The Southern Rock Allstars was formed in in Muscle Shoals, Alabama by ex-Blackfoot drummer Jakson Spires and guitarist Dave Hlubek from Molly Hatchet along with vocalist Jay Johnson, who has previously been playing with The Rossington Band. The band actually began in the early ‘90s as the Dixie All-Stars and as the name implies, the band has been marketed as southern rock super-group ever since.
Lead vocalist Jay Johnson is the son of legendary producer and guitarist Jimmy Johnson – part of the famed Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section and a man who discovered of Duane Allman. Original bass player Charles Hart has engineered albums for Lynyrd Skynyrd, Widespread Panic, and Gov’t Mule.
The group released their debut album, Crazy Again in 1999 followed by sophomore effort, Danger Road in 2002. Two-disc live album,Trouble’s Comin’ – Live! came out in 2004, but Southern Rock Allstars had a major setback in 2005 as Jakson Spires died of brain aneurysm. According to band leader Johnson, there are several unreleased All-Stars tracks in the can featuring Spires, so the band may some day release yet another album.
Southern Rock Allstars have always had revolving doors when it came to band´s personnel; Ex-molly Hatchet vocalist Jimmy Farrar joined the group in 2002 and founding member Dave Hlubek left the band in 2003 to return to Molly Hatchet and was replaced by ex-Molly Hatchet guitarist Duane Roland, who eventually left the band at end of the same year as well.
Latest version of Southern Rock Allstars consists of Jay Johnson on vocals and guitar, Scott Mabrey on Guitar and Charles Hart on bass. Occasionally they are also joined in stage by Jimmy Farrar and Skinny Molly front man Mike Estes as well as Ace Allen from the Marshall Tucker Band.
Southern Rock Allstars Discography:
1999 Crazy Again
2002 Danger Road
2004 Trouble’s Comin’ Live