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Allman Brothers Band Keeps Its Credibility
Posted by: Lana on Monday, August 01, 2005 - 07:53 PM
July 10, 2005
By: Bob Keyes
For: MaineToday.com


AUGUSTA Friday night was the first chance fans in Maine have had to see the reformed Allman Brothers Band, minus Dickey Betts. The verdict: Stunning.

With Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks manhandling the guitars, the current version of the Allman Brothers is every bit as meaty and tasty as it was when Betts and Haynes helped revive the group a decade ago. It's very different to be sure - gone are Betts' luscious melodies and soothing vocals.

But music shouldn't be a popularity contest, and it's not whether this version of the band is better than another. The question is whether this version of the band can maintain - or preferably, advance - the Allman Brothers Band credibility as one of America's most influential and still-vital rock bands.

The answer became obvious from the get-go: Resoundingly yes.

The band came on at about 9 p.m., following a mildly interesting opening set by Gavin Degraw. The Augusta Civic Center was filled almost to capacity. A large portion of the crowd appeared to have come of age in the '60s and '70s, when the Allman Brothers Band laid its roots, although there was a healthy mix of young folks, as well.

The current lineup includes Gregg Allman on organ and vocals, drummers Butch Trucks and Jay Johanny "Jaimoe" Johnson, percussionist Marc Quinones and bass player Oteil Burbridge, with Haynes and Derek Trucks on guitar.

Derek is Butch's son, and with his lineage and background - he presumably grew up on the road with the band - he has sufficient credibility to slide right in. In other words, he's no hired hand. He's blood.

The band ripped hard from the start, popping out lovely versions of "Come and Go Blues," "No One to Run With," "Midnight Rider" and, later in the set, "Statesboro Blues."

Allman was in fine voice, and Haynes ably stepped up for a spine-chilling cover of Van Morrison's "Into the Mystic."

But the band earned its nickel during many extended jams. Haynes and Trucks danced with each other with their guitars, challenging, tempting and pushing each other to take the next step.

As a tandem, they're deliciously fun to watch, because they never let up and never take a lazy solo. They may not always hit home runs - some of the jams bordered on esoteric - but they are never boring.

Following the set-ending "Whipping Post," the show let out just before midnight, nearly three hours after it began.

By then, we had our answer. The Allman Brothers Band will get along just fine without Dickey Betts.


 
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Re: Allman Brothers Band Keeps Its Credibility (Score: 1)
by susea on Aug 01, 2005 - 08:19 PM

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Augusta was my 81 show since 1981. This particular evening as well as being an inside venue was one of my top 5 shows.


Re: Allman Brothers Band Keeps Its Credibility (Score: 0)
by Anonymous on Aug 01, 2005 - 10:11 PM
This was the first time I had seen the Allman Bros since Summer Jam at Watkins Glen. I think we have both aged very well. it was a tremendous evening and I think they are going to be just fine as I hope I am.......


Re: Allman Brothers Band Keeps Its Credibility (Score: 1)
by Rodess (ricknruth at juno dot com)
on Aug 02, 2005 - 06:28 AM
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Another "Derek is Butch's son" AHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHA


Re: Allman Brothers Band Keeps Its Credibility (Score: 1)
by Rael on Aug 02, 2005 - 02:19 PM

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If I read one more reviewer refer to Derek as Butch's "son". . . . .Good grief, you'd expect journalists to do a little fact checking before submitting a simple music review!



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by Anonymous on Aug 02, 2005 - 05:17 PM
Esoteric solos, that pretty much sums up the Derek Trucks' cd that I previewed recently. To me it seemed to be meandering, hippy engendered malaise. But then what do I know? But I like Derek, just not everything the brother does.





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by TommyS on Aug 14, 2005 - 10:51 PM

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"Good grief, you'd expect journalists to do a little fact checking before submitting a simple music review!"

FYI: Agreed that the "son of Butch" reference is weak, but don't assume someone is a journalist just b/c they have a byline somewhere.

And often, music reviewers, even for some big-city dailies, are freelancers who are paid relatively little ($50-$100 per piece).

- Tommy S




Re: Allman Brothers Band Keeps Its Credibility (Score: 1)
by danolectric (danolectric@hittintheweb.com)
on Aug 05, 2005 - 12:00 AM
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Dereks Butch's nephew of course..but I do agree the ABB is getting along just fine without Dickey Betts,dare I say even better. But I love ya Dickey ..bless your hillbilly heart.



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by codybehr on Oct 22, 2005 - 08:18 PM

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I'm one of the very fortunate few that has never done hard drugs (smack, heroin, etc.), so I don't know of the feelings and ways that it can do to your body. I do know right from wrong even at my ripe old age of 54 yrs. It's heartbreaking when you see some R 'n' R musicians at his or hers certain age still using hard drugs of any kind. So when I see a picture of Mr. Dickie Betts looking like rode hard and put up wet, I'm thinking to myself, "Dickie, amigo, it's time to step-it-up-and-go and leap out of the perverbial drug pit". With your God-given talent that's obvious to us all, why wouldn't you want to get straight Dickie ? I'm just someone who digs your music, man.
I mean no disrespect sir and I hope I haven't offended anyone who reads this. Maybe I should have written to Dickie on his website in the first place. To the issue of the ABB without Dickie Betts, I believe their going in their direction and Dickie in his. The ABB has re-invented themselves, and it's a good road they're traveling on. Take care, stay safe, much luck, and God bless all.

Sincerely,
A fan




Re: Allman Brothers Band Keeps Its Credibility (Score: 0)
by Anonymous on Aug 18, 2005 - 06:31 PM
Derek is Butch's nephew, not his son......................


Re: Allman Brothers Band Keeps Its Credibility (Score: 0)
by Anonymous on Aug 27, 2005 - 05:19 PM
This version of the Allman Brothers Band is the best since Duane was alive and playing. I have seen almost every era- Filmore East to present and this band is smoking (w/ out Dickie Betts) The Chemistry and the music is incredible....long live the Brothers......


Re: Allman Brothers Band Keeps Its Credibility (Score: 0)
by Anonymous on Aug 31, 2005 - 06:26 PM
Is Derek the son or nephew of Butch?


Re: Allman Brothers Band Keeps Its Credibility (Score: 1)
by mrmilas on Sep 09, 2005 - 09:02 AM

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Dereck is Butch's son? I thought he was his nephew?



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by horacegammet (horacegammet@hotmail.com)
on Nov 10, 2005 - 05:14 PM
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also, it's Jai, not Jay . Actually, it's just 'Jaimoe' now. Someone might want to check the writer's crediblity. The 'Butch's son' bit has gotten to be a pretty good 'outside' joke





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