Southern rock revivalists have been onto the Scooter Brown Band for a while. The band has toured extensively across the US, Europe, and military bases in Iraq the band has returned home with a gritty new single, “American Son” featuring the legendary Charlie Daniels.
Even though the band’s frontman bears a striking resemblance to Zac Brown, what with the beard, hat, the similar band name and Southern rock inspired artwork, the two are related in no way.
The song is what a rollicking pledge of American pride with loud guitars and crashing cymbals. After a patriotic bridge featuring the Pledge of Allegiance (just in case you wondered where this son is from) Charlie Daniels performs a spoken word stanza:
We come from the farms and ranches // The oil-filled hands the ones who turn the wrenches
We built these bridges and roads // The big rig drivers hauling the loads
The mason, the cop, the coal-miner // The banker, the lawyer, the firefighters
I’m the man in the shadows who carries a gun // I’m the sheepdog, the American Son
Most of the song is full of typical American imagery, but “man in the shadows who carries a gun” and “sheepdog” are new, if not completely unusual choices to describe Americans. Very few people fit, or want to fit, those divergent descriptions.