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  posted on 10/24/2013 at 02:47 PM
but no mention of tribute concert in Atlanta or, of course, a new ABB album...

Headline: Gregg Allman: world's slowest songwriter?

BYLINE: RICHARD ABOWITZ
Patriot News, Harrisburg, Pa.

There is loud solo laughter. Then there is the distinctive voice on the line. "How are you doing? This is Gregory," Gregg Allman says.

For decades, Allman, pounding away at the Hammond B-3 organ while singing in his gruff voice both as a solo act and with Allman Brothers Band, has been a rock icon. And, a brief marriage to Cher helped make Allman one of the first rock legends to become well known in celebrity culture.

Unlike most rock music that is aimed at teenagers, Allman's love of deep blues, rhythm and soul has provided a lifetime's expression. He notes, he still plays on stage every song he released back in 1971 with his late brother Duane on what is considered the greatest live album of all time: "At the Fillmore East."

Allman still tours and records with Allman Brothers Band. And during breaks on that band's tours, he takes out the Gregg Allman Band for some shows like the one in Hershey on Sunday. The studio recordings, however, have been more sporadic.

His 2011 disc "Low Country Blues" was his first in more than dozen years, a fact he blames on the death of his longtime producer, Tom Dowd, in 2002. Against this history, however, Allman says he's heading back into the studio in December to record his next disc.

Q: I notice a lot of Allman Brothers Band concerts from the past few months are available on disc. They are sold to audiences right after shows.
A: They do it right on the spot. The ones we do at the Allman's Brothers show are for sale right after it. When people are walking out they are already there. It is pretty quick assembly line.

Q: What about the Gregg Allman Band concerts?
A: We record every night. Every show is recorded. They're actually releasable, too. They do a good job. Those aren't for sale to the audience like the Brothers are. But they are in existence. I haven't released any of them yet. I will probably pick from a whole year and release it then. I am doing a studio album in December; I'm going to wait until I do that first. I think the Allman Brothers actually put out too many live records. But then that is what the Brothers are all about; they're live. My band is a bit different.

Q: Back in the studio, that is record time for you, isn't it?
A: Tommy Dowd passed away and I didn't want to hear from another producer. I didn't want to hear about the studio. Anytime somebody would bring it up, I would change the subject, which I am a master at doing.

Q: What was it that made Tom Dowd so special?
A: He was like a father figure. Though he talked in numbers in the studio, I learned so much from him. He knew just the wavelength to teach you on. He knew just what to say that would make you absorb what he was trying to get across to you. I learned the most I ever learned from music from anybody from Tommy Dowd.

Q: Surely at this point you know what Gregg Allman music sounds like. Why is a producer so important?
A: You take all this time to write a song, you have to let it ooze on out by its natural self and that is pretty time consuming. Then you teach it to the band so everybody gets all the parts. Then you rehearse it and road test it, and all that. Then you get to the studio and there is a new guy in the band who calls himself the producer, right? Huh. He either makes it or breaks it usually before nightfall.

Q: Have you written songs for the disc you are recording in December or will it be all covers?
A: About half and half.

Q: Has songwriting gotten easier over the years?
A: I was talking to Jackson Browne yesterday on the phone. He said, 'I'm the slowest writer in the world.' I said, 'No, no, no. You're the second slowest. It seems the older you get the slower they come. I wonder if it's like that for everybody?' He said, 'It ain't with Don Henley. He seems to be writing more than ever.'"

Q: It is hard to imagine you and Jackson Browne swapping songwriting tips.
A: We used to be roommates. We were so poor. This is back in 1966. It was a couple years before the Brothers came about. Jackson was born and raised in Long Beach. We were in Hollywood, and he was too proud to go home, just like us. We swore once we left the house with all the amps and everything we weren't coming back with our tails between our legs wanting to borrow money. And, he wasn't going to either. So, I said, 'You can stay here with me and my brother.' You wouldn't call him a roommate; he just crashed there a lot, long enough to teach me a lot that I know about song writing. I watched him write two or three of his tunes.

 
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  posted on 10/24/2013 at 03:25 PM
Interesting that, even though he produced a number of the Allman Brothers' albums in the 70's and 90's, Tom Dowd has produced exactly zero of Gregg's solo albums. I know most of the original Brothers have no love for the studio anymore, but this sounds promising.

 

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  posted on 10/24/2013 at 04:09 PM
Tom Dowd was involved in production on Searching For Simplicity and all the ABB 90's albums. Gregg apparently developed a kinship with him over the decade and responded to the loss by not wanting to use another producer.

 

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  posted on 10/24/2013 at 04:19 PM
Now he's mentioning an album consisting one half of covers and one half of new penned originals. A few months ago he talked about an album consisting of only new self penned originals. "All compositions by Gregg Allman".
I hope that doesn't mean that by the time this new solo release does sees the light of day it's back to 90% covers and 1 or 2 self penned new songs. I really keep my fingers crossed for new original compositions written for the GAB or (preferably) the ABB.

 

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  posted on 10/24/2013 at 04:29 PM
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"All compositions by Gregg Allman"


 

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  posted on 10/24/2013 at 05:34 PM
According to Scott Sharrard, he and Gregg have been writing songs and on this tour the band is playing a song from one of Scott's albums so maybe that will be on the new album to give it a wider audience. Hopefully the road band will play on this one and maybe they will keep the writing mostly in-house.

 

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  posted on 10/24/2013 at 06:08 PM
Selfishly wish he would save his ideas for the ABB, since we got a Gregg album in 2011. However, this sounds good and I'd like to see what he can create with Scott Sherrard and co.

 

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  posted on 10/24/2013 at 06:59 PM
Since the mid-70's, Gregg has pretty much needed a co-writer and does well with one. Scott Sharrard is a good choice. Gregg might prefer Warren, but WH is booked solid in multiple bands all year long and is no longer available.

I don't think we'll see another ABB studio album. The current ABB, much as I love 'em, is really more of a tribute band to the ABB. They are a dynamic live act, but as a functioning band, rather than functioning players, they are long dead. They aren't exploring anything new unless they have a guest - outside of improvised guitar solos.

The first prerequisite of writing a song is having something to say. Gregg hasn't had much to say for ... decades. Wish it was different.

[Edited on 10/25/2013 by WaitinForRain]

 

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  posted on 10/24/2013 at 07:00 PM
Don't get me wrong. Any album Gregg puts out is nice to receive. However LCB was all covers except one co-write I believe with Warren.

I enjoy hearing Scott & think he's a good fit in Gregg's band. However, it would be really nice to get some new songs written only by Gregg. With that said, maybe at this stage Gregg needs someone to co-write with. If that's the case, we take what we can get. The quality of Gregg's writing during the Laid Back period with "Multicolored Lady" & "Queen Of Hearts" was really good. It would be wonderful to see something penned along those lines.

 

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  posted on 10/25/2013 at 07:55 AM
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Now he's mentioning an album consisting one half of covers and one half of new penned originals. A few months ago he talked about an album consisting of only new self penned originals. "All compositions by Gregg Allman".
I hope that doesn't mean that by the time this new solo release does sees the light of day it's back to 90% covers and 1 or 2 self penned new songs. I really keep my fingers crossed for new original compositions written for the GAB or (preferably) the ABB.


a year or so ago he was offering "signed" books, over 90% of them turned out to not be originals.

my guess is 12 songs on the album with 4 being new GA & ________ tunes.

 

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  posted on 10/25/2013 at 10:31 AM
Interesting Gregg lived with Jackson Browne and still stays in touch , very cool , love Gregg's take on " These Days "

 

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