It is with deep sadness that we announce that Gregg Allman, a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band, passed away peacefully at his home in Savannah, Georgia.
Gregg struggled with many health issues over the past several years. During that time, Gregg considered being on the road playing music with his brothers and solo band for his beloved fans, essential medicine for his soul. Playing music lifted him up and kept him going during the toughest of times.
Gregg’s long time manager and close friend, Michael Lehman said, “I have lost a dear friend and the world has lost a brilliant pioneer in music. He was a kind and gentle soul with the best laugh I ever heard. His love for his family and bandmates was passionate as was the love he had for his extraordinary fans. Gregg was an incredible partner and an even better friend. We will all miss him.”
Gregg is survived by his wife, Shannon Allman, his children, Devon, Elijah Blue, Delilah Island Kurtom and Layla Brooklyn Allman; 3 grandchildren, his niece, Galadrielle Allman, lifelong friend Chank Middleton, and a large extended family. The family will release a statement soon, but for now ask for privacy during this very difficult time.
Monday, Feb 20, in Macon, Georgia at the Cox Capitol Theatre, Butch Trucks' family and friends held a private memorial service celebrating his life. Memories were shared and stories were told, and it was abundantly clear that Butch had just as profound an impact on people as he did on the music we love so much.
Members of the Allman Brothers Band, Les Brers, the Freight Train Band, Vaylor Trucks and guests performed for us, and the music has never been more poignant. Please continue to send your much appreciated love to the Trucks family, and let Butch's passion and drive inspire you to reach ever higher in your daily lives.
Gregg Allman has announced 2017 tour dates starting in June, multi-night residencies in Macon, Athens and Savannah, GA, New York, and Birmingham, AL.
Jun 2 - The Grand Opera House - Macon, GA
Jun 3 - The Grand Opera House - Macon, GA
Jun 5 - The Grand Opera House - Macon, GA
Jun 6 - The Grand Opera House - Macon, GA
Jun 9 - Tivoli Theatre - Chattanooga, TN
Jun 10 - Horseshoe Tunica Hotel - Robinsonville, MS
Jun 13 - Georgia Theatre - Athens, GA
Jun 14 - Georgia Theatre - Athens, GA
Jun 16 - Lucas Theatre for the Arts - Savannah, GA
Jun 17 - Lucas Theatre for the Arts - Savannah, GA
Jul 2 - City Winery - New York, NY
Jul 5 - City Winery - New York, NY
Jul 6 - City Winery - New York, NY
Jul 9 - City Winery - New York, NY
Jul 10 - City Winery - New York, NY
Jul 12 - City Winery - New York, NY
Jul 13 - City Winery - New York, NY
Jul 16 - City Winery - New York, NY
Jul 17 - City Winery - New York, NY
Oct 18 - Iron City - Birmingham, AL
Oct 19 - Iron City - Birmingham, AL
On-sale dates and ticket information are available at:
GREGG ALLMAN CANCELS TOUR DATES
THROUGH OCTOBER 16 DUE TO SERIOUS HEALTH ISSUES
ALL DATES SCHEDULED BEYOND OCTOBER 16 CURRENTLY CONFIRMED TO TAKE PLACE
Gregg Allman has cancelled all tour dates starting with his appearance at Scranton, PA's Peach Music Festival on August 12 and going through the Clearwater, FL Jazz Festival on October 16 due to serious health issues. He's currently under his doctor's care at the Mayo Clinic.
"I want to thank my fans and friends for supporting me while I rest up and focus on getting better and back on the road as soon as I can," Allman says. "I've been working hard with my band, my pride and joy, to play our music for everyone. We'll see y'all in October."
Allman's first date back will be a performance at his very own Laid Back Festival at the Lakewood Amphitheatre in Atlanta, GA, on October 29. All dates after that are currently confirmed to take place.
Galadrielle Allman’s memoir is at once a rapturous, riveting, and intimate account of one of the greatest guitar prodigies of all time, the story of the birth of a band that redefined the American musical landscape, and a tender inquiry of a daughter searching for her father in the memories of others.
This quote from Gregg Allman sums it up: “Duane Allman was my big brother, my partner, my best friend. I thought I knew everything there was to know about him, but Galadrielle’s deep and insightful book came as a revelation to me, as it will to everyone who reads it.”
Syracuse University’s Bandier Program Alumni Association will announce the Allman/Lehman Endowed Scholarship on October 20 at the Beacon Theater in New York City. The scholarship is named after Gregg Allman and manager Michael Lehman, this year’s recipient of the Bandier Program Industry Leader Award.
In addition, the first-ever Young Alumni Achievement Award will also be presented to Drew Taggart, one-half of the EDM group The Chainsmokers.
Allman will be in town to wrap up the Allman Brothers Band’s final Beacon Theatre run, which kicks off October 21.
Gregg Allman is to receive the Living Legend award at the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour ceremony on Tuesday, November 4 at the Avalon in Hollywood. Previous recipients of the award include Black Sabbath, Jeff Beck, Lemmy, Jimmy Page and Alice Cooper.
“I am so very honoured to be receiving this award from Classic Rock", says Allman. "The magazine is one of my favourites and they are always so generous to me and the Brothers."
"Where can you start with Gregg Allman?", says Classic Rock editor Siân Llewellyn. "The rock'n'roll world would be a very different (and far lesser) place without him. As a founding member and guiding light of the Allman Brothers Band and a hugely influential solo artist, Gregg has touched the lives of rock fans all over the globe for over four decades. I'm thrilled that we can call him Classic Rock Magazine's Living Legend 2014."
Greg Allman was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1995 alongside the Allman Brothers band, and in 2012 the group was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 54th Annual Grammys. Only last month, the band's classic At Fillmore East (now available as an expanded set) was described by Classic Rock as "a cast-iron classic and the ultimate double-live album".
This is the 10th anniversary of the Class Rock Roll Of Honour, and the first time the event has been hosted outside London.
I am so terribly saddened by the news of the tragedy that took the young life of Sarah Elizabeth Jones on the film set. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family, friends and colleagues during this time of mourning. --Gregg Allman
A big congratulations to Birth to Bridges, winners of the Allman Brothers Band cover song contest held in conjunction with the remastered Brothers and Sisters album release. Birth to Bridges wins an Ephiphone G-400 electric guitar for their winning cover of Midnight Rider.
We'd also like to recognize Brankko Siqueira for winning the People's Choice award for the cover of Ramblin' Man.
A once-in-a-lifetime event for a once-in-a-lifetime individual, the Love for Levon benefit concert pays tribute to the incomparable Levon Helm, drummer and vocalist for The Band. With a star-studded, legendary lineup that includes Gregg Allman, Warren Haynes, Roger Waters, Lucinda Williams, Grace Potter, John Mayer, My Morning Jacket, Dierks Bentley, Robert Randolph, The Levon Helm Band, and many, many more. Watch the PREMIERE February 17th on AXS TV.
By Michael Ventre
Updated: 5:18 p.m. ET Oct 26, 2006
No matter what the circumstances, deaths in the world of rock and roll tend to become romanticized over the years. It has less to do with the tragedy itself than it does with the warm memories that the music of the artists in question have continued to provide, and the sharp reality that there will be no more such music on the way.
What creative frontiers would Jimi Hendrix have explored if he lived beyond the age of 27? Where would Janis Joplin’s music have taken her if she didn’t pass away at 26? Exactly how would we have been entertained if Jim Morrison, Jeff and Tim Buckley, John Lennon, Freddie Mercury, John Bonham, Sid Vicious, Keith Moon, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Otis Redding, Berry Oakley, Kurt Cobain, Bob Marley, Gram Parsons and Frank Zappa, as well as many others, had been allowed to hang around a little while longer?
Outside of niches occupied by guitar fanatics and Southern blues-rock devotees, the name Duane Allman is often ignored. He wasn’t flamboyant. He didn’t live the stereotypical life of rock and roll excess. His most notable work came either as a session player for other artists, or as an unassuming member of a band he co-founded with his brother Gregg. And he is probably recognized the most for his work on the slide guitar, practically a lost art today.
Saturday night in Macon was a very special night. It was the night that the city of Macon, and many of her own, thanked one of her hardist working and most beloved citizens.
A pessimist might say, “a good deed never goes unpunished,” but last weekend, in a room full of smiling optimists, Gregg Allman told the crowd that, “one shared plate of smothered fried chicken at the H & H Restaurant quickly became several plates,” and those plates fed the emerging soul of Southern Rock, and helped keep it alive while the world caught-on to their musical concept. What started as dinner “on the house” for a group of scruffy, hungry, long-haired hippie types, almost forty years ago, morphed into one of the most loving evenings in Macon Georgia’s history…Mama Louise Hudson’s landmark birthday party.
Valentine's Day will no longer exist for me. My Valentines of 26 years is no longer by my side. My daughter and I swap silence in this old, musty home. The desire to clean is non-existant and I know I will never cook breakfast again. Movies are nothing now and late night discussions are of the past. There are no dinners, no plans, no laughter. We pray the other is not ready to talk, awkward in passing hoping we do not touch. We don't stray far from our safe little corners, relieved the other has not reached out for the other. The walls have a lonesome echo as my bedroom cries out in loneliness. Photo albums, scrapbooks tossed about, never to be completed, boxes remain on the floor, waiting for the time to be stored away, never to be visited again..... Lack of concern to complete just about anything is the pattern of our day.
BUT - Let me leave you with this, and try to remember this Valentine's Message, I write to you today:
I was reading a post in the Forum about one of Duane's old Strats and this story came flooding back...
From day one, Duane could play just about any guitar, and make it cry, but he had a real Fender fetish in the early days. Probably his all-time favorite guitar from his early Allman Joys/Hourglass days, when I knew him was a Telecaster body with a Strat neck, hybrid that he coveted. According to Paul Hornsby, Duane lost that guitar when it was stolen, by some bottom-feeder, while the Hourglass was touring the mid east in late 67 or early 68.
You could debate it all night. Exactly when did the Allman Brothers Band concert at the Warner Theatre on Tuesday transcend the realm of merely good and nearly reach nirvana?
Was it during a physical, Cream-like rendition of the old-blues "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl," which featured guitarist Warren Haynes on vocals and Derek Trucks jamming way up the neck, hitting and sustaining impossible high notes?
Maybe it was when keyboard player Greg Allman stepped out with an acoustic guitar to open the second set with an eloquent "Melissa?"
Could have been the surprise of seeing Susan Tedeschi -- the wife of Derek Trucks -- bound on stage to sing a bluesy, moving version of Dylan's "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right."
Then again, you can make a case for the thunderous, three-man percussion jam by Jaimoe, Butch Trucks, and Marc Quinones amidst "Leave My Blues At Home," which set up a blistering finale.
Whatever moment you choose, the rowdy, sold-out crowd at the Warner Theatre greeted nearly every song with rapture. After all, it's not often a band the stature of the Allman Brothers Band visits Erie, let alone plays the more intimate Warner. Since their 1969 debut, the Allmans have personified Southern rock at its finest, perfecting a blissful fusion of blues, rock, funk and gospel that's made to order for jamming and, yet, song-oriented, as well.
Three of us have been going to the Beacon shows for as long as ...well for a long time. We always drag along a 'rookie" as the fourth. It usually turns out to be a night to remember for him, and increases the fun for us. We go back-way back to the shows in the '60's and the Allman Brothers Band is better than ever.
In checking the setlists on the website, it came as no surprise that "Statesboro Blues " was the most often number performed live. What I did find surprising was the Warren Haines piece "I've Got Dreams to Remember" was only performed once. Fortunately, I was there to remember the performance. It was outstanding!
Bobby Whitlock began his career as a musician’s equivalent to a supercharged Ferrari racecar; laying rubber and burning-up stage, studio, and sensibilities, chasing, and finally capturing that fleeting star. Like many other successful Southern musicians, Whitlock seemed to go from “chopping cotton in Mississippi to being a rock star,” as he put it, “almost overnight.”
After signing with Stax Records during the late 1960’s, Bobby Whitlock began touring and recording with Delaney & Bonnie and Friends, becoming forever associated with music icons, Duane Allman, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Dave Mason, Leon Russell, Rita Coolidge, Jim Gordon and Carl Radle.
As a result of those early bonds, Whitlock became an integral part of George Harrison’s, epic, “All Things Must Pass” recording along with Eric Clapton, Carl Radle, and Jim Gordon. The resultant amalgamation eventually became the nucleus of the world’s greatest “unknown” Rock and Roll band—Derek and the Dominos.
“You have to realize,” guitarist Les Dudek begins, “that when I arrived in
Macon, there was a big hole in the bottom of the bucket.” Dudek is referring
to the untimely passing several months earlier by Allman Brothers Band founder
and leader, the late Duane Allman. Then 19, Dudek had first traveled to Macon
with a musician friend to audition for a band that original Allman member,
guitarist Dickey Betts, was supposedly starting. “Dickey was going to put
together another band, that’s how I got involved with it,” says Dudek. “At that
particular time, he (Betts) didn’t really know if he was going to stay with the
It's not what you'd expect. Here's Gregg Allman, legendary rocker with
deep Macon roots, moving force of one of Southern rock's most enduring bands, cradling a toy ... poodle?
"This is Jasmine," Allman said of the 14-year-old poodle the singer/songwriter holds as he and his wife, Stacey, welcome visitors into their home near Savannah.
When you think of Gregg Allman, many images could come to mind. But it's unlikely they would reflect the reality that finds the man - known for his hard-living, hard-driving ways - now at peace with the world and himself.
By Anthony DeCurtis
6 June 2004
The New York Times
(c) 2004 New York Times Company
''I'M 44 years old, and I have a brand-new career ahead of me in the same way that a 25-year-old might,'' said Warren Haynes as he sat in his living room, the expanse of downtown Manhattan framed in the window behind him. ''That's very odd.'' He paused. ''But it's no more odd,'' he continued, ''than the thought of being in the Grateful Dead and the Allman Brothers at the same time.''
Today I watched my baby girl’s heart break into a thousand pieces.
My daughter Marisa, who is now nine years old, and coming to the end of the third grade, experienced today a moment in her life she will hold in her memory forever. Several weeks in anticipation, Marisa awaited her annual school field trip to the Zoo. I too, with great anticipation, have been awaiting this moment as well. Every year, since pre-school, I have had the opportunity to be one of the chaperone parents on the field trip. The experience for me has been one that I’ve accepted as a privilege knowing that one day soon, my daughter would no longer experience the Zoo as she had through the eyes of a young child. In my daughter’s near future, the day will come to pass that the magic and excitement of a trip to the Zoo will fade into the past along with her belief in Santa Claus, The Easter Bunny, and gifts under her pillow from a Fairy for the loss of a loose tooth. In the eyes of a young child, a trip to the Zoo is monumental.
Singer Bonnie Bramlett went to school in St. Louis. No, not high school, although the then Bonnie Lynn O'Farrell of Alton attended Granite City High.
Bramlett's school was the streets and clubs of East St. Louis and Gaslight Square, where she sang as a teenager in the late '50s with blues and R&B legends such as Albert King, Little Milton and Ike Turner, performers who "taught me everything I needed to know."
Lisa L. Fishler, Director of Development
Hepatitis Research Foundation
553 Salt Point Turnpike
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Re: Beacon Hotel 2004
Enclosed please find a check in the amount of $1,210.00 made out to the Hepatitis Research Foundation. This check is donated by the above in the name of Jody Daddio and Tony Hirsch. Both have taken great strides to increase awareness of Hep C on the Allman Brothers Band website and are close friends to many people there.
Sometimes the phone rings and even though the person on the other end is an old and cherished friend, you know right off the bat that it's not good news. Well, this morning I received just one of those phone calls.
Yesterday, Bill Cook, the former owner of the Martinique, and the original Wreck Bar, on the corner of Wild Olive and Main Street in Daytona Beach, passed away in the company of friends and people who loved him deeply. He had been ill for some time.
In its heyday, the Martinique was the Fillmore of the East coast of Florida, and the stage there was home to hundreds of musicians who later went on to make names for themselves. Some of the notable musicians that graced Bill Cook's stage were: Gregg and Duane Allman, in the Escorts, Allman Joys, and Hourglass, Pete Carr, Paul Hornsby, Johnny Sandlin, Spencer Davis, Stevie Windwood, B. J. Thomas, and Lenny LeBlanc; just to name a few. The Martinique was more than just a nightclub and a paycheck to the close-nit group of musicians that played there, and the music lovers that frequented the club. Because of the kindness and warmheartedness of Bill Cook and Ringo, the Martinique was more of a big clubhouse for musicians, and their friends. Bill Cook provided an atmosphere where musicians could grow and develop their talents. All were welcome, at any time, and no matter how bad business was, Bill would always find a slot for one of "his" bands.
Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Famers the Allman Brothers Band will be the headlining act for this summer’s Great Fox Cities Celebration at Fox Cities Stadium in Grand Chute.
The annual concert sponsored by Neenah/Menasha Professional Firefighters is slated for July 17. An opening act has not yet been announced. Proceeds from the show go to various charities the firefighters support.
Ioannis, the artist who did the album cover for Where It All Begins and the art that appears at the top of this page, has just launched his personal
website: www.dangerousage.com. In addition to his ABB work, Ioannis has created album covers for such legendary acts such as Deep Purple, Blue Oyster Cult, Lynyrd Skynyrd, King Crimson, Styx, and many others.
His work is featured in the book IOOO COVERS by Michael Oachs and was one of the artists featured at WOODSTOCK 2. He has exhibited nationally. The site features inside stories about the creation of the covers, diaries, original artwork and limited edition signed prints.
Go have a look and give Ioannis a big HTW Family hello!
By David Lindquist
The Indianapolis News/Indianapolis Star
It's fitting -- and perhaps also surprising -- that Gregg Allman collects yo-yos.
The "Midnight Rider" rock star knows ups and downs, ranging from drug arrests and a stormy marriage to Cher to transcendent performances with the Allman Brothers Band and induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Whenever the going gets low, the rough-and-tumble survivor bounces back to the top.
"Ol' Duane was married to his music, the truth be known," a close friend reflected after the funeral rites. "I guess him dyin' so young, though, was almost inevitable. He had a wild and reckless streak in him, and apart from pickin' his git-tar, he'd get...bored. I guess you could call it. On that account, he ran through a lotta chicks and a lotta mean dope in his green time, and he purely loved to smoke up the highways on bikes that was too fast for him. You don't live long if you live...impulsive like that. Duane was basically just a good ol' country boy, but he could jump salty, too, now and again. Hell, I'll miss him, myself. I'm just sorry he had to up and leave America so early. He had a fat lot left in him to do."
Even today at age fifty-three, on rare occasions, that vague nagging feeling in the pit of my stomach returns—that unpleasant feeling that my stomach is trying to crawl up into my throat, and empty its bounty of churning butterflies.
To a young teenage musician, stage fright can be a terrifying, and worrisome emotion. Today, I can deal with those emotions, but there was a time thirty-six years ago, when I was sixteen, that stage fright almost cost me my closest friends, my job, and the single most thrilling, musical night of my life.
Tom Dowd, a physics wiz who helped develop the atomic bomb during the 1940s, went on to create a series of bigger explosions that rocked the world.
No one was hurt in the process. For Dowd found his calling as the engineer or producer for such acts as Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Charles, the Drifters, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Allman Brothers Band.
Before he died last October, aged 77, Dowd participated in a documentary that will premiere on cable's Sundance Channel on Friday at 9 p.m. Directed and produced by Mark Moormann, "Tom Dowd and the Language of Music" brings the razor-sharp music man out from the control booth into the spotlight as he reminisces about his life and times.
Posted on Wednesday, September 03, 2003 - 04:09 PM
From: The Banks of the Left Coast
First things first: Greatest of leftcoast vibes out to Neil and Rich. You guys are class, and I am sure the apple didn't fall far from the tree.
Second thing: Scotty, thanks a ton for the hookup for the Tonight Show passes last night. What a blast. And Dino, thanks for sharing the experience bro - normal people just don't understand music. You guys are good people. Now get ready for VEGAS!!!!!
The Mayor of Raleigh, Charles Meeker, presented certificates to the Allman Brothers Band, the only act to appear at ALLTEL Pavilion each of the venue's 13 years in operation, just before their concert at Alltel Pavilion in Raleigh August 10. The certificates stated that seven trees will be planted in the band's honor in Raleigh.
Mayor Meeker, a professed Allman Brothers Band fan, ran on a campaign platform that there was too much construction in Raleigh, with too many trees being cut down. When he was elected he decided to do away with the traditional "key to the city" and put back some trees instead.
For a larger version of the photo of the Allman Brothers Band with Mayor Meeker click here.
WAIL ON SKYDOG,PLAY IT LOUD MAKE IT MOAN.TRAVEL HIGH ON THE FRETBOARD TO PLACES UNKNOWN.TAKE ME HIGH ON A MOUNTAIN OR A COOL RUNNING STREAM.YOU AND YOUR BROTHERS MADE ONE HELL OF A TEAM.LEANING BACK ON A HARLEY HAIR INTO THE WIND,HOW COULD YOU KNOW IT WOULD BE YOUR LAST SPIN.30 YEARS HAVE PASSED IN A BLINK OF AN EYE.THE NOTES THAT YOU PLAYED CAN STILL MAKE ME CRY.WAIL ON SKYDOG MAKE IT MOAN LET IT CRY IN 71 YOU REACHED FOR THE SKY.HITTING THE NOTE WAS YOUR GIFT TO US.PLAYING THE FILLMORE ALL NIGHT IF YOU MUST.OH HOW THOSE SOUNDS STILL HAUNT ME TODAY OH HOW I LOVED HEARING YOU PLAY A FAN
Gregg Allman said making the new Allman Brothers Band CD, "Hittin' the Note," reminded him of being back in the studio with the group's original lineup.
"It really was (similar). It had a lot to do with the vibes," Allman said. "I mean, the songs just went bip-bap, bip-bap. I think it probably took longer to mix it than it did to record it. That's how it was when we did the first part of 'Eat A Peach.' "
For Allman to compare "Hittin' the Note" to "Eat a Peach" (the 1972 double album that featured studio and live material), or any of the three other records made by the original lineup -- is no small statement.
Being an artist takes fortitude. It's an undervalued profession dominated by a star system. Creative blocks rear up. If you're a woman, with the additional responsibilities of caretaking and homemaking, it can be even more difficult to stick with it.
But what if you were not just a woman, but the wife of a rock star? Melinda Trucks has known she wanted to be an artist since she received her first crayons and coloring book.
She's had two one-woman shows, and has exhibited at the Ritter Art Gallery at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, the Boca Raton Museum of Art and the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale. But, until recently, she hadn't created a single painting for three years.
By: Robert DiGiacomo
For The Press of Atlantic City
Gregg Allman has lived the high drama of a rock 'n' roll life. A founding member of the influential Southern rock group, the Allman Brothers Band, he has suffered the untimely deaths of his brother and bandmate, Duane Allman, and band co-founder Berry Oakley -- both to early 1970s motorcycle accidents.
He's been the stuff of tabloids in part due to his brief late-1970s marriage to Cher and the band's internal struggles. And he's had to overcome addictions to alcohol and heroin. With "Hittin' the Note" (Sanctuary), the Allman Brothers' first studio album in nearly a decade, he has put his turbulent past to good artistic use. The album has earned good notices, with one critic describing Allman's vocals as "pain never sounded so good."
"Everybody has their skeletons, everybody has their 40 miles of bad road, everybody has their bumps in the road," says Allman, appearing with the Allman Brothers Band, 8 p.m. Saturday, June 28, at the Atlantic City Hilton."Somehow, singing about them kind of gets them out and gets them off your chest. When it's set by music and it runs by you again, it doesn't seem so bad."
The Allman Brothers Band is being awarded the Lena and Joseph Mandelbaum Humanitarian Award at the 3rd Annual Rock and Wrap it Up! Benefit, which will take place June 12 at Pier Sixty in New York City. Rock and Wrap it Up! is an international volunteer food recovery service that feeds the hungry with leftover food from backstage catering at rock concerts (among other sources). The ABB was one of the first groups to join forces with the organization back in 1995. Guitarist Warren Haynes will accept the award on behalf of the band and will also perform an acoustic set.
For details on the event call 877-691-FOOD or visit RockAndWrapItUp.org. Tickets are $500 for dinner and are tax-deductible. Tables of 10 are $5,000 which includes a $2,500 ad in the Commemorative Journal honoring
The Allman Brothers Band has generously donated 2 FRONT ROW concert tickets to Musicians on Call! These tickets are for their March 29th performance at the historic Beacon Theater in New York City. Bid now and help Musicians on Call continue its mission of delivering the Healing Power of Music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities.
For bids and inquiries, please email Allman.Brothers@musiciansoncall.org.
Please include bid amount, name, address and daytime phone number. The auction will close on March 14th at 3pm EST. The bidding starts at $150. The winning bid above the face of the tickets is tax deductible. This is a
silent auction. We will do our best to inform you of the current high bid as we recieve it.
Check out the Musician's on Call web site for more information on the organization.
The Dick Griffin Band, including Jaimoe, will be gigging at Tobacco Road in NYC 3/23 and 3/24. Besides La MoJai, the players in the band are:
Dick Griffin - trombone
Jane Getter - guitar
Norika - organ
They will be playing some original music, some jazz and some blues. Jaimoe's "really, really happy to be playing this music" and hopes to see y'all there. Tix are $12, not sure of the time yet. Stay tuned to HTW for further details.
Eric Clapton thanked him for making his music better. So did Ray Charles. And the Allman Brothers. And Aretha Franklin.
And many others. It was only the general public who hasn't heard of Tom Dowd, the late Miami master of studio engineering and music producing.
That's about to change. Mark Moormann, a movie maker from Hollywood (Florida, that is), is bringing Dowd's life to film, in a 90-minute documentary set to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 19 and next month at the Miami Film Festival.
The movie has been a seven-year journey for Moormann, 39. ''I was turned down by every investor, grant and foundation I could think of,'' he says.
He first met Dowd in 1995 while filming a music video and became intrigued by the man's personal history of music making, going back to the late 1940s, when he worked in New York with Atlantic Records to record a plethora of black talent -- John Coltrane, Ruth Brown, the Drifters, the Coasters.
Dan, myself, and two other guys decided about nine years ago to move into our current residence, a home, complete with Japanese garden front and rear. Shortly after we moved in the gardener began to trim and take care of the garden. As it turns out the underbrush was hiding what had appeared to be a rock, just like the other three or four big rocks in the garden, but it wasn't a rock as it turns out.
So I rise one morning after an ABB show, sun shining, coffee in hand, basking in the afterglow of last night's show and I walk out back and there by the pond is the rock, only it's not a rock anymore. The gardener's cutting has revealed it to be instead a rather large mushroom and a few small ones and a frog !! I became somewhat light headed and I was tingling from head to foot as I said out loud to no one in particular "all right who put that in here !!" Just had to paint it after that."
In Loving Memory
Lee David Christie
11/21/49 to 11/23/02
Thursday night October 3 the 18th annual Rita Hayworth Gala was held in the Grand Ballroom at the Waldorf in New York City. The story of the inception of this gala is well known. Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, Miss Hayworth’s daughter by Prince Aly Khan, started this fund-raiser in memory of her famous mother who contracted Alzheimer’s very early in her life – her symptoms although undiagnosed for a long time began to be apparent when she was in her late 30s.
Yasmin and her friends (who call her “Yazzy”) have raised more than $33 million for the Alzheimer’s Association, which since 1982 has given $136 million in research grants for the disease.
This annual gala is one of the glitziest, more glamorous events on the New York social calendar. Each year they feature one of Hayworth’s films as the theme. This year it was the classic Hayworth made under the direction of her then husband (before Aly Khan), Orson Welles – “The Lady From Shanghai.”
This year, under the chairmanship of Andrea Stark, they raised more than $1.4 million for the cause. Corporate chair was Paulo Costa, President and CEO of Novartis Pharmaceuticals. Muffie Potter Aston was Corporate Sponsor Chair. Deborah Norville was emcee. Donna Dixon Aykroyd, Claudia Cohen and Susan Hess were auction co-chairs. Della Rounick was Journal Chair and Milly, Baronne de Cabrol was the Gift Bag Chair. These people, mainly women, have created one of the most dynamic philanthropic events in New York.
This year they honored Margo Catsimatidis and Butch Trucks, the drummer for the Allman Brothers Band. Mrs. Catsimatidis was the chair of the 1998 Gala and has been a vital force of the Rita Hayworth Gala since joining the Steering Committee in 1992. Claude “Butch” Trucks Jr. was given a special Caregiver Award. Trucks has been creating rhythms for the legendary band for more than thirty years.
For most young music fans, Oct. 29 is just another day. But for those musicians who grew up Southern, the day marks the anniversary of guitarist Duane Allman's death - a time for remembrance, for futile speculation and for giving thanks for the music that he made and left behind to remind us of his casual genius.
Ioannis Vasilopolous (that’s just Ioannis to you) has spent nearly two decades creating distinctive and striking artwork for some of the most luminary names in rock, blues and progressive music.
While fans of the Allman Brothers Band, which he calls “one of the last great American bands,” are probably most familiar with his cover art to 1995’s Where it All Begins, Ioannis has also lent a his talents to works by Lynyrd Skynyrd, Deep Purple, Yngwie Malmsteen, Styx, Blue Oyster Cult, jazz-fusion violinist Jean-Luc Ponty, and Johnny Winter, among many others.
Note: Thanks to Marley for this peek behind the scenes at BWIAB's cover art and an intro to Ioannis.
Posted on Wednesday, September 18, 2002 - 07:49 PM
Legendary Allman Brothers Discover There's Life After Betts
By: Alan Sculley
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Legendary Allman Brothers Discover There's Life After Betts
By: Alan Sculley
When the Allman Brothers fired guitarist Dickey Betts two years ago, many people probably assumed it could be the setback that would lead to perhaps a lasting demise for the group. Betts was a key songwriting contributor and featured instrumentalist throughout the band's 30-year history.
Instead, keyboardist/singer and founding member Gregg Allman hints that the change has revived not only the Allman Brothers Band, but even his work with his side project, Gregg Allman & Friends.
DAYTONA BEACH -- As the sun set, Allman Brothers tunes blared across the Ocean Center parking lot.
Paul Burke met Gregg Allman around town in 1977 during a low point in Allman's life. Burke managed Allman's comeback in 1977-78.
With beer cans and car trunks popped, the concert-goers on Sunday night resembled football fans before a big game as they celebrated the return of a hometown musical hero, Gregg Allman, and the band that carries his name, one with deep roots in Daytona Beach.
"My God, they're legendary," said 30-year-old Stacey Cowart, who drove down from Jacksonville Beach to meet friends for the show. "I could have gone to Savannah to see the band. It's just about as far. But I said we have to see the Allman Brothers in Daytona. A concert with them here has so much more potential."
My name is Jonathan Murphy. I'm from Effingham County Ga. I'm a huge Allman Brothers Band fan. I love all of their stuff all the way back to the Allman Jand the Hour Glass. My dad has always played in bands. He brought me up listening to classic rock, blues and early r&b. I was able to meet one of my biggest rock heroes Tuesday night at the Savannah Civic Center at a boxing match. I walked over and told him, "Hey". I was almost speechless. I didn't say much because he didn't wanna attract a big crowd. So I respected that, even though there were so many things I wanted to say to him. I would have loved to get a I met Gregg Allman. I've been singing and playing guitar for a while now and hopefully, through that, maybe I'll be able to meet Mr. Allman again. It's really awesome to live so close to the midnight rider himself.
A bunch of miles, a lot of heartache and a ton of rocking can drain the spirit from a band. And so it was with the Allman Brothers. But the Southern rock pioneers are happy to report that the magic is back.
Tonight, drummer Butch Trucks promises, the band will hit Columbia's Merriweather Post Pavilion with an energy the founding members haven't felt since the beginning, way back around 1969.
By: Jeff Spevak
Democrat & Chronicle (Rochester, NY)
Butch Trucks' day is off to a good start. He has just returned from a morning shopping to one of the mega-bookstores near his Manhattan apartment to pick up a DVD of The Lord of the Rings. He has seen the movie 13 times and read the trilogy 10 times.
Middle-earth's battle between hobbits and the forces of evil is but one of many titanic struggles that intrigue the drummer for the Allman Brothers Band. He's halfway through Vol. 2 of Edward Gibbon's The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Thucydides' The History of the Peloponnesian War is history. He has plowed through Joseph Campbell's ruminations on man and heroic myths with Hero With a Thousand Faces.
"I'm getting my college education,'' the 54-year-old Trucks says. "I like to think of my brain as heavy duty.''
So here Iam, marooned! Across the dividing ocean that seperates me and my small but loyal band of brothers, fellow Allmans fans, over here in England.
Being an Allmans fan in England can be tough. For example: The Allmans NEVER gig over here (which is OK cause we can make pilgrimages over to see the Brothers). The Allmans album section in our stores is little to non-existent, a tumble weed blows through sections A to B, blank expressions being drawn from the face of the store clerk when you ask for 'American University' or ANY of the Brothers albums (which we have to order in on import), Britney Spears being the closest thing to Southern we can get! And it's impossible to get cornbread and beans in Basildon, Essex!
But the worst thing is how little respected, even how little known the band are to music fans over here. 'Jessica' was used as a theme to a series on TV about cars and when you play it everyone laughs, saying: 'That's the Top Gear theme!', 'Top Gear' being the programmes name. No respect! The lack of knowledge of what great music the Brothers made and make is frustrating and the lack of knowledge on Duane Allmans legacy is criminal, not just with music fans but the music press as well.
And as for Clapton fans, they don't even know that Duane wrote the main riff to Layla! It really shakes 'em up when you tell them!
However, there are some of us over here who sip a Jack Daniels and crank up 'Whipping Post' in honour to the Brothers and Eric himself played a tribute to Duane at the recent Jubilee Concert, where he played on 'Hey Jude' with Paul McCartney and played Duanes licks from the Wilson Pickett version, a silent tribute from Mr.Clapton to say that: 'Don't worry, some of us still know. Some of us still remember'.
But enough bitchin'! Being an Allmans fan is a way of life. Once you hear Duane's split second sigh of feedback on 'Dreams' you can never go back. Those of us over here who know will always have love for the Brothers, their music, their love, their way of life and their legend. And we'll continue to spread the word to those with closed ears until (like the great Red Dog) they hear.
Keep on down that road and eat a peach!
From R.T. Dekko, a brother across the sea.
By ANDREW McCOLLUM BRASFIELD
Music listeners yearning for jazz with a blend for country and soft rock will love The Gypsy (IndigoMoon Records) by Jackie King with Willie Nelson.
King was 13-years-old when he first played with Willie in San Antonio, Texas. The two simply gathered at a mutual friends house, met and played, King said. Over the years, the two have colaborated on albums and toured around the world.
"(Nelson) has wrote some great words, he is a great writer," King said. He considers themselves "very close friends, we have a great respect for each other as artists."
King grew up playing country and jazz, and listening to players like Hank Garin, Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass and one of his all time favorites - Hank Garland.
King now plays Heritage Guitars which are made in an old Gibson guitar factory in Kalamazoo, Mich.
At the Saturday, July 28, 2001, concert at the Tweeter Center in Camden, NJ, Willie Nelson & Family opened their set with "Whiskey River," followed by "Good Hearted Woman." The band then revisited "Whiskey River" about 20 songs later when the band was winding up the crowd, yet winding down their set which was over an hour-and-a-half long.
Acoustic Hot Tuna opened the show with Phil Lesh & Friends headlining, with Warren Haynes, of GOV'T MULE and the Allman Brothers Band, as a special guest on guitar and vocals.
At the show, the crowd lost their sanity when the band played, with Haynes singing the Jimi Hendrix’s version of the Bob Dylan song "All Along The Watchtower." Haynes sang and played the song with full force - and a solid spirit.
The second set started on a blue, or somber tone, with a 10 minute jam and the Friends moving into Traffic’s "Mr. Fantasy," with Haynes again on vocals.
King and Nelson cowrote the song "Great Divide," which is the title cut to Willie’s new album, available at certain stores and on the internet.
King has been Nelson’s electric guitarist in his touring band for the last 4 years.
And you could say that being a member of Willie’s touring band is a 'steady gig' since percussionist Billy was the last band member hired - over 16 years ago!
(That's BIG sisters and brothers.)
"Playing with Jackie every night is a real treat," Nelson said in a press release. "He’s heads above most other guitarist - I mean, I play guitar, but he’s a real guitar player.
Short and sweet story here -- much thanks to Ioannis, ABB fan and creative director of the design firm Vivid Images Worldwide, for the graphics now adorning the header of this site, Hittin' The Web with the Allman Brothers Band.
Does it look familiar? Could be because Vivid Images designed the cover of Where It All Begins.
Enjoy, and once more, a hearty thanks to Ioannis for lending his talent to our looks!
"This is the 736th time he's sat in with us," Blues Traveler's John Popper joked as guitarist Warren Haynes joined the group for its song "Pattern" at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Thursday evening. "That's actually the most sit-ins of any band on the East Coast since 1962," Popper added.
If Warren Haynes, currently a full-time member of the Allman Brothers Band, Phil Lesh and Friends and his own band, Gov't Mule, does in fact hold the Guinness-worthy record for popping up everywhere, it'd hardly be surprising.
Last month's Oscars may offer encouragement to rising stars of color everywhere, but Cajai Fellows Johnson of Bloomfield has not been sitting around waiting for role models like Halle Berry and Denzel Washington to unlatch doors to her future.
After years of singing and dancing lessons, Cajai recently landed a leading role in Disney's first national road company of "The Lion King," which opens on April 27 in Denver. She is already rehearsing in Denver and will spend the next six months touring the country with the cast, crew, truckloads of scenery, and, of course, her mother.
Cajai, after all, is only 10. A student at St. Thomas the Apostle School in West Hartford, she is young enough that she still sleeps with a stuffed dog named Wobbles, yet old enough to have achieved full Actors' Equity status and to have realized her fondest goal.
Reluctant superstar Gregg Allman has spent more than 33 years in the spotlight as the vocalist and a founding member of southern rock monolith the Allman Brothers Band. Almost single-handedly, the Allmans revolutionized southern music, giving it a pride and luster that it hadn't had since antebellum times.
With his gritty bluesman's voice and his formidable musical skills, Allman insists that he is still uneasy in the spotlight--a claim that is hard to believe given his genteel ease onstage.
But Allman has never been one to rest on his impressive laurels, those same laurels that helped land his band in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995. "I play every show like it's my last," he said. "Fortunately that's never turned out to be the case."
I guess its about a 2.5 hour drive from Lanett, AL to Riverside Drive and Rose Hill in Macon GA. Of course ya got to get lost between here and there a few times, if ya know what I mean. We rolled into town just in time to catch a hug and some grub from Mama Louise at the H&H. Damn fine eating. It was not the GABBA weekend, but we decided to pick up some trash at Rose Hill. We paid our respects to Little Martha and saw the album cover spot down by the Ocmulgee River. We even saw a blue bird by Elizabeth Reed's spot.
I guess we had 5 or 6 people with us. As we headed down to see the Brothers the subject came up - I wonder when Gregg comes here. One person said it must be late at night. Another said it must be early in the morning. But just then we found out Gregg comes to Rose Hill any time he likes.
I was joking with my cousin when a nice cadi pulled up. I said, "That must be Gregg", but about that time Gregg, his little dog, girlfriend and two or three other people came walking down the hill. Gregg was wearing a House of Blues jacket, sunglasses, and cap. I guess there were 10 people at this sacred place. To my memory no one said a word, asked for an autograph or anything. We just stood with Gregg maybe thinking some of the things he was, but probably not.
He stood there what seemed to be about 3 or 4 minutes, then started walking back to the car. He nodded his head as he walked by, but never said a word. I said, "Hey Gregg have a great show tonight", and he did. This was the ultimate Trip to Macon and one I will always remember. Thanks to Duane, Berry, Gregg, Dickey, Butch, and Jaiome!!!!! Thanks fuzzynavel67
By popular request, the FM radio interviews with Duane Allman are back online. You can find them in the Media Gallery (click the link by that name in the Menu block) or click right here for a shortcut.
They are also linked from Duane's page in the People section of the site. Duane really stretches out and tells his philosophy of life in these interviews -- he's one of those rare characters who could be just as charismatic and compelling verbally as he was musically. A number of you told me that you used to listen to these interviews more than once a week! Wail on Skydog, we love you!
I've wanted to write or post this article somewhere for quite some time so that fans of the Allman Brothers Band could read it and reflect on it. I've been a musician for 25 years now and love playin' the blues. I have never heard or seen a band that emulates all that is great about the blues and the South like the Allmans. After all, blues came out of the South and of all the bands you've ever heard, tell me who does "That Blues Thang" better than the Allmans? Needless to say, they were my favorite band in high school and probably had the biggest influence on me musically.
The Allman Brothers Band, Hittin' the Web, and the Extended Family Congratulate Tom Dowd and Wish Him Well in His Continued Recovery from Surgery
SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Count Basie, Perry Como, Rosemary Clooney, Al Green and Joni Mitchell are recipients of the 2002 Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.
Last summer, after the ABB’s show at Great Woods, I had the pleasure of taking Lana up on her offer to interview Butch Trucks. Kirk West escorted me and my friend Greg (no relation) back to Butch’s dressing room. What followed was more of a conversation than a formal interview. I’ve had the pleasure of corresponding with Butch for a couple of years now and we were immediately comfortable with each other. He’s always been frank and willing to share his thoughts with me in writing and our in-person experience was equally as candid.
Also present during this interview were Buffalo Evans, Butch’s wife Melinda, and one of his daughters. One and all, they acted like real folks, not celebrities.
I need to thank Gary Seaman (Peachnutt), who lent me his recorder for the interview and then burned it to compact disc. And now, the First Set:
Frim- I had about 25 questions written, but ... You opened with Whippin’ Post and ended with Mountain Jam!!
Butch- No, that wasn’t Mountain Jam, that was Molehill Jam. Normally when we do Mountain Jam, it’s about 55 minutes – 60 minutes. When we started Mountain Jam, they told us we had 40 minutes left to do that, Revival and One Way Out some how. So we cut it down from Mountain Jam to Molehill Jam. If you noticed, nobody stretched out too much – just a little bit.
Congratulations to Angie Callahan and Jimmy Palumbo, winners of the "Fun in the Sun" contest sponsored by Hittin' the Web and the Sun Theatre . Angie and Jimmy both won a pair of tix to see Gregg Allman & Friends Sunday, 11/4, at the Sun Theatre in Anaheim by being willing to announce something personal here.
The Arizona Republic
Nov. 01, 2001 12:00:00
It's becoming the rule rather than the exception in pop music for bands to mix musical genres. Whether it's the rap-metal of Papa Roach, the country-rock of Lonestar or the jazzy hip-hop of Common, today's musicians are creating fresh sounds by blurring borders. Gregg Allman, meanwhile, has been doing it for three decades.
By Malcolm X Abram
Macon Telegraph Staff Writer
Duane Allman was a human magnet.
His commanding personality and belief in what he was doing inspired the loyalty of the 10 people - musicians and roadies - who came together to form the original Allman Brothers Band in 1969.
His ability to take an empty Coricidin bottle, place it on his ring finger and caress beautiful music out of his favorite Les Paul guitar attracted admiration from musicians, fans and critics.
As members of the extended family visited the Guest Book to say they were ok after the tragedy of Sept. 11, I kept thinking about one of our
brothers who lives in NYC, who doesn't post regularly, if at all. We usually correspond privately around the holidays and as Beacon time nears. He's a peach heart, who always attends the Beacon run with a few of his buddies, always has a big hug waiting, and always signs his emails with "Keeping the Peach in the Apple" and a reference to his career -- i.e., "Pete, da cop".
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