Growing up in the South, I was pretty keen to reject everything connected to the culture, which I viewed — even before I’d seen any alternatives — as closed-minded and mean. Sadly, a lot of babies got tossed out with the bathwater (oh, the posts I could write). Among them, southern rock music of the Allman/Skynyrd vintage.

Lately, though, I’ve been coming back to that stuff via some bands that are rediscovering and updating it — bands like The Drive-By Truckers, Blitzen Trapper, and this week’s FMB, Ha Ha Tonka, a young band out of Springfield, Missouri. Their debut album is called Buckle in the Bible Belt and this is the first single, “St. Nick on the Fourth in a Fervor.” Good stuff.