The Greatest American Rock Band Bracket!
Second Round, Classic Rock Division
The Heartbreakers (5) vs. the Allman Brothers (9)
Timeless hit machine versus Southern Rock stalwarts
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers:
"Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers [culled] the best parts of the British Invasion, American garage rock, and Dylanesque singer/songwriters to create a distinctively American hybrid, recalling the past without being indebted to it. The Heartbreakers were a tight, muscular, and versatile backing band that provided the proper support for Petty's songs, which cataloged a series of middle-class losers and dreamers. [Petty's] willingness to experiment with the boundaries of classic rock and roll helped [the Heartbreakers] sustain [their] popularity well into the 21st century. "
The Allman Brothers Band:
"During the early '70s, [the Allman Brothers Band] were arguably the most influential rock group in America, thanks in no small part to At Fillmore East (a high-water mark for concert albums), which redefined the scope of rock's musical boundaries. Duane Allman and Dickey Betts pioneered the twin-lead guitar sound so prevalent during the decade that continued well into the 21st century. The group placed an emphasis on musicianship, in seamlessly melding rock, blues, jazz, and R&B with extended improvisation. They directly influenced virtually all '70s rock acts south of the Mason-Dixon Line, including the Marshall Tucker Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd, and the jam band movement of the '90s."