Ironically the song was a response to coastal habitants that probably dig NPR painting the south with a broad brush. Anyone that listened to another song on the album would know race had zero tk do with SHA. Curtis loew was the finest picker to ever play the blues. Neil Young loved the tune. Certainly better than southern man or alabama and he wanted them to record powder finger. They got to the top by looking at the business as if it was a fight. They met eric clapton while warming up for him. Collins in particular was an EC fan. They were fawning fans meeting their idol and drunkenly telling him “play it for duane”, which freaked EC out and he asked for them to be “taken away”. They do their set, and after a ferocious version of Freebird, the previously fawning fans stop at EC’s dressing room. RVZ opens the door peeks in and says to clapton “top that mofo”. He didn’t. They had a far too short career but they were on fire for much of it. Since we are talking about ed king in the SHA thread, even he who was sort of an outsider being from cali and not one of the core guys at first said “allen collins plays freebird” . . . SHOW OVER!