I went to a Leon Wilkeson tribute lastnight at the NorVa in Norfolk, Virginia. Lot's of Lynyrd Skynyrd and ZZ Top etc. The crowd was largely an older crowd (I fit right in.) When I got home I started doing some websurfing and realized that all the Southern Rock bands seem to be those that sprung up in the '70's and '80's. Seems like all the concerts are either nostalgia or tribute shows. Southern Rock has always been one of my favorite genres, including such bands as: Little Feat, Outlaws, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Blackfoot, Marshall Tucker Band, Allman Brothers, ZZ Top, 38 Special, Charlie Daniels Band, Molly Hatchett and others. So how come it seems there's no young bands out there breathing new life into this genre? Why is everyone recycling these old songs from the '70's and '80's? Is the genre doomed to sit on the shelf as an interesting rock-and-roll side note from the past? By the way, one of the bands at the tribute last night was called "Blue Lords" -- absolutely outstanding covers of Skynyrd and ZZ Top. These guys are killer. If you're a fan of southern rock and get a chance to hear these guys, go for it!