My own personal favorite "southern rock" band and, for me, significantly above the rest is The Allman Brothers.
After them would probably be Little Feat AND Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Some others of the genre (and other genres) that I've listened to and have, mostly, somewhere in my collection include:
Marshall Tucker, Molly Hatchett, Outlaws, .38 Special, Wet Willie, ARS, Black Crowes, Blackfoot, Charlie Daniels, Dixie Dregs, Ozark Mountain Daredevils, ZZ Top, Elvin Bishop, Black Oak Arkansas, Govt' Mule, Kentucky Headhunters, Rossington Collins Band, Widespread Panic.
I'd assume that by not mentioning the Allmans, you might think of them differently. (Maybe you just don't like them) While they surely are/were blues based, most southern rock is considered, to some degree, blues based. That's one of the reasons it differs so much from "country rock".
I've always had a problem with Charlie Daniels (and maybe LS) in that they embraced the South and some of its less desireable attributes, historically speaking, while still wanting to be seen as free thinking rockers (wait, does anyone think all rockers are THAT free thinking?). I mean, what DID Charlie Daniels mean when he sang about how "the South is gonna rise again?" anyway?
The Dregs are a special case in that they did incorporate some rather complex improvisation into their music.....call it southern jazz rock.
I loved Lowell George and Little Feat.
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