What Do You Get When You Combine a Singer from Michigan, a German Audience, and a Song About Alabama?

[Hat Tip to Charles Lovejoy]

You get a celebration of Southern heritage. I assume most people will watch this video with a sense of pride as the South’s favorite son brings the Confederate flag and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama” to stages around the world. What they probably don’t know, however, is that Kid Rock was born in Romeo, Michigan in 1971. Even more interesting is the fact that a native of Michigan is singing a song composed by an Alabama-based band, which was written in response to Canadian, Neil Young, and his song, “Southern Man” – a song critical of race relations in the South.

Since I think Kid Rock pretty much sucks, I thought I might provide a link to the real deal.

Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth

“Levin’s study is the first of its kind to blueprint and then debunk the mythology of enslaved African Americans who allegedly served voluntarily in behalf of the Confederacy.”–Journal of Southern History

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4 comments… add one
  • Kevin Levin Dec 23, 2008 @ 12:28

    Thanks for the links guys. I especially enjoyed the Reuben Stoddard version. It’s interesting to think about how his appropriation of the song alters its meaning.

  • Richard Dec 23, 2008 @ 8:16

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8l5oHDYISBc
    I have always thought this was an interesting rendition.

    Its to bad Skynyrd will always be known for the battle flag. I believe Ronnie Van Zant made a comment when he was in Wales about Europeans and the Confederate Flag. He said “They love that macho sh*t” if I remember correctly. I have always thought the use of the battle flag was just a marketing gimmick. Like Ozzy Osbourne wearing a cross around his neck or using the cross in his concerts. Same is true for Kid Rock, making a dollar.

  • TF Smith Dec 23, 2008 @ 7:59

    I always thought “Marching Through Georgia” would lend itself to a rock arrangement…

  • John Cummings Dec 23, 2008 @ 4:47

    Rest assured that Hank Williams the 3rd can’t stand the Kid either.
    http://www.snopes.com/music/artists/kidrock.asp

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