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  posted on 4/14/2011 at 06:06 PM

The annual Wanee Festival continues today and Saturday in Live Oak, with the Allman Brothers Band headlining both nights. They'll follow Robert Plant and the Band of Joy tonight, and the Steve Miller Band on Saturday.

Pretty good lineup, huh? That's probably because the Allman Brothers Band is in charge; they started the event in 2005.

But the Wanee Festival this year could have been sans Gregg Allman.

Fortunately, though, his health has been on the upswing since a liver transplant last summer at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville.

Allman spoke with the Times-Union last week from Daytona Beach, where he was visiting his 93-year-old mother. Here's some of that conversation:

A year ago, you were in a tough spot health-wise. How are you feeling now?

It's a process, you know. ... I was thinking that in six months I'd be back, like nothing happened. Wrong. [Laughs] ... After a while, I asked the doctors, you know, "So what day is it, that I'll be able to look around and say ... it feels like nothing happened? When will I feel myself again?" They said, "That will be about a year and half." I'm on my ninth month.

Yet, you were back on the road in just four months? I imagine you were advised against it. Why so soon?

I was going stir crazy. And of course, music soothes the savage beast. ... I think going out and playing - you know, I just did it. A couple of gigs, I sat in with Elton John and Leon Russell in Boston and New York. That was a start. ... When you've been out of it for a long time - four months is a pretty good long time for me - you have to do that. I started to wonder, what am I doing? Sitting around complaining, taking up food, space and water.

What prompted the band to go out and create Wanee, a whole new music festival?

It was down here where the Brothers started, you know. We just figured, why don't we put on our own festival, because, you know, we can get real good talent. Just call some people we played with before. ...

It's a shame to have to go to a festival and you hear 15 just-out-of-the-garage-bands, you know. Don't get me wrong, they're trying their hearts out. I was there once. But you've got to have some headliners, that's what draws the people.

So, the Allman Brothers Band started in 1969 in Jacksonville. Is there a particular venue or bar that sticks out in your mind?

We used to play the Comic Book Club. [Laughs]

What kind of place was that?

A bunch of sailors, a bunch of girls dancing on the tables. In their clothes, I mean. But not a whole lot of clothes. [Laughs.] It was a place where every sleazebag from the Navy and the street came in. ... The guy who owned it - we would work all week and when we were off, he would have a card game in the back at night and take all our money back. I still think maybe he was cheating or something.

A buddy of mine is setting up a screening of the documentary about [well-known recording engineer and producer] Tom Dowd. What it was like to work with him? [Editor's note: Dowd died in 2002. The documentary is "Tom Dowd and the Language of Music."]

He was way more than my producer. He was like a father figure to me. ... He was so fair and so easy to work with. I mean, he was just great. You go in the studio and he'd have you in the mindset that, "Hey you guys can do it. But just in case you hit a snag, Tommy's here to help." ... When I first started recording, it was kind of like stage fright, but it's different. I was always the Doubting Thomas of the band anyway. I was always the one thinking, "Oh damn, I cannot pull this off." Even though I wrote the damn song. ...

There was never uptightness in the studio. Mr. Dowd. God. That's why there were so many years before my next solo record after he died. With producers, you work real hard on these songs, showing them to the band, working them all up and getting them ready, and then you get in the studio, and suddenly there's a new person in the band. He either makes it or breaks it. And it happens really quick.

So was working without Dowd on [last year's solo album] "Low Country Blues" a weird feeling?

Not at all. You see, because I met this guy. My manager called me up while I was on tour with the Brothers ... and my manager said, "I need you stop in Memphis. I want you to meet somebody." ... So I went down there and I met T-Bone [Burnett.] One of the first things he said was, "Tommy Dowd was one of my heroes."

You had never met T-Bone before?

No, I had never heard of him.

Seriously?

I guess I live a sheltered life, I don't know. [Laughs.]

What's your three-year plan? Are you working on a new solo album?

Yes, I got a very heavy schedule this year. I can't wait to get on the next project in the studio. ... T-Bone called me the other day and we talked about, "Let's do this again." I told him, "Well I'm pretty booked up this year, but in the fall, I'm there."

Do you think the album will have a similar feel, with the old blues songs? Or are you writing new songs?

I think there's a chance it could be a little more of the same. Then again, I might just take it in a whole other direction. That, we'll just kind of let it happen. Plus, T-Bone has a wealth of ideas. His mind is alive, you know.

What about the Allman Brothers Band. Will they release another studio album?

I certainly hope so. You see, the thing about the Brothers is, we release so much live stuff, that it would be nice to go in the studio ... if we had a real good deal. But the music biz has changed so much.

You see, with my solo record, "Low Country [Blues]," it's all tape, nothing digital on there. And I put it out on vinyl, too. That's the way to record, you know.

I mean, digital music is great, the convenience, you can't beat it. But when was the last time you listened to a new record through headphones? You can put it all on your iPod, sure, it's great to do, so easy. ... But then there's some people, like T-Bone, he only listens to vinyl. He claims it's a lot warmer; I definitely tend to agree.

So for the Brothers, you're just waiting for that? The right person, the right deal?

When that happens, I can't see us not going into the studio.



Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jacksonville.com/entertainment/music/2011-04-15/story/qa-gregg-allma n-his-health-wanee-festival-and-allman-brothers#ixzz1JXdexYR1

 
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  posted on 4/14/2011 at 06:10 PM
I hope the right person and the right deal comes for the Brothers to get back in the studio as time keeps slipping away.

[Edited on 4/14/2011 by fender31]

 

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  posted on 4/14/2011 at 06:33 PM
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I hope the right person and the right deal comes for the Brothers to get back in the studio as time keeps slipping away.

[Edited on 4/14/2011 by fender31]

I am in total agreement...hoping for the right person, the right deal and the cooperation of a not to be named drummer. Maybe be could overdub his parts from France

 

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  posted on 4/14/2011 at 09:10 PM
Uhhhh...why not T-Bone Burnett?! I love the sound of Low Country Blues. Straight tape recording makes all the difference..it just sounds so organic. Once it's dumped into ProTools..it loses so much of the natural dynamic.

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  posted on 4/15/2011 at 06:45 AM
Great to read that Gregg has such high hopes for the future of the Brothers. I would hope the rest of the band feels the same way but I don't think that's the case. Who knows...maybe.

 

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  posted on 4/15/2011 at 08:10 AM
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Yes, I got a very heavy schedule this year. I can't wait to get on the next project in the studio. ... T-Bone called me the other day and we talked about, "Let's do this again." I told him, "Well I'm pretty booked up this year, but in the fall, I'm there."


Gregg's booked through May, a few shows in June & July....and while I'm all for the guy getting some rest from the road, it seems like late July, August, September are pretty wide open, not exactly what I'd call "pretty booked up" until the Fall....maybe some summer dates for the Bros????

 

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  posted on 4/15/2011 at 02:39 PM
I am trying to be optimistic but I highly doubt the ABB will ever bring out another studio album .Their doesn't seem to be any interest in it from the other band members..Especially Butch....it is kind of sad .I hope gregg doesn't bring out another cover album.
 

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  posted on 4/15/2011 at 03:32 PM
I haven't heard "Low Country Blues", I know shame on me, I am just not into old blues, but how is the production on that? In my opinion T-Bone Burnett destroyed the Elton John/Leon Russell "The Union", it is so muddy and muffled, it's hard to hear anything on it.
 

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  posted on 4/15/2011 at 05:17 PM
This is the secoond interview I've read where Gregg indicates Tom was the only producer involved with both the Brothers and his solo albums. Guess he's still p*ssed at Johnny for telling him he needed to get sober before he sang his vocals to finish Searching for Simplicity. Man, that guy can hold onto a grudge.

 

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  posted on 4/15/2011 at 05:40 PM
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This is the secoond interview I've read where Gregg indicates Tom was the only producer involved with both the Brothers and his solo albums. Guess he's still p*ssed at Johnny for telling him he needed to get sober before he sang his vocals to finish Searching for Simplicity. Man, that guy can hold onto a grudge.
Yeah he can. Just ask Danny and Frankie.

 

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  posted on 4/15/2011 at 05:51 PM
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I hope gregg doesn't bring out another cover album.


At this point, I believe most of us will take what we can get.....But I agree, not the most prolific songwriter....

 

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This is the secoond interview I've read where Gregg indicates Tom was the only producer involved with both the Brothers and his solo albums. Guess he's still p*ssed at Johnny for telling him he needed to get sober before he sang his vocals to finish Searching for Simplicity. Man, that guy can hold onto a grudge.


Sounds like SOMEONE is holding a grudge. I don't see where he says Dowd was the only producer he or the ABB ever worked with. It is clear that Dowd was the one they preferred and that is easy to understand.

I was standing right next to Gregg in Huntsville, AL in 2005 when Kirk introduced him to two young ladies. One's first name was Sandlin but both were apparently nieces of you & your hubby.

Gregg seemed thrilled when he thought Johnny was there with them and asked where he was. Once he realized Johnny was not there he seemed disappointed. He had nothing but nice things to say about Johnny, asked how he was and spent a while talking to the girls.

I would assume Johnny has talked to Gregg or tried to since the liver transplant (?) Surely he ain't the only one that ever told Gregg he needed to get sober.

 

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  posted on 4/15/2011 at 05:53 PM
considering the success of LCB, I would be surprised if Gregg did NOT do another covers disc.
 

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I was standing right next to Gregg in Huntsville, AL in 2005 when Kirk introduced him to two young ladies. One's first name was Sandlin but both were apparently nieces of you & your hubby.

Gregg seemed thrilled when he thought Johnny was there with them and asked where he was. Once he realized Johnny was not there he seemed disappointed. He had nothing but nice things to say about Johnny, asked how he was and spent a while talking to the girls.

I would assume Johnny has talked to Gregg or tried to since the liver transplant (?) Surely he ain't the only one that ever told Gregg he needed to get sober.


Apparently you missed the smiley...I should have included a wink. As for the two young ladies....Sandlin is our granddaughter as is her sister Ella....and they told us how kind Gregg was to them and that he said hello to Johnny.

 

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  posted on 4/16/2011 at 04:53 AM
A heartwarming interview. Gregg's mellowed and grown up. Things like this further indear me to the ABB and it's lengthy run.

 

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  posted on 4/16/2011 at 05:20 AM
Nice interview,Thanks

 

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  posted on 4/16/2011 at 08:43 AM
nice read thanks
 

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  posted on 4/20/2011 at 04:46 PM
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Yes, I got a very heavy schedule this year. I can't wait to get on the next project in the studio. ... T-Bone called me the other day and we talked about, "Let's do this again." I told him, "Well I'm pretty booked up this year, but in the fall, I'm there."


Gregg's booked through May, a few shows in June & July....and while I'm all for the guy getting some rest from the road, it seems like late July, August, September are pretty wide open, not exactly what I'd call "pretty booked up" until the Fall....maybe some summer dates for the Bros????


Making a record takes more time than just the days the in the studio.
He is in Europe on tour until mid-July, then, right ... "just a few dates" in August. He is in Canada the first part of September and then -- he's back in the hospital. I'm guessing that the surgery will take some time to recover from <<Allman further says that once he finishes touring this September, "I gotta go in the hospital and when I get out...I'm pretty sure Warren [Haynes] and I will get together for, like, a month and just start writing." >>
And ... yes, personally, I'd call that "pretty booked up."

 
 


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