothers Band's 40th Anniversary Beacon run approaches, excitement is building. Rumors are flying through cyberspace about special read more...


The Clock is Ticking for Spurrier at South Carolina

As we continue to take a post-Signing Day look at the coaches and programs in our Swampland Footprint, it’s an interesting time to examine the state of the South Carolina program under Steve Spurrier.  An SEC legend as a player and coach at Florida, Spurrier has not yet read more...


Derek Trucks Talks About The Beacon and Cowboy

Breaking Video News: Tommy Talton turned me onto this current video interview with Derek Trucks. Makes me wonder about the Beacon. Boyer and Talton? Bonnie Bramlett? C'mon somebody throw the Buffalo a bone!


For Ole Miss and Arkansas (and Nutt and Petrino), It Looks Like a Win/Win

We've all witnessed the media firestorm surrounding Auburn and Tennessee's respective head coaching hires of Gene Chizik and Lane Kiffin.  Like they tend to do, the media took some minor fires of controversy and poured gasoline on them, leaving any remnants of logic and reason read more...


In Defense of Lane Kiffin: The SEC "Family Feud" with Urban Meyer

There is no other conference more proud of itself than the SEC.  SEC fans from rival teams hate each other with a passion bordering on the pathological, but when success arrives, it is embraced not just for the winning team but for the conference at large.


Frynds: My Favorite Lynyrd Skynyrd and Friends Videos

 Welcome to my Lynyrd Skynyrd video blog. Today, I just wanted to share a few of my favorite YouTube videos of the band jamming with some of their rowdy read more...


From The GRITZ Vaults: Remembering The Early Years of Lynyrd Skynyrd

I'm not sure that everyone realizes just how deep the reading can go here at Swampland. It amazes me sometimes, and I did most of the writing! With all of the talk about the passing of brother


SEC Dominance - From the Field to Recruiting (And It Isn't Stopping Soon)

The reaction to Signing Day is always interesting as every coach in America is thrilled with their class while fans have mixed reactions to their school’s ranking and new players.  Everyone that followed Wednesday's coverage saw plenty of ESPN's favorite big-market teams read more...


Xmas in February for Southern College Football Fans (SEC, Big 12, ACC, Big East)

It’s finally here! National Signing Day is upon us, and this is the time where quality programs establish themselves for the upcoming years. The welcoming of a new recruiting class energizes fans and provides coaches with the opportunity to show that their school will be-or read more...


The Future of Lynyrd Skynyrd

I still find it hard to believe that Billy Powell is gone. What a great musician, and from all the


Mack Brown and the Longhorns Must Judiciously Draw Talent from their Texas Base

Water is wet, the sky is blue, and the University of Texas is working on another top-notch recruiting class. The Longhorns Mine Their State's Natural Talent Base Most BCS schools try to comb their region (if not the read more...


Film in the South: Sixth Annual Oxford Film Festival Begins February 5

This has been an exciting weekend, and so if you have recovered from Superbowl Sunday you might want to make plans to travel to


Steelers Win, The Boss Shines in Best Superbowl Game Ever

Well, I have to change my statement made in my dispatch earlier today. Superbowl II of 1968 is now my second favorite Superbowl game. Tonight's game has moved into my top spot, not only as read more...


Super Bowl Sunday Reflections

There’s cold beer in the fridge and Bruce Springsteen’s new album is wafting through the air. Only four more hours until kickoff, and the excitement is mounting. Not only am I stoked to see The E-Street Band at halftime and the always fun commercials, but I hope to


UNC's Butch Davis Challenges the ACC to Rival the SEC

With the rapid approach of National Signing Day, we’ve focused recently on the critical lifeblood known as recruiting.  One of the new players that has emerged in read more...


SB Sunday Reflections on the SPF Season: Teams Fell Short; Dungy & Gruden Gone

As the Footprint wakes to a Sunday featuring the 43rd Super Bowl hosted by one of our great Swampland cities, it gives us a chance to reflect on the past SPF season.  Although five of our 13 SPF teams made the playoffs, none made any noise since they all were "one and read more...


More Lynyrd Skynyrd News: Alabama License Plates, Tammy Van Zant Sings

Go Alabama! And I ain't talking about the Tide (this time!) The state now features new auto plates with "Sweet Home Alabama" on them. What a tribute to Lynyrd read more...


Sweet Home Alabama: New Tags for Old

  Sweet Home Alabama Lord, I'm coming home to you ----"Sweet Home Alabama" Lynyrd Skynyrd Band A brand new license plate featuring a pastel beach scene read more...


To Stewart Mandel, We Say, "SEC Coaching Dollars Make Sense"

Chalk SI.com's Stewart Mandel as the latest member of the national media that just doesn’t understand the culture of the SEC football landscape.  Mandel's latest involves


The Swampland Tribute to Billy Powell of Lynyrd Skynyrd

The response to my simple request was overwhelming. I asked a few "brothers and sisters" of the road to share their thoughts on the passing read more...


Lane Kiffin is Already Making an Impact on the SEC (and Paul Finebaum)

A few weeks ago, I wrote how I thought Tennessee and Lane Kiffin were going to be a great fit for each other. There was quite a bit of criticism for a major power in the SEC choosing a read more...


Lynyrd Skynyrd Pianist Billy Powell Has Died

Lynyrd Skynyrd’s keyboard player and our friend Billy Powell has died. According to insider sources, he started experiencing chest pains and difficulty breathing and called 911 at 12:55 a.m. this morning. When EMS arrived at his


Marshall Tucker, Bonnie Bramlett and Grinderswitch in England, 1976: Hear it Now!

Back in 1976 the South took a tour of England when The Marshall Tucker Band packed up the plantation and set sail for Great Britain with


Lynyrd Skynyrd's Best Songs of All Time

Ain't no other band like Lynyrd Skynyrd. That's just a fact. Hard core fact, brothers and sisters. This group has put out some or rock and roll's most enduring music, so when I sat down to make my list of the


Report from The Simple Man Cruise

By all accounts it seems this year's Simple Man Cruise was the best one yet, with tons of Southern Rock performances from Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Marshall Tucker Band, Molly Hatchet, 38 Special, and many more. Not to mention a lot of old school jams!


Mainstream South Contest Winners Announced

Well folks, the response to our Mainstream South CD giveaway was amazing. Thanks to all who entered. Unfortunately, we only have ten of these autographed editions to give away. I spent the better part of two hours choosing the winners, and have posted them below. As read more...


Tenth Annual Hannah's Buddies Charity Classic

Hanna's Buddies News The Tenth Annual Charity Classic Golf Event and silent auction called


Dungy and the Colts Both Needed a New Direction

A good thing happened in Indy on Monday – Tony Dungy retired from the NFL to spend more time with his family in Tampa Bay. It’s nice to see the veteran head coach pursue his dream read more...


Former Lynyrd Skynyrd Extended Family Members Release Rocking Instrumental Album

Some of our favorite old school Southern Rockers have recorded an album that may come as a bit of a surprise. Rossington Collins Band members Barry Lee Harwood and Derek Hess along read more...


In Defense of Bob Stoops, the BCS (again), and the Big 12 (and a Look at the 2009 Season)

Proof, in college football, always comes over at least a two year period.  This means that Heisman winners and BCS Championship opponents almost always have to have a strong previous season leading into their big year.


St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker Jams with The Marshall Tucker Band

Wednesday, January 7, 2008 St. Petersburg, Florida Mayor Rick Baker will take the stage tonight to sit in with The Marshall Tucker


Ole Miss and LSU Cruise; Alabama and South Carolina Snooze

Overall it’s been a pretty good bowl season for the SEC, going 5-2 with Florida left to play in the National Title Game. The highlights include Mississippi and Houston Nutt getting a


Ean Evans of Lynyrd Skynyrd Diagnosed with Cancer

We are sad to report the news that Lynyrd Skynyrd bassist Ean Evans has been diagnosed with cancer.. We received word today from both band members, friends and fans. While we do not read more...


Lane Kiffin fits the Vols and the SEC

Tribal Fever did a great job of presenting the challenge that is coaching in the 21st century SEC. I wanted to focus on the Tennessee job where Phil read more...


Swampland's Legends of Southern Rock

Hey gang, check out our Swampland Legends of Southern Rock Series. We are always adding new bands and updating the existing pages, which chronicle the histories of these awesome bands and link to various articles and interviews within GRITZ.  Phone the neighbors, wake the read more...


Will Chizik, Kiffin (or Mullen) Meet The Urban Meyer/Nick Saban SEC Standard?

This season has seen another massive shift in the SEC coaching ranks.  Counting last season and this, almost half of the SEC has changed coaches.  There's nothing like coaching SEC football.  It remains a


The Best Releases of 2008

We are happy to present what we feel are the very best album releases of the past year. Please let us know what you think.  Buffalo


The Angelus Superlatives of 2008

THE ANGELUS SUPERLATIVES 2008 It has become a tradition. Each year, I pick the people I feel were mowt outstanding in certain areas during that wonderful event known as The Angelus Charlie Daniels Celebrity Golf & Country Concert event, kind read more...


Buffalo Roaming: The Angelus Rocked

My buddy Scott Greene and I had been talking about our annual pilgrimage to The Angelus for months. he was about as excited about it as I was. after all, it is too much fun every single year. This would be Scott’s fourth trip and my eighth. We headed out in read more...


Angelus 2008 Photos: Day One

DAY ONE...   Photos by Buffalo, Rob Donbar, Scott Greene, Tom Bell, Mike Proctor


Angelus 2008 Photos: Day Two

DAY TWO... Photos by Buffalo, Rob Donbar, Scott Greene, Tom Bell, Mike Proctor .


Angelus 2008 Photos: Day Three, Part One

Photos by Buffalo, Rob Donbar, Scott Greene, Tom Bell, Mike Proctor . BACKSTAGE FUN AT THE ANGELUS CONCERT


Angelus 2008 Photos: Day Three, Part Two

Photos by Buffalo, Rob Donbar, Scott Greene, Tom Bell, Mike Proctor .


SEC and Big 12 Championship Game Reax

The college football regular season ended by giving us the matchup that made the most sense--the SEC Champion vs. the Big 12 Champion. The BCS title game should be a high-scoring, exciting affair and one that all of the fans in our Swampland footprint will appreciate. Florida will read more...


Buffalo Roaming: Back from The Angelus, Worn Slap Out

Well friends, I am back home. The Angelus this year was filled with emotion, saddness, happiness, spirit, soul, love and tons of great music. I am just spent. I have never been more worn out, But I wouldn't have missed it for the world. I hope to have the whole detailed read more...


The Sunday Slate (Week Fourteen): NFC South Showdowns!

We had to take a couple of weeks off due to technical issues with the site.  Check out our Faulkner-inspired T.I. Poll to see how the teams rank. On to this week's read more...


Saturday's Slate: Conference Championships

Here we are, after a week off due to technical difficulties, to find ourselves on the verge of crowning some conference champions and setting up the BCS Title teams.  It has been a long and exciting year.  Luckily for us, today's games have the potential to live up to the read more...


Mystery And Manners' Top 25 Releases of 2008

Mystery And Manners’ Top 25 2008 Releases 12/5/08 Here’s a list (in no specific rank or order) of Mystery And Manners’ top 25 releases of 2008. The category includes new releases, DVDs, books, re-issues and relevant CDs that read more...


Angelus Event Begins On a Somber Note; Another Friend Gone

I am deeply saddened to announce that another dear nusician friend has passed away. Our good friend Kerry Creasy, bassist for Tommy Crain and the Crosstown Allstars, passed away during the night from a heart attack. Kerry's final show was nothing short of spiritual. He, read more...


Swampland Footprint National Title: Big 12 vs. SEC

So it’s Oklahoma that gets the chance to represent the Big 12 South in Kansas City, and they will probably get a shot at the National title with a victory. Of read more...


On The Road to Angelus; Warren Haynes Xmas Jam Anniversary Feature

The Buffalo is ready to roam once again. My friend Scott and I head out tommorow in the direction of Tampa Bay. The annual Angelus benefit begins on Thursday, and it should be a stone gas. I'll be covering every minute of it for SWAMPLAND. Please check back each day for breaking read more...


In Memory of Bear Sauls, Eric Quincy Tate

Our old friend Wayne "Bear" Sauls, guitarist for Eric Quincy Tate, passed away at 12:04 am, November 26, 2008 due to existing health complications. Bear was 60.


Snowman's Six-Pack of Reax from Saturday

1. It has finally happened. For the first time since 1982, the Vanderbilt Commodores will be eligible to go to a bowl. Vandy rode D.J. Moore read more...


Time to Cowboy Up

Yeeee hah! Legacy Recordings celebrates the 50th anniversary of the National Finals Rodeo with an absolutely killer boxed set of cowboy songs, old and new. This one really brought back memories of my old Roy Rogers guitar, playing in the back yard with my little  black read more...


The Sunday Slate (Week Eleven): Key Swampland Showdowns in Jax, DC, and Indy!

After four SPF teams have byes last week (Dallas, Washington, Tampa Bay, and Cincinnati), we are heading into the home stretch.  Intra-division matchups will determine playoffs berths.  This week our two SPF NFC East teams and the entire AFC South face off. As read more...


Saturday's Slate: SEC vs. Big 12 South Looking Good!

After a season of many a wild ride, a little clarity emerged from last week's games.  The SEC has their championship game set.  The Big 12 is now down to three (maybe four) potential BCS participants.  The rest of our TF conferences have a ways to go, but none of read more...


Remembering Berry Oakley

"Oakley and I were both young adults when we met, and we were both still searching for our style of playing. He had so much insight and vision. I was playing night clubs, and I was making what would be the equivalent now of about $3000 a week. Back then it was about $600 a read more...


Classic Photos: Mark Emerick and BHLT

Once upon a time there was an absolutely killer Southern Rock band called BHLT, made up  of Dickey Betts, Jimmy Hall, Chuck Leavell and Butch Trucks, along with "Rook" Goldflies on bass and Danny Parks on fiddle. I have heard several boots of these guys, as well as read more...


The Mudcrutch Story

The Mudcrutch Story Airs Tonight 11/11/08 Today Tom Petty's band read more...


Snowman's Six-Pack of Reax from Saturday

1. After all of the Nick Saban drama last week in Baton Rouge, we finally got a close game from a SEC marquee matchup. Alabama and LSU staged a very hard-fought battle, but as we’ve written about so much this season in the SEC, the quarterback play was the difference. Alabama read more...


The Sunday Slate (Week Ten): Byes Galore

Four SPF teams have byes this week (Dallas, Washington, Tampa Bay, and Cincinnati).  There are only a few good-looking games on the schedule.  The rest, outside of a select few, look like virtual byes - either be easy wins or sad losses. As Always, SPF teams in read more...


Saturday's Slate: The November Home Stretch Begins!

College football remains the Footprint's most compelling and spectacular sport.  The 2008 season has delivered us yet again a roller coaster ride of sporting goodness.  The stakes have been high all season.  So far, at least two key programs (Tennessee and read more...


End of an Era in Knoxville and the SEC

The Dean of SEC football coaches, Phillip Fulmer, announced on Monday that he would agree with the University of Tennessee’s decision for him no to return for the 2009 season. It was one of the


The Best of The Allman Brothers Band

Time once again for another GRITZ List. We are happy to present our latest ,The 25 Best Songs by The Allman Brothers Band. Check out the list and by all means let us know what you think. It was really read more...


Snowman's Six-Pack of Reax from Saturday

1. Wow – what an instant classic in the Lonestar State. Texas Tech pulled off an amazing upset of #1 Texas with one second to go and sent their raucous fans read more...


The Sunday Slate (Week Nine): SPF Inter-league Barometer Time

Carolina and New Orleans have bye weeks.  There's one Swampland Showdown.  The rest of today's Slate features matchups between SPF teams and the rest of the NFL. There is a chance that SPF teams can go undefeated this week sending a huge message to the rest of the read more...


Saturday's Slate: Top Games in Each Conference Will Decide Champions

Georgia and Florida in Jacksonville The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party has more at stake than ever – read more...


Still Missing Duane Allman, 37 Years Later

We lost one of the very best guitar players of the Southern Rock era on this day (October 29th) back in 1971. Virtually every true blue Southern Rock fan knows that brother Duane Allman was killed in a motorcycle accident just months after the release of everybody's favorite read more...


Henry Paul and The Outlaws: The GRITZ Interview

Happy Tuesday. Tonight I am very pleased to present my long awaited interview with the one amd only Henry Paul. Henry, the country fried element of The Outlaws, founder of The Henry Paul Band and read more...


Tuesday Tastings (Week 8): Midway Point

Thanks to Patrick "Snowman" Snow's item early Monday morning, he helped us cover a lot of ground for our tastings.  Without any further waiting... FINGER-LICKIN' read more...


Snowman's Six-Pack of Reax from Sunday

1) The Titans and Colts will go at it on Monday Night Football in the Music City. Tennessee comes into the game undefeated and looks to deliver the ultimate knockout blow to the usual AFC South Champ. The


Buffalo's Soap Box: The Economy, The Election and Stealing Music

I'm stepping back up onto my reinforced industrial strength Soap Box. You have been warned. Something has to be done. No matter who becomes the president in a few days, there is a huge task ahead. The economy has never been so bad, at least in my life time. It seems read more...


Snowman's Six-Pack of Reax from Saturday

1) The biggest difference between teams in the SEC this season is simply quarterback play. Alabama, Georgia, and Florida came into the season with experienced/quality signal callers, and they have been the class of the league. Lack of experience or just poor play at quarterback has read more...


The Sunday Slate (Week Eight): Big Games in Big D, Music City

Finally, we have a few big games to savor. As Always, SPF teams in CAPS with (Week 7's T.I. Poll Ranking) TAMPA BAY (4) @ DALLAS (1) - This pivotal Swampland read more...


Saturday's Slate: A Bit of Relative Calm Before the Storm

Although you can't take a week off in college football, this week seems like a palate cleanser before some of the biggest homestretch games are played.  November will feature great game after great game and next week's


Our Henry Paul Interview is On The Way

This week I finally had my long awaited interview with the one and only Henry Paul. and let me just tell you guys, it was well worth the wait. At a hefty hour and a half, it includes a lot of first person stories from Henry about the beginnings of


A Nice Weekend of Hate in the SEC

One of the most hate-filled rivalries in college football will see another chapter written on Saturday when the #2 Alabama Crimson Tide invade Knoxville to take on the Volunteers. The “Third read more...


Swampland Hosts Georgia-Florida Bash

Swampland/Mystery And Manners Hosts Pre-Georgia-Florida Football Outing 10/22/08 On October 31, Swampland/Mystery And Manners read more...


Cowboy Bassist George Clark Passes Away in Florida

Southern Rock bassist George Clark has passed away. I received word from band mate Tommy Talton this afternoon. I don't have any details yet, but apparently George was found dead this morning. read more...


Rays to Host World Series

The Tampa Bay Rays improbable run to the World Series commences tonight, and their success should be a huge boon for Southern baseball. With the Braves’ NL East dominance over and the Texas teams struggling, Tampa Bay’s club of youngsters provides a blueprint for other read more...


Tuesday Tastings (Week 7): Rams Recognized, while Dallas Declines

It was a tough week of football in SPF land.  Two of our teams were off (Jacksonville and Atlanta) and several others played like they were taking the week off. FINGER LICKIN' GOOD St. Louis Rams - It is time to read more...


Thirty One Years Ago Tonight: Remembering Ronnie Van Zant and Co.

Every year at this time, my mind goes back to The Greenville Memorial Auditorium, 1977. It was 31 years ago tonight. As I type, it is 7:30 PM, and I remember it like it was yesterday. I was so excited at the age of 20 to be attending a concert by one of my favorite rock bands. I was read more...


The Sunday Slate (Week Seven): Find Some Magic

With only four games worthy of interest and two teams off (Atlanta and Jacksonville), we are looking for a little magic in our Sunday Slate. The NFL usually provides a few unexpected surprises.  Maybe this is that week.  It certainly won't be hard with entertaiment read more...


Saturday's Slate: BCS Busters vs. Disciplined Talent

Last week was a lesson in symmetry.  Many teams met on the field that looked like mirror images.  Something had to give, and it did.  3 of the top 5 teams lost giving the nation a new number one, Texas, who beat Oklahoma in what was probably a top 10 of all time Red read more...


Tuesday Tastings (Week 6): Burt Reynolds Loves The Falcons!

It was a very weird week in SPF land.  Many teams lost games they weren't expected to lose.  A few others had surprising wins.  (The Titans were off so they don't get included this week.) FINGER LICKIN' read more...


Pro Wrestling in The Seventies: Ox Baker

I am really excited about our brand new, ongoing series No Holds Barred. The series will look at the stars and memories of the hey day of pro wrestling in the south, especially here in the Mid Atlantic area. I will be profiling many of the stars of the sport during the read more...


The Sunday Slate (Week Six): The "Must Wins" Begin

The NFL is a game of inches.  Each week matters.  The stories of each of our SPF teams are told as the season unfolds. There have been enough games to know that this week has more than a few teams in desperation mode.  Simply put, more than a few of our teams read more...


Saturday's Slate: Symmetry Saturday

We've already been treated to upsets throughout the Tribal Fever landscape, but let's not forget that upsets require a precondition of disparity between teams, etiher real or imagined. This Saturday's games are of a different sort.  It seems across the board that all read more...


Tuesday Tastings (Week 5): Nothing Is Easy

St Louis was off last week, so we are spared another missive on how terrible they are.  The good news is that their temporary absence sways our SPF teams well into the positive over all. The best of our teams are living by a simple rule - nothing comes easy in SPF read more...


Vintage GRITZ Interviews Unearthed; Jimmy Farrar and Randall Hall

I spent a few hours today digging through the GRITZ archives. There are still quite a few interviews and articles I'd like to reintroduce via SWAMPLAND. I was happy when I ran


The Sunday Slate (Week Five): Separation Sunday

This week doesn't have the same drama as a Cowboys/Redskins weekend, but SPF teams pushing towards the playoffs, a solid 8 of 15, can further prove their mettle this week by taking care of business. As Always, SPF teams in CAPS with (Week 4's


Pro Wrestling in the South Back in the Day

I was on the phone with a friend last week, just catching up on this and that, when my buddy posed a question. “Did you ever get into pro rasslin’?” Now, for the record, I spell it


Saturday's Slate: Picking Up The Pieces

Last week had USC losing on Thursday which appeared to set up big things for Georgia and Florida.  Then, both stumbled last week, but both have a chance to redeem their season. This shapes up to be another great season filled with surprises as another team with destiny read more...


So Caught Up In 38 Special

I could listen to "So Caught Up in You" every single day of my life, and never get tired of it. There are just certain songs like that with me. "Layla" is another one, and so is "American Pie" and "Ramblin' Man." 38 Special have been read more...


Tuesday Tastings (Week 4): Hail To the Redskins!

Since Miami and Indy had byes this past week, we're leaving them off our weekly Tastings dispatch.  That still leaves us with 11 samplings of varied quality. Let's start off with the best of the bunch... FINGER LICKIN' read more...


Big & Rich Rock My Monday Night; Jimmy Farrar Health Update

As I write this little ol' blog, I am tapping my number 13's on the hard wood floor, watching Big & Rich in concert on Direct TV and they are just ripping it up. Dang I love them guys. They combine elements of country, Southern Rock, classic rock and anything else that fits into read more...


The Sunday Slate (Week Four): Cowboys vs Indians, er Redskins

Week Four features the only classic pro football rivalry in the Footprint.  That's reason enough to tune in. Two of our teams have byes (Indy and Miami) and several others have critical games.  We will quickly break it down for you. As Always, SPF read more...


Saturday's Slate: Ding Dong, The Witch Is Dead!

Of course, this means that the two perennial pretenders that stand in our way, Ohio State and USC, have both lost and neither appear to have the right kinds of games left to springboard back into the national title hunt.  That should mean that the national championship game read more...


There's Nothing Some Skynyrd Can't Cure

Hi Gang. It's been some kind of day. It all began at 345 AM when I got up and drove from Greenville to Charlotte, NC to put my wife on a plane to Hawaii, where she will be spending the next month with our daughter Hannah, whose baby is due at any moment now. (Yes, the first read more...


Auburn Rules!

If not on the gridiron, at least in the classroom. According to an article in the New York Times (September 21 ) entitled The read more...


Special Edition of Magazine Features Great Southern Rock Articles

Heads up, Southern Rock fans. There’s a magazine out on the stands right now that you are going to want. It’s called Guitar Legends, and the issue is called  “The Complete History


Tuesday Tastings (Week 3): We're Dolphin-safe now, but the Goat, er Ram, is Smoked

After getting a full-sized Sunday helping of SPF games, some things have improved while others took a turn for the worse. "Finger Lickin' Good" Yum, yum.  These teams served it up on Sunday leaving their fans hungry read more...


Frankie Toler Hositalized, Needs Your Thoughts and Prayers

I just received word that Dave "Frankie" Toler is in the hospital in Sarasota, Florida and in need of your support and prayers. He's been fighting Hep-C for around 20 years and it's now at it's worst. He may be months away from a possible liver transplant but the doctors read more...


The Sunday Slate (Week Three): The NFC South Goes North While the AFC South Faces Off

Week 3 doesn't feature as many interesting games as last week, but the AFC South faces off and the NFC South heads up north.  As Always, SPF teams in CAPS with (Week 2's T.I. Poll Ranking) Here's a read more...


GRITZ News Items: Americana Rocks, Shaver, Hayes Carll, FAME and Skynyrd

LEVON HELM NAMED AMERICANA ARTIST OF THE YEAR The 7th Annual Americana Music Honors and Awards show took place on Thursday (Sept. 18) in Nashville at the Mother Church of Country Music, The Ryman Auditorium. Wish I could have been there. It’s read more...


Saturday's Slate: Barometer Games (Intra- and Inter-Conference)

This weekend marks the beginning of some classic early season rivalry games inside the SEC.  TF has a rundown of all the key games. BEST INTRA-CONFERENCE GAMES


Our Week Two SPF Tastings: Give Us Some Panther, but Steer Clear of Ram and Bengal

After getting a full-sized Sunday helping of SPF games, not everything we sampled was up to par.  Let's do a quick break down in hopes that maybe some of the team cooks can get their wares "Finger Lickin' Good" Although read more...


The SPF Week 2 Slate: Pretender/Contender Separation Begins

It's only Week 2, but many of today's games determine how seasons will unfold for our SPF teams.  One game may mean nothing, but two games often represents a trend. Let's start with our inter-SPF matchups.  SPF teams in CAPS with (


Despite the Drumbeat of ACC Criticisms, the Big East Remains the Bigger Problem

The ACC has been this season's early whipping boy thanks to Clemson's beatdown in Atlanta handed to them by Alabama.  However, we don't see that game as any long term indicator.  That game result resulted primarily because Alabama has a coach that understands how to read more...


Buffalo Set To Roam to Rome: Random Notes on College Football and Sugarland

Well, tomorrow will find the Buffalo roaming once again. This time Jill and I are heading back tio The High Lonesone Saloon in Rome, Georgia, where I will once again be wearing two hats. Not only will I read more...


The SEC Upgrades To College Football 2.0

The nation at large now sees what the Footprint has long known - SEC Football is dominant and truly in its own league.  Despite the hue and cry against it, the BCS has allowed sports fans to see top teams, by and large, go against each other on the field.  Since read more...


Gamecocks Destruction of Wolfpack Serves Notice to Clemson and the ACC

Last night was the glorious kick off to the 2008 college football season.  Teams from almost every conference had games allowing us some very early previews of what might be coming in the weeks ahead. Everyone now knows about the


From Athens, Georgia To Jerry Wexler

From Athens, Georgia To Jerry Wexler: A Feast of Friends… 8/16/08 There’s not much time to write this read more...


Southern Music's Best Friend, Jerry Wexler Has Died at 91

Jerry Wexler was rock and roll. He was also rhythm and blues. Oh, and Southern rock. Oh, yeah, Wex was a huge fan of Southern music of all sorts, and of the key architects in the history of music over the past 50 years. He was instrumental in helping Phil Walden read more...


Fun Music Videos: Winters Brothers, Danny Joe Brown, Charlie Daniels Band and Drive By Truckers with Kelly Hogan

Just for fun, I thought I'd post some very cool YouTube videos. I hope y'all dig 'em. Keep it Real. Keep it Southern. Buffalo  


A Humorous Comparison of College Football Between the South and the North

As our beloved college football season nears, we at Tribal Fever thought everyone should read this comparison between college football in the South versus our Northern counterparts. (This has been making the rounds via email so many of you might have already seen it - read more...


Barbeque is Not a Verb: A Musical Tribute To Southern BBQ

There's nothing us Southerners like more than barbeque. Football comes close, as does Southern Rock, NASCAR, professional wrestling and cold beer, but when all is said and done, the pork will always rise to the top. Well, some guys from read more...


Ten More Defining Moments in Southern Rock History

Did any of you see Gregg Allman in the movie Rush? He played a drug dealing king pin, and a pretty spooky character.  That movie disturbed me more that ten Stephen King flicks, because it was so real. That's why Gregg's role in the movie made our list of


Still More of The Defining Moments in Southern Rock History

Hi guys. My apologies for the two days of down time. We experienced a problem with our DSL internet service that virtually crippled the GRITZ offices for almost two days. We are happy to come back kicking with the


Jimmie Van Zant Delivers His Best Album Yet

Somebody say Hell Yeah! I have just finished reviewing a straight up redneck rock and roll masterpiece. A Southern Rock opus. An infectious, hard driving, down south jukin,' 100 proof Dixie fried winner. And it was recorded by a VanZant. Imagine that. My Name is read more...


An Ongoing Journey To the Heart of Southern Culture

A Sunday Service On Southern Culture 7/20/08 “The artist penetrates the concrete world in order  to find at read more...


"Free Bird" Factoids

There’s a reason why “Free Bird” was named as GRITZ best loved Southern Rock song in history. Actually, there are a lot of reasons. Every 15 seconds, someone, read more...


Is 8 Wins The SEC's New Over/Under For Coaching Success?

An interesting debate was sparked last week when the University of Tennessee announced it had extended Coach Phillip Fulmer’s contract: What is an read more...


Jimmy Farrar Hospitalized Following Stroke

I just learned this morning that our friend Jimmy Farrar is in the hospital, following  stroke last week. I spoke with Jimmy this morning an he sounds great. He told me that he has limited control over his left side and arm, but with a lot of work, they expect a full read more...


Southern Rock's Most Defining Moments

You've all heard of "going the extra mile" for your art, right? Well, fellow babies, The Buffalo has been doing that for a few days now, assembling a list of The 100 Defining Moments in Southern read more...


Rays of Baseball Hope

We’ve reached the midpoint of the baseball season, and there seems to be a high level of optimism for the teams in our Swampland footprint. The story of the year in MLB has to be the surging Tampa Bay Rays. The franchise that has been more of a laughingstock than a contender read more...


GRITZ Radio Hour Premieres Online

Hey guys. As an experiment of sorts, we are presenting a pilot episode of The GRITZ Radio Hour, a two hour program of music hosted by yours truly, and airing over the Mighty Field of Vision internet radio station, now read more...


NBA Draft Post-Mortem

It was an interesting NBA Draft night with Miami and Memphis from our region making big headlines. Before I take a look at some of the specifics, the question has to be asked: Does the NBA have to make the Draft so complicated for the fans? It’s amazing how many picks are made read more...


The Cities That Gave Us Southern Rock

I find it interesting just how many of our greatest Southern Rockers come from the same cities. Especially our number one city for Southern Rock, Jacksonville, Florida. Check out our list of the Top Ten read more...


New Documentary Project Will Present the Definitive History of Country Music

I just got the word that Shout! Factory Records and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum are planning to produce a multi-part original series of specials on the history of country music for television and DVD. The partners will seek worldwide broadcast read more...


Will Jags' Fans Respond?

An interesting question was asked last week in the local Jacksonville paper regarding the Jaguars and their fans: “What has this team not done to legitimately pursue a Super Bowl read more...


Video Blog: Jakson Spires and Blackfoot

I was speaking with Sherry Spires yesterday, the wife of the late Jakson Spires, my good friend and spiritual brother. We had a great conversation and a few laughs recalling the good ol' days of The read more...


Owsley "Bear" Stanley's Sonic Journal: Gram Parsons Liner Notes

Owsley "Bear" Stanley's New 'Sonic Journal' Notes on Gram Parsons Recordings 6/13/08 "This old town's filled with sin It'll swallow you in If you've come some money to burn, Take it home right away You got three years to read more...


Watch and Listen: Ten Great DVD's for Southern Rockers

Man oh man do I love movies. I guess movies are my second favorite entertainment besides music. Well, truth be told, books rank right up at the top of that list as well. But when you combine music and movies, look out, you have my attention. For my new list, I wanted to read more...


It's All About The Song: The Greatest Songwriters of The Southern Rock Era

I am probably going to get some other opinions on this one. We're happy to present our list of The Ten Best Songwriters of The Southern Rock Era. Check out the list and let us know what you read more...


With Leadership In Flux, the BCS Proves Its Worth to the Big East

Tribal Fever will never stop its defense of the greatest sport in our Footprint - college football.  How a sport that has record ratings and revenue would ever be under scrutiny is beyond us, but we believe the heart of that line of criticism lies in its "limited" read more...


Wash Boards and Chicken Coups: The Ten Best Instrumentalists of Southern Rock

Let me begin by wishing everybody a GREAT weekend. Only one week until the big annual Winters Brothers Band Summer Jam. See you there! Our latest Top Ten list runs down the


John Galvin of Molly Hatchet Turns in a GRITZ Guest Blog

John Galvin of Molly Hatchet is one of my favorite keyboard players. He is also someone I am proud to call a friend. Over the years, I have discovered his vast diversity in music, which closely mirrors read more...


Duke Over Notre Dame: College Sports Are Still The King Down South

Since the SEC just wrapped up its meetings down in Destin, Tribal Fever thought it would be a good time to check in.  College sports are the glory of The Footprint, and the rest of the nation is taking notice. The significance of yesterday's news that Notre Dame's AD read more...


Random Notes: Bo Diddley, MTV Awards, Boxmasters, Winters Jam

Well, summer has made it to South Carolina, and it's hotter than Angelina Jolie in a sweat lodge. But I ain't complainin’ none. I am pretty tired of the cold.


Free Gator Country Live CDs

No, you're not dreaming. We do indeed have a fist full of the hot new live and kickin' CD from Gator Country to give away, and to make it even sweeter, the liner notes book is signed by all the read more...


Henry Paul's Marshall Tucker Band Memories: GRITZ Guest Blog

We are very pleased to bring you the latest in our continuing series of Guest Blogs, this one written by The Outlaws own Henry Paul. Henry recalls his early love of The Marshall Tucker Band and the men behind the group. Check out


A Trip to The Keys: Southern Rock's Greatest Keyboard Players

And the lists just keep on coming... This time we run down the Greatest Keyboard Players of the Southern Rock Era. They're all here, the Hammond B-3, the piano - from Chuck Leavell to Taz read more...


Four Strings and An Attitude: Southern Rock's Best Bass Players

How about another Southern Rock List? This time we run down the Ten Greatest Bass Guitar Players of The Southern Rock read more...


New Tommy Talton Album is a Real Treat

I am very excited about the new Tommy Talton release. I have been listening to many of the songs in various states of completion for over a year, and the final album is simply read more...


Skynyrd's Billy Powell Has Emergency Surgery

I just got word that our friend Billy Powell of Lynyrd Skynyrd was forced to have an  emergency partial revision hip replacement surgery in Jacksonville, Florida on read more...


New Gator Country Album Recalls Hatchet's Glory Days

I have just had my head blown completely off. No foolin.' I am looking up at my headless body from the floor, where my head landed amongst a stack of lame CDs I am putting on eBay. I don't know how my hands continue to type without seeing what I am doing, but it doesn't read more...


The Top 25 Songs of The Southern Rock Era

And the lists just keep on a comin.' Our latest addition to our Southern Rock Lists is our accounting of the 25 Greatest read more...


Conference USA Must Step Up to Avoid Potential College Football Upheaval

Last year, Tribal Fever presented a modest proposal about conference realignment for teams in the Swampland Footprint.  The proposal came from our understanding of the love and passion of college football in read more...


South Dominates College Baseball

by Patrick Snow There is one more week of college baseball before the conference tournaments, and the teams in our Swampland footprint are looking very strong. I had the pleasure this past weekend to attend a great 3-game series between Vanderbilt and Georgia. The Bulldogs read more...


Farewell to Art Icon Robert Rauschenberg

Texas born painter, photographer, printmaker, sculptor, choreographer, onstage performer, set designer and, in later years, even a composer, Robert Rauschenberg read more...


New GRITZ List: Top Vocalists of the Southern Rock Era

"Way down in Alabama/Shoutin' Bamalama..." What a rocking song. What a great singer. I never get tired of listening to Jimmy Hall. Never. Which is why he landed in the top spot in our list of


Hank "Sugarfoot" Garland Movie Looks Great

Growing up in Spartanbrg, SC, I was always running into people who were under the misconception that guitar legend Hank Garland was dead. The truth was, Hank had been read more...


New Features, Capricorn Records, Southern Rock Lists

We are happy to add a couple of new ongoing features here at GRITZ. The first is our Tribute to Capricorn Records Page, which features links to all of the articles and interviews related to the Southern read more...


Tom Waits Glitter And Doom Tour Dates (Mostly Southern)

Tom Waits Glitter And Doom Tour Dates Mostly Southern 5/6/08   “Well they call me William the pleaser/I sold opium read more...


SEC Football Update, Memphis Style!

Ron Higgins was on fire over the weekend.  He's one of the best writers about SEC football newspaper writers outside of Tony Barnhart.  (For those of you just finding out about Ron, please


The Legends of Southern Rock, a Guide

Greetings from Carolina. We are happy to present our new index page for our Legends of Southern Rock series. From here, you can always surf over to your favorite Southern Rock band's Swampland read more...


Why Swampland Sports Loves the BCS

Despite winning back to back national titles in football, the SEC susre seems to hate the BCS.  Lately, this hatred has been reaching a new level. It all started when University of Georgia President Michael F. Adams announced a proposal for


Post - NFL Draft Newspaper Wrap Up

We found this article from a week or so back that is about NFL Network being the tail the wags the dog for that league.  Swampland Sports has long written now about the ways read more...


More Vintage GRITZ Articles Unearthed; Jimmie Van Zant, Jerry Carrigan, Jimmy Johnson Family

Today I'd like to bring back three more classic features from our GRITZ archives, for your enjoyment and information. The first one is an interview Scott Greene conducted eight years ago with Jimmie read more...


Mudcrutch & Gram Parsons' Florida Roots

Mudcrutch & Gram Parsons’ Florida Roots 4/27/08 This


SPF's NFL Draft First Round Log (Live All Day!!)

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The Return of Mudcrutch

Tom Petty Resurrects His Old Florida Band Mudcrutch 4/24/05 Tom Petty and Tom Leadon (brother of Eagle Bernie) formed Mudcrutch with Randall read more...


Snowflakes: Jake Long Goes #1 (and Other 2008 NFL Draft Thoughts)

The NFL Draft is this Saturday, and some of our Southern teams appear to hold the key to the most important non-gameday of the year. The Miami Dolphins have the #1 pick, and the Miami Herald reports that OT read more...


Why I Love Bonnie Bramlett

I remember reading about Delaney and Bonnie a lot back in high school, during those days when I was constantly read more...


Vintage GRITZ Articles Unearthed; Hatchet, Skynyrd, Tucker, Ricky Skaggs and More

It's time once again to add a few more Vintage Gritz articles to the archives, and I hope you'll check 'em out for a "blast from the past." Added today is one of our first interviews from 1999 with


Snowflakes: What Are SEC Football Critics Going To Do Now?

With spring football in full gear, it’s never too early to look ahead to the upcoming season. We at Swampland have focused many times on the ongoing theme of the SEC “arms race” in America’s toughest conference schedule to navigate. With Florida and LSU read more...


Next Skynyrd Album Will Have Nashville Influence

Gary Rossington says that Lynyrd Skynyrd plans to include the long bootleged song "Cottonmouth Country" read more...


Skynyrd Will Cruise Again in 2009 with Frynds

I just got word that Lynyd Skynyrd will again host their southern rock cruise called the Simple Man Cruise in January of 2009. This will be the band's third cruise, and will be the first to feature three of southern rock's read more...


Jimmy Farrar: "This Ain't Molly Hatchet !"

I spoke with our buddy Jimmy Farrar today about his band Gator Country. As most of you know, Gator Country is one hot rockin' Florida band that features several past members of


Allmans Postpone Beacon Run as Gregg Allman Heals

The Allman Brothers Band have announced that they are postponing their annual run of 15 shows at New York City’s Beacon Theatre set for May 5-24, with rescheduled dates TBA. In addition, they have read more...


Mudcrutch: Tom Petty's Florida Roots

The surprise announcement of Mudcrutch's reunion is welcome news to the Swampland Footprint.  Mudcrutch is an essential chapter in Tom Petty's career. Mudcrutch evolved out of an early Gainesville, FL band of Petty's called the Epics.  The Epics also featured a read more...


Snowflakes: Why SEC Hoops is No Longer Just Kentucky

With Mississippi and Florida both dropping first round games in the conference tournament, the SEC contingent for the Big Dance seems to be set at five (TN, UK, VU, Ark., MSU). While there’s an outside chance the Rebels could get an at-large berth, the rest of the weekend will read more...


Season Summary: Miami Dolphins

Quick Summary:  The Dolphins are one of the NFL's proudest franchises, but the 2007 season became its collective undoing.  Within this one season, the Dolphins were only a Patriots Super Bowl win from losing all their records of distinction. Brett read more...


Snowflakes: SEC Hoops

* I’ve written all season about the banner year for basketball in the state of Tennessee. The two best teams in the league appear to be from the Volunteer State in Tennessee and Vanderbilt (although detractors would qualify the Commodores inclusion as long as they are playing read more...


38 Years Ago Tonight: The Allman Brothers Band

The Allman Brothers Band played at Mercer University on this dare, February 27, back in 1970. That’s thirty-eight years ago for those of you keeping score at home. One of my read more...


GRITZ Talks to Grits Grisham of The Ghost Riders

One of the greatest things about my annual trek down to Tampa for the Angelus benefit is that I get to meet so many wonderful read more...


Another Call To Harry Crews & Beyond

...An Ongoing Pursuit & Recording of the Mystery And Manners Saga...Widespread Panic...Jim Dickinson...Harry Crews and beyond... 2/19/08 “In the time I was with read more...


Let The Sunshine In

I was listening to NPR on Saturday morning when I heard the bluesy sound of an acoustic guitar and a voice that reminded me of a cross between Tom Waits and Elvis Costello (more in mood than in actual vocal comparison.). The voice was that of


Blackfoot is Our Latest "Legends of Southern Rock" Entry

"Highway Song" and "Train, Train," "Gimmie, Gimmie, Gimmie" and "Wishing Well"- all of these bring to mind the fierce, four man attack of Blackfoot - wildman Rick Medlocke out front, Charlie Hargrett on lead guitar, Greg T. Walker on bass and read more...


Snowflakes: Big East Hoops

Louisville got a monster win last Saturday night when they knocked off first place Georgetown. The Cardinals are playing much better ball of late, having won 5 of 6, and looking solid for a good run in the postseason. However, I’ve got to give at least an assist to Rick read more...


Video: Jimmy Johnson and Alan Walden from Lynyrd Skynyrd Documentary

I have been aware of the Lynyrd Skynyrd documentary being filmed by Rick Broyles and Tony Beazley for a few years now, and by all accounts it looks like it will be just the documentary we have all read more...


Weekend Notes and Tom Dowd On Ronnie Van Zant

I really hope everyone is enjoying the new look of GRITZ, as well as our “Mothership” Swampland.com. The powers that be have worked really hard for months on the redesign, and I for one am very pleased with the results. I hope you feel the same. We at read more...


Picture of the Day: Allen Collins with Rossington Collins Band

The late great Allen Collins. This photo from Kent Griffith shows Collins during the first ever concert by Rossington Collins Band.


Snowflakes: SEC Hoops

* The Kentucky Wildcats finally look to be playing the kind of winning ball that Big Blue fans expect. It took a while to adjust to new coach Billy Gillispie (and his gameday practices), but now the ‘Cats are sitting only one game behind SEC East leader Tennessee. In a recent read more...


Snowflakes: Big East/C-USA Hoops

* With the league’s RPI being 11th in the nation, it’s a distinct possibility that Conference USA could be a one-bid league this season. Even though John Calipari has tried to talk up C-USA, the conference is just not performing up to the “right below the BCS read more...


Snowflakes: ACC Hoops

* The best rivalry in college hoops takes place Wednesday night when #2 ranked Duke invades Chapel Hill to battle #3 North Carolina. This game is always a barnburner on Tobacco Road, and the winner will have sole possession of first place in the conference. The biggest story read more...


Petty & Eli: Underdogs Triumphant!

I sat back Sunday ready to enjoy a Super Bowl without a "horse in the race," so to speak.  All of our SPF teams had been summarily dismissed in what was a down year for the Footprint on a pro football level.  My thoughts were only on watching the Super Bowl as a read more...


Adventures In The (Pig) Skin Trade On Super Bowl Sunday

Roving Notes On Super Bowl Sunday 2/3/08 "There is some kind of back-door connection in my head between Super Bowls and The Allman read more...


Florida's Latest Southern Rock Super Group

It's been a while since I was this excited over an indie release. Winter Park, Florida's Galloway & Kelliher have released one fine Southern Rock album, and we are extremely pleased to offer up our read more...


Snowflakes: SEC Hoops

by Patrick Snow * Someone forgot to tell 2-time National Champion Florida that they were supposed to struggle this season. After winning their second NCAA title in a row, the Gators lost the top six players off their depth chart and lost their coach for a day or two. read more...


Snowflakes: C-USA/Big East Hoops

by Patrick Snow * Could this week finally bring the contest where #1 Memphis actually loses a conference game? The last time that happened was at UAB on March 2nd, 2006. On Wednesday night, the undefeated Tigers travel to Houston to battle the 15-3 Cougars. After read more...


Snowflakes: ACC Hoops

by Patrick Snow * As Duke put the finishing touches on their 93-84 victory at Maryland Sunday night, it became increasingly clear that the ACC will be a two-horse race this season. Duke and North Carolina are definitely the class of the league and are probably the only two read more...


Picture of the Day: Gary & Dale On Simple Man Cruise

Gary Rossington and his wife Dale Krantz Rossington take a break during January's Simple Man Cruise that brought fans up close and personal with Lynyrd Skynyrd, as well as Marshall Tucker, Cowboy Mouth and others.  


Allen Collins Band Singer Jimmy Dougherty Has Died

  Jimmy Dougherty Sr., 56, passed away on January 20, 2008. He was the singer/song writer of the Allen Collins Band and Alias. He is survived by his read more...


Skynyrd and Hank Return with Rowdy Frynds Tour 2008

(Nashville, TN)- Fans will have the opportunity to enjoy some of the best music imaginable when Rock & Roll Hall of Fame members, Lynyrd Skynyrd join country music icon, Hank Williams, Jr. for another round of their Rowdy Frynds Tour hitting cities nationwide beginning April read more...


Picture of the Day: Rossington Jam

Today's photo was taken in 1987 during the Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Tour. The Rossington Band was opening.  On this night, Steve Morse of The Dixie Dreggs caught a jam with Gary Rossington and


The Outlaws are Our Latest Legends

We are happy to poresent the latest in our Legends of Southern Rock series, The Outlaws. The Outlaws are one of the South's all time best loved bands, delivering a rock and roll sound via the "Florida Guitar Army" unlike any other. Check out the article by


My Favorite Southern Rock Song?

I was talking to one of my pals down Florida way the other day when the conversation shifted to great Southern Rock songs.We started reliving the first time we heard this song or that song, and how much particular songs meant to us.


Dickey Betts Will Tour With Kid Rock in February

According to his website, Dickey Betts will be joining Kid Rock on tour this February and March. In addition to performing Dickey's own hits, Dickey will be joining Kid Rock and his band on stage to perform.


SPF T.I. Poll (Week 19, Part 4): Down By The River

12. Cincinnati Bengals and 13. St. Louis Rams - Our final Poll spots are held by two teams that have a connection via the river culture from which they arose.  Like railroad tracks in towns across the south, rivers often appear to be a cultural divide, but they read more...


SPF T.I. Poll (Week 19, Part 3): Teams at the Crossroads (aka the NFC South)

We've now gone through the first 7 teams in the T.I. Poll.  So far, the entire AFC South has been covered as well as the traditional big market teams in Dallas, DC, and Miami. This leaves us with a group that the NFL has neatly placed in a division they call the NFC read more...


SPF T.I. Poll (Week 19, Part 2): Teams "On the Verge"

This is SPF's group of teams that are "On The Verge" of reaching elite status.  They all have challenges, but they are clearly heading in the right direction. 4.  Washington Redskins - A lot can happen in a week.  The Redskins' read more...


SPF's Divisional Playoffs Pre-Pregame Show (or T.I. Poll Week 19)

There are three SPF teams left in the Super Bowl hunt, but the news doesn't stop with them.  Of the 4 current coaching vacancies, SPF has three of them (Miami, Atlanta, and Washington). Signs point to a year of great transition.  The SPF footprint has some of the read more...


Cowboy in The Studio : A Photo Feature

Scott Boyer and Tommy Talton are back in Duck Tape Studio in Decatur, Alabama this weekend for "phase 2" in the recording of their new Cowboy reunion album. This session includes members of the band that joined after the third album. Previously, Boyer and read more...


SPF's Take: Yes, Cam Cameron deserved to be fired!

The year of suffering for Dolfans is finally over.   Both Randy Mueller and Cam Cameron are out courtesy of Bill Parcells. (Watch Chris Mortenson on ESPN below)


SPF T.I. Poll (Wild Card Weekend Edition)

We're mixing it up again going into the playoffs.  In an up and down year, six of the 13 SPF teams made the playoffs.  Two, Washington and Tennessee, made it in the final weekend. SPF is rooting for an all-Footprint Super Bowl, and this isn't out of the realm of read more...


Criteria Studios: 50 Years Later

Legendary Miami Studio 50 Years Later 12/30/07 Jazz fanatic Mack Emerman started the Miami, Florida, Criteria Studio 50 years ago. The read more...


SPF's Week Seventeen Pre-Pregame Show

 Playoffs and draft slots.  It's all on the line in a strange season-ending weekend in the Footprint. EARLY GAMES Jacksonville (11-4, 5-2 away) Houston (7-8, 5-2 home)


SPF T.I. Poll (Week Seventeen)

It's the last week of the NFL season.  There isn't much left to be decided.  Two SPF teams (Washington and Tennessee) can get in the postseason fun if they win.  We expect them to do so if only because they are playing two other SPF teams (Dallas and Indy) who are read more...


GRITZ Best Albums of The Year

Lots of great music rocked my world in 2007. Here are my choices for the 15 best of the best. Feel free to log on and comment. Let me know if you agree or disagree. read more...


Outlaws to Tour in 2008; Picture of the Day, Classic Outlaws

The Outlaws, who had just finished recording a new album when founding member Hughie Thomasson passed away, have announced that they will tour early in 2008. The lineup will include original members Henry Paul and Monte Yoho. Dates for the tour are expected to be posted soon at


SPF's Take: Parcells to Miami

SPF has been listing franchises all season  that needed one of the Bills, Parcells or Cowher.  Miami was top on that list.  Owner Wayne Huizenga didn't disappoint beating Atlanta's Arthur Blank to the punch. The only interesting wrinkle is that Parcells will read more...


SPF's Week Sixteen Pre-Pregame Show

SATURDAY NIGHT Dallas (12-2, 6-0 away) Carolina (6-8, 2-5 home) NFL Films Video Preview This is a much better read more...


Picture of the Day: Grinderswitch

A classic photo of Capricorn Records recording artists, Grinderswitch, Dedicated to the memories of Dru Lombar, Joe Dan Petty and Stephen Miller.  


SPF T.I. Poll (Week Sixteen)

SPF laid down the gauntlet before last weekend's games.  Many teams answered the bell.  With two games left in the regular season, teams out of the playoff picture may have as much to play for as those that are in. Don't sleep SPF fans, there is still much to be read more...


SPF's Week Fifteen Pre-Pregame Show

It has been a largely disappointing season for SPF, but these final weeks can redeem or further decimate a team's momentum for 2008. There are three shoe-in playoff teams in the Footprint - Dallas, Indy, and Tampa.  Two others (Jacksonville and Tennessee) have to keep read more...


SPF T.I. Poll (Week Fifteen)

SPF will say it - this has been a very tough year for pro football in the Swampland Footprint.  Of our 13 teams, more than half of them have been in serious disarray.  At best only 5 or 6 teams will have a clear direction heading into 2008.  Most will be going back to read more...


Brothers of the Southland Advance CD Download Available Now

The Brothers of the Southland with Bo Bice CD is now available for a limited time as an  advance download of the CD.  The Download is available exclusively thru www.SouthernAlliance.org


SPF's Week Fourteen Pre-Pregame Show

SPF has been beating a few drums this year, but one is about letting players play.  Coaches coach systems.  GMs find players to fit into these systems (or in the case of special players, systems are designed for their talents). Except for read more...


SPF T.I. Poll (Week Fourteen)

SPF has looked at the coach/QB relationship.  Now, it's time to look at the owner/coach relationship.  When this relationship is good, everything clicks for the fans.  The fans want to see the coach as an extension of the owner, an extension that helps build a bridge read more...


Picture of the Day: Jammin' with Charlie Daniels at Angelus

The jam following the banquet at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel last Friday night during the annual Angelus Benefit found our own Buffalo singing along with Charlie Daniels, Tommy Crain and the Crosstown Allstars and cartoonist Guy Gilchrist! Only at Angelus! (Photos © by read more...


Picture of the Day: Guy and Towson at Charliepalooza!

Picture of the day. Cartoonist Guy Gilchrist ("Nancy," "The Muppetts") and drummer Towson Engsberg (Tommy Crain and The Crosstown Allstars) enjoy the music of Charliepalooza from the side of the stage. (Photo by Michael Buffalo Smith) Read all about last read more...


...Into The Deep...

Mystery & Manners Dispatch 12/05/07   Today marks the birthday of southern writer


Artimus Pyle Arrested a Second Time On Same Charges

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla.  — Former Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Artimus Pyle has been arrested a second time after failing to properly register as a sex offender, sheriff's officials said.


The Angelus Benefit: Day Three, The Big Concert

SATURDAY Well today was the last big hurrah for this year’s Angelus event, the all day outdoor country concert at Ford Amphitheater. The weather couldn’t have been more beautiful, and the music never stopped all day, thanks to some well read more...


SPF's Week Thirteen Pre-Pregame Show

While Tribal Fever nation witnessed their conference championships this weekend, SPF has found a few of their own.  There are four key head to head matchups in the SPF footprint this week - two of which will probably decide the winner of the AFC and NFC South. Our other read more...


Angelus Day Two: The Music Continued Into The Night

FRIDAY We started off the day downstairs on the banquet room for breakfast, hanging out with friends and enjoying conversation. Then at 3 PM it was once again time for me the hit the stage of the Lobby Bar. Unfortunately, Tommy


TF Conference Championship Preview

Today is the day we find out whether it will be an all-Swampland matchup in the BCS Championship Game.  If all goes according to plan it should be Missouri vs. West Virginia.  Still, there are a few other game worth watching.  It has been a great year for college read more...


Charlie Daniels Rocks The Angelus: Day One

It was a beautiful day for a drive to Florida, and my old buddy Scott Greene and I set sail for the annual Angelus weekend down in Tampa. It’s one of my favorite events and I always look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones, listening to some old school Southern read more...


SPF T.I. Poll (Week Thirteen)

Coaching changes.  They happen every year even though it seems as though jobs are more than safe.  Changes are usually made because the coach no longer has the confidence of the fans.  Once that occurs, the owner is left with little choice. As long term, one read more...


Another Side of Tommy Talton

Tommy Talton is no doubt best known for his work with the 1970's Capricorn Records recording group


SPF's Week Twelve Pre-Pregame Show

Leadership.  Is it there?  The leader(s) of each SPF team define that team to their fans.  Already, Thanksgiving solidified a sense of leadership between coach and QB with both the Colts and their Manning/Dungy duo and the Cowboys with their Wade/Romo combination read more...


Ex-Lynyrd Skynyrd Drummer Artimus Pyle Jailed

Artimus Pyle, a former drummer for Lynyrd Skynyrd, has been jailed in Florida on charges that he failed to properly register as a sex offender. Pyle had pleaded guilty in 1993 to charges of attempted capital sexual battery by an adult on a victim younger than read more...


TF Rivalry Week Preview

Rivalry games define college football.  More than bowl games or even conference championships, a win against your rival means bragging rights for a year.  That is why this weekend's game can often be the hardest to call.  A team with a losing record can suddenly make read more...


The Cowboy Diaries: Part One

by Michael Buffalo Smith GRITZ went into the studio with Cowboy for the recording of their all new album, their first in 36 years. In part one of our journal, we meet all of the original members of Cowboy, and hear music that is sure to turn the Southern music world on it's read more...


SPF T.I. Poll (Week Twelve)

SPF often talks a team's style when it comes to identity.  Style, though, is kind of a catch all.  Dig a little deeper and it comes down to coaching and, of course, a team's QB.  This week  seems like a good one to put the QB position under the read more...


SPF's Week Eleven Pre-Pregame Show

This week, more than any other this NFL season, the fan will find out who their teams are.  Are teams going to the playoffs?  Will they be Super Bowl contenders?  Are they on the rise even if playoffs aren't likely? We shall see.


In The Studio for the Cowboy Reunion Album

Well, here I am in Decatur, Alabama, a stone's throw away from Muscle Shoals. I only have a minute to report that recording on the new Cowboy reunion album is going great. The new songs are top drawer, and it has been very cool meeting the guys who recorded such classic Capricorn read more...


TF Saturday Preview: The Year of Transition Nears An End

The wild year continues.  In many ways this was just a sign of the transition college football around the Footprint has experienced.  In some ways, it shouldn't be as surprising as it has been. Nick Saban's arrival lit a fire under everyone.  The ante was read more...


SPF T.I. Poll (Week Eleven)

Week Ten was a very weird football weekend.  Many of the SPF teams lost games.  Few had important wins.  It just seems like this was a week to stumble. Desperation might be the biggest factor in any NFL game.  The teams that are desperate have an edge read more...


Cowboy Take Me Away: The Scott Boyer Interview

GRITZ is happy to present an exclusive interview with one of the South's finest musicians and human beings, Scott Boyer. From his early bands in Florida with members of The Allman Brothers Band, to his highly successful Capricorn Records band with Tommy Talton, Cowboy, Scott gives read more...


Picture of the Day: Jimmie Van Zant at CMA Awards

Jimmie Van Zant and his wfe Zohra at CMAs talking about his new upcoming CD  My Name is Jimmie.  


SPF's Week Ten Pre-Pregame Show

SPF will stick by this point - no team set the NFL back more than the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens.  This "champion" brought the worst part of hip-hop's "thug" culture to NFL through the real life violence of Ray Lewis, whose murder acquittal and read more...


TF Saturday Preview: Everything's Still To Be Decided

Patrick Snow has it right.  This year's season of college football has shown that it is one of the most compelling sports to follow as a fan, especially in the Footprint.


SPF T.I. Poll (Week Ten)

Everyone knows that football is the dominant sport in the Footprint, but it has always been college dominating the pro variety.  The goal of SPF's "Team Identity Poll" is to gauge the connection of each team to their fans. This week, two different studies were read more...


SPF's Week Nine Pre-Pregame Show

It's it the "Clash of the Titans!"  The Colts-Pats game deserves the hype that it is getting.  Both teams have built long term consistently excellent football teams in the "salary cap era " - something that is supposedly impossible. This read more...


Tiger Rag

In the spring a young man’s fancy may turn to baseball, but in the fall in the South everyone’s fancy turns to football, and in Alabama there is only Auburn and


SPF T.I. Poll (Week Eight)

Things continue to settle out in the SPF Footprint.  This week's big question is whether the South's best is the NFL's best.  The Colts were just that last season, but their old New England nemesis seems to have stolen their thunder again. Here's last week's read more...


SPF's Week Eight Pre-Pregame Show

Much like yesterday's college slate, this week's SPF schedule features teams looking towards the season's end and where they want to be at that point.  Teams know that the season is half over at this point and they need to be making their final pushes. The best teams read more...


TF Saturday Preview: Pole, er.. Bowl Position

If you aren't a Florida or Georgia fan, this weekend might be a good one to spend with the kids.  This is a pretty thin weekend for good games in the Footprint.  That's why Athlon's college football preview spends most of its time previewing games outside our read more...


SPF T.I. Poll (Week Seven)

SPF's season previews are looking pretty good so far.  The teams we singled out like the Jags, the Texans, and the Dolphins have shown themselves to be in hot water with their fan base.  The Jags and the Texans suffered "must win" losses that neither could read more...


Birthday Cheers To Tom Petty

Mystery & Manners Cheers To Tom Petty 10/20/07 ...Raise a glass to Thomas Earl Petty, born October 20, 1950, in Gainesville, read more...


SPF's Week Seven Pre-Pregame Show

Getting on the same page.  Coaches and players that have the same sense of urgency signify teams that are winning.  The NFL is a business, and like all business deals - interests must align. This is the reason that ownership, the front office, and the coaching read more...


TF's Saturday Preview: Act Like You've Been There Before!

It's the old saying when a player celebrates a little too much - act like you've been there before.  This rules seems to also hold true to some of our Footprint's winning neophytes. When programs are new to winning, they don't know how to handle themselves.  That's read more...


It Was 30 Years Ago Today: Last Flight of The Free Bird

I only saw Lynyrd Skynyrd, the original Lynyrd Skynyrd, in concert one time. It was October 19, 1977, and sadly, it was to be the very last concert for Ronnie Van Zant. I was backstage the read more...


SPF T.I. Poll (Week Six)

Here we are again for SPF's weekly Team Identity Poll.  Things have shaken up a bit.  We are much closer to how we saw things at the beginning of the season. Let's start with a look at last week's Poll: 1.  Dallas Cowboys 2.  Indianapolis read more...


Online Radio Station Tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd October 20th

Next Saturday,  October 20th at 4pm EST tune into


SPF's Week Six Pre-Pregame Show

It's week 6 for the SPF teams.  Four teams are basically done, but the rest have critical games that will go a long way to determining how the rest of the season will play out for them. Here's this week's slate (video links courtesy of read more...


TF's Saturday Preview: The History Behind SEC Dominance

Tribal Fever would like to start this weekend's festivities by directing everyone to a fantastic series on ESPN.com about the SEC.  Which leads us to this week's focus - the historical read more...


SPF T.I. Poll (Week Five)

The rich seem to be getting richer (and the poor, poorer) in the SPF Footprint.  There is happiness at the top, confusion in the middle, and desperation at the bottom. Let's start with last week's T.I. Poll 1.  Dallas Cowboys 2.  Indianapolis read more...


SPF's Week Five Pre-Pregame Show

It's week five in the NFL season.  Overall, the SPF Footprint is shaping up to be a year of the haves and have-nots.  The Footprint contains two of the NFL's winless teams (Dolphins and Rams) and several other struggling squads.  However, we also have two of the best read more...


Skynyrd Tribute Weekend October 19-20

A "Skynyrd Tribute Weekend" will be held Oct. 19 and 20 at Sharky's Place in the Quality Inn & Conference Center, 300 Park Ave., Orange Park, Florida. The tribute will kick off at 6 p.m. both Friday and Saturday read more...


Tribal Fever's Weekend Slate (10/6/2007)

Let's start with this week's College Football Preview from Athlon.  Swampland's own Patrick Snow hosts each week.  (Read Patrick's new column on the state of baseball in read more...


Check Out a Dickey Betts, Bonnie Bramlett, Charlie Daniels Jam from 1970's

Well, I've said it before and I'll say it again - YouTube rocks. Whoever came up with that idea is a genius, and I feel very lucky to be able to share some of the very best Southern Rock from YouTube right here at GRITZ. When I was in my late teens, I was quite the read more...


SPF T.I. Poll (Week Four)

Just like in the college ranks, it was a bit of a crazy week in the SPF Footprint.  Right now, there are more bad teams than good, but the good teams are pretty darn good so we guess that evens things out a little. Here's last week's "Team Identity" read more...


The Paintings of Woodie Long

The Paintings of Woodie Long 10/2/07 Today I'd like to bring the reader's attention to the work of Woodie Long. Born in 1942, Long read more...


Picture of the Day: An Allman Brothers Band Flashback

This GRITZ file photo was taken during the time when Jack Pearson was playing in The Allman Brothers Band. (1997-1999) The lineup soon changed, but there are some magnificent board tapes out there with read more...


Otis Redding Film Premier October 8

Dreams To Remember Premier October 8 10/1/07 The new Otis Redding documentary, Dreams To Remember: The Legacy of Otis read more...


Upset Saturday, or not?

Patrick Snow mentioned in his last column that he was looking ahead to next week's games.  Based on yesterday's game result, so were too many top 25 teams in the Footprint.  TF Upsets read more...


SPF's Week Four Pre-Pregame Show

Welcome SPF fans!  Here's today's slate.  (SPF teams in BOLD) Early Games Dolphins v. Raiders preview Rams @ read more...


People Take Warning! Murder Ballads & Disaster Songs 1913-1938

Tompkins Square Releases Murder Ballads & Disaster Songs This Week 9/29/07   This week Tompkins Square released this


Swampland welcomes Tribal Fever!

It was only a matter of time before Swampland Sports starting covering the colleges in earnest.  Today marks the start of Tribal Fever, Swampland.com's dispatch dedicated to college sports in the South. We have new features up including Patrick Snow's latest read more...


SPF T. I. Poll (Week Three)

Back to our weekly gauge of how each SPF team is resonating with its fans.  First, let's take a look back at last week's Team Identity Poll: 1.  Dallas Cowboys 2.  Washington Redskins 3.  Indianapolis Colts 4.  Tampa Bay Bucs


SPF 's Week Three Pre-Pregame Show

Here we are again.  Let Week Three begin!   SPF Teams in BOLD Early Games  Indianapolis Colts @ Houston Texans (


Hughie Thomasson, Green Grass and High Tides Forever

Well, it took me a little longer than expected to gather the quotes from a few of Hughie's friends for our Hughie Thomasson Memorial page, but hey, most of these guys were tight friends with Hughie, so read more...


SPF Friday Fishwrap-up: the Cowboy/Redskin paradigm

We've just posted a new analysis of the Wayne issue in Florida, Weaver in Jacksonville and Huizenga in Miami.  Team Identity is our focus as always.  That's why we start our Friday dispatch with read more...


CD and DVD releases for week of September 18, 2007

New Releases Doyle Bramhall Is It News (Yep Roc) Jim Dickinson


The Shadow And the Truth

9/19/07 ...THE SHADOW AND THE TRUTH... It's important to realize how blurred the fine line between reality and illusion co-exist. At read more...


SPF T. I. Poll (Week Two)

Time for our Week Two "Team Identity" Poll.  Things keep getting interesting, and that's how we like it.  Let's start off with a recap of last week's T.I. Poll: 1.  Dallas  2.  Indianapolis (tie) 2.  read more...


SPF's Week Two Monday: Playmakers making plays

THE "BEATING THE DEAD HORSE" THEME Our theme for this week is similar to last week's - the importance of playmakers.  In the Footprint, we all love great coaches.  We all love great schemes.  However, it usually comes read more...


SPF 's Week Two Pre-Pregame Show

Each week, it will be SPF's pleasure to bring you the best pregame show on the Net.  We provide our audience with clips from NFL.COM mixed in with our commentary and insight.  Let's run down today's slate of games: Early games (SPF Teams in read more...


SPF Friday Fishwrap-up: LeBatard vs. Galloway

Another great southern tradition is writing.  We have a whole section called Discourse that is dedicated to this pursuit.  Newpapers (aka fishwraps) around the Footprint have great sportswriters that deserve to be read, and sometimes needled.


Hughie Thomasson Memorial Coming Monday, Watch a Video Now

Hi Gang. We are all still trying to cope with loss of yet another friend and Southern rock icon, Hughie Thomasson. I have been on the phone and e-mail for a couple of days with friends like


Steve Gaines' Birthday Today: The Late Ace Mooreland Talks About Steve (Video)

Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Steve Gaines has been gone from us for 30 years now, this October.  Today, September 14, is would have been Steve's 58th birthday. Another late great guitarist, read more...


SPF's T. I. Poll (Week One)

Team Identity.  This is our constant gauge for the success or failure of NFL teams in the South.  College football reigns because people see themselves as part of the team.  In the Swampland footprint, allegiances don't change at the college level.  Coaches read more...


SPF's Week One Monday: Channeling SEC over Big Ten

12 of our 13 SPF teams have played.  Only the Bengals remain with a tough Monday Night battle against the Ravens.  It's only week one, but let's review what we know.  The Swampland footprint loves football.  It is part of the culture.  However, read more...


Runnin' Down A Dream: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Perform at the New York Film Festival

  9/10/07 ...Runnin' Down A Dream: A new Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Film Showing at New York Film Festival ... Tom Petty read more...


Picture of the Day: Hughie Thomasson and Henry Paul Getting Their GRITZ

Here's a shot of Hughie and Henry just after the Outlaws reunion, holding up their print copies of GRITZ Magazine. The photo was taken by staff member Krazy Kenny Mullins. Hughie (like Henry) was a staunch supporter of GRITZ. we will miss him. Godspeed read more...


Hughie Thomasson Has Died

Hughie Thomasson, founding member of The Outlaws, died at his home in Brooksville, Florida on Sunday, September 9, 2007 following a heart attack. He was 55 years old. We last saw Hughie rocking read more...


SPF Week One Game Log

Thursday's game didn't do nearly what yesterday's college slate did to pump us up here at SPF.  Our own James Calemine is a little distraught about his Bulldogs going down to the dreaded read more...


Sunday's slate & Long term troubles for the Jags in Jax

Phew!  The 2007 previews are finally up.  Now we can get down to some regular daily updates at SPF. Tomorrow's slate of games features these inter-SPF read more...


Swampland Sports Six-Pack for the week ending 9/2/07

Your weekly filter for the top sports stories around the South 1. Our biggest story of the week was the biggest in the nation as the whole country has now learned about read more...


Picture of the Day: Dickey Betts

Southern Rock legend Dickey Betts is seen here circa 1995 onstage with The Allman Brothers Band.  Be sure to check out our Allman Brothers Legends article, with links to all Dickey related read more...


Picture of the Day: Blackfoot Strikes Again

This is a photo sent in by a GRITZ reader that features Greg T. Walker, Charlie Hargrett and Bobby Barth of Blackfoot rocking the stage earlier in 2007. Thanks for sending the picture!  Buffalo  


Swampland Sports Six-Pack for the week ending 8/26/07

Your weekly filter for the top sports stories around the South 1. What an interesting day for the Atlanta Falcons as they play their first home contest under new coach Bobby Petrino while Michael Vick


New "Legends" Feature: The Allman Brothers Band

Dear Y'all, Swampland and Gritz are proud to present the latest in our series of Legends of Southern Rock. The one, the only Allman Brothers Band. I hope you'll check out the feature article and click on all of the links to re-visit our classic ABB related interviews and read more...


Welcome Back!

Greetings to all you football fans around the Swampland footprint! Southern Pro Football is back to cover another NFL season. Patrick Snow and I will be making sure that SPF covers the NFL from a Southern perspective.  For all of you that didn't tune into


Swampland Sports Six-Pack for the week ending 8/12/07

Your weekly filter for the top sports stories around the South 1. Well the inevitable happened last week when Barry Bonds finally hit Home Run 756. It turns out the Orlando Sentinel’s Mike Bianchi, just like Hank Aaron and many others in our region,


Allman Brothers to Play Farm Aid 2007

It looks as though Willie Nelson is planning to bring some serious Southern music along for Farm Aid's first ever New York event. Among the acts slated to appear at the September 9th event at Randall’s Island in New York City are: The Allman Brothers Band, The Derek Trucks read more...


Swampland Sports Six-Pack for the week ending 7/30/07

Your weekly filter for the top sports stories around the South 1. One of the biggest connection points for fans of the NFL is having trust in their starting quarterback. This is a key area where the three Florida teams have struggled during the last few read more...


...A Call To Harry Crews...

7/27/07 One of my heroes remains the Georgia writer Harry Crews. Some of Crews' books such as Feast of Snakes, Florida read more...


CD and DVD releases for week of July 24, 2007

New Releases Billy Bob Thornton Beautiful Door (New Door) Billy Ray Cyrus


Swampland Sports Six-Pack for the week ending 7/15/07

Your weekly filter for the top sports stories around the South 1. The college sports “arms race" never seems to slow down. Whether it’s upgrading a current facility or building a new practice complex to ‘wow’ recruits, schools in read more...


Tommy Talton is a True Southern Treasure

One of my all time favorite songs during the seventies was "Please Be With Me" by Cowboy, a song I first heard on the Duane Allman Anthology album, which led me to a lifetime love of the music of Cowboy. So it was with great excitement and anticipation that I read more...


In The Studio: New Southern Rock & Country Releases On The Way

TOMMY TALTON says that he and SCOTT BOYER have been writing new material for a COWBOY reunion album which will begin recording in September. Talton has also been in the studio recording for a new BONNIE BRAMLETT read more...


IBMA Coming in October

The International Bluegrass Music Association's (IBMA) annual World of Bluegrass takes place in Nashville, Tennessee October 1-7 at the Nashville Convention Center and the Grand Ole Opry House. The week includes the International Bluegrass Music Awards, a business conference and the read more...


New Van Zant CD September 18th

On the heals of their gold CD Get Right With the Man and a Top 10 single, brothers Johnny and Donnie Van Zant are poised to release their sophomore disc My Kind of Country on September 18.


Swampland Sports Six-Pack for the week ending 7/8/07

1. Ed Hinton nails it again. His piece on the fans of racing and their connection with “real race drivers” speaks to a growing concern we have read more...


Swampland Sports Six-Pack for the week ending 7/1/07

1. The NBA Draft was this week’s big sports story. The Draft is all about hope for the future. Despite recent expansion in the Swampland footprint, the NBA has struggled to find an audience down South. The problem starts with the NBA’s inability to connect with the read more...


Swampland Sports Six-Pack for the week ending 6/24/07

Swampland’s Sports Six-Pack for the week ending 6/24/07 Your weekly filter for the top sports stories around the South


CD and DVD releases for week of June 26, 2007

CDs New Releases Charlie Daniels Live From Iraq (Koch) James Burton read more...


Fire On The Mountain

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Buffalo Returns, Brings Along Some Ol' Honk

In case anyone is wondering, the ol' Buffalo has been down for the count for a while lately, which explains my lack of blogging. (Now there's a sentence I would have never used even two years ago, LOL) I had to have the old gallbladder removed, and it has been a bit of a read more...


A Benefit for Boyer: Southern Rockers Will Jam to Help Pay Medical Bills

Muscle Shoals musician Scott Boyer has always been one of the first  to pitch in when one of his fellow players needed a hand. "It's a very close-knit community up here and when somebody goes  down, the musical community in the Shoals has a history of read more...


We Pay Tribute To The Bad Boys of Southern Rock, Molly Hatchet

There's a gator in the bushes, he's callin' my name! Yep! This week Swampland.com is proud to tip the hat to some of the baddest SOB's ever to sling a Stratocaster, the one and only Molly Hatchet.  Check out our latest entry into the Legends of Southern Rock series read more...


All Star Tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd Out This Week

Stars of country, classic rock and southern rock show their respect for one of the greatest bands ever on a new tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd, released this week on the Cleopatra label. The CD features performances by Molly Hatchet, Charlie Daniels, Pat Travers, and read more...


Amoeba To Release Vintage Gram Parsons Performance(s)

3/20/07 On March 15, through invitation only, a listening party was conducted at South By Southwest to debut the Flying Burrito Brothers (with Gram Parsons) performing a classic show at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco in 1969.


Get Front Row Seats For Skynyrd and Hank, Jr.

STUBHUB FORGES NEW PARTNERSHIP TO PROVIDE FANS EXCLUSIVE FRONT ROW ACCESS TO LYNYRD SKYNYRD, HANK WILLIAMS JR. SPRING TOUR StubHub Designated as the “Rowdy Frynds” Tour Official Premium Ticket Provider SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. read more...


Lynyrd Skynyrd, Marshall Tucker, Sister Hazel Set To Cruise in January 2008

Three Southern  groups, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Marshall Tucker Band and


Alan Jackson, George Strait, Jimmy Buffett Together Live

NASHVILLE -Alan Jackson, George Strait and Jimmy Buffett performed together for the first-time ever May 29, 2004, at Texas Stadium in Dallas. That concert is now set for release, and  features all three artists. Among the highlights of the CD is  "Seven Bridges read more...


...5th Annual Music Maker Relief Foundation Fishing Tournament Approaching...

1/14/07 Music Maker Relief Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting musicians rooted in southern musical traditions with instrument acquisition, tour support, life maintenance, medical, and emergency relief. Music Maker was formed in 1994 by folklorist read more...


Allman Brothers Announce 2007 Beacon Run

The Allman Brothers Band have announced their traditional New York City run at Beacon Theatre, announcing 13 late-March shows. The band's read more...


News from a different swampland

The "swamp" in Gainesville, that is. UF takes OSU in what the writers are calling a decisive victory (this lowly web developer calls it a blowout if you'd like to know). Quarterback Chris Leak takes read more...


Dr. John's Ongoing Voodoo...Tom Petty's Big Highway Companion Weekend on Radio...

12/14/06 The Tom Petty Highway Companion Big Weekend takes place on December 15-17 at 10AET on XM 200. The station will also broadcast rare live Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers performances. Petty also hosts a show called Buried Treasure on XM Satellite Radio set read more...


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