Of all the subgenres of heavy metal or hard rock, one of the least well known, and perhaps least appreciated, is southern rock. This type of music blends typically heavy metal with more southern instrumentation, sound, and lyrics. One of the great bands who have some southern rock components to them is Shinedown. They began in Florida in 2001 and have recorded three great albums with their unique sound.
The reason for their individualized sound is that they have such an odd assortment of artists who they consider to be their inspiration: Pink Floyd, Otis Redding, Iron Maiden, and Lyndrd Skynrd. While Iron Maiden may not be too surprising as an idol for a rock band, Lyndrd Skynrd and Otis Redding are certain not typical influences for this kind of music. It is likely that these other influences that have created Shinedown's southern rock leanings.
Shinedown has completed an interesting feat among hard rock music charts. They have had all 11 singles that they released make it into the top five of the mainstream rock charts. This has never been done before and really shows the band's appeal. Hard rock can be a tough sell on mainstream charts, given that it has much more of a fringe appeal than traditional rock or pop rock. For that reason it is even more impressive that they have been so successful with each and every one of their singles.
The last album that they released was called the Sound of Madness and they are presently touring in support of that album. Among the places they will be playing are some festivals around the country. If you want to see Shinedown in concert, you should get tickets here on EventTicketDepot. They also have tickets to other great rock shows throughout the country and they certainly have something that you would enjoy seeing.
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