Two-time Grammy-winning bassist Oteil Burbridge is announcing a new solo album Water In The Desert. Produced by David Ryan Harris, every track on the record was written by Burbridge and features an all-star cast of some of his favorite musicians including his brother Kofi Burbridge on keys, Dave Yoke on guitar, Lil’ John Roberts, Sean O’Rourke on drums, Miguel Atwood Ferguson on strings and outstanding vocalists Alfreda Gerald and Mark Rivers. Water In The Desert will be released on October 20, 2017.
“I started writing the songs on this record about ten years ago,” said Burbridge. “They are all songs about love in some way; finding out how to love yourself, hoping that another loved one will love you just as you are, believing in someone when they find it hard to believe in themselves, love gone wrong, or finally finding the "perfect fit." I feel like every problem we have on earth in some way comes back to the lack of love. That's really what this record is about. “
Burbridge has been in the music business touring and recording for over three decades. His first step into the national spotlight came in 1991 when he became a founding member of the Aquarium Rescue Unit featuring Col. Bruce Hampton, a cult classic that has stood the test of time. That led to his membership in the classic rock group The Allman Brothers Band. Since 1997, his work with the band has earned him two Grammy nominations for best rock instrumental, in 2003 and 2004. Over the years, Burbridge has shared the stage with rock and blues legends such as Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Levon Helm, Taj Mahal, Buddy Guy, Pinetop Perkins, Hubert Sumlin, Billy Gibbons, Chuck Leavell, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Johnny Winter, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, and Trey Anastasio. In 2012, Oteil received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his 15-year contribution to the Allman Brothers Band as the longest running bassist in the band’s history.
Rounder Records has announced the release date for Gregg Allman’s final studio album. SOUTHERN BLOOD arrives everywhere on Friday, September 8th. SOUTHERN BLOOD will be available for pre-order beginning today July 26. On August 4th, a limited edition numbered double-sided picture disc will be available at some local record shops to be announced or with pre-orders of the album via GreggAllman.com.
SOUTHERN BLOOD serves as a remarkable final testament from an artist whose contributions have truly shaped rock & roll throughout the past four decades. Allman’s first all-new recording since 2011’s GRAMMY® Award-nominated solo landmark, LOW COUNTRY BLUES, the album is among the most uniquely personal of the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer’s career, an emotionally expansive collection of songs written by friends and favorite artists including Jackson Browne, Willie Dixon, Jerry Garcia & Robert Hunter, Lowell George and Spooner Oldham & Dan Penn, meant to serve as a salutary farewell to his legion of devoted fans and admirers. Allman collaborated on his closing project with manager and dear friend Michael Lehman and GRAMMY® Award-winning producer Don Was, a longtime acquaintance and staunch supporter committed to helping the rock icon actualize his very specific aspirations.
The August 2017 Special Collectors Issue of Relix Magazine - the legacy of Gregg Allman, features an unreleased interview with Gregg from 2003 plus exclusive content, interviews, photos and more from Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes, Oteil Burbridge, Jimmy Herring & Jerry Garcia.
This not-to-be-missed issue also features an early look at Allman’s final album, Southern Blood, which is slated for release this September.
Paying Homage to Peach Founders Gregg & Butch – Initial Tribute Lineup Announced!
Daily Lineup Announced, Single-Day Tickets On Sale Friday at Noon!
July 21, 2017 – The initial lineup for the Peach tribute to Gregg Allman and Butch Trucks has been announced. Paying to homage to Allman Brothers Band (ABB) and Peach founders, the tribute will feature friends and family from the ABB lineage, paying respect to the brothers we all sadly lost this
year. It will feature music director Chuck Leavell, Jaimoe, Oteil Burbridge, Marc Quinones, Duane Trucks, Devon Allman, Jack Pearson, Bruce Katz, Lamar Williams Jr., Pat Bergeson, Scott Sharrard, Pete Levin, Berry Oakley Jr., Vaylor Trucks & more!
Serving as musical director of the set is Chuck Leavell, an iconic musician who played with ABB and the Rolling Stones. “This is a golden opportunity for those of us that were close to Gregg and Butch to pay homage to them
and celebrate their lives and their many contributions to music,” said Chuck Leavell. “I’m proud to be a part of it and can’t wait to share the stage with all the great players that will be a part of it.”
Former ABB members joining the tribute are Jaimoe, Oteil Burbridge, Marc Quinones and Jack Pearson. The set also includes ABB bloodlines from Duane Trucks, Devon Allman, Vaylor Trucks, Berry Oakley Jr. and Lamar Williams Jr. as well as Gregg Allman’s guitarist and musical director Scott Sharrard and
keyboardist Pete Levin. Look for more special guests to be announced soon.
The Peach daily lineup has just been announced, including single day tickets going on sale this Friday at Noon at ThePeachMusicFestival.com.
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The 2017 Peach Music Festival final lineup has been announced. The Peach Music Festival was founded by the Allman Brothers Band and this year's festival includes an all-star tribute to ABB founders Gregg Allman and Butch Trucks.
Held at Magic Mountain in Scranton, PA from August 10-13, this year's is the sixth annual Peach. Among the highlights are two nights of Widespread Panic, My Morning Jacket, Gov't Mule and Friends with John Scofield and more, two sets from Umphrey's McGee and Joe Russo's Almost Dead, the final performance of Les Brers, Jaimoe's Jasssz Band, and many, many more.
If you've been to the Peach, you know that artists will sit in with each other and take the music, and you, to a higher level than ever before.
Early bird passes are sold out but VIP and advance passes are still available. All the information is on the festival website at www.thepeachmusicfestival.com.
It will be the highlight of your summer - see you at The Peach!
2004 THREE-NIGHT STAND FROM ATLANTA'S FABULOUS FOX THEATRE
When the ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND hit Atlanta's Fox Theatre for a sold-out three-night run in 2004, they were buoyed by the critical and fan reception of what would be their final studio album, Hittin' The Note. The band had been touring heavily and were ready to settle down in their beloved Atlanta for three special nights. The shows were released by the then-nascent "Instant Live" program, contemporaneous recordings sold at shows and internet mail order only afterwards without much packaging or fanfare.
Now, the band will release--digitally March 24 and physically on April 28--via RED Distribution all three shows as The Fox Box. The 8-CD set features a remastered audio mix as well as tightening up of the song spacing. And these three September 2004 shows have a unique feature that ABB fans will appreciate: of the 53 songs performed, there is only one repeat, the sprawling "Dreams," played (three times), and each with a different voicing by the guitar soloist: DEREK TRUCKS, WARREN HAYNES and JACK PEARSON.
ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND in 2004 featured founding members GREGG ALLMAN (keyboards, vocals) and drummers BUTCH TRUCKS and JAIMOE along with longtime percussionist MARC QUINONES, guitarists WARREN HAYNES and DEREK TRUCKS and bassist OTEIL BURBRIDGE. Guitarist JACK PEARSON, who was in the band from 1997-99, was a special guest. Other guests include Derek's bandmate/wife Susan Tedeschi, guitarist Vaylor Trucks (Butch's son who was captured on the rear cover of Brothers & Sisters as a child) and keyboardist Rob Baracco (Phil Lesh Quintet/Other Ones).
Since 2002, representatives for the ABB--Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award honorees--have worked diligently to honor and respect the music of the band, which was founded in 1969. Through their own Peach Records, they have released a number of high-quality, fan-favorite shows including a 40th Anniversary DVD as well as Hittin' the Note and One Way Out CDs, among others.
The 2017 Peach Music Festival lineup has been announced, and as our friends from the UK say, it's brilliant!
Widespread Panic (2 nights), My Morning Jacket, Gov't Mule & Friends, Joe Bonamassa, Umphrey's McGee (2 sets), Joe Russo's Almost Dead (2 sets), Lettuce featuring Chaka Khan, Mike Gordon, Les Brers, Jaimoe's Jasssz Band, Dark Star Orchestra, The Magpie Salute, God Street Wine, Rusted Root, Papadosio, Dopapod Orchestra, Steve Kimock & Friends, The Record Company, The Marcus King Band, The Soul Rebels, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, The New Mastersounds, Fruition, The Werks featuring the Shady Horns, Eric Krasno Band, Whiskey Myers, Pink Talking Fish, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Aqueous (2 sets), The Hip Adbduction, Moonalice, Butcher Brown, Spafford, Tom Hamilton's American Babies, Holly Bowling, Mungion, The Jauntee, Lespecial, Ghost of Paul Revere, Scott Sharrard & The Brickyard Band, Gabriel Kelley, Caverns, The Steppin Stones, Elise Testone, and Bobby Lee Rodgers.
The Peach Music Festival is from August 10-13, 2017, and as always, it's happening at Montage Mountain in Scranton, PA.
Public on-sale is March 1, 2017 at noon EST, and tickets and festival info are on the website: www.peachmusicfest.com
On Thursday March 30th, The Ardmore Music Hall will host a tribute concert to the late Butch Trucks, founding member of The Allman Brothers Band. For one night only, extended members of the ABB family including past and present members of Les Brers, Butch Trucks & the Freight Train Band, The Gregg Allman Band, Jaimoe's Jasssz Band, Dickey Betts Band & more will pay tribute to one of rock & roll's great drummers, following Trucks' tragic passing in January.
After joining The Allman Brothers Band in 1969, Butch Trucks remained a constant in their 45-year career. The group became one of the most popular bands of the era on the strength of their live performances and several successful albums, including their seminal 1971 live release, At Fillmore East. Trucks also found success after the Allman Brothers Band through his bands Les Brers and Butch Trucks & The Freight Train Band.
Ardmore Music Hall had the honor of hosting Butch Trucks with his Freight Train Band in the spring of 2016. He was scheduled to return to AMH when we sadly learned of his passing. His innovative drumming techniques will continue to inspire others, and his life deserves to be celebrated.
AMH and Trucks’ friends are dedicating a night to remembering all the contributions Trucks made to rock and jam music, playing the music of The Allman Brothers Band, with Grahame Lesh (son of Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh) and his band Midnight North starting off the night.
Butch Trucks, a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band, tragically died the night of January 24 in West Palm Beach, Florida. His wife, four children, four grandchildren and all of the Allman Brothers Band, their families and Road Crew survive Butch. The Trucks and Allman Brothers Band families request all of Butch’s friends and fans to please respect our privacy at this time of sadness for our loss. Butch will play on in our hearts forever.
lineup for Wanee Festival 2017 has been announced and it's outstanding, as always. Wanee 2017 is April 20-21-22, with a special performance on April 19, Wanee Wednesday, from Butch Trucks and the Freight Train Band.
The full lineup: Headliners Widespread Panic, Bob Weir & the Campfire Band, Trey Anastasio Band, Gov't Mule, and Dark Star Orchestra are joined by Dr. John & The Nite Trippers, JJ Grey & Mofro, Les Brers, Jaimoe's Jasssz Band, Blackberry Smoke, Leftover Salmon (music of Neil Young), Matisyahu, The Greyboy Allstars, Keller Williams' Grateful Grass, Papadosio, Turkuaz, Pink Talking Fu (music of David Bowie & Prince), DJ Logic, Kung Fu, Pink Talking Fish, Bobby Lee Rodgers Trio, Devon Allman Band, The Marcus King Band, Yeti Trio and Brothers & Sisters. Wanee Wednesday Happy Hour is April 19th and features Butch Trucks and the Freight Train Band!
Three day general admission and VIP tickets are on sale now at waneefestival.com Get 'em before they're gone!
Sadly, these dates have been cancelled due to the passing of Butch Trucks, who the Freight Train Band misses terribly.
The Freight Train rolls again! Butch Trucks and the Freight Train Band continue to announce more tour dates for 2017 - from MA to FL, from NY to MO, come out and support live music!
The lineup is:
Butch Trucks - Drums
Bruce Katz - Keyboards
Chris Vitarello - Guitar
Damon Fowler - Vocals and Guitar
Heather Gillis - Vocals and Guitar
Matt Walker - Bass
Garrett Dawson - Percussion
The shows announced so far are:
Mar 18 - The Neighborhood Theatre - Charlotte, NC RESCHEDULED from Jan 7
Mar 23 - Narrows Center - Fall River, MA
Mar 24 - The Cutting Room - New York, NY
Mar 25 - Blast Furnace Blues Festival - Bethlehem, PA
Mar 30 - Ardmore Music Hall - Ardmore, PA
Mar 31 - Infinity Hall - Norfolk, CT
Apr 1 - Daryl's House - Pawling, NY
Apr 2 - FTC Stage One - Fairfield, CT
Apr 5 - Shank Hall, Milwaukee, WI
Apr 6 - Castle Theatre - Bloomington, IL
Apr 7 - Space - Evanston, IL
Apr 8 - The Ready Room - St. Louis, MO
Apr 19 - Wanee Festival - Live Oak, FL
May 20 - Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival - Annapolis, MD
Jun 24 - Rock, Ribs & Ridges Blues Festival, Augusta, NJ
Sep 23 - Douglas Theatre, Macon, GA - Headlining at GABBA Fest
Butch Trucks and the Freight Train Band play Allman Brothers Band and related songs with some fun surprises in the mix. Come on out and support live music!
Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective, Rounder Records' 2013 box set honoring the musical legacy of the late Allman Brothers Band guitarist, was a critical and commercial success.
On October 28, Rounder will offer a limited-edition vinyl version of the retrospective. Each of the 1,000 individually numbered copies will include all the music from the CD editions—129 tracks—on 14, 180-gram vinyl LPs.
The set also includes a 56-page booklet full of rare photos and essays by journalist Scott Schinder and Duane's daughter,Galadrielle Allman, who compiled the collection with producer Bill Levenson.
This retrospective includes classic Allman Brothers Band songs plus a collector’s cache of rare singles and long-out-of-print album tracks. The songs range from Duane's early recordings with Gregg Allman in the Escorts, Allman Joys and Hour Glass, to his studio work with Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Boz Scaggs and Delaney & Bonnie. There's even a live jam session with the Grateful Dead.
Visit GuitarWorld.com and check out their exclusive Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective (vinyl edition) unboxing video—plus a new interview wth Galadrielle. We discuss Skydog, her father’s legacy, her career and more.
As 2016 comes to a close, we want to wish you and yours a very Happy Holiday Season! Thanks to all who came out to see Gregg play this year and we hope to see many more of you in 2017. Please know how much your love and support is appreciated. From our family to yours, we wish you peace, love, and happiness. Happy New Year!
A Solo Acoustic Tribute For Gregg, All Proceeds To Benefit The Big House Museum
Date: Thursday, June 15, 2017
Place: New York, NY- Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 3
"The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of emotions, a heart wrenching combination of inspiration and sorrow. It was an honor to create music with Gregg and his amazing band from 2008 all the way up to our last show together in Atlanta at the Laid Back Festival last Fall. In the last couple years of work with Gregg we became very close. Late night hangs and long songwriting sessions, getting deeper to the core values at the heart of his own sound and story, apart from the legendary work he had done with his brother and the ABB. We fine tuned our live lineup and dialed in the right material, both originals and a lot of covers.
Of all the work we did together on stage, some of the most special moments were our duo acoustic sets. In fact, his 2nd to last performance onstage was a duo set we did at Red Rocks. You know a song is not just any work but a great song when you can strip it down to a voice and one or two instruments and it still resonates with the same power. That's the kind of song Gregg wrote and that's the kind of stories they told.
Since Gregg's passing last weekend I have already been flooded with requests to honor his music in concert. We have been performing “Win Lose or Draw” for a few months now and occasionally we are throwing in a number here and there. But I wanted to save the opportunity to play his music, and some of the music we wrote or arranged together, for a solo acoustic show. Just myself, an audience of true fans and some stories from the road and songs to remember the man and our time together. All proceeds from this show will go to the Big House Museum in Macon GA. which has been so supportive of my work, both with Gregg, and my own band.
I feel that this is the best way to honor the spirit of a man who wanted nothing more than to write, play and travel the world with his music. A true journeyman who became a master and now lives on in our hearts as a legend. Come help us support his legacy for one night.
Check out this awesome limited version of Live From A&R Studios on vinyl, only available via @newburycomics stores and their website. Red and black marble color and 180 gram vinyl. Less than 1,000 units available. Get yours now at Newbury Comics
Live From A&R Studios: New York, August 26, 1971 was initially a radio broadcast that originally aired on WPLJ. This set features the band steamrolling through a set of songs including "Statesboro Blues, " "Trouble No More, " "One Way Out, " "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" and "Hot 'lanta." The recording was widely bootlegged, but has been remixed from the original multi-track recording. The quality, dynamic performance and ambience encompassed herein all at once make for a quite staggering sonic experience, one that fans of this legendary act in it's original line-up will relish alongside the groups other essential releases.
Are you searching for a better way to ring in the New Year? Stop the presses, we have you covered! Butch Trucks and the Freight Train Band are playing their very special, 2nd Annual New Year's Eve show at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater, FL.
Fantastic music, no snow (hey, it's Florida!), cool people and a great venue... it would be a crime to spend another New Year's Eve falling asleep in front of your television when you could be grooving to the Freight Train Band instead. Lots of Allman Brothers Band music along with some cool covers and surprises. Make some plans and come on up, down or over. It's gonna be great, people!
FOR ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE WITH GUITARIST SCOTT SHARRARD
ONLY LIVE PERFORMANCE OF SUMMER 2016
Gregg Allman has been given a clean bill of health from his doctors and has been given the ok to get back to performing live. He chose the iconic Red Rocks as the perfect place to start given all the history he has with the venue with both the Allman Brothers Band and his solo work, and will now return to the stage onSeptember 25th for a performance at his own Laid Back Festival there. Allman will perform an acoustic set with his lead guitarist and music director Scott Sharrard before fest headliners ZZ Top.
“I just can’t wait to get back out there,” said Allman. “I’ve gotten so stir crazy these last few weeks. I feel best when I’m traveling and playing. That’s what keeps me going, and there’s no better place to start than Red Rocks.”
Allman’s performance at Laid Back Red Rocks will be his only performance of summer 2016. After that, he’ll appear at Laid Back Atlanta on October 29th and the 10 rare and intimate club dates for his annual residency at City Winery in New York beginning November 6th.
Producer Bill Levenson and Galadrielle Allman will talk “Skydog” on a Duane Allman special aired on Premiere Radio Networks satellite radio October 27.
Here are the times and stations carrying this special program - hope you can tune in!
It's here! The full lineup for the Peach Music Festival, coming to Montage Mountain in Scranton, PA on August 11th – 14th, 2016.
Headliners include Gregg Allman, Trey Anastasio Band, The String Cheese Incident. Gregg Allman & The String Cheese Incident will also perform together as "The Gregg Allman Incident," and Gov't Mule rounds out the top of this amazing lineup.
Joining them will be an incredible assembly of fan favorites: The Claypool Lennon Delirium, Umphrey's McGee, Moe. (2 sets), Wake Up with Warren Haynes, Les Brers (Butch Trucks, Jaimoe, Oteil Burbridge, Marc Quiñones & friends), Jaimoe's Jasssz Band, Joe Russo's Almost Dead, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Blackberry Smoke, Toots & The Maytals, Railroad Earth, Dark Star Orchestra (2 sets), Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Anders Osborne, Electron, Twiddle, Dopapod, The Floozies, The Motet, The Werks, Cabinet (2 sets), Golden Gate Wingmen (Kadlecik, Lane, Chimenti, Mathis), Turkuaz, Rayland Baxter, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Horse Shoes & Hand Grenades, Black Pistol Fire, Pimps of Joytime, American Babies, Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Zach Deputy, Roots of Creation, Aqueous, Consider the Source, Flux Capacitor, Cornmeal, Kingbaby, Bobby Lee Rodgers Trio, Big Something, The Magic Beans, Driftwood, The Social Animals, Broccoli Samurai, Lionize, The Primate Fiasco, Spirtual Rez, Flightschool, Funky Dawgz Brass Band, and George Wesley.
Butch Trucks and the Freight Train Band are heading out in July and August for a big summer tour.
If you miss hearing Allman Brothers Band tunes played live, you're in for a treat - check out this rocking band!
The lineup is:
Butch Trucks - Drums
Berry Oakley Jr - Bass
Bruce Katz - Keyboards
Vaylor Trucks - Guitar
Damon Fowler - Vocals and Guitar
Heather Gillis - Vocals and Guitar
Tad Isch - Drums
Here's what you have to look forward to starting next month:
Jul 9 - NY State Blues Festival - Syracuse, NY
Jul 21 - Funky Biscuit - Boca Raton, FL
Jul 22 - Capitol Theatre (w/Ries Bros) - Clearwater, FL
Jul 23 - The Music Ranch - Lakeland, FL
Jul 24 - Side Bar - Tallahassee, FL
Jul 27 - AMP by Strathmore - Bethesda, MD
Jul 28 - Rams Head On Stage - Annapolis, MD
Jul 29 - The Egg - Albany, NY
Jul 30 - Infinity Hall - Hartford, CT
Aug 1 - BB King's - New York, NY
Aug 4 - StageOne - Fairfield, CT
Aug 5 - Riverfront Blues Festival - Wilmington, DE
Aug 6 - Narrows Center - Falls River, MA
Aug 7 - Bull Run - Shirley, MA
Aug 12 - Les Brers at the Peach Festival - Scranton, PA
Aug 13 - Belle Bash Concert Series (Paddle Wheel Boat Ride) - Mayville, NY
Aug 14 - Blues Festival - Wheeling, WV
NINE ESSENTIAL ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND ALBUMS REMASTERED FROM ORIGINAL
ANALOG FOR REISSUE ON 180-GRAM VINYL LPS AND HD DIGITAL AUDIO
New LP Editions Available Individually and in a Limited Edition 15LP Collection with Exclusive Extras in Wooden Peach Crate
Los Angeles - May 24, 2016 Nine essential Allman Brothers Band albums, spanning 1969 to 1979, have been remastered from the original analog tapes for reissue on audiophile quality 180-gram vinyl on July 22 by Mercury/UMe. An expanded, 2LP edition of The Allman Brothers Band; 1LP Idlewild South; 2LP At Fillmore East; 2LP Eat a Peach; 1LP Brothers and Sisters; 1LP Win, Lose or Draw; 2LP Wipe the Windows, Check the Oil, Dollar Gas; 1LP Enlightened Rogues; and 3LP debut of Live At Ludlow Garage: 1970 are available now for preorder, individually and together in a special limited edition set, which presents the nine albums on 15 LPs with exclusive extras in a Georgia-style solid wood peach crate. Available exclusively here, the peach crate collection is limited to 500 sets worldwide. On the same date, the nine albums will be available for download purchase in high definition digital audio (192kHz/24-bit and 96kHz/24-bit).
This is much more than the ultimate Allman Brothers/Jam Band experience. Whether you're a musician or just a fan, you need to join me, Oteil Burbridge, Luther & Cody Dickinson, Bruce Katz, Colonel Bruce Hampton and Roosevelt Collier at Roots Rock Revival for the time of your life this summer. We've just announced a specially priced pre-pitched tent camping package, and there is no better place to be in the outdoors than in the middle of the Catskill Mountains in August. Visit RootsRockRevival.com for further details- I hope to see you there!
Roots Rock Revival Announces New Guest Artists, Pre-Pitched Tents, Live Shows and More!!
In addition to the already extraordinary list of artists joining us for Roots Rock Revival, we are thrilled to announce that The Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds' horn section and DJ Logic will also be jumping on board.
The evening performances will feature full sets of music from Butch Trucks and the Freight Train Band, North Mississippi Allstars and on day three, Oteil and Friends featuring DJ Logic, Col. Bruce Hampton, Roosevelt Collier and Bruce Katz!
By popular demand, we are introducing affordable "Pre-Pitched Camp Sites" with tent, air mattress and linens provided and set up for you when you check in! This option is available as an optional upgrade to your camping package. As a bonus, the tent and air mattress are yours for the taking at the end of the camp!
Please check out the full Roots Rock Revival schedule of events for a completely mind blowing perspective on this amazing musical experience!!!
On August 26, 1971, the Allman Brothers Band set up in A&R Studios in NYC and played a scorching 67 minute set to a studio audience - and it was broadcast live over WPLJ-FM.
It was a classic 1971-era set - Statesboro Blues, Trouble No More, Don't Keep Me Wonderin', Done Somebody Wrong, One Way Out, In Memory of Elizabeth Reed, Stormy Monday, Soul Serenade -> You Don't Love Me, and closing with Hot 'Lanta.
Bootleg recordings of the FM broadcast have been around for years, but this new release has been re-mixed from the original multi-track studio recording and the sound is stunning.
It comes out in April, and is available for pre-order now. Enjoy!
Longtime members of the ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND including BUTCH TRUCKS and JAIMOE have gotten back together to form LES BRERS, a band celebrating the group’s music and legacy. The group will hit Macon, GA’s Cox Capitol Theatre March 23 and 24, with portions of the proceeds to benefit the Allman Brothers Band’s Big House Museum in Macon.
The pedigreed group consists of founding ABB members BUTCH TRUCKS and JAIMOE (drummers), longtime members OTEIL BURBRIDGE (bass) and MARC QUINONES (percussion), former ABB guitarist JACK PEARSON, frequent ABB guest BRUCE KATZ on keyboards, singer LAMAR WILLIAMS JR. (son of the former ABB bassist) plus guitarist PAT BERGESON (Chet Atkins, Lyle Lovett, Suzy Bogguss).
LES BRERS are set to appear at the Allman Brothers’ Wanee Fest in Live Oak, FL this April. Other summer festival shows are being booked. The band’s name is a nod to the instrumental “Les Brers in A Minor” from the ABB’s epic breakthrough hybrid studio/live Eat A Peach album, which was released in 1972 and cemented the band’s superstardom status.
HERE IT IS! ANOTHER FANTASTIC LINE-UP FOR THE 12TH ANNUAL WANEE MUSIC FESTIVAL
First Tier Advance & VIP On Sale Monday December 14th / 10AM
Widespread Panic (Fri. & Sat.) - Gregg Allman - Gov’t Mule -
Les Brers (With Butch Trucks, Jaimoe, Oteil Burbridge, Marc Quinones, Jack Pearson, Pat Bergeson, Bruce Katz, Lamar Wiiliams Jr) - Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band - Warren Haynes & the Ashes & Dust Band - Billy & the Kids - Umphrey’s McGee (Fri. & Sat.) - Hot Tuna Electric with Steve Kimock - Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers - North Mississippi Allstars & Anders Osborne Present N.M.O. - Soulive - The Wood Brothers - The Stanley Clarke Band - Oteil & Friends - Tribal Seeds - Dumpstaphunk’s Earth War & Power - Madisen Ward & the Mama Bear - Bobby Lee Rodgers Trio - Kung Fu - Nigel Hall - Devon Allman Band - Big Something
Los Angeles, CA – November 10, 2015 – September 23rd marked 45 years since the release of the Allman Brothers Band’s second studio album, Idlewild South, on Atco and Capricorn Records, which followed their 1969, self-titled debut. While that first album had little commercial success, the band’s relentless touring behind it led to a buzz that led Eric Clapton to enlist Duane Allman to take part on his 1970 Derek and the Dominos album which produced “Layla.” Produced by Tom Dowd, marking his first album with the band, Idlewild South was recorded in a variety of cities, including New York, Miami and Macon, GA, the band’s adopted home, because of their hectic performance schedule. Most of the songs, including two of their most iconic – Gregg Allman and Kim Payne’s “Midnight Rider” and Dickey Betts’ “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” – were road-tested before they were ever recorded. The album’s title comes from the group’s name for the run-down, isolated hunting cabin the band used for rehearsals and partying. The farmhouse, which they rented for the princely sum of $165 a month, was located on a manmade lake outside Macon, and people came and went with such frequency, the band compared it to New York’s airport of the same name (later changed to John F. Kennedy International). Much of the material on the album was first created in that cabin, where the band’s “brotherhood came to pass,” according to Allmans roadie (and “Midnight Rider” co-writer) Kim Payne. The album didn’t sell well at first, but eventually peaked at #38 on Billboard, setting the stage for their 1971 breakthrough, At Fillmore East.
Butch Trucks has put together a new band and they are lining up gigs now!
Butch Trucks and the Freight Train Band features Butch on drums and Berry Oakley, Jr. on bass. As most of you know, Berry was the original bass player in the Allman Brothers Band, so after 40 years, we have Oakley and Trucks together again!
Here's the complete tour schedule - more details below!
Aug 21: The Paramount, Huntington, NY TICKETS
Sep 18: Aces Lounge, Bradenton, FL (near Tampa) TICKETS
Sep 19: The Funky Biscuit, Boca Raton, FL TICKETS
The first gig is August 21 at the Paramount in Huntington, NY, and the players will be:
The Allman Brothers Band Classic Memorabiilia 1969-1976 book, by Willie Perkins and Jack Weston, comes out on October 1, 2015!
Filled with more than two hundred captioned images, this new book chronicles Weston’s collection and other items of The Allman Brothers Band memorabilia from 1969–1976. Weston and Perkins discuss in detail the various categories and aspects of band collectibles from that period. The book not only highlights individual collectibles, but also explains where to find them and how to preserve them. Included are band instruments and equipment, t-shirts, apparel and merchandise, autographs, bookkeeping documents, passes, posters, tickets, programs, promotional items, vintage photographs, and more.
Galadrielle Allman, daughter of the late Duane Allman, offers an introduction that is both intimate and informative. Fans of classic rock music and The Allman Brothers Band alike will find this book irresistible and prepublication interest from fans has been phenomenal.
Co-authors Willie Perkins and Jack Weston will both be at a signing event at The Big House Museum, Macon, GA on Saturday September 26th 1:00-4:00 PM. Copies will be available for purchase at The Big House Museum gift shop.
Fantastic Music and Perfect Weather - We had a Great Time! Thanks for coming out.
The inaugural Laid Back Festival at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater features world-class music curated by Gregg Allman and the best local food and drink that Long Island has to offer. We hope you can join us in 2015 for our inaugural year!
Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers
Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band
City of the Sun
and more acts TBA!
Artist lineup curated by Gregg Allman
Two stages, over 20 regional restaurants, wineries and breweries
Geraldine Robbins Allman was born on July 8th, 1917 to Lizzie Williams Robbins and Simon Robbins in Nash County, North Carolina. She was their third child, born after her brother Swindel and sister Janie and before their baby brother Erskine. She was a fun-loving and outspoken child who loved to read and she excelled in school. She graduated with her siblings from West Edgecombe High School. While she maintained close and loving ties to her family all of her life, she was adventurous and independent, and longed to strike out on her own.
Jerry, as she was known to her friends, married Lieutenant Willis Turner Allman at the age of twenty-five, and moved with him to Nashville, Tennessee in 1945, where she gave birth to two sons, Howard Duane and Gregory Lenoir. Jerry was faced with the challenge of raising her boys as a single mother after Bill’s sudden death in 1950. She and her sons moved to Daytona Beach Shores, Florida in 1957 where she supported her family as a bookkeeper and office manager for local businesses, including the Bali and Julian’s Restaurants. She had a great mind for numbers and organization.
Butch Trucks has announced he will be playing a Pre-Wanee Festival warmup Show at The Funky Biscuit in Boca Raton, Florida on April 14th.
Joining him will be Berry Oakley, Jr. along with some very special friends and guests. The Funky Biscuit is undoubtedly one of South Florida's best music club venues and if you are an Allman Brothers fan, this show is not to be missed.
2014 was the last year The Allman Brothers Band headlined the Wanee Music Festival at the Spirit of the Suwanee Music Park in Live Oak Florida. Since that time the legendary band closed the door on a historic 45 year career, performing their final show at the Beacon Theatre in October 2014. Founding ABB member, drummer Butch Trucks, will appear with his band -- billed as Butch Trucks & Very Special Friends -- at the 2015 Wanee Music Festival taking place April 16 -- 18...
Music Masters Camps and Roots Rock Revival are teaming up to offer one lucky fan the unique opportunity to win a tent camping scholarship to a Roots Rock Revival! Roots Rock Revival takes place at Full Moon Resort in the Woodstock, New York area of the Catskill Mountains from August 17-21, 2015. This is your opportunity to meet and jam with the band, attend instructional clinics and seminars and more!
UPDATE MARCH 23 - WE HAVE A WINNER!
AND THE WINNER OF THE @ROOTS ROCK REVIVAL SCHOLARSHIP IS @Christina Morrison!
When I was about 11 years old, my 18 year old brother asked my Mom if he could borrow the car (1967 Austin Healey Sprite) to go to the beach, it was a hot summer day in the little town we grew up in on the Jersey Shore. My mom said, "Sure, but only if you take your little sister." My brother just smiled and said, "OK." Well, we got in the car and he proceeded to head in the opposite direction of the beach. That's when he laughed and said, "We 're not going to the beach, don't tell Mom, we're going to a concert!" (My brother knew mom would never have let him have the car if she knew where he was really going, and my getting to go was just a happy accident)- I said, "Right on! Who are we going to see?" He said, "The Allman Brothers Band." The show was outdoors at Rutgers I believe. What a great day! My first concert and it was awesome! We had to leave a little early, my brother had to get me home from the "beach" by dark. He said it was OK though because he got to see his guitar hero, Duane. My mom was never the wiser. My brother disappeared in 1978 and was never heard from again. I am very grateful for the memory! I would be thrilled to attend your camp, as I sing and write, and would love to get a chance to do it with the best! Thanks. Big hugs to ya'll sincerely, C.J. Morrison
The scholarship covers all costs including the registration, all events, tent camping, meals and non-alcoholic beverages. Transportation to and from Big Indian is not covered. The winner is required to provide their own tent camping equipment.
Contest Dates: March 3 - 17, 2015
Winner to be Announced by April 1, 2015
Contest submissions will be reviewed on The Allman Brothers Band Facebook page. To enter, simply submit your comment under the Roots Rock Revival Give-Away Contest post no later than March 17, 2015.
Scranton, PA (December 18, 2015) –The Peach Music Festival will return for the 4th year to The Pavilion at Montage Mountain & Montage Mountain on Thursday, August 13 to Sunday, August 16. The Peach – the only Allman Brothers Band (ABB) inspired and curated festival in the Northeast – continues in the tradition of past years with four days of music, camping, multiple stages, water park and so much more!
"I can't wait to be back at the Peach in 2015," says founding ABB member & Rock n Roll Hall of Famer Gregg Allman. “The fans at Montage love what we do so much and the bands feed off that. The Peach is always a great time."
Butch, Oteil, Bill Evans and The North Mississippi Allstars have announced their third annual Roots Rock Revival Summer Camp in the Catskill Forest Preserve near Woodstock: Jam Sessions, Master Classes, Live Performance, Gourmet Food, Comfortable Country Inn, camping and campfires!
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to meet, collaborate, and hang out with the artists in an inspired, creative atmosphere at this one hundred acre mountain resort.
Please join us for this thrice in a lifetime experience!
Interactive, Enriching, Beyond Back Stage
Gregg Allman and Warren Haynes are proud to be performing at the celebration of the music of Lynyrd Skynyrd at a special one-night only concert being held on November 12, 2014 at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta.
Gregg and Warren would like their fans to have first shot at tickets - so here's a special pre-sale link for fans only. The pre-sale runs from Thursday August 14 at 10AM ET until Sunday August 17 at 10PM. The general public on-sale starts Monday, August 18.
LYNYRD SKYNYRD’S RENOWNED MUSICAL LEGACY TO BE HONORED AT ONE-NIGHT-ONLY CONCERT EVENT ON NOVEMBER 12th, 2014 AT THE FOX THEATRE IN ATLANTA
“One More For The Fans! - Celebrating The Songs & Music of Lynyrd Skynyrd" Will Feature Performances by Lynyrd Skynyrd, Trace Adkins, Alabama,
Gregg Allman, Charlie Daniels, Peter Frampton, Warren Haynes, John Hiatt, Jason Isbell, Jamey Johnson, Aaron Lewis, Moe., Gov’t Mule, Robert Randolph, Blackberry Smoke, Cheap Trick and Donnie Van Zant
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND’S BREAKTHROUGH 1971 LIVE ALBUM
AT FILLMORE EAST EXPANDED TO SIX-CD BOX SET
THE 1971 FILLMORE EAST RECORDINGS
Universal Music Enterprises and Mercury Records to Release
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Band’s Historic 1971 Performances
At Bill Graham’s Iconic New York City Venue
Package Contains All Four Performances From the Legendary Weekend of March 12-13,
Which Yielded At Fillmore East, as Well as the Allmans’ Headlining Set
From the Fillmore East’s Closing Weekend, Available July 29
LOS ANGELES – One of the best live albums of all time is about to get considerably better. The Allman Brothers Band’s cornerstone LP, At Fillmore East, compiled from the four sets recorded on the weekend of March 12-13, 1971, has been expanded, stretching over six CDs with fifteen unreleased tracks. Additionally, The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings contains the complete June 27 performance during the iconic venue’s final weekend, after the band was handpicked by impresario Bill Graham to headline closing night. Produced by Bill Levenson, who compiled the definitive Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective (Rounder, 2013), The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings captures the most inspired improvisational rock unit ever at the peak of their prodigious powers, blazing their way through extended instrumental elaborations, so taut and virtuosic, that the crowds that packed the Fillmore East on those memorable nights were utterly transfixed. When it came to live performance, no other band could touch the Allmans.
A Double CD and a DVD of the All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs & Voice of Gregg Allman tribute concert is coming out May 6, 2014 and is available for pre-order now at www.HittinTheNote.com
THE FIRST 300 PRE-ORDERS WILL RECEIVE THE OFFICIAL 20 PAGE GREGG ALLMAN TRIBUTE PROGRAM THAT WAS ISSUED THAT NIGHT. IT CONTAINS EXCERPTS FROM 20 YEARS OF INTERVIEWS WITH GREGG ALLMAN.
All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs & Voice of Gregg Allman captures a once-in-a-lifetime performance, honoring one of the most acclaimed and beloved icons in rock and roll history.
A founding member of the Allman Brothers Band and successful solo artist in his own right, Allman possesses a voice that has resonated through four decades.
The CDs and DVD features momentous performances by Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Devon Allman, Robert Randolph, Jimmy Hall, Sam Moore, Keb’ Mo’, Brantley Gilbert, Jess Franklin, Dr. John, Pat Monahan, John Hiatt, Jaimoe, Taj Mahal, Gregg Allman, Widespread Panic, Trace Adkins, Vince Gill, Martina McBride, Eric Church, Jackson Browne, Zac Brown, and The Allman Brothers Band with musical direction by Don Was.
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND
ANNOUNCE POSTPONEMENT OF FOUR REMAINING BEACON THEATRE PERFORMANCES
New York, NY (March 24, 2014) – The Allman Brothers Band announced the postponement of the remaining four Beacon Theatre performances on March 25, March 26, March 28 and March 29 as Gregg Allman recovers from bronchitis. As a result of Mr. Allman’s illness, the Allman Brothers Band is unable to perform at the level to which they aspire.
All ticketholders should retain their tickets, which will be honored for the soon-to-be-announced rescheduled engagements. Those ticket holders desiring refunds may obtain them from the original point of purchase.
Galadrielle Allman’s memoir, PLEASE BE WITH ME(Spiegel & Grau hardcover, on-sale March 4, 2014) is a revelatory meditation on the impact of her father, the legendary guitarist Duane Allman. Not only is this THE definitive biography, with never-before-seen stories, photos, and primary source interviews, it is also a touching and beautifully written story of a daughter searching for her father in the memory of others.
Galadrielle Allman went to her first concert as an infant in diapers, held in her teenaged mother's arms. Her father was playing--Duane Allman, founder of the legendary Allman Brothers Band, who would become known as one of the greatest guitarists of all time. Just a few short years into his remarkable career, he was killed in a motorcycle accident at the age of 24. Galadrielle was two years old. She was raised in the shadow of his loss and his fame. Her mother sought solace in a bohemian life, and friends and family found it too painful to talk about Duane. Galadrielle listened intently to his music, read articles about him, and yet the spotlight rendered him too simple and too perfect to know. She felt strangely akin to the fans who longed for him, but she needed to know more. It took her many years to accept that his story and his legacy is hers, so she began to ask for stories--from family, bandmates, friends--and they began to flow. The result, as her uncle Gregg Allman says, is a “deep and insightful book;” one that, “came as a revelation to me, as it will to everyone who reads it.”
DR. JOHN’S LEGENDARY MUSICAL INFLUENCE TO BE HONORED AT ONE-NIGHT-ONLY CONCERT EVENT ON MAY 3 AT THE SAENGER THEATRE IN NEW ORLEANS
“The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: A Celebration of Mac & His Music” Will Feature Performances by Widespread Panic, Gregg Allman, Mavis Staples,
Allen Toussaint, Ryan Bingham, Lucinda Williams, George Porter Jr.,
Cyril Neville, Zigaboo Modeliste, Jimmie Vaughan, Tab Benoit,
The Blind Boys of Alabama, Chief Monk Boudreaux,
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Bill Kreutzmann, Chuck Leavell, Shannon McNally, Sarah Morrow, Anders Osborne and Irma Thomas
Dr. John Set to Take the Stage for Special Performances
Throughout the Evening
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND UNVEIL CLASSIC LIVE SET ON PLAY ALL NIGHT: LIVE AT THE BEACON THEATRE 1992
New Two-Disc Collection Showcases The Legendary Band In Concert At New York City’s Beacon Theatre
LIVE AT GREAT WOODS Concert Film Also Set For First-Ever Unedited DVD Release
PLAY ALL NIGHT: LIVE AT THE BEACON THEATRE 1992 and LIVE AT GREAT WOODS
Both Available February 18th, 2014
January 8, 2014-New York, NY-Epic/Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, has announced the release of Play All Night: Live At The Beacon Theatre 1992, a new two-disc set from the one and only Allman Brothers Band. The collection highlights the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers’ first-ever extended run at the venerable New York City venue, an annual residency that has since become a certifiable rock ‘n’ roll tradition. Play All Night: Live At The Beacon Theatre 1992 arrives on February 18th. Celebrating their 45th anniversary this year, the band will return to the venue for ten dates beginning March 7. Tickets for the shows go on sale to the public Friday, January 10 at 10:00AM ET and can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com and www.beacontheatre.com and via charge by phone at (800)745-3000.
Epic/Legacy Recordings will also release on February 18 Live At Great Woods, a feature-length concert DVD filmed at Massachusetts’ Great Woods Center for the Performing Arts in September of 1991. Long requested by fans, the upcoming reissue showcases the original long form video version of the concert, previously only available on DVD with band interviews edited into the main feature.
The Allman Brothers Band will return to the Beacon Theatre in March for a ten show run from March 7 through 22, 2014. The tradition of annual Spring shows started in 1989 and has become a highly anticipated musical event attracting fans from around the world.
Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013 is coming out on DVD and CD on Rhino Records on November 19, featuring performances from Clapton, the Allman Brothers Band, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, and many others including Blake Mills, Buddy Guy, Doyle Bramhall II, Gary Clark Jr., Jeff Beck, John Mayer, Keith Richards, Keith Urban, Los Lobos, Robert Cray, Sonny Landreth, Steve Cropper, and Vince Gill.
ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND’S CLASSIC, BEST-SELLING BROTHERS AND SISTERS ALBUM TO BE RELEASED JUNE 25 IN REMASTERED CD, VINYL FORM
Deluxe Two-CD and Four-CD Sets to Include Previously Unreleased Rehearsals, Jams, Outtakes and Live Sept. 1973 Recording from Winterland
LOS ANGELES, CA, May 30, 2013—When the Allman Brothers Band’s fifth album, Brothers and Sisters, was released on Capricorn Records in August 1973, the legendary southern blues-rock group had already achieved world-wide fame with their 1971 live album, At Fillmore East. This success was followed by the tragic loss of their founder, leader and musical visionary, guitarist Duane Allman, who died in a motorcycle crash on October 29, 1971. Arguably at the peak of their popularity, the band's album followed the release of the two-disc Eat a Peach, which came out on February 12, 1972, the last recording to include contributions by Duane.
It's back! This is a day dedicated to supporting your favorite non-profit! Last year, thanks to all of you, we won additional funding for receiving the most donations! Help us win again this year by supporting The Big House Foundation on November 13!
All you have to do is click and pledge! It is that easy! No amount is too small. This year there are other monetary prizes that we can win, one being the donation from the billing zip code located farthest from Macon!
ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND TO RELEASE TWO VINTAGE RECORDINGS:
MACON, GA 2/11/72 AND
NASSAU COLISEUM 5/1/73
The ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND is excited to announce the release of two high-quality vintage recordings of their early incarnations this February 12, 2013. The band--one of rock’s most iconic live acts and members of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and recipients of a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award--historically recorded many of their live shows and are selectively releasing their personal choices through the band’s ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND RECORDING COMPANY label, distributed through Entertainment One Music.
The Allman Brothers Band will return to the Beacon Theatre in March for a ten show run from March 1 through 16, 2013. The tradition of annual Spring shows started in 1989 and has become a highly anticipated musical event attracting fans from around the world.
Tickets for the Beacon Theatre shows are on sale now and can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com and www.beacontheatre.com and via charge by phone at (800)745-3000. Tickets may also be available at the venue box office.
The state of Georgia is running an event called "GA Gives Day" on December 6, encouraging residents across the state to participate in a day of support for non-profits. You do not have to be a resident to make a donation. A foundation local to Macon is offering $2500 to the non-profit with the most donations. If you've been thinking about showing your support for The Big House foundation in Macon, GA, which is a living ABB museum, now is a great time to do it! Visit www.gagivesday.org to donate, and you can make the online donation now.
Levon Helm to be Celebrated with
"Love for Levon"
on October 3, 2012 at The Izod Center
Benefit Concert Will Feature a Star-Studded Lineup Including John Mayer, My Morning Jacket, Ray LaMontagne, Eric Church, Gregg Allman, Dierks Bentley, Marc Cohn, Patty Griffin, Warren Haynes, John Hiatt, Bruce Hornsby, Jorma Kaukonen, The Levon Helm Band, Robert Randolph, Mavis Staples, Joe Walsh, Lucinda Williams and More Legendary Surprise Guests to be Announced...
LOS ANGELES (August 23, 2012) - On October 3, 2012, music stars and friends will join together to celebrate the life and music of Levon Helm at "Love for Levon." The star-studded benefit concert will take place at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey and will feature once-in-a-lifetime collaborations by friends and admirers gathered together to celebrate and honor Levon Helm. Performances will include GRAMMY, CMA, ACM, Americana and Dove Award-winning musicians: John Mayer, My Morning Jacket, Ray LaMontagne, Eric Church, Gregg Allman, Dierks Bentley, Marc Cohn, Patty Griffin, Warren Haynes, John Hiatt, Bruce Hornsby, Jorma Kaukonen, The Levon Helm Band, Robert Randolph, Mavis Staples, Joe Walsh, Lucinda Williams and more performers to be announced shortly.
Tickets go on sale to the general public Wednesday, August 29 with an exclusive presale for Citi Card holders beginning tomorrow. All net proceeds from the concert will help support the lasting legacy of Levon Helm by helping his estate keep ownership of his home, barn and studio, and to continue The Midnight Ramble Sessions.
ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND WRAP UP FIRST-EVER THREE-DAY PEACH MUSIC FESTIVAL IN SCRANTON, PA
ARTISTS INCLUDING ZAC BROWN BAND,TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND, WARREN HAYNES BAND,
O.A.R., THE WAILERS, DARK STAR ORCHESTRA, BLACKBERRY SMOKE, IVAN NEVILLE’S DUMPSTAPHUNK, SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY, ROBERT RANDOLPH, TRIGGER HIPPY AND THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA SHARE TWO STAGES OVER THREE DAYS
The ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND wrapped up the last leg of their 2012 tour as hosts of the first-ever PEACH FESTIVAL this past weekend (Aug. 10-12) in Scranton, PA with 24 acts on two stages. Other headliners of the three-day event included ZAC BROWN BAND, O.A.R., DARK STAR ORCHESTRA, THE WAILERS and ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND members’ groups including WARREN HAYNES BAND, TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND and JAIMOE'S JASSSZ BAND.
The ABB will headline the The Bluesmasters Concert at Haymarket Park in Lincoln NE on August 31, hosted by Mick Fleetwood, with The Bluesmasters with Eric Gales and Otis Taylor, Leon Russell, and Elvin Bishop. Tickets at www.etix.com
If you went to college in the early seventies, you know these words by heart. It's Gregg Allman's opening line from the finest concert album of all time, "Live At Fillmore East". And last night, the band performed that album from start to finish, I'd say note for note, but the Allmans are known
for nothing if not improvisation.
The dressing rooms at the Beacon are stacked.
We started on top with Derek and Butch. Trucks that is. Derek had Duane's Gold Top around his neck, in honor of the night's festivities.
No rock ’n’ roll tradition lasts forever. Bob Dylan plugged in his guitar. Kiss (temporarily) washed off its face paint. And now the Allman Brothers Band is leaving the Beacon Theater.
On Tuesday night the Allman band, whose annual routine of residencies at that Upper West Side theater once seemed as permanent as the bathroom-wall graffiti at CBGB, announced that when it came to New York in March, it would not appear at the Beacon, where it has played 190 shows over the past 20 years.
Instead the band will perform at the United Palace Theater in Washington Heights, having lost its longtime Manhattan home to another group.
“Cirque du Soleil came and bought it out from under us,” Gregg Allman, the band’s singer and keyboard player, said in a telephone interview.
“It’s a drag,” Mr. Allman added. “But one monkey don’t stop no show.”
In what has become a rite of passage and annual destination for fans of the ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND, the iconic and revered group will return to New York City in March 2010 for a lengthy residency beginning March 11, with eight shows confirmed (March 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20), just as they have since 1989. 2010 marks a change of venue for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame group: they’re taking their act uptown to the 3200-capacity United Palace Theatre (formerly known as the 175th Street Theatre) in lieu of the Beacon Theatre which is unable to host the ABB due to a 2010 scheduling conflict. Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, January 15 via www.ticketmaster.com.
Michael Springer’s vacation starts on Monday. As usual, though, he won’t be traveling far from his home in Valley Stream, Long Island. For most of the next three weeks, he and his wife will be spending their evenings in Manhattan, taking part in one of the city’s most curious rites of spring: the Allman Brothers Band’s annual run of shows at the Beacon Theater.
Since 1989 the Allman band has played at the Beacon 175 times — and Mr. Springer, 51, has been at every concert. This month he’ll return (to the same seat, next to the lighting board) for 15 more shows as the band settles into the newly refurbished Beacon through March 28.
“My boss thinks I’m out of my mind,” said Mr. Springer, who works at an audio and video company and proposed to his wife during one of the 2005 shows. “I end up taking my vacation a few blocks from where I work. But year after year they continue to amaze me.”
Five years ago Butch Trucks had a vision of how the Internet could bring the live concert experience into people's homes around the world, expanding the audience of a live concert to many thousands of music-loving fans.
But this would be more than just another streaming video service that didn't care about the content itself – it would be an extended community that felt that same magical bond that comes over a crowd during that roar of approval after a soaring solo.
Butch's vision was right on – but the technology at the time was limited, and it has taken enormous patience and persistence to get to the point where the experience could match the dream – but now, (sfx: huge drum roll!!) sisters and brothers, Moogis has arrived!!!
Concert Preview: GREGG ALLMAN & Friends
SENECA ALLEGANY CASINO
Saturday January 10th
MIDNIGHT RIDER…..As the clock struck twelve on New Year’ s Eve it marked the 40th anniversary of the immortal mythology of the ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND. Florida bred Southern kin GREGG and DUANE ALLMAN fused the Jam Base Rhythm & Blues Rock Band in 1969; leaving an enduring imprint in the annals of American Music with their inspired improvisational vision spanning their dynamic four decade career.
While tragedy would rear it’s ugly head for the first of many times with the untimely death of DUANE ALLMAN on October 29, 1971; younger brother GREGG would keep the Brotherhood alive through thick and thin as the ABB reached the summit of superstardom with their induction to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.
GREGG ALLMAN, who just turned 61 in December, is a consummate Rock ‘n’ Roll Road Warrior continuing to tour full-throttle, cascading his soulful gritty voice from behind his patented Hammond B-3 throne navigating the “Dreams” he and DUANE envisioned.
Rolling Stone Magazine recently recognized GREGG ALLMAN as one of the Top 100 Singers of All Time; in the article SHERYL CROW is quoted as saying, “Even in his earliest recordings he sounded like he’d already lived a thousand lifetimes”
The GREGG ALLMAN & Friends tour will be spreading some holiday cheer at the Seneca Allegany Casino this Saturday Night. It’s a safe bet that this band of accomplished musicians will be “Playing Up a Storm”, so if you have one more silver dollar left from the holidays this is one show you won’t want to miss.
The Rock Rapport had the honor to once again speak with GREGG ALLMAN from his home in Georgia as he was preparing to celebrate the Christmas season with his family before heading out on the road.
Ross CAT- Thanks so much for taking time out for the Rock Rapport. First off GREGG we’re glad to hear that you’re enjoying a full recovery from you’re various ailments throughout 2008.
GREGG- I’m feeling great and lookin forward to gettin back out with some of my old friends for this holiday tour. I just had some melanoma spots removed from the sun but they were benign so I’m sporting a couple of shiners. Now that you mention it 2008 did kick my ass but I’m a survivor, I beat the Hep C and finally took care of my sciatic nerve in my leg, after all that I’m feelin great.
Gregg Allman gave a quick deep chuckle, when asked how many generations of people he sees in the crowd at an appearance by the Allman Brothers Band.
"Probably three," he said. "We see these old hippies (that are) bald-headed on top, but around the sides'll be all real long, down to their shoulders. And they'll have a kid on their shoulders, a little toddler."
"Whereas it used to be, 'Hey man, would you sign this for my kid?' Now it's 'Would you sign this for my Dad?' Ohhhh -- that used to be a hard one to take, but I kind of took in my stride."
The three-generation rule probably will hold on Wednesday, when the Allman Brothers Band plays The Amphitheater at The Wharf in Orange Beach along with Phil Lesh & Friends.
Given that Lesh made his name as the bassist for the Grateful Dead, it's probably safe to say that he brings multiple generations to the party as well.
Allman said he definitely feels that Lesh brings in a different crowd, albeit one that generally appreciates both groups.
Ticket to see the Allman Brothers Band with Phil Lesh & Friends: $26 to $56, plus service charges.
Watching two rock masters perform the same night: PRICELESS.
Allman Brothers Band frontman Gregg Allman didn't hesitate when asked what fans could expect during the band's Wednesday show at the Amphitheater at The Wharf in Orange Beach, Ala.
"They're in for one hell of a show," he said, a smile evident in his voice. "No doubt they'll get their money's worth."
For nearly 40 years, the Allman Brothers Band has toured the world playing some of the funkiest, hardest-hitting and most gritty Southern-style rock. When Allman and his band are joined by Phil Lesh and Friends, led by former Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh, the musical possibilities are endless.
After more than six months of down time, the Allman Brothers Band began their most recent tour in August and plan to play eight shows from Alabama to Virginia during the month of October.
From his Savannah, Ga., home, Allman spoke openly with the News Journal about his battle with Hepatitis C, a blood-borne infectious disease that attacks the liver and forced the band to stop touring earlier this year.
"At the first of the year, we had to cancel everything because I have Hep C, and I had to go through the treatment, which took 24 weeks," Allman said.
Despite Allman's daily battle with the debilitating disease, the Allman Brothers Band was determined to get back on the road. But it takes time for a band to recover its chops after months with no gigs.
Allman Brothers Band To Receive Billboard Legend Of Live Award
Oct. 2, 2008
The Allman Brothers Band will receive the prestigious Legend Of Live award at the 2008 Billboard Touring Awards, set for Nov. 20 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York.
The Legend Of Live award recognizes a touring professional who has had a significant and lasting impact on the concert industry. Previous Legend Of Live award winners include Rolling Stones promoter Michael Cohl (2004), Cellar Door Concerts founder Jack Boyle (2005), Sir Elton John (2006), and pioneering agent Frank Barsalona (2007).
The awards reception, which honors the top-performing tours, artists, companies and venues in the world based on Billboard Boxscore charts, caps the fifth annual Billboard Touring Conference Nov. 19-20.
"The Allman Brothers Band has rocked the house for four decades, 'hittin' the note' for veteran fans and converting new generations year after year," says Ray Waddell, Billboard’s executive director of content and programming, touring and live entertainment. "They're an American institution and concert icons, and Billboard is thrilled to honor them as this year's Legend Of Live."
On the cusp of their 40th anniversary in 2009, the Allman Brothers Band has long been one of the most compelling and popular live bands in the world.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers formed in 1969, and continue to tour regularly to packed houses and massive festivals. Known as one of rock's best live acts, the Allman Brothers Band were one of only two artists whose live albums ranked in the top 50 of Rolling Stone's list of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" for their "At Fillmore East" album.
The Allman Brothers Band is made up of founding members Gregg Allman, Butch Trucks and Jaimoe, along with longtime members Warren Haynes, Marc Quinones, Oteil Burbridge, and Derek Trucks.
Raleigh's big outdoor concert venue has had three different names over the years, including its current incarnation as Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek. But there's been one constant in its history: Allman Brothers are the only act to play there every season since it opened in 1991.
The venerable Southern rock icons play Walnut Creek tonight, which will make 18 consecutive seasons. Not too long ago, however, the streak was in doubt because bandleader Gregg Allman was laid up with hepatitis C.
Allman pronounces himself recovered, so the band is back on tour. The occasional health hiccup aside, things are pretty good within the Allman Brothers' orbit nowadays. Their place in history is secure as one of the great American rock groups, and they've given inspiration to generations of jam bands. They're closing in on another milestone, their 40-year anniversary, which they'll mark with an extended run of shows next spring at New York City's Beacon Theatre.
Positivity hasn't always been the case for the Allman Brothers, who have endured massive amounts of dissension, distress and even death over the years. The hardest blow came early on, the 1971 death of legendary guitarist and initial bandleader Duane Allman.
Since then, Gregg's yowling voice has endured as the band's most visible signature. Come December, he'll turn 61. That might be old for a rock star, but it's just getting started for a bluesman -- which Allman looks and sounds like more than ever nowadays.
We caught Allman in an unusually chatty mood recently, calling from his home in Savannah, Ga. It was his last day at home before hitting the road, and he said he had just had "three lovely ladies" over to give his hair and beard a pre-tour trim and touch-up.
"I've got these chrome barber chairs done up in black leather, they still pump up and down, and you can lean back," he said of his home-grooming setup. "It's great. Makes me feel like Al Capone."
Q: So how is your health now?
A: I'm fine. The hepatitis C is gone; I'm cured. But then my sciatic nerve went out, too. I had a month there where I was completely off my motorcycles, all of 'em. That was sad. I pretty much couldn't walk without a cane. Had to have a damn epidural shot, aw man -- it was hairy. But it's starting to subside. I'm gonna make it.
While I was doing the hep-C thing, I had a friend who'd gone through it. And he told me, "You'll be sitting there for half a year because here's how much strength you have: none." The treatment is watered-down chemotherapy, kills everything. It [messes] with your immune system, so you can't leave the house because you'll catch anything if someone breathes on you.
Q: What are you planning for the 40-year anniversary shows?
A: We're trying to get everybody we ever played with together. Have them all bring their whole band, different opening act every night. Got an e-mail into Clapton and he e-mailed back: "No matter how hard I have to bend, it would be an honour" -- "honour" with a "u." He's a nice guy. He should bring [Steve] Winwood with him.
So we are visiting your fair city? We have a lot of surprises for you. The majority I can't tell you about. But we are trying to know and be able to play any song we've ever recorded. Every damn one, and we want to space them out because it's so easy to get in a rut. Plus I'm hoping we can find time to go in the studio with some new songs that have been road-tested. My theory is the audience scares you into doing it right. It really works.
Q: Even though you're a Southern rock band, New York seems to be an important place for the Allman Brothers.
The Allman Brothers Band will receive the prestigious Legend Of Live award at the 2008 Billboard Touring Awards, set for Nov. 20 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York.
The Legend Of Live award recognizes a touring professional who has had a significant and lasting impact on the concert industry. Previous Legend Of Live award winners include Rolling Stones promoter Michael Cohl (2004), Cellar Door Concerts founder Jack Boyle (2005), Sir Elton John (2006), and pioneering agent Frank Barsalona (2007).
The awards reception, which honors the top-performing tours, artists, companies and venues in the world based on Billboard Boxscore charts, caps the fifth annual Billboard Touring Conference Nov. 19-20.
"The Allman Brothers Band has rocked the house for four decades, 'hittin' the note' for veteran fans and converting new generations year after year," says Ray Waddell, Billboard’s executive director of content and programming, touring and live entertainment. "They're an American institution and concert icons, and Billboard is thrilled to honor them as this year's Legend Of Live."
On the cusp of their 40th anniversary in 2009, the Allman Brothers Band has long been one of the most compelling and popular live bands in the world.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers formed in 1969, and continue to tour regularly to packed houses and massive festivals. Known as one of rock's best live acts, the Allman Brothers Band were one of only two artists whose live albums ranked in the top 50 of Rolling Stone's list of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" for their "At Fillmore East" album.
The Allman Brothers Band is made up of founding members Gregg Allman, Butch Trucks and Jaimoe, along with longtime members Warren Haynes, Marc Quinones, Oteil Burbridge, and Derek Trucks.
BETHEL, NY (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) -- Southern rock legends, The Allman Brothers Band made their triumphant return to the road with record-breaking walk-up ticket sales at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on Tuesday, August 12th. Gregg Allman and the band took the stage for the first time since late 2007 and delivered an incredible two hour performance for the over 9,000 fans in attendance. Allman showed no signs of his difficult and painful battle with Hepatitis C which caused the band to postpone their tour late last year.
Group co-founder, keyboardist and singer, Gregg Allman proved he has completely recovered from his treatment for Hepatitis C, fighting through two months of debilitating Interferon treatment and emerging as strong as ever. As evidenced by their performance at Bethel Woods, he has made a complete recovery and is now disease-free.
Eager fans lined up in droves at the Bethel Woods ticket windows to catch the band’s return to the road with over 2,063 tickets sold that evening, breaking the previous box office record of 1,339 set by the Steve Miller Band. Those fans were treated to a performance by the band that many agreed was the best they’d seen in years.
As bass player in the Allman Brothers Band, Oteil Burbridge has never found it difficult to keep busy. The prolific musician, who joined the group in 1997, is also a founding member of jazz-rockers Aquarium Rescue Unit and Oteil and the Peacemakers.
But while Burbridge enjoyed the musical variety those concurrent projects brought him, he soon found it was just important to know when to say, "no."
"I've really tried to cut it down," he said of his many projects. "One year I played in six different bands, and it really wore me out. So now I try to pare it down. I've gotta have some time at home.
"I was tired -- that's what the effect was. If you overextend yourself, you don't have as much to offer. I don't think any of the groups suffered, but I did."
He said he's found a good balance these days, concentrating on the Allmans and a new project, an all-purpose power trio with Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann and guitarist Scott Murawski, titled KBM. With just two bands vying for his time, Burbridge finds it much easier to manage his schedule these days.
"We're only doing 24 dates with the Allman Brothers this year," he said, "so I don't really have to work around it. But normally that would be the case."
Gregg Allman proves that youth is wasted on the young.
The gray-bearded leader of the Allman Brothers Band survived a drug- and drink-fueled misspent youth and more recently battled back from a yearlong convalescence from complications of hepatitis C.
Yet, there he was, robust as ever at 60, surrounded by bandmates old and new, spinning mesmerizing Southern rock and blues-rock standards to the delight of nearly 6,000 at The Star Pavilion at Hersheypark Monday night.
Allman, clad in black with his long, flowing hair pulled into a ponytail, powered through songs with a muscular voice and nimble keyboard fingers.
However, he mostly remained ensconced behind his keyboards. It was a two-hour set balanced with Allman classics ("Melissa," "Mountain Jam"), covers ("Stormy Monday," "One Way Out") and newer material.
The quintessential jam band sure lived up to its reputation, with extended rifts that were at times fierce and frenzied, and at others gentle and wafting.
For the most part, the crowd reveled in the musical excess, shimmying, swaying and shuffling as psychedelic images, including the band's trademark mushroom, flashed on a giant screen backdropping the band.
Still, a few songs seemed to go on so long, the overplay certainly came at the expense of other favorites. For example, where was "Whipping Post?"
But these were minor quibbles. Though the alchemy of the Allman Brothers has changed over the years, the band was tight, the sound as crisp and clean as the late August evening.
If the Allman Brothers Band would come out some night and simply play Live at Fillmore East from start to finish, that's all many of their fans would need. If RatDog would come out and simply play the Grateful Dead, that's all the fans of the Dead's guitarist, Bob Weir, and his offshoot band would need.
It was close on both counts Friday night at Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center. And nothing's wrong with that. Not when you see old hippies beaming while singing along to "Casey Jones," their extra-wide mature bodies stretching the tie-dye T-shirts to the seam limit, looking like exploding suns.
Friday's double bill on this hot and sticky evening drew about 10,000 — a big success story for the venue, now in its third season of post-renovation ambition. It was the second-biggest show of the summer, which along with last month's Kenny Chesney concert, in past years would have been at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center.
Who was there? The guys in the row in front of me were wearing T-shirts celebrating Hendrix, Woodstock '99 and Barack Obama. The Allman's usual blend of bikers and faux-biker lawyers. The Dead's mix of multi-generational weed sniffers.
Nearly 40 years after the Allman Brothers' first performance in Jacksonville, Fla., some might wonder if the legendary jam band has, like other artists famous for pushing the proverbial envelope in the late '60s and early '70s, gone by the way of carin.'
Today, the band sounds like an echo of the artists once known for mixing musical styles and achieving a level of technical mastery, then unknown to rock and roll.
While they played classics such as "Midnight Rider" and "Jessica" at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Tuesday to legions of new fans - many born years after the originals were written - images of past performers and musical influences appeared on a screen suspended above the stage.
When publicists for the Allman Brothers Band suggest the storied group still plays like they have something to prove, it is not intended as mere press bio flourish.
That's because it is the truth, said Warren Haynes, a veteran member of the beloved Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band, as well as one of the most acclaimed guitarists in contemporary music.
"That's part of our mission every night," he assured. "We walk on stage with something to prove."
The ABB would not have it any other way, he emphasized. It is a musical contingent, after all, that he believes is considered an "American institution."
"What makes it special for us is the sound is as valid night after night," Haynes said. The group's music is based around improvisation and the collective interplay that happens within the band, he explained. "It's really important to us that the interplay is at the top of its game so to speak. We never want to reach a point where we just walk out and play the songs. It's always got to be a challenge. That's absolutely what keeps it fresh and interesting."
"I was such a fan of the group growing up. Some of the things that struck me then strike me today. They were blending musical elements together that had never been blended that way. It's an unmistakably unique sound. They created their own genre."
Not too many bands can say that, he agreed. It is a sound that married rock, blues, country and jazz in such tunes as "Revival," "Dreams," "Midnight Rider," "Melissa" and "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed."
As Willie Nelson put it in inducting the Allmans into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: "The Allman Brothers Band took what moved them and merged it into something unique that audiences love: a sound that redefined the direction of rock'n'roll and opened the doors to a spirit of experimentation that continues in today's music."
They were and still are one of the most exciting live bands ever to hit the stage, Nelson added. He said they reflect so many of his own sentiments about music: "Originality, a determination not to be confined musically, or stylistically, but instead to forge your own way and make music that moves you, a devotion to the road and understanding that beyond pleasing yourself as an artist, the only consideration should be the people."
Haynes said he was quite moved by those words, and honored that it was Nelson expressing them. Haynes assured that the members are well aware that this isn't just any band in which they are playing. There is a real pride in being able to say they are a member of the Allman Brothers.
When describing an Allman Brothers show, it may be just as useful to start by describing what you won't get.
You won't get a steady stream of decades-old hits, sure to please casual fans looking for a blast of nostalgia. That may be a winning formula for many so-called classic rock bands, but it's not the direction the Allman Brothers take.
What you will get are plenty of lengthy jams, some improvisation, a few surprises and a display of superior musicianship from a talented group of performers, carrying on the spirit of a band that's been around for almost 40 years.
The same day Dickey Betts left the Allman Brothers Band, his former bandmates dropped his most popular song, "Ramblin' Man," from their repertoire — permanently.
It wasn't animosity that moved them to ax the tune from their set lists; it was monotony.
"As soon as Dickey left, we never did 'Ramblin' Man' ever again," said Oteil Burbridge, the Allmans bass player for the past 11 years. "I didn't have to lobby for that one. I think that was pretty much agreed on by everyone. It got so worn out on radio. You can kill a song by playing it too much."
The present members, who will perform Monday night in Hershey, consistently play songs that have been part of the band's repertoire for almost four decades. Though the band's personnel — because of tragic deaths, profound personal problems and basic incompatibility — has frequently changed over the years, its core repertoire remains intact.
This is not the case for tunes by Bob Weir & Ratdog or the Allman Brothers Band. Wednesday night at the Dodge Music Center in Hartford, most songs spanned 10 minutes or more.
Weir, the singer and guitarist of Grateful Dead fame, led a troupe of six musicians through a set heavy on Dead songs, with Weir singing lead. Saxophone from Kenny Brooks added richness to the band's sound, and created a funk feel on "Terrapin Station."
The band tried a bluegrass style after its front man switched from electric to acoustic guitar, and Robin Sylvester picked up a double bass. The crowd of aging hippies and 21st-century flower children was bored, using it as an opportunity to walk around.
The sound cut in and out through "Uncle John's Band." The audience tried to help out, singing the lyrics whenever the sound failed.
Weir had a propensity for Bob Dylan covers, singing "All Along the Watchtower." Later, "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" featured a dissonant harmony between Weir and Sylvester.
Warren Haynes of the Allman Brothers Band joined Ratdog for an encore, playing "Terrapin Station" again, this time featuring menacing guitar from Haynes.
The Allman Brothers played a two-hour set, complimented by a psychedelic video backdrop. "Whipping Post" showcased the nimble fingers of guitarist Derek Trucks, the star of this revival of the band. He is really an Allman nephew, not a brother; his uncle is Butch Trucks, a founding member of the band.
The Allman Brothers Band is planning to use next year's engagement at New York's Beacon Theatre as the focal point for the group's 40th anniversary celebration.
"We're planning a big one, man, a real big one," Gregg Allman tells Billboard.com. "We're trying to get all the people we know that we've played with to come and sit in and play. We've got confirmation on a bunch of 'em now ... You're gonna ask me who that is, right?"
"No, no, I can't tell you all the secrets," Allman says with a laugh. "Just think about all the people we've played with. We're shooting to get all of them. Of course, people are on tour, but not usually so much in March as they would be, say, in August."
OK, it looks as though John Mayer's not gonna call, despite the fact that I really want to talk to him about this breakup with Jennifer Aniston that I've been reading about. And discuss the photos of him in a hot tub with cool-looking women — no Jennifer! — that I discovered while researching him on the Internet. Maybe I could be of help, but I have a story to write here....
Thankfully, Oteil Burbridge, bassist with the Allman Brothers Band, called.
As most Allman enthusiasts know, it is a calmer band that comes to the Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center on Friday. Perhaps it was the 2000 coup of founding member Dickey Betts, or the band's truce on crazy marriages (Gregg Allman and Cher!), drugs (just about everyone) and deaths (four). You'd think there'd be a ban on motorcycles after the deaths of Duane Allman and Berry Oakley in such accidents, but both Gregg Allman and Burbridge remain bikers. "Guess I'll have to put together my bucket list," Burbridge muses.
As my wife and I walked into the beautiful Bethel Woods Center for the Arts for Tuesday night's Allman Brothers Band show, we were greeted with an unexpected sun shower. The downpour left us scurrying for cover for a few minutes.
After the rain quickly passed, there was a gorgeous double rainbow arched above us. Such unique, awe-inspiring beauty was a great primer for what we were about to experience a few hours later, when the legendary rockers took the stage for the first time this year.
The band tore through this 21/2-hour set in mid-tour form, despite the fact they had not performed together on stage for the better part of a year as Gregg Allman recovered from hepatitis C. Allman appeared 100 percent healthy based on his soulful singing on "Stormy Monday" early in the show.
The low rumble of drummer Butch Trucks on the tympani got things going. When guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks delicately began the sweet strains of "Mountain Jam," I knew we were in for some great jamming. In the half-dozen or so times I have seen the Brothers, never have they started a show with that jam, which would be reprised with equal vigor at show's end.
The Allman Brothers Band has reconvened for a short summer tour that essentially marks the 40th anniversary of the group many people credit with inventing Southern rock.
They have no special plans to commemorate the milestone, however, said bassist Oteil Burbridge in an interview in advance of their Saturday performance at the Comcast Center in Mansfield.
Instead, the band is focusing on getting back to work and back on track in a year that presented difficulties that caused them to put their music on hold.
Gregg Allman, keyboardist, singer and a founding member, suffered from hepatitis C and spent much of 2008 recovering to a point where he felt healthy enough to hit the road. Burbridge said Allman is getting stronger with each passing week after going through a difficult treatment regimen earlier this year.
Fans at Mansfield’s Comcast Center knew what they were in for Saturday during a double bill featuring the rejuvenated Allman Brothers Band and Grateful Dead alum Bob Weir’s Ratdog. Attendees were happily submerged in a vat containing four hours of jam and most of the near-capacity crowd left with ear-to-ear grins.
The Allmans/Dead history goes all the way back to a legendary 1973 collaboration on the Brothers’ “Mountain Jam” at New York’s Watkins Glen Speedway (on a bill that also included the Band). Time has taken its toll on both acts, with Weir’s Ratdog moving to the forefront of his career following the 1995 death of Dead guitarist and icon Jerry Garcia, and Allmans keyboardist/singer Gregg Allman winning a recent bout with hepatitis C. Back on tour, both proved true warriors of the road in separate two-hour sets.
The headlining set from the Allman Brothers Band was astounding for both its muscularity and pace. Thirty-nine years after original guitarists Duane Allman and Dickey Betts were throwing solos back and forth with the ease of a backyard softball toss, current members Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks (nephew of founding drummer Butch Trucks) reignited the group’s Southern rock legacy.
Allman Brothers bass player Oteil Burbridge was six years old when he first heard the Allman Brothers do "Whippin' Post." In a phoned interview last week, I tried to explain to him how unusual the band was even in 1971. Because Duane Allman introduced slide guitar to a rock music audience that was largely ignorant of its very existence, most fans of the day thought he invented the form. Then, when both he and bass player Barry Oakley died within weeks of one another in blazing motorcycle accidents, that just made the band...... Oteil stops me. "Mythical," he says.
There is an eatery near Gregg Allman’s home in Savannah where the owners specialize in salad. The place serves “110 different kinds of salads,” according to its newest regular, offering everything from hot chicken wings over lettuce to classic vegetarian entrees.
“I love to go there instead of worrying,” Allman said during a recent phone interview.
Allman has logged enough time worrying, ever since hepatitis C knocked him to the canvas. Diagnosed in late November, Allman spent six months walled up inside his Georgia home. He needed a shot once a week for 24 weeks. A doctor administered the first few before turning the needle over to Allman’s wife.
In the mid-1980s I became obsessed with locating all things related to Duane Allman and began an organized and relentless search for information, recordings, and video. It was during this time that I first discovered fellow travelers Kirk West and Bill Ector and spoke to them by phone.
I first met Kirk at the 1986 Volunteer Jam, and the next year he drove from Chicago to Atlanta to visit me. Even though Bill and I both lived in Atlanta and had talked many times, we had not yet met in person. Kirk's trip to Atlanta was the perfect opportunity to finally meet Bill -- plus to have him meet Kirk as well -- and what better way to do it than at a show?
I had been a fanatic follower of the Atlanta super group, the Stained Souls, with Col. Bruce Hampton and Tinsley Ellis, and they happened to be playing while Kirk was in town. I arranged to have Bill meet us there, and of course there was an instant bond.
The Allman Brothers Band is regarded as one of the seminal purveyors of so-called Southern rock. Macon, Ga., has long been home base for the ABB; many of the group's most highly regarded recordings were made there.
So how did one of their founding members come to reside in Bloomfield?
"Love at first sight," says drummer/percussionist Jaimoe, whose wife, Catherine, was a Connecticut resident when the two met at an Allmans concert at the University of Massachusets 18 years ago. They moved to Bloomfield in 1991 and have a daughter in high school.
A native of Ocean Springs, Miss., Jaimoe (born Johni Lee Johnson on July 8, 1944) plays locally while maintaining his association with the Allman Brothers Band. In Connecticut, he's known for jazz and blues, although he sat in with the Grateful Dead in a 1971 outdoor concert at Hartford's Dillon Stadium.
Tonight, Jaimoe leads a septet at First Church in Middletown in a benefit concert for the Buttonwood Tree. On Sunday, he brings his full-fledged Jasssz Band to Café Luna in Simsbury for the first time, at a venue where he's been performing often in recent months.
Although his early performance experiences were R&B, Jaimoe was attracted to jazz from an early age. He fondly recalls watching the 1959 Hallmark Hall of Fame jazz program on network TV. He rattles off the featured musicians' names as if it had aired yesterday: " Louis Armstrong, Gene Krupa and Benny Goodman ...Oscar Peterson, Ellington ... it was great!"
Fourth Annual Live Music Festival Announces Lineup, Dates, Ticket On-sale Information and Updates
The Wanee Festival will be going on as scheduled. Gov’t Mule will be closing the Peach Stage Friday night with a full 2 ½ hour concert set and JUST ANNOUNCED the Saturday night Peach Stage will be closed by the WANEE FAMILY JAM prior to the festivals traditional closing Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi - Soul Stew Revival, MIDNIGHT JAM on the Mushroom Stage. Don’t miss Bob Weir & Ratdog, Levon Helm Band, moe., Oteil & the Peacemakers, JJ Grey & Mofro and all the other scheduled bands that will also be appearing! For further information visit: The Official Wanee Festival Website.
Festival tickets will be $150.00 for Two Days inclusive of camping and on Monday, March 31 One Day tickets will be available for $85.00. Plus Applicable surcharge.
Tickets available through Ticketmaster.
The Allman Brothers Band announced March 27 that they are postponing their annual run of 15 shows at New York City’s Beacon Theatre set for May 5-24, with rescheduled dates TBA. In addition, they have also cancelled their upcoming performances at the Wanee Festival that they host every year in Florida (set for April 11-12, Wanee will continue as planned despite the fact that the Allman Brothers Band will not be appearing). For the past six months, founding member Gregg Allman has been receiving scheduled treatments for Hepatitis C, a virus that, with these treatments, has become curable in recent years. The treatments so far have been successful and the virus has been eradicated from his system.
However, the recovery time from the side effects of the treatment are taking longer than originally projected. Since the Allman Brothers Band are known for exhilarating and exhausting concert performances they don’t want to give fans anything less than they have come to expect; so the band members made a group decision to delay the first round of dates. “I’m getting better but I’m still tired,” says Gregg. “I need to be at 110% to do the shows the way we do them. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the support and understanding my Brothers and our fans have given me.”
The Wanee Festival featuring Gov’t Mule, Bob Weir & Ratdog, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi’s Soul Stew Revival, moe., Levon Helm and others will indeed take place April 11-12 in Live Oak, FL, despite the Brothers’ cancellation. As for other Allman Brothers Band dates, a 12-concert jaunt planned for August, including two that have been announced so far (8/16 in Boston, MA and 8/23 in Camden, NJ), will go on as scheduled. The rescheduling of the Beacon Theatre run and additional fall shows will be announced soon.
Gregg and the Allman Brothers Band appreciate the ongoing support they have always received from their fans and look forward to seeing them this summer. The road goes on forever…
Live Nation Florida has recently acquired the assets of Fantasma Productions. Live Nation is honored to assume the producers role for the 2008 Wanee Festival in Live Oak, Fl this April 11 & 12. Live Nation is the leading concert promotion company in America and with its' expertise, make the festival bigger and better than ever this year. Please visit Live Nation. Com or My Space.com/Live Nation Florida for further festival and ticketing information.
LIVE OAK, FL (February 5, 2008) – The fourth annual Wanee Festival hosted by the Allman Brothers Band returns to the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Fla. April 11 – 12, 2008. Music fans will enjoy two days of live music and three nights of camping along the picturesque Suwannee River. The festival’s two stages will host over twelve hours of non-stop music each day.
Joining the Allman Brothers Band are returning headlining favorites Gov’t Mule, the annual Saturday Midnight Festival-Closing Set featuring Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi and their critically acclaimed “Soul Stew Revival” and Oteil & the Peacemakers along with first-time Wanee performers Bob Weir & RatDog, Levon Helm and moe.
Tickets for the Wanee Festival are on sale now at www.ticketmaster.com/waneefestival or mail order through www.waneefestival.com Tickets are $135 for a two-day pass including camping accommodations for three nights. VIP tickets are $350 and include one (1) two-day pass, a special viewing area for the concerts, a hospitality tent with food and beverages, preferred parking for those not camping and other amenities.
The Allman Brothers Band has lost another member of its family. It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of our second manager, Steve Massarsky who succumbed to his long battle with Cancer. Steve was originally a lawyer who worked on the "American Indian Foundation" that the ABB sponsored. He subsequently went on to manage the 1970's version of Dickey Betts & Great Southern, which led to the reformation of the ABB in 1978. With Dickey Betts, he commenced and guided the audit of Capricorn Records, which led to its subsequent demise and freedom for the Brothers to make records and get paid for their sales.
Steve resigned as the manager in 1981 having accomplished what the band had set out to accomplish, but remained active behind the scenes as an attorney and consultant. As a manager he returned with the Dickey Betts Band in the late 1980's He was heavily involved in the "Dreams" box set and the bands reformation in 1989. As the result of his launching the successful Valiant Comic Book company he resigned as attorney in the mid 1990's but remained as counsel emeritus until the time of his death.
Steve Massarsky was one of the good guys. He got us out of a lot of jams, and advised us well. His memory for detail was uncanny, his advice creative, his friendship irreplacable.
He was one of five people The Allman Brothers Band thanked by name at their induction to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, along with Bill Graham and Tom Dowd. Most fans have no idea who he was or what he did. The Allman Brothers Band knew what he was made of, and what he did for the Brothers. He will be missed. Thanks Steve, we never told you that enough, you deserved hearing it more than it was ever said.
The Allman Brothers Band, Family, Crews & Management
It’s such a privilege, sometimes, to go to a show such as Sunday’s and then be able to write about it. Musicians as good as those gathered on stage at Darien Lake for the Rat- Dog/Allmans gig are an absolute pleasure to watch and listen to.
When they take the time to listen to each other, and let the music take an organic form, and live and breathe, the audience member feels like a lucky soul. Sometimes music can transport us to a better place. This night at Darien, with a full house along for the trip, it did that — over and over again.
Pittsburgh doesn't have its own summer jam-band festival where hippies young and old can congregate, like All Good or JerryFest.
Instead, we skimmed the cream off the top with a pair of artists who invented the genre: the Allman Brothers Band and Bob Weir & Ratdog. If Jerry Garcia were still alive, the bill would have been flipped for sure, but there was Weir in the opening slot at the Post-Gazette Pavilion Wednesday night, going on at the dinner hour of 6:30 p.m.
It's been long enough for most of the T-shirts on the fans to reflect this post-Garcia era. There were plenty of tie-dyed shirts of Ratdog or just The Dead twirling on the lawn. Weir, giving up the boyish look for a gray beard and Wilfred Brimley moustache, drew most of his set from the Grateful Dead's heyday. In fact, with "Casey Jones" on board, along with "Uncle John's Band" and "Touch of Grey," it was practically a greatest hits show.
"NASCAR in Primetime: Life in the Fastlane" begins airing on ABC Wednesday August 15th at 9PM. Earlier this year, Warren Haynes scored and performed the score for this in depth look at NASCAR in America. ABC News was granted exclusive and unprecedented access into the world of NASCAR, and has created what is sure to be one of the best mini-series on TV this year. For more info, head to ABC NEWS on the web at http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/CarRacing and tune in Wednesday night.
Last week in Charlotte, NC was they hottest week I've encountered since I moved here over 5 years ago. In fact, the August 8th temperature of 104 degrees tied the all time record for the hottest day the city has ever seen.
Unfortunately for the Drive-By Truckers and The Allman Brothers Band, this was also the week they performed at Charlotte's Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in an outdoor venue fully exposed to the heat. I was dreading sitting among a huge, sweaty crowd for so long, but I wouldn't miss a show like this for the world. But although hot and uncomfortable at times, it was worth every drop of sweat that fell from my body. I would have gladly sacrificed even more to be present at this incredible show.
On Sunday, September 9 at Randall's Island in New York City, Gregg Allman will perform a special acoustic set with Willie Nelson and Dave Matthews, Farm Aid announced today. The unique musical collaboration will add to the stellar lineup at Farm Aid 2007: A HOMEGROWN Festival, the organization's first New York concert event.
Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds, Gregg Allman, The Allman Brothers Band, Counting Crows, Matisyahu, Guster, The Derek Trucks Band, Warren Haynes, Supersuckers, The Ditty Bops and Montgomery Gentry are scheduled to perform at Farm Aid 2007: A HOMEGROWN Festival.
The Allman Brothers Band
2007 New Orleans Jazz And Heritage Festival
In the past decade, the Allman Brothers Band has evolved into a finely tuned cohesive unit that specializes in improvisational rock music. Colloquially, the Allmans, like Little Feat, Wide Spread Panic, and the String Cheese Incident, may be considered jam bands. The prototypical jam band was the Grateful Dead. After the death of guitarist Jerry Garcia, the Dead disbanded, leaving a void for their large cult following, who quickly switched to Phish and the above mentioned bands for their cultural fix.
If you thought the Allman Brothers Band sounded better than usual last year at P-G Pavilion, well, guitarist Derek Trucks won't argue.
"We've had a real good run the last two years," Trucks said. "After a lot of personnel changes and fluctuations, we've settled into something really nice. We've reached that level of musical security, and that's when the real magic happens."
Experience that magic Aug. 15, when the Allman Brothers return to P-G Pavilion, just 364 days after their last appearance. The Southern rock pioneers have played the Burgettstown venue almost every year since its 1990 opening.
The current Allman Brothers lineup features original members Gregg Allman (vocals, organ) and drummers Butch Trucks and Jaimoe. Fellow percussionist Marc Quinones joined in 1991, followed by bassist Oteil Burbridge in 1997, Derek Trucks (Butch's nephew) in 1999 and guitarist Warren Haynes in 2001.
Duane Allman will live forever. Never mind the fact that the Allman Brothers Band guitarist died 35 years ago. As Southern rock’s most-storied axeman and the definitive Allman Brothers guitarist, Duane has transcended mortality. This has complicated things for Warren Haynes.
When the Allman Brothers Band re-formed in 1989 after a half-decade hiatus, it invited then-29-year-old Haynes to take on Duane’s role: foil to second lead guitarist, Dickie Betts.
“They made me feel like an equal right away,” Haynes said on his way to Ontario to kick off the Brothers’ summer tour. “There was a long time between Duane’s death and when I joined the band, so that made things easier, and no one ever asked me to play more like Duane or less like Duane.”
At the recent Crossroads Guitar Festival in suburban Chicago, phenom guitarist Derek Trucks floored the sold-out audience with stinging slide runs on his ubiquitous Gibson Custom Shop SG ’61 Reissue, which bears autographs from a number of artists with whom he’s crossed paths during his brief but booming career—among them Hubert Sumlin, Otis Rush, Eric Clapton, Johnny Winter, and the late Little Milton.
Trucks—a burgeoning legend who, at 28, has already gained renown for his work with the Allman Brothers and his own band—set the mood Saturday afternoon with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s “Sahib Teri Bandi” and Nina Simone’s “Wish I Knew” before bringing out wife and blues guitarist Susan Tedeschi, who paid tribute to the Windy City’s rich blues tradition with Junior Wells’ “Little by Little.” Trucks then acknowledged Eric Clapton, host of Crossroads, with a rousing reading of Derek and the Dominos’ “Anyday,” and brought the resurgent Johnny Winter to the stage to serve up a propulsive cut of Bob Dylan’s “Highway 61.”
Ten years have passed since Derek Trucks got his explosive start as one of the world’s most famous living guitarists. When The Derek Trucks Band was released in 1997, Trucks was just four months removed from his 18th birthday. That album introduced the world to a fresh face with an old soul, a young master of the bottleneck guitar whose deep blues influences were complemented by his affinity for classic jazz.
NEW YORK — There's something to be said for consistency - go to Farm Aid and you see John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Neil Young and Dave Matthews.
For this year's inaugural show in New York, they'll be joined by Counting Crows, the Allman Brothers Band, Montgomery Gentry and the Derek Trucks Band, among others, Farm Aid announced Wednesday.
The concert will be held September 9 on Randalls Island, an island just east of Manhattan.
"I've always felt we should do it in New York because New Yorkers consume so much food," Mellencamp told The Associated Press. "I think everyone was kind of waiting around for an invitation and we finally got one."
Nelson, Mellencamp and Young organized the first Farm Aid in 1985, figuring one year would be enough to convince the government to adopt policies to help family farmers.
"We were naive," Mellencamp said. Farm Aid, which has raised more than $30 million over the past two decades, has evolved into an organization that helps small farmers in financial crisis and promotes organically raised foods. Farm Aid hopes next month to have the first major concert with all local, family-farmed food served.
It’s not what Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes can do, it’s what they can do together.
At last night’s Allman Brothers Band show at Bank of America Pavilion, the two guitar phenoms parlayed their telepathic chemistry into a series of Homeric jams that came close to rivaling the collaborations of the band’s original axmen, Duane Allman and Dickie Betts.
Like the legendary Allman-Betts partnership, Trucks and Haynes don’t duel, nor does one guitarist play second fiddle to the other. Think Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, not Batman and Robin.
Even on the Allmans’ most mediocre songs, many of which filled the group’s first set including “Every Hungry Woman,” “Soulshine” and “Revival,” the pair’s licks and long solos buoyed the tunes into near masterpieces.
SARATOGA SPRINGS - As the Saratoga Performing Arts Center enters its fifth decade of pop music presentations, the Allman Brothers Band has become its most regular, and maybe most welcome, visitors.
Not Santana, not Steve Miller, not even Chicago has played the Saratoga Springs park with such unerring frequency as these lords of Southern rock, with near-yearly appearances since their resurgence in the early ’90s, and God knows how many more before.
On Sunday, one of rock’s most durable institutions returned to perform before a more-than-healthy gathering of 13,000.
With little else scheduled on the Deadhead front until later this fall (when Phil Lesh brings his band to the Glens Falls Civic Center), and the Allmans’ more grizzled admirers being way too old for Dave Matthews’ show later this month, Sunday was an evening for jam band fans to savor seven hours of top-shelf rock, blues and soul - a melange that has been America’s prime musical export since the 1960s.
SARATOGA SPRINGS -- The Allman Brothers Band has been coming to Saratoga Springs since 1971, when it played a free outdoor concert at Skidmore College that was a musical epiphany for many.
This show wasn't free, but it was worth every penny. From the first note stuck, to the last resounding echoes, founding members Greg Allman, Butch Trucks and Jaimoe Johanson carried the formidable weight of their history on their collective shoulders like it was something to be respected, but not a burden.
At SPAC they hit the ground running with the first cut off the first album, "Don't Want You Know More/Ain't My Cross to Bear." Relative newcomers guitar wunderkind Derek Trucks and six-string wizard Warren Haynes looked serious with no smiles, concentrating on the business at hand -- playing as if their lives depended on it.
Is there a more ebullient modest musician on the planet than Oteil Burbridge? When he was reminded that this year is his tenth anniversary with The Allman Brothers Band, he chortled and almost never stopped throughout the conversation…at least when he discussed his role in the mythic southern band.
Burbridge became solemn and soulful in his discussion to become a professional musician rather than take a working job. Yet every string of conversation led back to passion for music and warmth for his comrades, which are the most notable virtues he displays in whatever musical context he finds himself.
Burbridge invariably becomes a lynchpin of the proceedings at hand. His combustible exchanges with Jimmy Herring are highlights of the all-too-infrequent Aquarium Rescue Unit gigs these days. Burbridge unabashedly relishes his spotlights with the Allman Brothers Band, whether it’s a bass solo (scat or not), a turn on the drums (as happened at The Beacon this past March), or the lead vocal turn where he lends due passion to Grateful Dead’s “Franklin’s Tower” or the more recent takes on Derek & The Dominos’ “AnyDay.”
Yesterday was hippie-rock day at the Dunkin’ Donuts Newport Folk Festival, and while bands such as Assembly of Dust, The John Butler Trio and The North Mississippi All-Stars all had their strong points, when their spiritual forefathers The Allman Brothers Band came on to close the show at Fort Adams it was like a genetic study revealing where the younger bands’ mix of shaggy, danceable rock and free-form innovation came from.
In a two-hour-plus show that threw together hits “Midnight Rider,” “Melissa” and “Revival” with a rendition of “Leave My Blues at Home” that included a 10-minute, four-way percussion jam and a 14-minute “Mountain Jam,” the band claimed equal billing with The Grateful Dead in the history of where jam-rock began and in the same breath showed the origins of Southern rock. (The guest appearance of North Mississippi All-Stars guitarist Luther Dickinson on “The Weight,” trading slide solos with Trucks, helped seal the generational deal.)
Organist and singer Gregg Allman looked every one of his 59 years but still had the voice that almost single-handedly created Southern rock. Guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks traded solos and slide fills that carried songs along, as well as harmonized riffs (such as on “Mountain Jam”). Bassist Oteil Burbridge filled out most with complex runs but kept a funky bubble, turning languid on “Melissa.” Drummers Butch Trucks and Jaimoe, along with percussionist Marc Quinones, worked hard in the engine room. Even the dedicated audience, announced at 7,800, was wrung dry.
Sunday, Saratoga Performing Arts Center hosts an evening of southern blues, rock and soul, headlined by perennial SPAC favorites the Allman Brothers Band.
For nearly 40 years, the Allmans have remained among America's most revered musical institutions, despite the deaths of key members, the debilitating effects of drugs and alcohol, and the passing of numerous musical trends.
The group was formed in 1969 in Georgia by guitarist Duane Allman, who at 23 was already a veteran sessions musician, and his singer-keyboardist brother Gregg. Both had enjoyed brief moments of fame in area bands like the Escorts and Allman Joys, and had recorded a two albums for Liberty Records as the Hour Glass.
Joined by second guitarist Dickey Betts, bassist Berry Oakley and drummers Butch Trucks and Johnny "Jaimoe" Johanson, the band fashioned an expansive sound that drew from Duane's extensive work with blues and soul greats like King Crimson, Wilson Pickett and Aretha Franklin; Gregg's own soulful vocals; and the West Coast psychedelic sound of the Grateful Dead.
The Dave Matthews Band and Allman Brothers Band have scheduled a benefit concert for up to 50,000 people Sept. 8 in Atlanta's Piedmont Park to raise money for the park's planned expansion, and organizers are hoping people will leave their cars at home.
The event will bring together one of the top 10 grossing acts in North America last year, with a decades-old Southern rock staple from Macon.
Between ticket sales and sponsorships, organizers hope to raise about $1 million for the nonprofit Piedmont Park Conservancy, said Debbie McCown, the organization's president and CEO.
McCown said the concert aims to send an environmentally friendly message where attendees can learn what they can do to reduce pollution and preserve resources. And that includes ditching the car before heading to the concert.
"We're calling this the 'Green Concert,' and we'd like to make it a car-less concert," McCown said. "MARTA has two rail stations within walking distance of the park and will be providing shuttle service for the handicapped."
Ticket sales begin Thursday for those who go to the Web page of the Piedmont Park Conservancy and sign up to receive the conservancy's electronic newsletter. Viewers will get the password to purchase tickets online. These tickets will get the holders closer to the stage because they will be allowed to enter an hour before the gates are opened.
After acquiring and eventually wearing out his first motorcycle, young Duane Allman became infatuated with his younger brother Gregg’s latest acquisition—a Silvertone acoustic guitar that would soon become a source of incessant squabbling between the two siblings. The situation wasn’t resolved until Duane traded a bag of bike parts for his own ax. After graduating to electric and getting some pointers from both his brother and local guitar whiz Jim Shepley (who introduced him to the music of Jimmy Reed and B.B. King), Duane Allman became a voracious woodshedder. His intense dedication bred a fiery, individualistic style and eventually led to the formation of the Escorts, the House Rockers, the Allman Joys, the Hour Glass, and ultimately the Allman Brothers Band, which single-handedly introduced the world to a brand-new Southern-tinged progressive blues-rock sound.
The Allmans’ powerhouse combination of tight ensemble arrangements, soulful vocals (courtesy of Gregg) and explosive improvisations for two guitars, Hammond organ, bass, and twin drum kits was immortalized on four classic albums—The Allman Brothers Band, Idlewild South, Live at Fillmore East, and Eat a Peach (plus the Dreams box set and a slew of live material released between 1989 and 2003). Along the way, Allman wrote the book on electric bottleneck guitar and was invited to guest on numerous high-profile recordings, most notably alongside Eric Clapton on Derek and the Dominoes’ Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs. Tragically, on October 29, 1971, Allman, at the peak of his career, was killed in a motorcycle accident. In the spirit of his epitaph and in celebration of one of the most powerful guitar styles the world has ever known, this lesson will show you how to cop some of Duane’s mojo. First, you gotta...
Grow Roots and Branches
Duane Allman’s road to glory was paved with equal parts inspiration and perspiration. Fiercely dedicated to his craft from the start, Allman got inside the heads of his musical influences by analyzing their recordings. Mike Johnstone, a roomie at the military academy they both attended, recalls Duane playing along with a B.B. King album barefooted, stopping and holding the record with his toe while he learned a lick, letting the record go until he got to the next lick, then going through both sides of the record and repeating the entire process for hours at a time. Friend and eventual manager Bill McEuen later described Allman as “totally glued and tuned in to those licks. He could hear something and in a half-hour have it down. When Duane played guitar he was part of the song .… He was visually interpreting his music, like John Lee Hooker or Jimi Hendrix.” Allman’s myriad influences soon expanded to include Albert King, T-Bone Walker, Slim Harpo, Robert Johnson, Blind Willie Johnson, Hank Garland, Chet Atkins, Kenny Burrell, Chuck Berry, the Yardbirds with Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Robbie Robertson, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane—a wide and strikingly diverse tent.
The Allman Brothers Band opened their April 7th show at New York’s Beacon Theater — the fourteenth and next-to-last night of the 2007 edition of their annual spring residency here — with a brilliant surprise: Dr. John’s acid-voodoo crawl “I Walk on Gilded Splinters.” Behind the organ, Gregg Allman growled like a man who has spent much of his life defying death and evil — which he has. In the breakdown after the chorus, guitarist Derek Trucks emulated the zombie-angel chorale on Dr. John’s original recording with swandive-bottleneck runs while Warren Haynes, also playing slide guitar, peeled off licks that sounded like the helpless cries of the undead.
South of Savannah, a few miles from his home in Richmond Hill, Ga., Gregg Allman loves cruising around on his motorcycle at a relaxed 55 mph. Oak trees line the roads. Occasionally the sun peeks through the trees.
"Suddenly any aches and pains you've got are gone," Allman said during a recent phone interview. "Or at least you don't notice them."
Thirty-six years after losing his older brother, Duane, to a motorcycle accident, Gregg Allman is still out there riding and performing, toting the Allman Brothers Band legacy from one generation to the next. The 59-year-old music legend is battling arthritis. A temperamental neck forces him into a chiropractor's office three days a week.
But beginning Tuesday, the Allman Brothers will play 14 shows over a 19-day stretch at the Beacon Theater, performing on a stage Allman affectionately calls his "second home."
Demand for tickets to The Allman Brothers' shows at The Beacon is reaching critical mass. And it's little wonder, since the band's 2003 appearances at the off-Broadway theatre completed a collective reinvention of themselves that drew equal amounts of mainstream recognition and artistic fulfillment.
But, as so often happens, creative peaks are difficult if not impossible to sustain. ABB concerts of wondrous surprise through the next two summers, redolent with material from the latest studio album Hittin' The Note as well as fascinating covers (”Franklin's Tower,” “Walk On Gilded Splinters”) combined with recurring special guests like Karl Denson, have morphed into experiences, if not predictable, then surprising in a wholly different way, i.e. “How does the band keep itself so inspired?”
I was fortunate enough to be friends with Tom Dowd before he passed on and he gave me one of the highlights of my life. In April 1990, he called me up one night in Miami and asked if I was busy that evening. I said "No, what's up, Tom"? He asked me if I would like to come down to Criteria Studios in North Miami and watch a session with The Brothers. It took me one second to say, "I'll be there in an hour".
When I arrived at the studio, the Brothers had everything set up as if playing a live gig right there in the studio. Tom had 3 music stands spread out in the window(floor to ceiling) of the control room. He had the sheet music spread across the music stands for the first number they were recording that night. The Brothers took their cue from Tom and started playing, "Good Clean Fun".
Oteil Burbridge has played bass in The Allman Brothers Band going on a decade now, and he also has his own band, Oteil & The Peacemakers, which will be opening The Allman Brothers show at Raleigh’s Altell Pavilion on Saturday night. Burbridge talked with Free Press interviewer Jon Dawson last week about the Peacemakers, the Allmans and his taste in music.
FP: What songs are currently making up the Peacemakers setlist?
Burbridge: For the most part we try to concentrate on the new album. We also do a few songs from the second record, and maybe two from the first one. We also do a few covers, such as Hendrix, “Green Eyed Lady” by Sugarloaf; I’m about to introduce a George Jones song into the set; some Sly Stone, some Hank Williams Sr.
FP: With a set like that a live album can’t be that far away.
Burbridge: That’s what I really want to do ... really a live DVD, because you need to see it to get the full scope of what’s going on. We included a DVD on our second studio album (“The Family Secret”) that was pretty much a documentary about making the album, but things really happen in the live set.
FP: What’s the best way for fans of Oteil & The Peacemakers to buy the three albums that you’ve recorded?
Burbridge: We’re on iTunes, we’re in Borders book stores, and you can buy it straight from the record company via links on www.oteilburbridge.com. We also sell them at our live shows.
FP: How long will your solo set be when you open for the Allman Brothers at Altell?
Rows of classic cars lined downtown Erie for Buggin' State night on Friday. Inside the Warner Theatre, classic rock of epic proportions unfolded courtesy of the legendary Allman Brothers Band, who did their mighty best to rename the evening Jammin' State.
Before a smaller-than-expected yet boisterous crowd of 1,400, the Allman Brothers delivered a sharp, sizzling set. This was the band's first concert in more than a month, but they came out smoking from the get-go on "Hot 'Lanta," sounding fresh and energized.
That pleased Allman fan Matt Chase of Erie.
"First show after a month off - I was a little concerned,"Chase said. "But not a lot of rust. They've been like a pair of shoes, just strap them on and go to work. It's been just awesome."
This was also the Allman Brothers' second show at the Warner in Erie in just 13 months. But instead of trotting out the same material, they delivered virtually an entirely different set, one that featured more funk and up-tempo rock than the blues-soaked 2005 set. They repeated just three songs -"Statesboro Blues,""Don't Keep Me Wonderin'," and "Trouble No More."
Gregg Allman was just a young man when he wrote "Midnight Rider," a song that still stands as one of his signature tunes decades later, thanks in part to a phrase that's helped define his career:
"The road goes on forever."
For Allman, 58, lead singer, keyboardist and spiritual heart and soul of Southern rock icons the Allman Brothers Band, the road seemingly has gone on forever, and taken him places filled with joy and tragedy, despair and triumph.
Allman is on the road once again this summer, on a 26-date U.S. tour of larger venues with the Allman Brothers Band. In October, he'll embark on a solo tour playing smaller theaters.
The Solomon's show despite inclement weather was spectacular.
The Allman Bros at Calvert Marine Museum July 2 was an awesome concert. We had seen them at Merryweather in the '80's and they were good but this concert was epic. Several songs into the concert a hellacious thunderstorm blew through. It brought back memories of my days at Watkings Glen, NY in the '70's. The band, then and now despite different band members, was way tight and played with a vengence. At Watkings Glen and now, at Solomons, I danced soaking wet surrounded by a mass of people (not 600 thou. this time), with the music pulsing thru my body- not stoned, tripping, or covered in mud this concert but sober and totally in this sweet moment.
By Thom Smith
For: Cox News Service
Monday, July 24, 2006
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Columnist's confession: I've always felt a kinship with the Allman Brothers Band, which has roots in Macon, Ga., where I was born.
When I heard Duane Allman had died in 1971, after his motorcycle hit a truck, I could visualize the crash site. It was on the street where my grandparents lived.
A few years ago, drummer Butch Trucks, 59, moved to Palm Beach, and we got to know each other. A few months ago, I got to live the dream of every fan: Trucks asked me to join his entourage traveling to Wanee, a two-day jam band festival in Live Oak in North Florida.
A local R&B legend who gave Otis Redding Sr. his first break, guitarist Johnny Jenkins, died Sunday night at Coliseum Medical Centers after suffering a recent stroke.
Jenkins, 67, always claimed to have "taught Otis how to sing," said Georgia Beckles of her friend.
"He was a very gentle, kind person," Beckles said. "He had that smile and he'd say, 'Give me a hug.' They called him blessed, and he had it on the tag on his car."
Jenkins, who recorded on the Capricorn label, was born in 1939 in east Macon's rural Swift Creek area. At age 9, he made himself a guitar out of a cigar box and learned to play it upside down and left-handed for folks at the local gas station, he later told interviewers.
By the late 1950s Jenkins was performing at the Douglass Theatre's Teen-age Party and playing in R&B bands around the Southeast. He soon started his own band, Johnny Jenkins and the Pinetoppers.
By Jeff Miers
Buffalo News Pop Music Critic
NIAGARA FALLS, ONT. - For nearly 40 years, the Allman Brothers Band has been preaching the gospel of the blues but treating the music as if it were jazz. The result has been some of the highest level of dynamic interplay, solo and group improvisation, and pushing of the envelope in the history of any blues-based music form.
Friday, inside the Niagara Fallsview Casino's Avalon Ballroom, the Brothers - at this point, and for almost a decade now, Gregg Allman on Hammond organ, piano and vocals, guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks, bassist Oteil Burbridge, percussionist Marc Quinones, and drummers Jaimoe and Butch Trucks - played to their extremely high standards for 21/2 hours before an adoring and - by set's end - rowdy audience.
By Mike O’Neal
For: The Chattanooga Times Free Press
For many Riverbend 2006 festivalgoers, organizers saved the best for last.
Not only did Southern rock legend The Allman Brothers Band headline closing night, they were followed by Chattanooga’s biggest annual fireworks show.
“We came to see the Derek Trucks Band — they say he’s the best of the young blood coming up — and the Allman Brothers,” said Bill “Meatball” Martin, 52, of Riceville, Tenn. Mr. Martin and his wife, Sherrill, were staying overnight at the Read House.
“This is one big party,” Mrs. Martin said. “We’re here to have a good time and see the Allman Brothers.”
By: M. Trevor Higgins
For: The Chattanooga Times Free Press
Simply put: The Allman Brothers were amazing. I’ve underestimated Warren Haynes for way too long, and Derek Trucks, at the age of 26, is a man among boys. The crowd was also treated to super-groovy psychedlic effects on the video screen.
Derek’s playing made my neck tighten up like when you're about to kiss a girl for the first time. Seriously, he's that good.
The Allmans pulled out a tremendous cover of “The Weight,” with Warren on vocals. You know how when The Staples Singers performed on “The Last Waltz” and it was like hearing the song for the first time? It was like that tonight.
Other highlights included a tremendous “Jessica,” complete with Dolphin montage. It was the perfect ending to a wild week. And yeah, the fireworks were great. I don’t have to tell you that, all of Chattanooga was out to see them.
By: Barry Courter Associate Features Editor
For: The Times Free Press
As far as gigs go, Derek Trucks has a good one working tonight. The 26-year-old guitarist will perform with his band, The Derek Trucks Band, on the Covista Stage at Riverbend tonight at 7:45 and then will make the short trek over to the main Coca-Cola Stage where he’ll play with his other group, The Allman Brothers Band.
In a telephone interview earlier this month, he said he was in London getting ready to go onstage with still another employer, Eric Clapton.
"It’s been a pretty solid year," he said. "You don’t get opportunities like this that often."
Friday, June 16, 2006
Special to The Cleveland Plain Dealer
The Allman Brothers Band sang about going down to the whipping post in 1969, and they've rarely gotten off it since. Except for a split between 1982 and 1989, the original Southern rockers have remained a hard-touring and hard-playing entity, overcoming the deaths of band members, drug addictions, infighting and lineup changes along the way. Every March sees a lengthy stand at New York City's Beacon Theatre, while the summers bring Gregg Allman, interviewed below, and company outdoors for lengthy, improvisational concerts that work for both the bikers and the Deadheads in the crowd.
ABB Tour Mystic Kirk West, From Songwriters to Soundmen, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Cleveland, OH- 5/17
John Patrick Gatta
Wearing a paisley-patterned shirt and comfortable barley-colored jeans, Kirk West walked on to the Rock Hall’s Fourth Floor Theater stage as part of the Rock Hall's "From Songwriters to Soundmen” series. His gray hair pulled forward and reaching his chest with an equally gray beard that stopped to a point five inches from his chin framed his round wire-rimmed glasses.
West, Allman Brothers Band “tour mystic” for over a decade, didn’t present an imposing figure, but as he explained during his “From Songwriters to Soundmen” session he doesn’t have to. Being around the “family” that’s developed around the Allmans has allowed him to gain the trust among its membership as well as the knowledge of what needs to be done and how to get it that way with as little hassle as possible, especially for the musicians.
As he put it, “The job of a tour manager is to tend to everybody’s needs, to see how they’re gonna work, to anticipate, to know how to get the best out of [the musicians]. In the course of an evening if all they have to think about is the next note they’re playing, then my job’s been success. If they’re not worried about towels or soap for the showers or meals or whether their guests are getting their passes and stuff…if they’re not thinking of any of that crap and only thinking about how to do that solo, that’s my goal. Some days you’re not going to win that battle no matter what you do.”
The boys hit the stage Friday, March 24, with fire in their bellies, and had a grand old time. It was a more mono-chromatic show than the multi-colored gig of the prior evening; tonight it was straight to the deep dark well.
You hear Gregg play around with the “Layla” piano cods during the opening tuning, before finally they’re off into “Don’t Want You No More,” and Bam! They’re right there on the money. Warren is all over the transitional blues line that leads into “Not My Cross to Bear,” playing from the gut on the intro. Derek enters with a full, loud shmear of tone that gives way to a bluesy slide solo, Warren takes the energy even higher right out of Derek’s part.
The music never quite ends as “Not My Cross” is done; Gregg quickly switches seats, and once he’s situated in front of the appropriate keyboard the band is off again, hitting a bluesy, up-tempo shuffle. Derek solos over some rhythm work by Warren and Gregg, Oteil faces off against the rest of the band, grinning as Warren takes a scorching lead. Derek provides some jazzy shuffle chording as the extended jam winds on; then finally Warren looks left, looks right, and throws the switch into “Done Somebody Wrong.” Warren offers up a killer solo, fingers, not slide, playing like a man possessed. Out of the vocals Derek does that slidy, yaya-sounding wail he does, then finishes off with some glassy slide.
It is Saturday night, March 25, and the boys aim to please.
“Mountain Jam” kicks in right out of the box; no extended noodling, no long slow climb, just right into it. Derek goes right for the theme lick, then backs off, freestyles a short bit, then he, Warren and the band play the theme. Out of that Derek plays a particularly crunchy solo, then pulls the train almost entirely off the tracks with a solo that hangs out almost entirely past the twelfth fret. Gregg steps forward for a tasteful read on his section. Warren starts off airy, breezy; then he rides the tiger, tames her, shoots streamers over the crowd from her back, then wrestles… the… beast… down… to… Jabuma. Actually, it’s more of a Jabuma appetizer, a relatively brief interlude before Oteil returns with a sacred solo giving way to a driving funk riff. Then the guitars play the twin licks of the march section, Derek steps up and sizzles, then Warren and Derek join together and pull up, to applause. Derek is releasing silver balloons of joy; there is an easy moment of transcendence, then a return to the theme.
“The Weight,” “Whipping Post” are highlights as the band throws a primal blues party
The boys hit tonight with fire in their bellies, and had a grand old time. It was a more mono-chromatic show than the multi-colored gig of the prior evening; tonight it was straight to the deep dark well.
You hear Gregg play around with the “Layla” piano cods during the opening tuning, before finally they’re off into “Don’t Want You No More,” and Bam! They’re right there on the money. Warren is all over the transitional blues line that leads into “Not My Cross to Bear,” playing from the gut on the intro. Derek enters with a full, loud shmear of tone that gives way to a bluesy slide solo, Warren takes the energy even higher right out of Derek’s part.
If you’re keeping score at home, you’ll want to place a little gold star next to this one.
The home stretch begins, the four-show run through closing weekend. The peeps from out of town are in the house, and right out of the gate (and all through the first set), the band is playing so well that it seems they have deliberately kicked it up a notch for the final run.
The Allman Brothers take the stage as the Sopranos theme plays out, and there is a deep swelling overture that can only be leading into “Les Brers.” The band goes “Crunch! Crunch!” on the big majestic movie theme opening, Derek posits a question on guitar, and finally, Oteil does the dance that sends the song off, with a sweeping grace. Gregg hits a funky groove; Warren, not playing, stands by him and enjoys it. Then from across the stage you hear an unmistakable Derek Trucks hanging line, announcing his entrance, for a sweet solo. Warren then makes a casual entrance, and works his way up the ladder. Meanwhile, Oteil is having a party over on his side, and Butch is invited. Warren is making his sad guitar squeal on his solo, ending in a quick ascent, then a 2-guitar confab, into a drum interlude. Then Warren returns, playing curled, twisting lines, giving way to straight-on double time fire. Warren is dishing it out at the high end, then the band assertively brings the song to a close. The final moments feature excessive thrumble from the drums.
By: Wes Orshoski
March 23, 2006
While fans of the Allman Brothers Band have long treasured its annual residency at New York's Beacon Theatre, they might remember this year's stand as the best yet.
Since opening the 14-night stand on March 9 with an appearance by longtime Howlin' Wolf guitarist Hubert Sumlin, the Allmans have welcomed a parade of guests, including Taj Mahal, Ben Harper, Mountain's Leslie West, Susan Tedeschi, former ABB/current Rolling Stones keyboardist Chuck Leavell and jazzman Bernard Purdie.
On March 13, exactly 35 years after the recording of the band's legendary album "At Fillmore East," the Allmans upped the ante and performed the set in its entirety.
"Christ, did that kick my ass," drummer Butch Trucks tells Billboard.com with a chuckle. "We played the whole 'Fillmore East' album for the first set and then came back in the second set and really jammed. We went back and listened to the album and realized that some of the songs had morphed into something else. So we tried to be a little bit more true to the record on songs like 'You Don't Love Me.'"
The cavalcade of guests continues; second set, encore bring down the house
Derek is full and clear from the get-go of “Aint Wastin’ Time No More.” Oteil takes the music round and round; Derek finishes up his solo, signs it, and Gregg nails down the closing vocals. Warren finishes off the song with a sweeping solo, adding a little nasty nip at the end. Smooth opening. Then “Wasted Words,” Warren plays a nice solo that pops its head up out of the song, winning the first ovation of the evening; Derek keeps it going, the band is all over a taut little riff at the end that elevates the song to an early highlight.
Warren opens “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl” with skanky licks, then wears the song like a muscle t-shirt on his solo, which ripples and bulges, raising steam. Derek tosses off a long, elastic tone with an uptick, shaped like the letter L, then takes a solo and the band goes along. You have no idea how fast he has gotten, until the perfect flip back into the seductive riff of the song. Warren sings the final verse, the crowd thinks its over, but Derek and Warren linger over the playout.
Purdie, Dupree, Jemmott, Gregg Allman horns, Mike Mattison, Susan Tedeschi… these are the ingredients in a recipe for soul.
Things can happen on Monday nights. The weekend pressure is off, and the band is following an off night. For years I’ve made sure to catch at least one Monday night gig.
“No One Left to Run With” begins with subdued, mid-range guitars; Derek Diddleys it up on the outro (Derek Trucks, Derek Trucks, have you heard?”) “One Way Out” is a rollicking good time, a sprightly treat up here in the two hole.
Things get heavy with “Rocking Horse.” On the first solo, Warren snakes, bobs and weaves, then falls into a pause. Oteil is flying, so Warren climbs up onto his back for a ride, shooting dank swampy beams out into the night; from there he turns up the energy to 11. So Derek, of course, begins his turn slowly, riding the wave of the band’s thick rhythms. The pace accelerates; Derek accelerates even more, storms out ahead of the band, a sweet ride.
Brian Stoltz joins for “Same Thing;” Band hits the note all night long on classics and blues
What makes some shows turn out to be special? Sometimes it’s the setlist, sometimes it’s the guests. But other times… what is it? Did Jaimoe eat a good breakfast? Did Warren put on an old pair of pants and find $25 he’d forgotten about in the pocket? Did Oteil get a good night’s sleep? Was Mars in Jupiter?
There was nothing really special, nothing out of the ordinary Saturday night, but it seemed to be one of those special nights. I don’t know why, but everything worked. From the first song, it seemed that there was a little extra zing, even though much of the evening the playing was a little laid back. Indeed the laid back confidence was part of what worked so well. And it was a blue evening; two Muddy Waters songs, two Howlin’ Wolf, plus “Preachin’ Blues” and “Not My Cross to Bear.” But if I over-analyze it, all I’ll do is spoil the magic.
The Allman Brothers Band is as conscious of their own history as any band I can think of. Consider the songs they’ve added to the repertoire over the past few years: “Gilded Splinters,” four from the Layla album, “The Weight”—all songs associated with founding member Duane Allman. That’s not a coincidence. And too, more than almost every other act of similar magnitude, they do things first and foremost for their fans-- the avid fans. These gestures to the band’s history do not fall on deaf ears; they fall on appreciative ears, on loving ears.
So when they take the stage Monday night, 35 years to the day after the Live at the Fillmore East album was recorded, the house at the Beacon is already abuzz; they are going to recreate that record, song-for-song. (Of course the buzz also says Mick Jagger will show up to sing “Heart of Stone.” You can’t always trust the buzz.) So when the lights go down, and the band rips into “Statesboro Blues,” against a backdrop of the Fillmore East album cover—well, you know it is going to be a special night. (And if you were paying attention, you saw Chuck Leavell’s set-up on the far right of the stage, boding well for set 2.)
Solid, bluesy outing; “End of the Line” and “Old Before My Time” make first appearances
Thursday night is a solid show, the band seemingly laying the groundwork for the big middle weekend. Overall, a very “song-oriented” evening…
“Done Somebody Wrong” starts with just a hard stop-time riff; Warren plays a lingering lead part over the top. After the vocals, Derek works his magic against the band’s taut syncopation. Then Oteil lumbers right into “Wasted Words.” The pyrotechnics really begin after the song is almost over; the band locks onto a solid groove grounded by Oteil, Derek is shredding over the top, Oteil turns clean around and squares off with Butch. This outro section brings the song to a whole different place, lifting the energy up to 10. Or, as I put it in my notes, “whooo!”
It is a star-studded night of guests, and the band has hit their stride. Warren Haynes, in particular, seems to have kicked it up a notch, and hits you in the gut all night. “Whatever he had for breakfast, I want some,” I think to myself.
“Don’t Want You No More,” of course, features some tangy organ work from Gregg. Derek plays the blues with a rich, creamy tone; Warren is full-bodied with just a hint of cocoa…
The band slams into “Not My Cross to Bear,” Warren playing the sweet bluesy intro. Oteil turns to face Butch and the two lock in; Derek’s lead lines cut like a razor, the whole band locked in step on the roly poly riff leading into the final section.
Derek’s solo careens off the song as he and the band tumble forward through “Every Hungry Woman.” It’s all about the hot potato, fire in the moment, and they keep it stoked. Warren and Derek fall into the twin licks, and the band is suddenly kicking ass, a ferocious version.
Crowd is thrilled by mojo and majesty, deep grooves, the real blues; the band is almost there…
Butch starts the gentle, insistent timpani even as the rest of the band is still tuning and settling in; Derek begins his variations on the theme, and we’re off into “Mountain Jam.” The twin guitar licks, then Derek steps to the fore, playing glassy, cascading watery lines on the first solo. Derek exits by playing chords; then Gregg takes his first jaunt of the night. Behind Gregg, the drummers change up the rhythm, and the band realigns around the new groove. Warren is playing nice rhythm behind Gregg; this leads into his first extended run of the night. The band is playing around with time, Oteil runs the voodoo down. Finally Warren signals through his playing to cool things down, and the music finds its way to a resting spot, from which the straight-on ringing blues emerges, a sublime segue.
ALLMAN BROTHERS OPEN WITH SOLID PERFORMANCE; HUBERT SUMLIN GUESTS, RE-WORKED “THE WEIGHT” IS DEBUTED
But “group telepathy” thing still not quite there…yet.
Opening night of the Beacon run is always exciting. Tonight’s show, as a perusal of the setlist might reveal, is more of a grounded, earthbound show, bluesy, workman-like, gritty, down to business.
Warren is still set up on the left center, next to Gregg; Derek is right center, by Oteil. The band takes the stage, settles in, and finally Gregg revs up “Hot ‘lanta.” The drum section cycles, tumbles forward, in-the-pocket propulsion. Gregg’s B3 solo is a small fire dance; Warren solos, then Derek, a quick yin/yang. Then Warren takes a more exploratory solo, playing with a full-bodied tone; then stinging. The drum section is right there in the moment.
Documentary about the Big House will revisit heyday of Allman Brothers Band
By Maggie Large
TELEGRAPH STAFF WRITER
5 February 2006 - Macon Telegraph
Don't call it an Allman Brothers Band documentary.
"Please Call Home," the working title for a feature-length documentary film about the Big House, focuses on the band's Macon roots. But there's more.
"This is about a family and a home and the community that it took place in," said Kirk West, executive producer of the film and "tour mystic" for the ABB. "There will be music and there will be old footage. It'll be people talking from their hearts about that time and about their life."
The Big House, a three-story, Tudor-style house at 2321 Vineville Ave., was home to the band from 1970 to 1973, a fertile time for them.
"When the band moved here, they were making $1,000 a night," West said in a June 2005 interview. "When they moved out, they were making $250,000 a night."
Bert Holman has exceeded his expectations for his life. As the manager of the Allman Brothers Band, he said he already has the job he would want.
"I live and breathe the Allman Brothers Band," he said. "The Allman Brothers experience has been tremendous for me."
Holman spoke about managing the band at Tiffin University's Good Morning World breakfast lecture series at Camden Falls Reception Hall Thursday.
A Boston resident, he has been the manager for 15 years. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Jan. 12, 1995.
Life gets nifty after 50, especially when you can spend the rest of your life being the president of the Georgia Allman Brothers Band Association. That’s how it is for Greg Potter of Lilburn. Potter worked for years as a landscaper and even taught courses at Gwinnett Tech, but as he approached his big 50, he was diagnosed with a genetic lung disease and could no longer work in all the dirt and dust.
But that was fine with Potter. “I had to sell my business, but everything just fell into place,” he said. “I always dreamed of being a roadie with a rock band, so this is my dream come true.”
So double albums are making a comeback? Big deal. They're still CDs, and they're still packaged in a case the size of a cocktail napkin. Massive pop ambition isn't something you should be able to hold in one hand.
The double albums of the vinyl era -- and their cousins, single albums that came packaged in a gatefold cover -- were something else entirely: gloriously bloated statements of hipness, artistic worth, and sheer kitsch.
Beyond the music it contained in its petroleum grooves, a gatefold album created by a graphic designer who had clearly gone the chemical distance was meant to be a conversation piece. It was the thing on the coffee table you had to notice. You opened it up, read the lyrics (or the pompous liner notes), fiddled with whatever extra dingbats were stuffed inside. The packaging itself became inextricable from the music: The gestalt conveyed what the band was about.
Like the mushrooms of spring, the Allman Brothers Band has popped up in New York each March for a sold-out run of dates at the 2,894-capacity Beacon Theater.
The Allmans‘ Beacon gigs have evolved into one of the more truly special artist/venue relationships in the business. The shows hark back to the band‘s legendary concerts at New York‘s late, great Fillmore East.
"We think it‘s really special," band manager Bert Holman says of the Beacon shows. "It‘s the closest we could come to capturing the Fillmore magic, since the Fillmore isn‘t here."
This year, the group will perform 13 shows March 9-25. All are expected to sell out for a total capacity of nearly 38,000.
For years, concert promoter Don Law suffered the slings and arrows of Steve Morse, the Globe rock critic who just retired after 31 years. Monday, Law got a measure of revenge, playfully skewering our man Morse at a party that was equal parts roast and toast. ''Steve got it as right as he thought it was," Clear Channel's big cheese said with a smile. Dubbed ''The Steve Morse Review," the invite-only affair at the Paradise included testimonials -- some spoken, some videotaped, some e-mailed -- from such luminaries as Bruce Springsteen, Peter Wolf, Jimmy Buffett, Aerosmith, Billy Joel, and James Taylor. (Wolf was in the house.)
There is a train that exists that has no schedule.
It is never late and always has room for one more passenger, no matter how full. It is not the ‘Peace Train’, nor ‘The City of New Orleans’. This train has no name and it’s track goes around the globe. The track reaches from Macon, Georgia to Sweden....to London...to Italy, and places far beyond. The track is constantly being laid down by invisible hands that never tire. It crosses oceans, it climbs mountains.
This train is like no other. It is old and new at the same time. It seems ageless, and then not a part of any age. It has no station to stop at, and yet will stop for anyone that sees it approach, no matter what the landscape. Just takes a second...hop on board!
I want to tell you about this train by telling you about a glove that fell off of the rail on the caboose. It is an old story and I am not the first to tell it. So here goes...
The Allman Brothers Band will continue a long-standing tradition with a 13-show residency at New York's Beacon Theatre in March. Tickets for shows March 9-11, 13-14, 16-18, 20-21 and 23-25 will go on sale Friday (Jan. 6) via Ticketmaster and range in price from $49.99 to $89.99. At deadline, the group has not announced any further 2006 touring plans.
In 2005, the ABB grossed nearly $2 million from 10 "March Madness" shows (nine sold out) at the Beacon. The veteran act played 65 shows last year, including Tennessee's fourth annual Bonnaroo festival.
Times-Dispatch Staff Writer
30 September 2005
The Richmond Times-Dispatch, page D-1
"The words might not have been there, but the band's love of where it is in this phase of its career was obvious."
The devout will tell you this is the best The Allman Brothers Band has sounded in years - and they aren't exaggerating.
Not content with rehashing the comfortable and familiar, this seven-piece version of the band - armed with the head-spinning virtuosity of lead guitarists Derek Trucks (nephew of drummer Butch Trucks) and Warren Haynes - loves to play, to stretch, to feed off the notes tossed back and forth without needing to make eye contact with one another.
Wednesday's sold-out crowd of about 6,000 at the Charlottesville Pavilion contained the expected array of hippies - both youthful and burned-out - with a few members of the khaki clan sprinkled in.
With the timing only jam-band fans have perfected, the first drumbeat of the long and winding show was accompanied by the first of many whiffs of pot, a time-honored concert tradition for those hoping to recapture their youth.
"This concert included more music than any one person could handle for a night, or even an entire weekend. If you missed the Allman Brothers this year, don't let it happen next fall."
Friday night marked the 15th year The Allman Brothers Band played at Walnut Creek, and the band has yet to leave a crowd unsatisfied. Southern rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd, who were supposed to open the show, cancelled due to guitarists Johnny Van Zant's health. The band's absence left the stage for jam veteran moe..
If you have not heard moe., picture the rock and jam genius of Phish and the catchy sound of Widespread Panic all rolled up into one. The group is typically described at the hybrid of rock and jam. moe. began its 90-minute set at 6:30 p.m. to a more youthful crowd and didnít lose its energy until the final note.
By Daniel Durchholz
15 September 2005
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Quick, who is the best American band of the rock era?
Is it Creedence Clearwater Revival, which condensed elements of rockabilly, country and R&B into a series of irresistibly catchy roots-rock singles in the late 1960s and early '70s? Perhaps it's Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, whose shows surpass the fervor and intensity of a sweaty summer tent revival. Or maybe it's the Band, who, though mostly made up of Canadians, captured perfectly the ethos of an America they grew up dreaming about and listening to on the radio.
Is it the Grateful Dead? The Beach Boys? The Velvet Underground? Parliament-Funkadelic? Neil Young and Crazy Horse? The Ramones? Nirvana?
For my money, the Allman Brothers will always be THE great American band.
By Mark Bialczak
Even somebody fortunate enough to see 100 or so bands annually experiences an oh-my-god concert moment once every couple of years.
The Allman Brothers Band raised goose bumps with a tingling performance of one of music's special songs Saturday night at the state fair Grandstand, one Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member interpreting the work of another.
Midway through an already hopping set, band leader Gregg Allman invited the horn section from the opening band, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, back onstage.
ABB guitarist Warren Haynes stepped to the microphone and delivered a soulful version of "Into the Mystic" that would have made Irish superstar Van Morrison himself proud.
Fans cheered, waved their hands in the air and sang along as the Brothers - Allman on keyboards and Haynes with guitarist Derek Trucks, bassist Oteil Burbridge, drummers Jaimoe and Butch Trucks and percussionist Marc Quinones - with the Jukes' Mark Pender on trombone, Joey Stann and Eddie Mannion on saxophones and Chris Anderson on trumpet - put together a tune sweet and tender.
By Scott McLennan
For the Telegram & Gazette Reviewer
MANSFIELD— Before taking his seat on the tight ship run by the Rolling Stones, keyboard player Chuck Leavell took time Saturday to play loose and free with his old group, the Allman Brothers Band.
The Allman Brothers Band packed the Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts and was well on its way to delivering a powerful set even before Leavell first joined in during an extended version of the slow-burning “Desdemona.”
After the band moe. played some head-spinning jams during its 90-minute opening set, the Allmans took to the stage with the feel-good boogie of “Revival.”
The 21st-century Allmans are as potent as the original ’60s vintage thanks to the powerful chemistry between guitarists Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes. Both axmen have impeccable taste and chops, and both freely weave jazzy improvisations into their blues-heavy playing styles.
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.
Backstage at the Allman Brothers Band’s concert a few weeks ago at the Stranahan Theater, there was the usual hubbub and focused preparations a half hour before show time.
Gregg Allman, clad in sweat pants and a T-shirt, walked in a back door with a woman carrying his stage clothes. Guitarist Warren Haynes, smaller and less husky than he appears on stage or in pictures, strode through quickly, brow furrowed with a sense of purpose etched across his face as he ducked into a side room. Roadies scurried around in a business-like hustle to make sure everything was ready to go.
And in a control room just off stage left, a nervous engineer sat behind a sound board, fretting over the fact that just a few dozen feet away several hundred people among the 3,000 or so at the show had paid $25 on faith that he would do his job properly with brand new digital equipment.
No offense to James Brown, none at all, but Warren Haynes has to be the hardest-working man in show business.
When he comes to Toledo’s Stranahan Theater Wednesday holding down an essential role in the venerable Allman Brothers Band’s deluxe twin-guitar jam-o-rama, Haynes will have literally just jumped off the tour bus of his own band, Gov’t Mule.
Tuesday night the man Rolling Stone selected as 23rd best guitarist ever will play a set with the Mule in Milwaukee, wait for the Allman Brothers gear to be set up, then take the stage with them. Then it’s two months with the southern rock archetypes before going back to the Mule for more touring.
Don’t expect to hear him complain. “It’s exhausting in the way playing a sport is exhausting, but at the end of the night you feel exhilarated, which is great,” he said in a phone interview. “Playing music is the best job you can have, and it’s not hard work like digging a ditch.”
Germain/Arnold Racing has announced an exciting association with the Allman Brothers Band. The Grammy Award winning and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees, the Allman Brothers Band, will be featured prominently on the hood of the No. 30 Germain/Arnold Racing Toyota Tundra at two events on the 2005 Nascar Craftsman Truck Series schedule.
"The Allman Brothers have been my favorite band since I can remember," stated Jon Lewis, Vice President of Marketing for Germain/Arnold Racing. "I am very excited to have our team represent them in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and we look forward to putting them in Victory Lane."
Remembering the good and the bad times; Gregg Allman looks back on years of triumph, trouble
By Larry Widen
5 July 2005
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, page E1
There haven't been any brothers in the Allman Brothers Band for 34 years now, at least not any related by blood.
Just as the band was coming into its own in 1971, co-founder and lead guitarist Duane Allman was killed at age 24 in a motorcycle accident, leaving his younger brother Gregg to carry on by himself.
"Eat a Peach," the band's triumphant double album that featured Duane's signature guitar licks, was released after his death to critical acclaim. One year after Duane Allman's death, bass player Berry Oakley was killed in an eerily similar motorcycle accident just blocks away from the intersection where Duane died.
Again Gregg pulled his band together and astounded fans and critics alike with the album "Brothers and Sisters," which spawned the hit song "Ramblin' Man."
But later, fueled by too much money, alcohol and cocaine, the band members turned on each other and in the process came close to destroying what they loved best. Another album, "Win, Lose or Draw," showed flashes of the old magic, but things would never be quite the same.
The quintessential Southern rockers the Allman Brothers Band were the greatest group of the entire 1970s. The group's combustible-yet- cerebral concoction of gutbucket blues, modal jazz, Western swing and hard rock improvised into a single, unearthly aural echo remains the standard by which all other musicians should strive.
Rocker on the road: Gregg Allman finds comfort at home, and his passion with the band
The Times-Picayune - 13 May 2005
By Ed Condran, Contributing writer
It's a mild, sunny day in scenic Savannah, Ga., and Gregg Allman is relaxing in his spacious new house. The leader of the Allman Brothers Band admits that he's lost his desire to tour extensively.
"I don't need to do that anymore," Allman said in a telephone interview. "I'm 57. None of us need to be out there for a long time. We're not spring chickens anymore.
"I'm sitting in this brand new home here in beautiful Savannah. It's nice to live in this town. I love it here. I love playing too, but as I get older I don't enjoy everything that goes with playing out."
Place Your Bid and Win Front-Row Tickets to the Allman Brothers Band Concert of Your Choice!
Help the Big House Foundation Create the Allman Brothers Band Museum in Macon, Georgia.
The Big House Foundation, in conjunction with the Allman Brothers Band, is pleased to announce that a special auction has been set up that will allow you to bid on front-row tickets for most Allman Brothers Band concerts during their 2005 summer tour, the proceeds of which will be used to help establish the Allman Brothers Band Museum in Macon, Georgia. Here’s what you do – look at the tour dates listed below, submit your bid for the show (or shows) of your choice at www.thebighouseauction.com, include all pertinent contact information, and then see if you win! It’s that easy, and your bid is completely tax deductible above the cost of the tickets, as the Big House Foundation is a not-for-profit 501 (c) 3 public charity.
By Carl Hartman
The Associated Press
5 April 2005, 05:38 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) - Edward R. Murrow's rooftop broadcast from London during a World War II air raid, astronaut Neil Armstrong's "one small step" report from the moon and composer John Williams' musical tribute to a galaxy "far, far away" are among the latest recordings set for special preservation in the Library of Congress.
The library also announced Tuesday the discovery of 55 minutes of tape made by Thelonious Monk's jazz quartet, including tenor saxophonist John Coltrane, in Carnegie Hall. The concert was not commercially recorded.
It was found by Larry Appelbaum, the library's jazz specialist and acting head of its magnetic recording lab, when he was making digital recordings of tapes recorded by the Voice of America in 1957 for broadcast abroad.
I was fortunate enough to have seen Duane's next-to-last live show. It truly was an honor to have been there, in that small college gym. My buddies and I had wiped up a batch of 'brownies' for the show. Luther Allison opened up. Then the reason we attended the show hit the stage.
When the genre was hatched a half century ago, it raided the region's musical pantry that was stocked with blues, jazz, country, heck, even bluegrass. As time has passed only the ingredients change, not the recipe.
Nowhere can you satisfy your appetite for rugged, eclectic musical genius better than at an Allman Brothers show. The band, which kicked off its 16th annual marathon stint at the Beacon Thursday, played with easy confidence. Guitarists Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes made twin guitars howl with sensual grace and, on a few rare occasions, squawk like cats in a dryer. Nobody's perfect.
Jam bands litter the landscape, causing much appreciative head-bobbing and herky-jerky dancing. When the Allmans jam on a song, be it "I Walk on Gilded Splinters" or old favorites like "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" or "Dreams," every note is in the service of the song. Trucks and Haynes have every right to pack for a serious ego trip, but their playing is more than a series of can-you-top-this moments.
AS SURELY AS St. Patrick's Day and the first hints of spring arrive each March, so do the Allman Brothers settle in for a cozy stay at the Beacon Theater.
For 16 years now, this classic Southern rock band has made the upper West Side its home throughout the month. This year's stretch features 10 dates dotting the next two weeks.
Last night's opening performance not only demonstrated why fans keep coming back, it showed how the band members can stand to play some of the same songs for decades without shooting themselves in the head.
As any follower of the group knows, they're astute improvisers who owe as much to the quickly shifting intricacies of jazz as the stridently reliable backbeats of rock.
It's a mild, sunny winter day in scenic Savannah, Ga., and Gregg Allman, relaxing in his new home, says he is enjoying every minute of it. The leader of the Allman Brothers Band admits that he's lost his desire to tour extensively.
"I don't need to do that anymore," Allman says. "I'm 57. None of us in this band need to be out there [on tour] for a long time. We're not spring chickens anymore. Traveling is a [pain]. I'm sitting in this brand new home here in beautiful Savannah. ... I love it here. I love playing, too, but as I get older, I don't enjoy everything that goes with playing out."
David Hood, a founding member of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, still keeps an office at 1000 Alabama Ave. in Sheffield.
Actually, Hood says, the space is more of a storage room for his instruments, amplifiers, photos, LPs, awards and, of course, gold records. A narrow path has been carved out among them, leading to a desk and a couple of chairs.
"I'm a pack rat," says Hood, a bass player in his early 60s.
By: Rowland Archer
Originally published in Hittin' the Note, Issue #12 and on the first Hittin' the Web site
The last night at the Fillmore East. It's been called "The Holy Grail of Allman Brothers shows." The night the fan who shouted "Play All Night!" on the live Fillmore East album got his wish. Dickey has been quoted as calling it the best show they ever played.
The fact that there are no known recordings of this show only adds to the mystique. If you were there, you heard it. If you weren't, you can only listen to shows from that era and imagine one that went on for hours, ending with a stupendous jam. Kirk West says, "they had the recording equipment there but no one turned it on." Can you imagine? The closing concert at the Fillmore East and no one recorded it?! Perhaps, locked away in some secret vault in the Bill Graham organization, lies a tape, waiting for the right moment to surface. Or perhaps it's in some fan's attic, long forgotten, oxide slowly turning to dust with the memories.
If you have the tape from the FM broadcast of June 27, 1971, it's a helluva show, but that's not the "grail." Read on and you'll see the whole story from the perspective of someone who was lucky enough to be there, in the right time, at the right place.
Come back with me to 1971. It's my senior year at Ossining High School, about 25 miles north of New York City. What a powerful time of change in my life! The friends I made that years helped me get in touch with music and myself. One of my closest high school friends, Dave Jaffe, a.k.a. "Dee-troit Willie," introduced me to the Allman Brothers Band, radical politics, bluegrass, social consciousness, and women... a heady mix indeed! It seemed like music was the background for everything we did. We talked about music, listened to music, hung out with friends who made music. We accompanied them with the finest in body percussion. Above all, we would go to concerts as often as our limited budgets could stand.
The Big House Foundation is proud to announce a benefit concert on Tuesday, March 22, 2005, at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. Performing that night will be the Allman Brothers Band, Gov’t Mule, the Derek Trucks Band, Oteil and the Peacemakers, and Jaimoe’s Jassss Band. This legendary performance will start at 7:00 P.M., and all net proceeds will benefit the Big House Foundation.
The designated purpose of the Big House Foundation is to open and maintain the Allman Brothers Band Museum at the Big House in Macon, Georgia, which was the home base for the ABB from the early to mid-’70s, and now contains the largest collection of Allman Brothers Band memorabilia in the world. Tickets will go on sale on Wednesday, February 23 at 10 A.M. EST through Ticketmaster internet, phone, and retail outlets, as well as the Beacon Theatre box office. Seats in the orchestra and loge section are $100.00, while balcony seating is priced at $75.00.
A black Corvette pulls up and parks curbside directly outside the front doors to the hall. The driver doesn’t care about parking tickets, he intends to get in there, hit the head, and visit the band. He steps out of his car, looks around, instinctively drawn to a giant of a man standing just outside the entrance.
Hogweed is out for a break between sets, enjoying a smoke with the doormen. He looks up and recognizes Gregg on sight, and even though he is as much an Allman brother as I, he’s been my own personal crewmember for years: The man knows better than to glower. Mere size and one lazy eye are quite enough, thanks. Gregg takes notice of the crowd in pursuit, winks, points them out to Hog, and asks him to help quickly get them through to the inside.
Quite likely the most complete collection of Allman Brothers Band memorabilia and music sits largely packed away at the band's old house here in Macon.
For years, Kirk and Kirsten West, who have lived in the three-story Vineville Avenue home since 1993, have had an informal arrangement with the world: Stop by and see some of it. They turned much of their downstairs into a small museum, its walls packed with posters, gold albums and photographs for just about anyone who knocked on their front door.
Daytona Beach News Journal, 23 January 2005, page 8H
By Rick de Yampert
Years before Gregg and Duane Allman electrified the rock music world with the Allman Brothers Band, the siblings were honing their blues and rock chops in Daytona Beach in the mid-1960s with their band the Allman Joys.
Years before Terence Trent D'Arby became the next Prince with his 1987 No. 1 hit, "Wishing Well," he was a youngster singing under the wing of his minister father at the Greater Refuge Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ in DeLand.
Can the Daytona area produce another Allman Brothers or D'Arby (who now goes by the name Sananda Maitreya)? Is today's local music scene fertile enough — and nurturing enough — for a local artist, who plays original music, to have a shot at the big time?
Superfly Productions and A.C. Entertainment are proud to announce the initial lineup for the 2005 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. The fourth annual three-day camping and music festival will be held on June 10-12, 2005, on the same 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee, 60 miles south of Nashville. A list of confirmed acts follows, with more to be announced before the on sale and in the weeks ahead to round out the festival's 60-plus acts.
Tickets for the 2005 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival will go on sale Saturday, January 29th at 10:00 AM Eastern Time through www.bonnaroo.com.
Over the phone from his home in Georgia, Gregg Allman is hooting and cackling like a madman. He’s like a Rodney Dangerfield record stuck on a slow rpm, ripping off one-liners like a snail on acid, his thick southern drawl only exaggerating the situation.
In between bursts of crazy laughter, all Allman wants to talk about is the construction of his new house – the pouring of the foundation, the laying of the sod, the basement studio. It takes a full five minutes to get him to turn the conversation towards anything musical. He’s amiable, polite, completely unconcerned with making an impression; I have to remind myself several times throughout the interview that on the other end of that line sits genuine rock and roll royalty.
Night moves: Peggy Scott Laborde's latest prime-time nostalgia trip confirms what we've always known: The nighttime has always been the right time to be in New Orleans.
By Dave Walker
17 November 2004, The Times-Picayune
The latest in a long series of keepsake documentaries from Peggy Scott Laborde, "The Nightlife That Was" debuts Thursday at 7 p.m. on WYES-Channel 12.
Laborde's handiwork is predictable in the best sense of the description, always chock-full of the kind of memories that longtime New Orleanians cling to like Mardi Gras throws cling to high tree branches along St. Charles Avenue.
"Nightlife" is no exception, though it takes several surprising side trips while exploring such beloved haunts as the Roosevelt Hotel's Blue Room and the Monteleone's Swan Room.
By ADRIAN SAINZ, Associated Press Writer
23 October 2004, Associated Press Newswires
MIAMI (AP) - Ray Charles, Eric Clapton and Gregg Allman called him a friend. Many others in the music industry called him a pioneer of modern recording techniques.
Regardless, few music fans know the vast influence of Tom Dowd.
From his work engineering jazz and R&B songs for Atlantic and Stax Records, to his collaboration with Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Allman Brothers Band, to the long legacy of Criteria Studios in Miami, Dowd was a fixture in the background scenery of American music history for more than half a century.
Dowd was 77 when he died of natural causes in Miami on Oct. 27, 2002, but his story has risen from obscurity in a documentary called "Tom Dowd & the Language of Music." The film covers a career that spanned the eras of direct-to-vinyl to digital recording.
Gregg Allman & Friends are going back on the road for a four week tour of the east coast and south that begins January 21 in Jim Thorpe, PA. Dates announced so far include:
21 (Fri) - PENN'S PEAK Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
22 (Sat) - MOHEGAN SUN CASINO WOLFE DEN Uncasville, Connecticut
23 (Sun) - STARLAND BALLROOM Sayreville, New Jersey
25 (Tue) - B.B.KING'S New York, New York - Shows at 8:00 and 10:30
26 (Wed) - B.B.KING'S New York, New York - Shows at 8:00 and 10:30
28 (Fri) - SENECA NIAGARA CASINO Niagara Falls, New York
29 (Sat) - KESWICK THEATER Glenside, Pennsylvania
30 (Sun) - STATE THEATRE Washington, District of Columbia
More dates will be announced soon!
The players in Gregg Allman & Friends are:
* Gregg Allman
* Floyd Miles-Percussion
* Neil Larson-Keys
* Robben Ford-Guitar
* Willie Weeks-Bass
* Steve Potts-Drums
By Wayne Bledsoe, firstname.lastname@example.org
1 October 2004
The Knoxville News-Sentinel
Ace bassist Oteil Burbridge was prepared when he joined the Allman Brothers seven years ago. He had been tutored by Georgia music icon Col. Bruce Hampton.
In the early 1980s, Burbridge had been gigging around Atlanta when he encountered Hampton -- a musician who was legendary for his guitar work, odd sense of humor and good-natured philosophy.
Burbridge said he "fell on hard times, playing music I really didn't want to play, just doing it for the money and, really, not even making any money." Jeff Sipe, who was playing drums with Hampton in the band the Aquarium Rescue Unit, introduced the unhappy bassist to Hampton.
Extended Family: Allman Brothers Band is as Influential as Ever as It Celebrates 35 Years Together
By Mitch Myers
Down Beat, 1 October 2004
Volume 71; Issue 10; ISSN: 00125768
In March, the Allman Brothers Band celebrated its 35th anniversary while performing a 10-evening run at the Beacon Theater in Manhattan. The band's shows at the Beacon are a tradition in itself, as they've played the venue every spring since reforming in 1989. The group's present lineup is as good as it has been in quite some time. Long considered guardians of guitar-based improvisational rock, the Allman Brothers Band (ABB) is an acknowledged and key predecessor to the prevailing jam band phenomenon.
The ABB's extended performances in conceit have been the stuff of legend for decades and despite numerous personnel changes their trademark sound has managed not just to endure, but thrive. Nowadays they only play a handful of gigs at a time-a far cry from nonstop roadwork they once pursued as youths, traveling from town to town in a van while listening to the John Coltrane Quartet, Miles Davis and Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Still, the group continues to observe its summer touring ritual and remain a formidable organization, one that needs to be reconsidered in light of current musical circumstance.
By Mark Kemp
The Charlotte Observer, 1 October 2004
Back in the '70s, you were either an Allmans fan or you were a Skynyrd fan. Those two titans of Southern rock and their fans were big-time rivals, just as the Beatles and Stones had been in the British rock of the '60s.
Plenty of people liked the music of both the Allman Brothers Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd, but when push came to shove, you had to take a side. Fans of the Allmans tended to be more sophisticated, more tolerant. Fans of Skynyrd were rowdier, scruffier, more likely to say what was on their minds.
By Ken Micallef
Down Beat, 1 October 2004
Volume 71; Issue 10; ISSN: 00125768
Peak Performance: Shanling SCD-T200 SACD/CD Player Spins The Allman Brothers Band's At Fillmore East
Can an object of art turn a sow's ear into a silk purse? Can modern high-tech remake old-fashioned live and lo-fi? Can the $2,695 Shanling SCD-T200 SACD/CD player deepen the listening experience of The Allman Brothers Band's At Fillmore East, a classic of improvisational blues rock now available on SACD?
By Doug Gross
Associated Press Writer
23 September 2004 - Associated Press Newswires
ATLANTA (AP) - For many, Southern rock conjures up images of beer drinkin', hell raisin' and flapping Confederate flags.
In a new book, a former Rolling Stone editor and MTV executive casts the music of such groups as The Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd differently -- as an art form born out of the civil rights era that defied stereotypes and gave voice to a generation of young, white Southerners uneasy with the region's backward image and racist icons.
In "Dixie Lullaby: A Story of Music, Race and New Beginnings in a New South," author Mark Kemp writes that Southern rock helped him and his peers "heal at a time when we had no white role models who spoke as eloquently as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. or Malcolm X."
Few Georgia tree farmers can claim to have toured with the Rolling Stones and The Allman Brothers and recorded with Eric Clapton and George Harrison.
Keyboardist Chuck Leavell can. When not onstage, he and his wife, Rose Lane, own and manage 1,500 acres of timber and wild game in Bullard, Ga., 20 miles southeast of Macon.
On Saturday night, he will step back into the spotlight as the newest artist inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in the performer category. The program at Atlanta's World Congress Center will air locally at 8:30 p.m. on WCES-TV (Channel 20).
By DAN LEROY
12 September 2004
The New York Times
(c) 2004 New York Times Company
With his long, lank blond hair, open-toed Birkenstocks and laid-back demeanor, Grayson Brulte, 21, of Fairfield is easy to envision as a concert bootlegger, lugging a recorder into shows and emerging with live tapes of Phish or the Dave Matthews Band.
Technically speaking, Mr. Brulte said he had never bootlegged a show, but remains one of the preeminent figure in bootlegging circles. As the founder of the bootleg-sharing Web site Sharingthegroove.org, he oversees an online collection of live, demo and rare recordings that includes music from nearly every popular genre. The network he has created makes it possible for anyone with Internet access to download thousands of bootleg recordings for free.
Allman Brothers, hitting the notes
By JEFF MIERS
NEWS POP MUSIC CRITIC
The Allman Brothers Band
Monday, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
It was a fitting way to see the summer off. On Monday, the Allman Brothers Band took Labor Day revelers at Darien Lake Performing Arts center on a nearly three-hour journey through 35 years of the most intense melding of various American musics this side of Miles Davis early electric groups.
The band played with fire and finesse, the emotional peaks were intense, the valleys sweet and mellow, and through it all, a standard of deep musicality was matched by a commitment to exploring the richest intricacies of the groove.
The midpoint of the band's long set was marked by a tour de force ensemble percussion section solo from drummers Jai Johanny Johanson (Jaimoe) and Butch Trucks and percussionist Marc Quinones, which offered the crowd a startling hybrid of Latin, African and even modern classical styles, punctuated by Trucks timpani work.
Early on, a moving take on the soul-stirring "Revival" - one of several tunes performed throughout the gig written by departed guitarist Dickey Betts - set the tone, as keyboardist/vocalist Gregg Allman brought his profound understanding of early electric blues to the mic, his gruff, throaty phrasing and thick tone in fine form as the late-afternoon party kicked into gear.
By Ed Masley
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 7 September 2004
Thirty-five years after redefining the improvisational limits of rock 'n' roll while expanding the music's vocabulary with a debut album that set a new standard for what it could, in theory, mean to jam, the Allman Brothers Band reached back and recaptured the twin- guitar glory of "Dreams" and other awe-inspiring jam-rock classics Sunday at the Post-Gazette Pavilion.
They did it without benefit of either of the band's original guitarists -- Duane Allman, whose life and career were cut tragically short by a motorcycle accident in October '71, and Dickey Betts, with whom they parted ways four years ago. But that's to be expected when you bring in Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks, two amazing guitarists who spent the night trading off solos, bobbing and weaving around each other's licks and coming together, on occasion, in one of those unmistakable twin-guitar harmonies Allman Brothers fans have come to know and love.
Posted on Wednesday, September 01, 2004 - 10:40 AM
St. Paul Pioneer Press
1 September 2004, p. 8B
By Rob Hubbard
When the brilliant young blues guitarist Duane Allman was killed in a motorcycle accident in 1971, it looked like the Allman Brothers Band would join that era's influential musicians with tragically brief careers. But something unusual happened: His band decided to stay together, keep their name despite being down to one Allman, and continue to offer their trademark extended improvisational blues jams.
Who would think that, more than three decades later, the Allman Brothers Band would still (or rather, again) hold a reputation as one of the best live bands? Anyone among the 6,000 at the State Fair Grandstand on Tuesday night who arrived doubting whether this could be possible surely had their skepticism swept away by a wave of electrifying, exhilarating blues-based rock.
Southern Rock Glory: Allman Brothers Shifts into Jam-Band Gear for More Than 6,000 fans
by Mark Bialczak
28 August 2004 - The Post Standard/Herald-Journal, page A2
The Allman Brothers Band showed a flock of fervid fans at the state fair Grandstand Friday night what happens when Gregg Allman and gang switch into full jam-band mode.
With iconic blues-rock vocalist and keyboardist Allman leading the way with his full-blooded voice and still furious instrumental work, the Brothers led a fast-dancing crowd through more than two hours of Southern rock glory.
With plenty of time to stretch out, the percussion trio of Jaimoe, Butch Trucks and Marc Quinones traded sophisticated, savvy beats for a 17-minute stretch.
Bassist Oteil Burbridge followed that with five minutes of scat singing, matching his voice note-for-note with his carousing bass line.
DIXIE LULLABY: A Story of Music, Race, and New Beginnings in a New South
By Mark Kemp. Free Press. 296 pages. $26.
Former Rolling Stone writer and editor Mark Kemp, who grew up in Asheboro, has written a ramblin' man's history of Southern rock. A hybrid of memoir, journalism and scholarship, "Dixie Lullaby" is a compelling account of Kemp's search for the deeper meaning of Southern rock 'n' roll.
The story chronicles a fascinating era beginning with the interracial musical collaborations at Muscle Shoals studios in the 1960s that resulted in memorable hits by Wilson Pickett, Etta James and Aretha Franklin. However, this relatively comfortable relationship between black and white musicians soured after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. According to Kemp, the schism made room for a uniquely Southern brand of rock 'n' roll in the persons of Duane Allman and Ronnie Van Zant.
by Christopher Blagg
22 August 2004 - The Boston Herald
Torrential downpours aren't exactly the ideal weather conditions for an outdoor concert. Despite severe thunderstorm warnings and bucketloads of tailgate-dampening rain, the Allman Brothers Band managed to uplift their soggy loyal crowd last night at the Tweeter Center. After more than 35 years of touring, the veteran band undoubtedly has seen worse.
Maybe sensing their fans could use some six-string pyrotechnics to dry off, the Allmans began the night with a torrid rendition of their dual guitar epic "Mountain Jam," featuring the twin attack of the genetically blessed Derek Trucks (son [sic!] of drummer Butch Trucks) and the gritty veteran Warren Haynes.
Gregg Allman soon took over lead duties, lending his weathered baritone and meaty Hammond organ licks to a stirring cover of "The Night They Drove Ole Dixie Down." The infidelity-laced boogie of "One Way Out" began just as the heavens finally relented their watery onslaught, giving the soaked and inebriated audience another reason to celebrate.
by James A. Karis II
23 August 2004 - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
MANSFIELD - The stars of the show weren't named Allman, but that didn't keep the Allman Brothers Band from delivering a blistering 2- 1/2 hours of southern-steeped blues Saturday night at the Tweeter Center.
Backed by a three-man percussion section, dueling guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks traded soulful licks and frantic solos for a crowd that braved severe thunderstorms to find itself - after the skies had cleared - warmed by a fire on stage.
Founding member and singer/songwriter Gregg Allman, who was also in fine form, understands that his band is built from the ground up - on sheets of percussion and guitar virtuosity.
With a cool swagger, a ponytailed Allman walked onto the stage and sat behind his Hammond organ like a man who knows he's a legend, knows the audience knows he's a legend, and doesn't need to be the focal point of every song to prove it. Instead, his deep, yearning voice and moody organ shared the spotlight with his guitarists, who stood beside each other at center stage the entire night.
Now celebrating its 35th anniversary, the Allman Brothers Band is the finest it's been.
Keyboardist and lead vocalist Gregg Allman - healthier and singing better than he has in a decade - must be proud. He is able to look at his namesake band like a knowing sage, carrying it through a musical renaissance, one where all of the old Allmans staples - hurtling, lean blues-rock jams laid on audiences with all the subtlety of a runaway train - combine with new ones: a greater attention to dynamics, serious jazz inflections and more refined technical mechanics.
As if that newfound sense of purpose and dignity weren't enough (ousted original guitarist Dickey Betts is no longer missed), it's nice to know that the band can surprise even the most devoted, seen-it-all fan. They did just that in a 2-hour, 20-minute workout at the Tweeter Center Saturday, mixing bold, amped- up readings of once-tired originals with a daunting selection of largely well-chosen cover tunes.
So says photographer Jim Marshall of guitarist Duane Allman in his glossy new book of photography, "Jim Marshall: Proof" (Chronicle Books).
Marshall has photographed many an album cover, including 1971's "At Fillmore East," which captures Duane laughing with his fellow band members, including his brother, singer-keyboardist Gregg Allman. (The image, along with outtakes from the photo session, are included in "Jim Marshall: Proof.")
Within months of the album's release, on Oct. 29, 1971, then-24-year-old guitarist Duane Allman was killed in a motorcycle accident.
By Eric R. Danton, Courant Rock Critic
19 August 2004 - The Hartford Courant
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS are at Oakdale Sunday. The band consists of, from left: Gregg Allman, Butch Trucks, Jaimoe, Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes, Oteil Burbridge and Marc Quinones.
The Tex-Mex band Los Lonely Boys recently canceled plans to open for the Allman Brothers Band on the second leg of the latter's summer tour.
Gregg Allman emits a throaty chuckle when he hears the reason why the increasingly popular band pulled out: Los Lonely Boys were exhausted after close to 13 months on the road.
"I remember when I was that age,'' Allman, 56, says from his home in Savannah, Ga., before starting a tour that comes to Wallingford Sunday. "Nineteen-seventy, we did 306 nights. And most of those were probably freebies. We just got around and got people to seeing us.''
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Extended jams played to a psychedelic light show, spontaneous outbreaks of hippie dancing and a sweet, pungent aroma hanging over it all -- you could be excused if you thought you were having a flashback at The Allman Brothers concert at Fox Cities Stadium Saturday night.
The crowd of about 4,100 was a mix of 40- and 50-somethings who grew up listening to The Allman Brothers, and 20-something neo-hippie jam band followers who, if the number of Grateful Dead T-shirts testify to anything, seem just as interested in co-lead guitarist Warren Haynes' connections to The Dead.
First Time in History These Legendary Acts Hit the Road Together
Due to an overwhelming demand from their audiences, the Allman Brothers Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd will tour together for the first time this fall at seven performances. These concerts will run from October 1 in Raleigh, NC through October 10 in San Antonio, TX, with an opening act TBA. Both groups will do full concert sets, with Lynyrd Skynyrd hitting the stage followed by the Allman Brothers Band each night. The tour promises to be as memorable as the time the two iconic acts were on the same bill at the Georgia Jam June 1, 1974 at Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta.
Of the tour, Gregg Allman said, "The Brothers and Skynyrd on the same stage has been a fan's dream a long time coming, proving that the road goes on forever." Lynyrd Skynyrd's Gary Rossington says, "When our band first got together, we were inspired by the Allman Joys and Hour Glass. It's hard to believe that this will be the first time we've toured together. I can't wait to hit the road with them." Johnny Van Zant added, "This is an American tour that's long overdue. Both of our bands have lived through plenty of hard times, but we're still doing what we love: making music for the fans."
2 July 2004 - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Gregg Allman has always been a huge Ray Charles fan. His last solo album, "Searching for Simplicity," included a bluesy rendition of the 1961 Charles R&B hit, "I've Got News for You."
But the leader of the Allman Brothers Band wasn't prepared for the soul legend's death earlier this month.
"I really wasn't ready for that," Allman said in a phone call from his home in Savannah, Ga. "I thought the old boy had another 10 years in him. He was an alien, man. There'll never be anybody like him, or even close. Did you ever hear the guy sing off-key?"
Amazingly, at the age of 78, B. B. King is still playing and singing the blues, juking and jiving with the audience, and all with uncompromising passion. The only noticeable effect of age and ailments on the King of the Blues is the fact that he now plays and sings from the comfort of a chair instead of on his feet. When King took the stage at a recent concert, dressed in a psychedelic silk jacket, he quipped to the audience, “I’ll bet I know what you’re thinking—you’re thinking that at seventy-eight, ol’ BB is just too old to stand up and play anymore. That’s what you’re thinking, isn’t it? Well, you’re right!” From that moment on, King’s simple folding chair miraculously transformed into a throne, and it became abundantly obvious that B. B. King is more popular, more respected, and more relevant than ever. He is undeniably, Mr. B. B. King—the one and only—King of the Blues!
Warren Haynes idolized rock stars as a kid. Now he stands in for them. He's one hot guitarist.
Chronicle Senior Pop Music Critic
23 June 2004 - The San Francisco Chronicle
Warren Haynes knew what it was like to stand in for a dead legendary guitarist long before joining the Dead this summer to play Jerry Garcia's parts. For eight years through the '90s, he took the place of Duane Allman in the Allman Brothers Band, another legendary Fillmore-era outfit that Haynes rejoined three years ago, only to find himself touring with both bands this year.
"Duane was a huge inspiration to me growing up," said Haynes, in town last month for rehearsals with the Dead. "The Allman Brothers never asked me to play more or less like Duane. They left it up to me how much of my influence to show.
Warren Haynes plays with Gov't Mule, the Dead and the Allmans -- oh, and there's that solo project ...
By George Varga
17 June 2004
The San Diego Union-Tribune
It may not be possible for someone to be in four places at once, physically or musically, but Warren Haynes is nearly up for the challenge.
The North Carolina guitar wiz is currently on tour with the Dead, as the post-Jerry Garcia edition of the Grateful Dead is now known, with which he performs here Wednesday at Coors Amphitheatre in Chula Vista. The solo artist opening that show, and a dozen more on the Dead's "Wave That Flag" tour, is ... Warren Haynes.
That's the same Warren Haynes whose summer schedule not only includes 35 concerts with the Dead, but 26 more with the Allman Brothers Band and four solo acoustic dates, followed by a fall tour with his own band, Gov't Mule.
Denver Post Pop Music Critic
18 June 2004 - Denver Post
It just ain't the same; the idea of Nirvana without Kurt Cobain is ludicrous. It's stupid and nonsensical.
Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic know that. You know that. The most rudimentary music fan knows a band is not a band after it loses its heart, its soul, its voice, its philosophical or musical foundation.
Some people don't know that.
Tonight The Doors of the 21st Century take on Universal Lending Pavilion. The Dead play the last three shows of a five-night stand at Red Rocks tonight, Saturday and Sunday. And the Allman Brothers Band hits Red Rocks on July 9 and 10.
Story By: Brian Mansfield
Photo By: Danny Clinch
The Bonnaroo festival celebrates the spirit of jamming and musical mingling. Warren Haynes should be the Bonnaroo poster boy.
The 44-year-old guitarist boasts membership in no fewer than four bands. He fronts his own trio, Gov't Mule, and plays with both the Allman Brothers and The Dead. He's also part of Dead bassist Phil Lesh's side project, Phil Lesh & Friends.
The "Texican rock 'n' roll" brother trio Los Lonely Boys grew up backing their father, a conjunto musician. Born in Snyder, Texas, all three — guitarist Henry Garza, 26, bassist JoJo, 25, and drummer Ringo (his given name), 22 — live in San Angelo.
The group's self-titled album came out in August 2003. Late-night television performances propelled it onto the charts earlier this year. The album now sits at No. 45 on the Billboard chart. Exuberant single Heaven has hit the top 10 on Airplay Monitor's modern adult contemporary and adult top 40 charts and is No. 36 at mainstream top 40. During March's South by Southwest arts festival in Austin, the trio drew 23,000 fans to a free concert — the largest crowd in the event's history. Carlos Santana sat in with the band during a recent concert in San Francisco.
By Stanley Bing
31 May 2004 - Fortune magazine - p. 216
Today I would like to announce the discovery of a new, stress- related ailment that attacks senior management everywhere. That's right. Another one.
This disorder, which I discovered because I suffer from it, is called executive attention deficit disorder, or EADD. Its characteristics correspond almost exactly to those that afflict people with classic ADD, and I'd like to thank the Attention Deficit Disorder Help Center at www. add-adhd-help-center.com for identifying them. Remind me to do so if I forget, because I'm...
Often fidgeting with hands or feet, or squirming while seated. This casts a new light on executive desk toys. My little wind-up teeth are my favorite--a set of choppers on tiny feet that hop around on my blotter. I also like doodling while people are talking to me.
19 April 2004, Stamford Advocate
Copyright 2004, Stamford Advocate. All Rights Reserved
By Barry Halpin
I am daydreaming about life B.C. (before children) and the carefree, fun times my wife and I had living in Venice Beach, Calif., when Erin comes stomping into the family room, a demented grin on her face. "Ugh! I can't believe it, I am so like you dad, it's beyond pathetic."
This is every teenager's worst nightmare! To be stuck in the horror movie, "I Was a Teenage Version of my Dad," with no means of escape.
Time stands still, "Twilight Zone" music starts playing and I swear Rod Serling steps out of the television, saying, "Imagine, if you will, a fairly well-adjusted teenage girl living in suburbia, who suddenly discovers that she is manifesting certain behavioral traits of her dad."
29 April 2004, The Detroit News
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Could some music be dangerous to your driving health? Maybe so, according to a group of Canadian scientists that has concluded that certain types of music shouldn't be played while behind the wheel because it just gets us too worked up.
Instead of paying attention to the road, we're amping up the CD player, tapping our foot on the gas pedal, and we end up boogie-in' down the road because, doggone it all, "we've got the music in us."
HOBOKEN, New Jersey (AP) - When Warren Haynes tells you something in song, you believe it.
Haynes, frontman for Gov't Mule and a guitarist for both the Allman Brothers Band and the Dead, is considered by many to be the hardest working man in rock and seems, whether he has become one or not, like a parental figure in music. This particularly applies to the vibrant composite known as the "jamband community," in which Haynes is a benevolent fixture whose sense of collaboration and exploration draws the kinetic, improvisational fervor of his fellow artists into a beautiful kind of orbit.
The 40-something North Carolina native traces his musical roots to his initial infatuation with gospel and soul, with some of music's most emotive voices -- Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Smokey Robinson, Levi Stubbs. Their testimonial spirit is captured in the nakedness of Haynes' live performances, which yield moments like a moving "Patchwork Quilt" solo during a recent performance at The Starrland Ballroom in Sayreville, a duet between Haynes' voice and his instrument.
14 April 2004, The Wilkes-Barre Times Leader (PA)
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April has been a good month for the blues. Not for having the blues, but for listening to the blues. Three major acts have released blues-tinged efforts with varying degrees of authenticity attached. While both Eric Clapton and Aerosmith have rolled out blues albums, but the first volley belonged to the Allman Brothers Band.
The band's "One Way Out" is a 2-CD set that centers around two performances from the Allmans' thirteen-night stand at NYC's Beacon Theater in 2003. While not 100% grounded in one specific blues flavor, the Allmans continue to mine the same guitar/Hammond organ sound that has permeated the group's music since the celebrated "Fillmore East" concerts in 1971. And the best news is that the fire and passion hasn't left the band's music, even after thirty-plus years.
13 April 2004, San Jose Mercury News
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Warren Haynes has become one of the most wanted men in rock.
With his straggly shank of ginger hair, he looks more like an overworked roadie than a Southern rock icon. But such prestigious groups as the Dead, Phish and the Les Claypool Frog Brigade vie for his guitar skills. In fact, Phil Lesh insists he arranges the touring schedule for Phil Lesh & Friends to ensure that Haynes can join the lineup.
Haynes is in the middle of a Gov't Mule tour that lands at San Francisco's Warfield Theatre tonight. Next, he heads to the studio to finish up a Gov't Mule album and oversee the release of his second solo album, ``Warren Haynes Live at Bonnaroo,'' due out June 8. Then he joins the reinvigorated Dead on the road for two months, playing acoustic guitar as the opener and electric as a member of the band. After that, it's back with the Allman Brothers Band and then more Gov't Mule shows to round out the year.
RALEIGH--Music drew Allison Temple to Raleigh. She was living in Hickory and keeping up with the outside world through Postcard, an Internet mailing list dedicated to alternative-country bands such as the Backsliders and Whiskeytown. Many of the style's brightest lights were in Raleigh, so Temple packed up and moved here in 1998. "I moved here thinking Raleigh would be this alternative-country paradise," Temple recalls, and laughs a bit. "Just like the Postcard list come to life. And it wasn't like that at all."
Bands face tough question over how -- and whether -- to continue
By Kevin McKeough
4 April 2004, Chicago Tribune
A band is as much a tribe as a working unit. The years of intense creative collaboration, career ups and downs, and traveling together on concert tours often forge bonds that make band mates feel like members of a family (even if it's a dysfunctional one).
So the death of a core band member robs a group of a crucial part of its music and leaves the members personally shaken by the loss of a close companion. The combination makes it difficult for a band to continue, yet many do, as demonstrated by the long list of groups -- AC/DC, the Allman Brothers Band, the (formerly Grateful) Dead, the Pretenders, the Who and many others -- who have rebounded from a member's death.
By David Menconi
Raleigh News & Observer
28 March 2004
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Bob Dylan's new "Live 1964: Concert at Philharmonic Hall" might look like just another compact disc. But it's actually a dinosaur on the verge of extinction: the last of the great live albums.
That's not to say the live album is dying. Between Internet file-sharing and Pearl Jam and other bands selling CDs of every show they play, more recorded live music is in circulation than ever before.
What's gone for good are the iconic, career-defining live albums that thrived in the 1970s. The Who's "Live at Leeds," Cheap Trick's "At Budokan" and "Frampton Comes Alive" were signposts of an era and all its gatefold-packaged, drum-solo glory. There is no modern-day equivalent.
"There were a lot of acts that broke through with live albums in the '70s," says Jim Henke, chief curator of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. "[Peter] Frampton, [Bob] Seger, Humble Pie, the Allman Brothers, Cheap Trick. You'd have a history of touring to build up a fan base, then put out a live album. All those fans went and got it, and you were selling platinum. The two-record live album became almost standard. Everybody had to do one. It was like a rite of passage, a defining moment in a band's career."
Macon would not be the same without this date. No Duane Allman Boulevard. No Raymond Berry Oakley III Bridge. No GABBAfest. Heck, there is no GABBA. No Hittin' the Note magazine.
Bow down and pay homage.
Today marks the 35-year anniversary of the forming of The Allman Brothers Band in Jacksonville, Fla. The group was based and recorded in Macon during its heyday. Shortly after their union, they signed to Phil Walden's Capricorn label, which became a force to be reckoned with because of its new band in tow.
It is ABB that is credited with shaping the genre now known as Southern rock. It was their morphing of blues, jazz, soul, R&B and rock 'n' roll into a melting pot of improvisation that paved the way for Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Marshall Tucker Band and the Charlie Daniels Band.
We're not worthy! We're not worthy!
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Rock fans recall how they acquired classic threads
By Lauren Bishop
22 March 2004, The Cincinnati Enquirer
On March 4, we started an unscientific search for the oldest rock T-shirt in the Tristate with an Enquirer article about how celebrities and children of baby boomers are snapping up vintage rock and concert Ts from the '70s and '80s.
You inundated us with responses, telling us tales of your tired old T-shirts yearning to breathe free of the back of your closets. It was a close race, but soon a front-runner emerged. Here's the story of the winning T-shirt, and some of the best of the rest.
Skeptics may wonder why there’s any need for another live Allman Brothers album, but they’d no doubt be part of the same group unaware of the miraculous rejuvenation of this seminal Southern rock band over the last few years. One Way Out (Peach/Sanctuary), due out March 23rd in the middle of the band's annual stint at the Beacon Theatre in New York, may not constitute as significant a cultural milestone as Live at Fillmore East, but it is without doubt the document of a truly great rock and roll ensemble playing with as much fire as finesse.
Band of brothers: After 144 shows, the Allman Brothers Band is still peakin' at the Beacon
By Steve Knopper
19 March 2004, Newsday
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Gregg Allman's voice, on the phone, is a slur. His style is a ramble. He sticks to one topic for about 30 seconds, maximum, then launches onto a tangent that's less focused but far more interesting. He has played the southern-rock blues for more than 30 years, in smoke-filled theaters all over the world, and chronicled his rock-star excesses in recent songs such as "Old Before My Time" and "High Cost of Low Living."
But don't underestimate him. When it's suggested the Allman Brothers Band has performed at Manhattan's Beacon Theatre more than 140 times, he sharply delivers a correction. "A hundred and forty-four," he says, from his home in Savannah, Ga. "We were looking for a place that had the vibe and the sound quality of the Fillmore. It didn't have to be in the East Village. Every year we play [The Beacon] and it's like, 'OK, it's time to do the Fillmore,' because that's the place the Fillmore was."
Every new event and each person that we meet in our life is filtered through our own unique set of experiences. Like a computer, we compare new people and places to the ones neatly catalogued in our minds, make our assessments and comparisons, and then we neatly file the experience away for future use. Only on those extraordinary occasions, when we experience an event, or meet individuals so utterly unique and innovative that it changes our perspective and our lives forever, then and only then, do we actually evolve. I experienced just such a life-bending event in the fall of 1964 at Peabody Auditorium, in Daytona Beach, FL.
My evolution began shortly after moving to Florida, in 1962, at the age of twelve. After living on military bases my entire life, moving to Florida was like giving sight to the blind. Finally, I lived in a setting where chain link fences made good neighbors, warm breezes blew in off the ocean, and barbed wire was non-existent. Trading MP’s for the smiling neighborhood postman, I had settled in heaven on the Atlantic.
New Orleans’ icons, The Radiators, celebrate their first 25 years with a double CD and DVD release :Earth Vs. The Radiators: The First 25. The CD will be the band’s first release in three years - a double live CD recorded at the world-famous Tipitina’s over the course of the band’s 3-night run January 29,30 and 31. The DVD, which was shot on the third and final night of the band’s annual Anniversary Celebration, will be the Radiators first ever, including over three hours of live footage with special guests -- Gregg Allman, Karl Denson George Porter, Jr. (The Meters) and Mark Mullins (Harry Connick, Jr.) all make appearances. The DVD will also feature interviews and a myriad of special features. Earth Vs. The Radiators: The First 25 will be available exclusively during Jazz Fest in New Orleans (April 22 – May 2). National release through Image Entertainment is set for June 8th. The national release will coincide with a 90-minute television program on HD NET.
A one-hour documentary entitled "Carnival of the Blues, 10 Days at the Ottawa Bluesfest" will premiere Sunday, February 29th at Tucson's Roadhouse in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada at 7PM. This documentary is a backstage exploration of the role Ottawa has played as a venue to support the blues and international music worldwide. It features performances by The Allman Brothers Band, Pinetop Perkins, The Blues Brothers and many others. It also includes an exclusive interview with Gregg Allman. The screening is FREE and open to the public.
For venue information visit: TusconBlues.com
Location: 2430 Bank Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
To purchase a copy of the DVD for $50 email Rose Simpson at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Muchas peachness to Brother Bill Ector for his loving, hard and patient work in making this archival Hittin' the Note article available. We love you, Bill!
By: Lana Michelizzi
For: Hittin' the Note, Issue 15 (long ago and far away ... )
After the “Gospel According to the Allman Brothers Band” appeared in Issue #11 of Hittin’ the Note, several people commented on the fact that I was the only sister featured in it. This certainly wasn’t by design - I’d put out a blanket request for members of the extended family to share their thoughts. However, it wasn’t something that surprised me, either. From the early days of listening to Idlewild South spinning away on a turntable while we lazed about on a waterbed mattress, to the Spring ABBreak I took earlier this year, most of my Allman Brothers experiences have plunked me in the middle of “Boyland.” This gender imbalance has had its ups and downs.
On the plus side, I like being surrounded by guys, and have never had to worry about finding a dance (or twirl!) partner. I’ve learned how to set up and break down a gig, pee unabashedly alongside a road, sleep five to a bed thinking in terms of the bodies being more like kittens and puppies tumbling all over each other (instead of “That Man-Woman Thing”) and gotten away with a whole lot of Yankee lipping off cuz there has always been some guitar-wielding sumbitch willing to defend my dishonor.
In 2003, The Allman Brothers Band effectively completed a rejuvenation of themselves like no other act in rock history. The seminal Southern rock band achieved the profoundly difficult tasks of recapturing both their aesthetic credibility and commercial viability. This, after longs years of enduring internecine warfare, multiple tragedies of bandmembers’ deaths, on top of the usual rock syndrome of bad business dealings and the demons of drugs and alcohol. Long in the shadow of the Grateful Dead in the pantheon of improvisational rock and roll bands, ABB have accomplished what the Dead are still trying to do, and which few if any artists of their longevity (aside perhaps from Bob Dylan) have ever been able to do, that is, restore themselves to full power as writers, musicians, performers and recording artists.
By Charles Passy
8 February 2004, The Palm Beach Post
A glance at the front page of The Palm Beach Post on Sunday, Feb. 9, 1964, reveals a Cold War-era world scarred by global tensions - in Cyprus, Cuba and beyond. And though no mention is made of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy two-and-a-half months earlier - even in a piece on the Kennedy family's visit to Palm Beach - it's hard not to read between the lines and see the story of a nation searching for solace.
But the real story of the day was waiting to be told.
By Jeff Potts
4 February 2004
It's a good thing the Neenah Menasha Professional Firefighters are responsible for the annual charity concert at Fox Cities stadium, because the 2004 installment is going to be one hot show.
Southern rockers The Allman Brothers Band will headline the charity concert on Saturday, July 17.
"It's going to be one heck of a night at the stadium," said Capt. Steve Pack. "Maybe the biggest one yet."
Past performers have included Chicago and the Moody Blues, but organizers said they expect The Allman Brothers Band to help bring in a slightly younger crowd this summer, which hopefully will translate into more profits for the firefighters charities.
As if he wasn't already busy enough, Allman Brothers Band/Gov't Mule guitarist Warren Haynes will tour with the Dead. The band, which will play a one-off gig in San Francisco next month and tour extensively this summer, features members of the original Grateful Dead -- guitarist Bob Weir, bassist Phil Lesh and drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann -- as well as guitarist Jimmy Herring and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti. Vocalist Joan Osborne and keyboardist Rob Barraco, who toured with the band last year, will not return this summer.
It's time to bust out your checkbook, because whether you know it or not, you're indebted to the Allman Brothers Band.
Hailed as revolutionaries when they first arrived on the music scene in 1969, their countrified blend of blues, jazz and, of course, rock has been a crucial influence on multiple generations of musicians.
Originally pioneers of live jamming onstage, today the Allman Brothers are the masters. Every year they hold court over a sold-out series of concerts at New York City's storied Beacon Theater, and a visit to their 2003 run shows that it's as successful as ever, as they play to an impassioned audience of old devotees, young recruits and everyone in between. The vocals are smoky, the guitars ring true, and with two legendary drummers and a gifted percussionist, the grooves never let go. Song-bending and chop-challenging improvisation comes in wave after wave, and the crowd urges the band on like a group of Olympic athletes.
By Jonathan Cohen, Billboard.com
30 December 2003
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NEW YORK -- Pearl Jam, Paul Westerberg, Dropkick Murphys, Letters to Cleo's Kay Hanley, American Hi-Fi and the Allman Brothers Band are among the artists who have donated tracks to "Hot Stove, Cool Music," a compilation due Jan. 20 via Fenway Recordings. ESPN baseball reporter Peter Gammons will host an affiliated concert on Jan. 11 at Boston's Paradise, featuring Hanley and Buffalo Tom's Bill Janovitz, among others.
Editors Note: The ABB's track is Desdemona from the 2003 Tweeter Center show.
Proceeds from the album and show will benefit the Jimmy Fund, which supports cancer research.
The album sports a live version of Pearl Jam's "Bu$hleaguer" and Hanley guesting with the Dropkick Murphys on "The Dirty Glass." The Hot Stove All Stars, featuring Janovitz, Peter Wolf, Mighty Mighty Bosstones frontman Dicky Barrett and Boston Red Sox players, turn in a cover of Gary Glitter's "Rock and Roll (Part 2)."
Hmm lets see here, Lanaroo... seems like it was a long time ago.... lol...
Ok, here I go. Before I left Friday morn' (11/14), the power went out a few times. The winds were clocking up to 50 plus miles per hour, or so I'm told every time it came back on, the burgler alarm came on. So it was a up and down night. Got up around 6:30 am - usually dont get up till after 9, but Pam wanted a early start...lol....( yea right, with me heheheh). So I loaded up the Coachman with more than enough guitars and clothes, and Jake the Doberman,( that ole Boy Scout thang..of 'being prepared') and left.....
On Sunday, November 30 from 9-11P ET/PT, host Ray Manzarek, organist for The Doors, takes Travel Channel viewers on a psychedelic tour through time in the world premiere special TEMPLES OF ROCK.
The two-hour special visits some of the most important performing and recording sites in rock and roll, namely: The Cavern, CBGB, Fillmore Auditorium, the Fillmore East, Motown’s Hitsville USA, Sun Studio and the Whisky a Go Go.
Holding a single blooming rose, a haunting memorial to a little girl has become part of Southern rock folklore
By Travis Fain
Telegraph Staff Writer
10 November 2003, Macon Telegraph
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Little Martha's death is not her own.
The Southern myths of rock adopted her long ago, bringing pilgrims to her feet bearing flowers for a stone hand soft from the lichen underneath. She stares up the slopes of Rose Hill Cemetery, her eyes always locked, her lips forever pursed in a silent little frown.
If you stare at her long enough, Martha looks devastatingly sad.
The Allman Brothers Band: "Live at the Atlanta International Pop Festival," (Epic/Legacy). 4 (Four) stars; "At Fillmore East (Deluxe Edition)," (Mercury/UME) 5 (Five) stars; "Live at the Beacon Theatre" (Peach/Sanctuary - DVD) 3 (Three) 1/2 stars.
It's an autumn bonanza for fans of the Allman Brothers Band. The venerable Southern rock icons are being spotlighted with several different releases, the most intriguing of which is a double-CD recording culled from their July 3 and July 5, 1970 performance at the Atlanta International Pop Festival. While a couple of cuts from this release appeared on a various artist triple-LP from 1971, the vast majority of the two-and-a-half-hour package had never previously seen the light of day commercially.
In the alley outside, a group gathered around three guitars and a harmonica playing "Melissa."
Few lips were sealed. One person sang at full strength, two others joined in with a somewhat softer accompaniment, and still others could not resist at least mouthing the words to a favorite song of the Allman Brothers.
Blues fan: Butch Trucks, drummer for the Allman Brothers Band, Palm Beach
What the blues means to him: "Duane (Allman) introduced me to the blues. They became a part of my life then and have been a part ever since. All of the music I have played since the inception of the Allman Brothers Band in 1969 is greatly informed by the blues. Some (songs) are direct covers (One Way Out, Statesboro Blues, Stormy Monday, etc.), some are just influenced by them. But the feel and overt emotion evoked by the blues opened me up to what music is all about."
Favorite blues recording: John Hammond's Shake For Me. "Duane played slide guitar on this one and the groove, Hammond's singing and the playing are as good as it gets."
I think I finally know why all those "Dead-Heads" use to follow the Grateful Dead from venue to venue. I used to think people who would do this had no life of their own. Not now, especially since I am getting all I can of these Allman Brothers!
I got tickets for the Berkeley show for myself, my best friend and our wives. I then got airline tickets to San Diego for my wife and I to join another close friend and his wife to see the Allmans at the Street Scene.
Few groups evoke as many gasps of "Are they still around?" as the Allman Brothers Band.
During the late '60s and early '70s, the band conjured a mix of virtually every American musical form - blues, country, R&B, jazz and rock - bound by an ethos of soaring concert improvisation.
The Allmans' benchmark early albums remain noted for the graceful interplay between Duane Allman and Dickey Betts, one of rock's most gifted guitar duos.
If you think Warren Haynes gives his guitars a workout at his shows, just imagine what his day planner must look like. While many musicians might struggle to keep pace with a single band, the 37-year-old Asheville, N.C., native is a full-time member of three.
He fronts his own Gov't Mule, plays with the Allman Brothers Band and tours with Phil & Friends, an outfit led by Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh. And that can make for a mighty crazy schedule, especially for a married man with family responsibilities.
By Spencer Patterson
29 August 2003, the Las Vegas Sun
In the pantheon of rock legends cut down in their prime, Duane Allman rarely gets his due.
It's not hard to figure out why. The guitarist's fatal motorcycle accident occurred in October 1971, just months after the deaths of the more prominent trio of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison.
Anyone who doubts the monumental loss the rock world suffered with Allman's demise, however, need only listen to the early Allman Brothers document "Beginnings" to get a sense of his immense talent.
Had the pleasure to see the Winery and LA Greek so far and SB Bowl tonite.
The band is at peak form. Gregg's voice sounding so good, singing loud and clear....the new songs really give Gregg the chance to shine..Desdemona,Old Before, High Cost etc, I am not used to saying his voice was sounding so good, its really good to get to say that.
Ricardo Baca and G. Brown
Denver Post Staff Writers
31 August 2003, Denver Post
As the big acts wind down their summertime amphitheater/arena touring schedules each fall, the excitement of live music goes inside and switches almost full time to the theaters and the bars. Acts we haven't seen for a long while (Portishead frontwoman Beth Gibbons and Fischerspooner), groups aboard the full-on hype train (White Stripes and Atmosphere) and some familiar faces (Loudon Wainwright III and The Allman Brothers Band) could easily give legendary peformances in Colorado this fall.
Red Rocks Amphitheatre is one of the planet's most awesome natural outdoor venues, internationally renowned for its incredible beauty and natural acoustic quality.
Fans come to revel in the grand setting, but it also blows away performers from all musical genres. They're pumped when they hit the stage, seeing the front rows of the audience close to the stage. Without fail, Red Rocks creates what's known in the business as the "magic bubble of entertainment."
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RALEIGH--Brenda Griffin didn't mind the wait. Not after a 10-hour car drive from her home in Tallahassee. Not after attending three Allman Brothers Band concerts in as many days -- in Atlanta, Charlotte and Raleigh.
It took the legendary Allman Brothers Band nine years to release its latest album of new material, Hittin' the Note. And bassist Oteil Burbridge is glad the band waited. "I really didn't want to record with the band before because there was so much tension," Mr. Burbridge said during a phone interview. "That really crippled anything from getting done. Now it's much different, it's a much better time."
That tension, Mr. Burbridge said, came from "personality conflicts." "They've been together for 30 years -- you're bound to get tired of some stuff," he explained. "It seems most of it, if not all, has been wiped away -- or at least put to bed."
Legacy/Epic Records has set a Oct. 21 release date for a new double-disc live album by the Allman Brothers Band. "Live at the Atlanta International Pop Festival -- July 3 & 5, 1970" collects two performances by the then-new group, opening and closing the second annual Atlanta International Pop Festival.
The Mayor of Raleigh, Charles Meeker, will present a tree to the Allman Brothers Band, the only act to appear at ALLTEL Pavilion each of the venue's 13 years in operation. A certificate stating that a tree will be planted in the band's honor will be given to each band member in an on-stage presentation by the mayor, a professed Allman Brothers Band fan.
The presentation will take place at ALLTEL Pavilion, Sunday, August 10 at 8:15 pm, immediately before the band's performance.
Six Additional Live Tracks Added to Classic 1971 Double Live Album
One of the greatest double live albums of all time, The Allman Brothers Band At Fillmore East has been digitally remastered and expanded with bonus tracks, creating for the first time a complete concert experience. The two-CD The Allman Brothers Band At Fillmore East (Deluxe Edition) (Mercury/UME), released September 9, 2003, adds six performances, all from the Fillmore East in 1971, to the album issued that same year.
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Pop in the Allman Brothers Band's Hittin' the Note [Sanctuary]-the group's first studio album in nearly a decade-and the first sounds to meet your ears are a stomping beat, a swampy blues lick, a warbling slide note, and Gregg Allman's gravelly voice. By the time the bittersweet harmony lines of Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks close the tune, it's obvious the band's distinctive double-guitar signature is as exciting as ever.
With sunken cheeks and his hair tied back into a braided ponytail, Gregg Allman now carries the cool aura of Chet Baker. Allman Brothers twin guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks play with improvisational adventure, echoing single-line tones of hard bopster Grant Green.
So maybe it wasn't so surprising that midway through the Allmans' cover of Van Morrison's "Into the Mystic" Tuesday night at the Chicago Theatre, the band broke into a looping riff of Dave Brubeck's "Take Five."
Offering up a few minutes to talk on his day off in Chicago, a buoyant Oteil Burbridge thought it important to end the conversation with a suggestive plea. "I'd like to add to all the fans to go buy a Howlin' Wolf record," Burbridge said. Had the broad-shouldered city's antiquity taken hold of Burbridge on his short visit? Not quite.
"Because it's Howlin' Wolf," he added. "I think Gregg's (Allman) got about 12. If it wasn't for Muddy Waters, Sun House, and Howlin' Wolf, you probably wouldn't have any Allman Brothers."
One day, Gregg Allman says, he woke up and his eyes were orange.
"That's kind of a wake-up call there, isn't it?"
The legendary voice behind such classic Allman Brothers Band performances as "Midnight Rider" and "It's Not My Cross to Bear" is approaching his seventh year of being sober and says he hardly even thinks about it anymore.
In fact, the smell of cigarettes and liquor is enough to make him sick.
Allman Brothers Band, Tedeschi take charge
Jay N. Miller
14 July 2003 - The Patriot Ledger
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About 34 years after its founding, the Allman Brothers Band is still the premier jam band in rock 'n' roll. The years and various circumstances may have altered the lineup, but the septet from Macon, Ga., still takes rock, blues, country and jazz and crunches it all together in one gloriously soulful stew better than anyone.
By: Scott McLennan
For the Worcester Telegram & Gazette
10 July 2003
Reinvention is the mother of The Allman Brothers Band. Through its 34-year history the iconic Southern rock ensemble has made room for many "brothers" as death, drug abuse and degeneration besot the Allmans with a frequency that would have permanently crippled most.
The 2003 edition of The Allman Brothers Band is a remarkable version of the group, which now consists of original member, singer and organ player Gregg Allman, drummers Butch Trucks and Jaimoe combined with "younger brothers" guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks (Butch's nephew), bass player Oteil Burbridge and percussion player Marc Quinones.
What makes this lineup so remarkable rests in the work heard on "Hittin' The Note," The Allman Brothers Band's first studio recording since 1994's "Where It All Begins." "Hittin' the Note" is a classic Allman Brothers recording, full of creative peaks and signature style.
It was time to get back to some good ole fashioned blues last night with The Allman Brothers at the Bluesfest Main Stage big show. With a little psychedelia thrown in. After hugely entertaining, eclectic evenings with Kool & the Gang, Great Big Sea, Sheryl Crow and Elvis Costello, the architects of southern rock didn't have to coax a crowd of 22,800 kicking, screaming and hypnotically entranced fans back to the blues.
And, in the end, all festival guru Mark Monahan could do was light a stogie and groove along with them. See, The Allman Brothers were a dream-team booking for Monahan's festival. Blues at heart but still, as popular as any arena rock band, the band was a perfect fit for last night's night's beer-swilling, down-and-dirty brouhaha.
Gregg Allman sounds more like a grizzled baseball manager every day.
Listen to him describe the latest lineup of the Allman Brothers Band: ''We got our beloved Haynes back and we had already acquired the kid. And, of course, we had the rhythm section.''
To further the baseball analogy, the Allmans hit for the cycle on their new CD, ''Hittin' the Note,'' the first album of new material in nine years (and first since guitarist Dickey Betts was booted). Most of the reviews have been stellar, and there is a clear rejuvenation taking place, which carried over to a well-received appearance at the Bonnaroo Festival this summer and will hopefully continue at their Tweeter Center show on Sunday, July 13.
"The Allman Brothers rock," said East Lansing resident Nate Foster as he waited eagerly to see the band Tuesday night at Common Ground. And despite some rain before the show, Foster remained excited to see the band.
"I've never seen them before, it's going to be sweet," he said. "It should be a good time, everyone loves a good summer rain." The light rain cleared as the legendary Allman Brothers Band took the stage, opening with a mellow, jammed-out rendition of the crowd-pleasing "Ain't Wastin' Time No More."
Apparently the road does go on forever. Gregg Allman and the band that carries his name sang those words about 30 years ago, but Wednesday night, July 2, at Tower City Amphitheater, they once again proved that old lyric to be true.
The band has survived the deaths of founder Duane Allman, original bassist Berry Oakley and a replacement bassist, plus serious drug and alcohol problems and intraband wrangling.
Old fans who still haven't recovered from the 2000 ousting of original guitarist Dickey Betts may find it hard to believe, but the 2003 edition of the Allman Brothers Band is rocking as hard as a group with four members older than 50 can be expected to.
The Allman Brothers Band is old. For the better part of 34 years (with a few breaks in between) the band has toured the country laying down sturdy blues rock with touches of jazz, old school R&B and country. It produced one of rock's most revered live albums, 1971's Live at Fillmore East and has had to try and live up to that high mark.
Band members also have seen more than their share of personal tragedy. Band founder/leader Duane Allman died in a motorcycle accident on the streets of the band's home base of Macon, Ga., in 1971 just as they were gaining notoriety. Almost a year to the day later, bassist Berry Oakley died in a bike wreck not too far from where his band mate's life ended.
But, the surviving original Brothers, drummers Butch Trucks and Jai Johanny ``Jamoe'' Johanson, guitarist Dickey Betts and singer Greg Allman, always seem to find their way back to one another.
''It has to do with the music. It's under my skin and all up in my cells and into my soul. It is my existence.'' — Gregg Allman
Being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame should be a time to celebrate. For many, it's the crowning achievement in a longstanding career. That should have been the case with The Allman Brothers Band, which in 1994 was inducted in its first year of eligibility. Instead, it's a night Gregg Allman remembers with embarrassment.
''I walked up on stage and Willie Nelson looked at me,'' recalled Allman, sounding a bit uncomfortable, ''and he meant it when he said, 'Are you all right? Do you need me to help you back off the stage?'
''Aw, God, I tried all day to stay cool. It was nerves on top of all of it, but my knee started shaking. Anyway, right then it hit me, when I was standing there with one of, not necessarily my mentor, but one of my dear friends. I mean everybody loves Willie, and for him to see me in that shape at such an important moment crushes me when I think about it. So . . . I did something about it after that.''
This year, event planners say they are ready for an expected 90,000 people and hope the parking lot that was Manchester last year is avoided. "We were a parking lot by the time the gates opened last year and we just played catch-up the whole weekend," said Coffee County Sheriff Steve Graves.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation will be setting out flashing signs throughout the Interstate 24 route into Manchester warning travelers not ready to party to take alternative routes. Motorists and truckers unconnected to the musical fest were stuck in their cars for as long as 12 hours. Highways 41 and 55 were in a four-way soul train of concert-goers. Spokesman Jeff Cuellar with Bonaroo promoter A.C. Entertainment said planners have "taken everything into account" this year to try to prevent the amazing crawl that swallowed Manchester.
The Allman Brothers Band will occupy their summer as they typically do--on the road, playing dozens of concerts at a mix of amphitheaters, festivals and theaters. What's atypical about this tour is that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members are touring behind a new album--their first new studio set in nine years. Karl Denison's Tiny Universe supports on most dates.
In March, the Allmans released "Hittin' the Note," which includes 11 new tracks. The band's lineup now features Gregg Allman (vocals, keyboards), Butch Trucks (percussion), Derek Trucks (guitar), Marc Quinones (percussion), Oteil Burbridge (bass), Jaimoe (percussion) and Warren Haynes (guitar).
"There's a lot of power in this lineup," Allman said in a statement. "The more we played, the more we realized how good we were sounding, so we figured we'd start writing some new songs and cutting them. We wound up surprising ourselves with how much great stuff we came up with. Hell, we've got enough left over to cut another record right now."
The Allman Brothers Band is still one of the top attractions in the live concert industry after over 30 years of touring. Like the Grateful Dead, they've always been a draw regardless of whether the new album went gold or not. In fact, a new album hasn't been necessary to the public for a long time. It has now been nine years since the last album of Allman Brothers Band studio material was released, but that run is about to end with they unleash their powerful new record, Hittin' The Note [Sanctuary].
A lot of things have changed since 1994's Where It All Begins-namely, the guitarists. Warren Haynes, who revived the band after a dormant period in the '80s, left in 1997 to concentrate on Gov't Mule. First, Jack Pearson and then Derek Trucks-who is drummer Butch Trucks' nephew-succeeded Haynes. Then founding member Dickey Betts was "relieved of duty" by the band in 2000. He was replaced temporarily by current Dead guitarist Jimmy Herring before Haynes returned to the fold in 2001. Where it all ends is that the band now features Trucks and Haynes on dual lead guitars, Marc Quinones on percussion, Oteil Burbridge on bass, founding fathers Jaimoe Johanny Johanson and Butch Trucks on drums, and namesake Gregg Allman on vocals and
My normal Beacon trip consists of picking one of the 3-day weekends, Thursday thru Saturday. That was the original plan this year as well. Then I got to talking to JodyGirl and she suggested I come on Wednesday because you just never know when a spring snow storm will occur. Good idea. But there was no ABB show on Wednesday. Then I got to thinking, “well there is one on Tuesday. Maybe I'll come to NY then. Well, if I'm going to come Tuesday I might as well come Monday and just take the whole dang week off”. So that's what I did.
Monday, March 17: Turns out Jody was right. Sort of. We got an unseasonable warm spell in Michigan that melted all the snow. I was fogged in the Detroit airport and three flights to La Guardia were cancelled. Instead of getting into NY around 1:30 that afternoon, I didn't get in until after 6:00. It was almost 7:00 when I got into the city. Somehow I have a knack for finding the most disgusting hotels in Manhattan and this was no exception (maybe the price would give me a hint in the future). Since the ABB show started at 8:00, I didn't have time to find another place, so I begrudgingly checked in. I quickly took a shower and went to the Beacon to look for Pam & Goliath in front of the theatre. Unfortunately, we never hooked up. I guess it might have helped if we knew what the other looked like.
This story should have been up a week ago, so I’m going to dispense with a flowery introduction and cut right to the chase. The Allman Brothers Band 2003 rock all over the place.
I’ve had the pleasure of seeing three of their 13 sold-out shows at New York’s Beacon Theater and I can assure you they are playing with more fire confidence and creativity than I’v e heard in a long time. I was none too happy to see the band part ways with Dickey Betts three years ago and I still love Dickey’s playing to death, but it seems like something that had to happen and the proof is in the pudding. In Betts’ last year with the band, they often seemed to be going through the motions. Now, they are clearly reinvigorated.
A pair of Elvis Presley's sunglasses once sold for $23,000 at an auction. Just last week, a Spanish hairdresser paid $1,550 for a lock of Beatle George Harrison's hair from 1964. So Macon's Larry Brantley was convinced he was holding a valuable piece of music property.
For 30 years, he kept Duane Allman's guitar strap sealed inside a coffee can. The 55-year-old local carpenter struggled with the decision to sell something that once hung from the slim shoulders of the renowned lead guitarist for the Allman Brothers. When he turned down an offer of $10,000 for the strap last year, it provided affirmation that he owned something of great value to music collectors.
If anybody in rock deserves to sing the line "now all the things that used to mean so much to me/Have made me old before my time," it's Gregg Allman. Since he and his brother, Duane, founded the Allman Brothers Band 34 years ago, the singer-keyboardist has had to cope with deaths in the family, heroin and alcohol abuse, marriage and divorce with Cher, band breakups and reunions and the endless grind of life on the road.
"Old Before My Time," a wistful folk-rock song on the Allman Brothers Band's first studio album in nine years, captures these travails in a weary, nostalgic way. Although the Southern-rock collective is best known these days as a grandfatherly fixture on the jam-band concert circuit, "Hittin' the Note," due March 18, shows off Allman's under-recognized talents as a singer, songwriter and organist.
"This is a point in time where we all kind of stop and look back and see what the effect all this has had on us. And that seemed to come out on this record," says Allman, whose band plays the second of 13 concerts Friday night at the Beacon Theatre. "'Old Before My Time' isn't necessarily bad -- you lived hard and loved it."
Gregg Allman doesn't like to mention ex-Allmans guitarist Dickey Betts when he does an interview these days, yet he can't avoid alluding to him over and over. When Allman talks about the band's difficulty in writing material during the past decade, or his dissatisfaction with some recent live tours and releases, or even the basic ability of the musicians to function as a group, he hems and haws in assigning blame.
But eventually he says, "Let's just put it this way. It seems like some dark cloud has moved away and it's back to business as usual." It isn't hard to figure out the identity of the "dark cloud" he refers to.
The Allmans expelled Betts, the band's original guitarist, in 2000, citing an alleged drinking problem. At the time, Allman said, "It's amazing how one person's disease can affect the band so much." Betts vigorously denied the characterization. He continues to tour with his own band. While the split was first described as temporary, Allman now labels Betts' ouster "liberating" and says a reunion is "very unlikely."
With Betts gone, the Allman Brothers has managed to record its first full album of new material in nine years, "Hittin' the Note," which will be released March 18. It's also set to play 13 shows at the Beacon Theatre, starting Thursday, with dates running through March 30.
By: Russell Tice
For Mix Online
Originally posted 7/1/1999
March 26, 1999, marked the thirtieth anniversary of the first concert by the legendary Allman Brothers Band. The date fell, fittingly enough, during what has become a tradition for the group throughout the past decade-an extended run of performances at New York's historic Beacon Theater.
The Allman Brothers Band is steeped in both musical and even visual tradition-their show includes a re-creation of the famous light shows of the '60s, courtesy of the Brotherhood of Light-and the band has earned a reputation for putting on long and varied shows that draw from their roots in Southern blues, rock and jazzy improvisation. During 30 years of playing both together and apart, the Allmans' live setup has grown and changed along with the industry, evolving from primitive beginnings with a Sunn Coliseum P.A. to the unique stage and monitoring system they employ today.
Music industry veterans say the use of pyrotechnics in The Station nightclub was a horrible blunder and will bring tough new restrictions on concert special effects.
``The idea of doing pyro in a facility like that is suicidal,'' said Gary Bongiovanni, editor of the concert trade magazine Pollstar.
Howie Cusack, head of Pretty Polly Productions, a Boston-based concert/booking agency, said, ``You shouldn't have any kind of pyrotechnic display in a place like that. That was a horrible, horrible thing. Pyrotechnics and inexperienced handlers is a recipe for disaster.''
Allman Brothers manager Bert Holman said, ``This kind of thing is always a concern in the industry, especially when it gets to the smaller venue level.
``At a club level, with crowds close to the stage and a low ceiling, any one person can make an arbitrary decision . . . and not take into account the other things that will happen,'' Holman added.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Los Angeles judge on Friday threw out a lawsuit by the Allman Brothers Band, ruling that the rockers waited too long to sue Universal Music Group for the return of a decade's worth of their recordings. The band, whose hits include "Ramblin' Man," claimed in their 2001 lawsuit that the recordings of live performances, demos and rehearsals made between 1969 and 1979 were for personal use and were not part of their Capricorn Records contract.
The Allman Brothers tapes were among recordings stored in a warehouse whose contents was transferred to Polygram Records during Capricorn's 1979 bankruptcy. Through a series of mergers of record companies, the tapes eventually ended up in the hands of Universal Music, now a unit of Vivendi Universal .
The band members -- Gregg Allman, Jai Johnny "Jaimoe" Johanson, Claude Hudson "Butch" Trucks, and the estate of Raymond Berry Oakley III -- contended in the suit that they did not know the tapes were stored in the warehouse until 1998. The band wrote to Universal about the tapes but never received any response, the complaint said.
Superior Court Judge Judith Chirlin granted Universal's motion to dismiss the suit on the grounds that the statute of limitations had expired on the band's claims. A Universal spokesman declined to comment. The band's attorney could not be reached for comment.
The Allman Brothers Band has never stopped rockin', never been long off the road, never left an audience disappointed. What’s wrong with this picture is that this legendary group, whose catalog includes more than a few timeless, landmark albums, hadn't laid down any studio tracks in a long while.
All that changes on March 18, 2003, as their first new release in nine years hits the streets. Titled Hittin' the Note and unleashed (on the band's own Peach Records in partnership with Sanctuary Records), these 11 cuts are described by Gregg Allman as "the best album we've made since Eat a Peach.”
"There's a lot of power in this lineup," Allman insists. "The more we played, the more we realized how good we were sounding, so we figured we'd start writing some new songs and cutting them. We wound up surprising ourselves with how much great stuff we came up with. Hell, we've got enough left over to cut another record right now."
By SHANNON DONNELLY
Palm Beach Daily News Society Editor
Sunday, Oct. 20, 2002
NEW YORK -- It's not like Palm Beachers need an excuse to spend an autumn weekend in the Big Apple, but when there's a good cause to support, so much the better. The Alzheimer's Association is a good cause -- and its annual Rita Hayworth Gala was a good reason for scores of Palm Beachers to head to New York.
"The Lady from Shanghai" was the theme for this year's event, which took place Oct. 3 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. The gala takes its theme each year from one of Rita Hayworth's films. The event is named for the late film star, who suffered from Alzheimer's disease, and was founded by her daughter, Princess Yasmin Aga Khan.
In keeping with the theme, the night was all Asian. A "black tie or Asian Splendor" dress code brought out lots of women in cheongsams, a black-and-gold kimono-style dress, and even a Mao jacket or two. The cocktail hour-and-a-half offered spring rolls, satay, dim sum and a made-especially-for-the-evening drink called a Lemongrass Cocktail -- which tasted little of lemon and even less of grass, but dang sure tasted like vodka.
Not that we would know.
After cocktails, guests moved into the Grand Ballroom, transformed into a 1920s Chinese nightclub. Red silk streamers crisscrossed the ceiling for dinner and the presentation of awards to Margo Catsimatidis for her longtime support, and to Palm Beach resident Butch Trucks. Trucks received the special Caregiver Award, recognizing his mother's long fight against Alzheimer's disease and the care she received from her family right up until her death. Trucks' acceptance speech -- a tribute to his parents' enduring marriage and his father's determination to care for his wife until the end -- was so moving that it left many of the 800 guests in tears.
After dinner, Trucks bought a few of his friends (you probably know them as the Allman Brothers ) to the stage for a mini-concert, which brought Palm Beacher Ashley Deflin to her feet. "I danced and danced," she said later. "They were great." Also seen bopping and swaying: Scott Snyder, Mark Gilbertson, Judy Grubman, Joe and Eileen Cornacchia, Donald Trump with Melania Knauss, Gianna and Guido Lombardi, Lori and Bruce Gendelman, Jill Rau, Tom Quick, David Ober and Melinda Trucks, even though she's heard it all before.
Andrea Stark was chairwoman of the gala, with Princess Yasmin Aga Khan serving as general chairwoman. Co-chairwomen were Donna Dixon Aykroyd, Claudia Cohen and Susan Hess, with Della Rounick serving as journal chairwoman.
Committee members included Beth Rudin deWoody, Hilary Geary, Frances Hayward, Neil Hirsch, Ivana, David and Julia Koch, Leonard and Evelyn Lauder, Earle and Carol Mack, Dina Merrill and Ted Hartley, Jamie Niven, Martin and Patty Raynes, Carroll Petrie, Ron Perelman, Arnold Scaasi, Donald Trump, Vera Wang and Arthur Becke.
WOW - finally back to Hot'lanta after a wonderful road trip to FLA with Hophead! We've been doing this for about the last decade and this little adventure was one of the finest. It's always special to see the dTb and the ABB perform in their home state. Lot's of old friends and characters are everywhere and if you get lucky you can hear many interesting stories about the beginnings of both bands.
WPB was a great start! I was so proud of the dTb for introducing another new song to us at the opening performance. "Pedro in D Minor" (working title) has Cuban influences and developed by leaps and bounds every time it was played. There is also a new cover tune sometimes sung by Susan, sometimes by Mike and sometimes by both that is very, very catchy! I'm not sure of the name but it may be "Movin' On" or "I'm Movin." The dTb recorded this for Susan's next CD and it has radio hit all over it! Very cool tune! Kind of a beach music groove flavored with Motown. I cannot get it out of my mind!
At the Daytona Beach Oceanside Convention Center last night during the drum solo in the new instrumental, Warren motioned for us to follow him to his dressing room. I was amazed at first, thinking "Who me?" but Warren motioned again and said "C'mon!" We sat down with him for about ten minutes and listened to him talk about whatever was on his mind. What transpired in that short break was amazing, something JNB and I will never forget! Although we were fried, tongue tied, and overly excited, we still remember most of what was talked about. The conversation was not recorded and the following account is subject to our faulty memory, but to the best of our recollection here are the highlights:
DAYTONA BEACH -- Floyd Miles remembers the flowers. His wife had just given birth to their first daughter and his friend -- this kid, really, because Miles himself was just 17 -- brought flowers to the hospital.
Brad Yates remembers how he and his friends often crashed overnight at the Daytona Beach home of the flower guy and his younger brother, leaving their mom to cook breakfast for a battalion-size horde.
Sylvan Wells remembers how the flower guy's younger brother wanted to be a dentist, and give up the fledgling rock 'n' roll band the two brothers had started.
I encountered your website for the first time today. I have enjoyed the Allman Brothers since I listened to them in high school in the early 1970s. I saw them live once but shortly after Duane died. I have long found inspiration in his guitar playing, and have often felt a remarkable similarity between the effect his playing has on me and the effect of another of my musical heroes, John Coltrane. Every now and then when no one else is home, this middle-aged father and college professor will play loudly one of my early ABB favorites, such as "Mountain Jam" from Eat a Peach.
Thoughts and ramblings and numbers concerning the recent "What I Did on My Summer Vacation"/"Hockey Withdrawal" Tour undertaken by Lana and me:
5,648 total miles driven in the rental Chevrolet Malibu.
5,279 of those miles driven with Lana, who brought, among other things,
1 blender and
1 bottle of rum and
1 bottle of raspberry daiquiri mix with us.
1 newly re-christened "Malibrew" after those bottles leaked in the trunk after being opened in Pittsburgh.
17 days away from home.
17 states traveled through (NC, VA, WV, PA, OH, MO, IN, IL, IA, KS, MN, WI, MI, KY, TN, GA, SC) on the way to seeing ...
As the anthemic chorus of "Revival" -- "People can you feel it/Brothers everywhere" -- soared buoyantly throughout the sold-out house, the enthusiastic crowd joined in with Allman Brothers Band singers Gregg Allman and Warren Haynes to turn one of the band's signature songs into a joyous hymn of optimism and redemption. Performed as the encore to a rousing three-hour set, the song was a fitting choice to close the proceedings -- both as an upbeat way to conclude a dynamic performance and to show that there is always hope through song even in the most troubled times.
While our country is still adapting to life after 9/11, on a much smaller scale the ABB is also acclimating itself to some serious internal changes. Never a band to shy away from controversy -- and, like most great artists, not afraid to even revel in it -- the band has had to deal with recent personal strife of its own. Founding guitarist Dickey Betts was asked to leave the band, ending a longtime relationship that was filled with brilliance and turmoil. The band has also parted ways with Epic Records, its record label throughout the 1990s. But like any great champion, they've rebounded in a big way and scored heavily on the first night of a sold-out three-night stand at the Wiltern.
The Allman Brothers Band has discovered that TicketMaster presales supposedly limited to American Express credit card holders can actually be accessed by other credit cards. This means concert goers with a Visa, or other major credit card, can purchase tickets to the ABB's 8/13 Jones Beach show during the TM AmEx pre-sale - or tickets to any TM AmEx pre-sale event they're interested in. The reason behind this "dirty little secret" is that while TM technology allows them to determine the number of tix sold to a customer, seat location, event, etc it is unable to differentiate between credit card types. If you have to see it to believe it, go for it! TM's secret isn't a secret any more.
The Allman Brothers Band is back in the studio, finishing 4 more tracks for the new CD - "Old Before My Time", "Firing Line", the as yet unnamed new instrumental, and another untitled surprise. The CD is targeted for release Q1 '03.
Chalk the Allman Brothers Band up as one of the artists responding to the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ giving AmEx cc holders a jump on tix to shows there this summer via a pre-sale May 1 - 3. The ABB made sure at least 50% of tickets, starting with Row 1, will be available for the general on sale which begins May 4 (Saturday) at 9:00AM.
Due to overwhelming demand a 3rd show has been added to the Allman Brothers Band's run at the Wiltern Theatre in LA. That show is Saturday, June 8. Tix are on sale now. The Friday, June 7 Wiltern show is sold out and only a few tix remain for Thursday, June 6.
General admission tix for the June 14, 15 and 16 shows at the Fillmore in Denver are also going fast.
When rhythm and blues met country and put on a white face in the mid 1950s, rock and roll was born and the new genre soon displaced jazz as the dominant popular music in American culture. Though it has suffered periodic lulls in the years since, especially recently, rock and roll must be considered the popular music of the second half of the twentieth century. And as such, rock and roll has been an integral part of American culture during that time. It emerged as the music of young America and has remained linked to that age group ever since. Through the years, young Americans have adopted the image of the music they listen to: the greasers of the 50s, the mop-tops of the early 60s, the hippies of the late 60s and early 70s, the punks of the late 70s, the metalheads of the 70s and 80s, and the grunge rockers of the 90s.
A group of historians and concerned residents has taken a few more steps toward securing the preservation of Macon's Rose Hill Cemetery.
Monday, a group of about two dozen voted for an official name, adopted a mission statement and decided to partner with The Community Foundation of Central Georgia for tax-exempt status.
Jim Barfield, the chairman of the newly named Historic Rose Hill Cemetery Foundation, said organizers need to place $10,000 into a Community Foundation account. At that point, they will be able to use the Community Foundation's tax-exempt status to drum up membership, with annual dues starting at $15. Dues will be tax deductible.
The Allman Brothers Band currently is ensconced in New York City, completing its annual Beacon Theater run. This is an active time for the Brothers as they are performing a batch of new songs and are in the midst of recording a studio album, their first since 1994’s Where It All Begins. In addition, the group is planning to release an archival performance recorded a month prior to the band’s legendary Fillmore East shows.
Founding members Gregg Allman and Butch Trucks have plenty more on their plates as well. Butch is focussing on signing bands and preparing an IPO for Flying Frog Records (while digging his label’s new web site). Gregg is enthusiastic about his new nine piece Gregg Allman & Friends band (the horn section has joined the Brothers on stage for a few nights at the Beacon). Then in June, the ABB will take to the road one again for a summer tour that will include some intimate theater gigs prior to the opening of the big sheds.
The following article arranges separate interviews with Gregg and Butch, under common topics to providing their individual perspectives on a range of subjects.
HAMDEN — Dan Forth knows it's only rock 'n' roll, but he loves it — and so does everyone else at the Hamden design firm Vivid Images Worldwide.
More to the point, the company's clients — bands like the Allman Brothers, King Crimson, Blue Oyster Cult and Deep Purple — love the work Vivid Images has done for them.
From CD packaging and covers to posters and Web site design, Vivid Images is chiseling a niche for itself in the rock 'n' roll landscape, a niche that puts the company squarely in the heart of the lucrative "baby boom" generation.
"We understand how important the right image — the right attitude — is to selling a band's music, because this is the music we grew up with," said Forth, company president and a former executive with music giant Sony.
"A lot of the advertising and promotional material designed for our generation misses the point, or it's just plain awful."
Marc Quiñones, Bobby Allende, Pedro Martinez, Ruben Rodriguez and Roman Diaz recently came by the LP studio to record a special song for Congahead.com . Listen to the guys play and sing their praises, and watch the performance in a RealVideo presentation .
Joe Benson, ARROW 93's Morning Man in Los Angeles, CA. has an hour long nationally syndicated program in the United States called "Off the Record." This Sunday February 3rd, 2002 at 10pm, ARROW 93 will broadcast the nationally syndicated program “Off The Record with Joe Benson” featuring the music of the Allman Brothers Band and Joe's conversation with Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, and Butch Trucks.
The Gregg Allman & Dickey Betts interview is from June 10, 1989 at the WW1 studios in Culver City (they were there together). Joe conducted the Butch Trucks interview in those same studios on November 15, 2000. This program has not been broadcast before. To find a city/station in your area broadcasting the program:
click here . Then click on the "Radio/Music/Racing Link".
For our friends across the ocean, and for the cities or states that don't carry the program, some radio stations will stream the show. The list is fairly up to date and accurate, but of course, always check with the actual radio station to ensure they are still carrying the program. Enjoy!!
The Allman Brothers Band has set March 14-16, 18-19, and 22-23 for its annual extended stand at New York's Beacon Theatre. Clips from the 2000 edition of the shows were later compiled on the album "Peakin' at the Beacon," released that year by Sony/550. For more information click here .
The ABB have now completed 6 songs for their new C.D. -- originals Rocking Horse, Who to Believe, High Cost, Desdemona, Maydel and a surprise outside tune. Some of them you're familiar with because the ABB played them live this summer, getting them ready to record.
This early spring the Derek Trucks Band came through Raleigh on the second leg of their tour double billing with Eric Johnson and his band. Through collaboration with the DTB’s management, Hittin’ the Web made 2 fanatics very happy by arranging an interview with the man himself, Mr. Derek Trucks! Preparation was a flurry of reading and research and most importantly (in retrospect) listening, a point Derek hit upon several times during our talk and arguably the most important part of creating good improvisational music consistently.
Lisa and I prepared ourselves with her camera and my taping gear and proceeded with our instructions for a 5 o’clock meeting behind that night’s venue in the tour bus. We were warmly received by Kelly Elder and were seated at the window in a booth. I must say I was nervous and fumbled
around a little getting my gear set up. Yonrico and Kofi were up front where we were and made us feel right at home. Not all bands are created equally, if there was an ideal group of people to make music with and to generally hang with, my impression is that the DTB surely set a high standard, it’s a first class organization of people.
Derek came out and was especially nice. We were thrilled to meet him and he put us right at ease commenting on my Oteil and the Peacemakers shirt. I want to thank Derek for his time and his help with this interview and wish him the best always.
When it comes to dreams, Marc Quiñones is loath to voice them. In fact, after nearly two decades of success he's still in awe that he was able to become a professional in the music industry simply because he played Latin music.
"I always knew I wanted to be a musician, but I never thought it would be possible for me to be a professional one. Fortunately, I'm being proven wrong-and I hope I continue to be proven wrong for the rest of my musical career."
By Wes Orshoski
October 16, 2001, 4:00 PM
It's the not knowing whether or not the rug may suddenly be pulled out from under his feet that has helped make Warren Haynes perhaps the hardest-working man on the so-called jam-band circuit.
"To me, musicians are like athletes," the singer/guitarist says. "We have a somewhat limited window of opportunity in which to perform. I would like to think that, like John Lee Hooker, I'll be performing until I'm 83. But you never know when the climate of music is going to change. For all I know, disco is coming back," he adds with a laugh.
BY GLENN WHIPP
Los Angeles Daily News
Billy Bob Thornton has a new album out. Before you get a shocked look on your face, he wants you to know he was a musician long before he took up acting.
The album, ``Private Radio,'' is Billy Bob alone. No famous friends show up, aside from his producer and collaborator, Marty Stuart.
Q When you go into a record store, where's the first place you head?
A The first place I go is the As, not because it's the first letter, but because it's where the Allman Brothers are, and the Allman Brothers are my favorite band of all time. The funny thing is, I know every record. I've got them all. But for some reason I think that maybe by some miracle there's something they put out that's brand new that I didn't hear about, some lost album.
The book, "The Allman Brothers :The Best Damn Band in the Land", Guitar Player Magazine(Editor), isn't going to be released. We expected as much (and mentioned it several months ago), but received a "sincere apology for any inconvenience we have caused you" from Amazon.com this evening. All orders have been cancelled.
A Chronicle of My Adventures In and Around the Beacon Theater During the
Allman Brothers Band's 2001 Beacon Odyssey
by Marley Seaman
It was only going to get better.
Not much need be said about my status as an Allman Brothers fanatic. Four
years of trips to the Jones Beach Amphitheater and New York City's Beacon
Theatre, a dozen shows, a hundred-odd hours of concerts on tape and CD,
perhaps half a dozen shirts, one e-mail each from Butch Trucks and Oteil
Burbridge, and the countless stories I've shared with friends who (to say the
least) may not share my enthusiasm for the Best Damn Band in the Land stand
as testimonial enough. And then there are the truly uncountable hours I had
spent in the past ten months chatting it up with the fellow posters to the band's
It rang in my ears, "It's only going to get better."
First published: Monday, June 25, 2000
SARATOGA SPRINGS -- Since their start over 30 years ago the Allman
Brothers Band has emphasized a sense of family in its music. But the
reinvigorated group that rocked SPAC Sunday night was perhaps more
about family than the Allmans have ever been.
Special to the Cleveland Plain Dealer
It's a contented Gregg Allman who is calling from Denver. The Allman
Brothers Band has played the big annual biker gathering in Sturgis, N.D.
Recently married (on May 3) to the woman he's been with for six years,
clean and sober, and newly relocated to Savannah, Ga., from San
Francisco, Allman declares "My life is great. I'm as happy as I've ever
"Regardless of lineup, the Allmans remain a nightly wonder," observes
veteran chronicler of the music scene, David Fricke. "In their middle
age, they have evolved beyond band-dom into a great repertory
orchestra, a rock equivalent of the Count Basie and Duke Ellington
organizations, revisiting classic material with fresh, practiced swing."
Four years after leaving the Allman Brothers Band to
concentrate on Gov't Mule, Warren Haynes is back, and he's
running the show.
The Allman Brothers wrapped up their latest tour with a stop
Sunday at the ctnow.com Meadows Music Centre in
Hartford, where they played a little Southern rock, a little
funk and a whole mess of blues.
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