This post begins a series in which we feature a band or musician from the South who plays music you might not think of as “Southern.”
Kings of Leon are one of the most well-known bands in the country for both their popular hits like “Sex On Fire” as well as the family drama between the brothers. Brothers Caleb, Nathan and Jared Followill, who form the band along with their cousin Matthew, were raised following their Pentecostal preacher father around the South.
The boys moved to Nashville, Tennessee as teenagers to start a band. They have won three Grammy awards, including Record of the Year in 2010. In the making of the video “Radioactive,” the band stated that they wanted people to understand where they came from and that they are still humble.
From: Talihina, Oklahoma; formed in Nashville, Tennessee
Influences: Thin Lizzy, The Clash, Rolling Stones
“Back Down South” (above) is about everything I love about living in the South.
Favorite Tracks: Back Down South, Use Somebody, Sex on Fire, Radioactive
Discography: Youth and Young Manhood (2003), Aha Shake Heartbreak (2004), Because of the Times (2007), Only By the Night (2008), Come Around Sundown (2010)
If You Like: Ryan Adams, The Alabama Shakes, The Black Keys
Genre: Rock, Alternative, Southern Rock