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  posted on 1/31/2014 at 06:17 AM
Now that the ABB is packing it up. What would you like to see Gregg do with his band?
1.I hope gregg writes with scott sharrard and jay collins more.
2.It would be cool to see him add another guitar player (jack pearson), if not full time at least when he is playing in the south.
3. keep marc in the band
4.add songs like desdemona,dusk till dawn, blind willie mctell to the setlist.
5. how about butch or jaimoe as a drummer? seems unlikely though.

 
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  posted on 1/31/2014 at 07:12 AM
It sounds like you want Gregg to turn his band into an "ABB" type group...another guitar player,drummer. IMHO Gregg does his solo stuff, because it's to be his sound and style, not the ABB.

 

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  posted on 1/31/2014 at 07:39 AM
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It sounds like you want Gregg to turn his band into an "ABB" type group...another guitar player,drummer. IMHO Gregg does his solo stuff, because it's to be his sound and style, not the ABB.


I agree. Gregg's band is good and getting better without becoming the ABB. Jay Collins and Scott Sherrrard work very nicely together, there's no need for another guitar player. Marc makes a nice contribution, but he sometimes is too powerful for this band.

Gregg has talked about adding more horns, which I think would be very nice. If you have heard any of the shows with Jaimoe's horn players, they are a much better fit

 

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  posted on 1/31/2014 at 09:42 AM
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It sounds like you want Gregg to turn his band into an "ABB" type group...another guitar player,drummer. IMHO Gregg does his solo stuff, because it's to be his sound and style, not the ABB.


I agree. Gregg's band is good and getting better without becoming the ABB. Jay Collins and Scott Sherrrard work very nicely together, there's no need for another guitar player. Marc makes a nice contribution, but he sometimes is too powerful for this band.

Gregg has talked about adding more horns, which I think would be very nice. If you have heard any of the shows with Jaimoe's horn players, they are a much better fit


Accurate.

Where Gregg's band is doing currently is a good mix of ABB, his material, and some other covers. I think he could sprinkle in a couple more ABB tunes in set list rotation, but too many ABB tunes really not needed. The musicians he surrounds himself with are good. The addition of a couple more horns (as mentioned) seems to be right up Gregg's alley. I belive there have been times / tours in the past where he has used 3 horns - most recently New Year's Eve. The missing ingredient that would be nice to spice up is some new original Gregg tunes, and hopefully with the recent ABB news, now would be the time for him to do this.

 

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  posted on 1/31/2014 at 10:38 AM
I agree, maybe sprinkle(rotate) in some more ABB since "supposedly"
the ABB have run their course, change them up a little, alt versions.

I know this is probably not a popular opinion
but he needs to drop" I'm No Angel" and "Just Before the
Bulletts Fly". I have one of Greggs shows and I thought
Angel sounded very out of place with the other traditonal blues ,r/b soul stuff
, sounds dated .
I know it's his big hit single, so I am sure it will probably stay.
Maybe jazz it up alittle like his version of Whipping Post.
Maybe mix in more from Low Country, some acoustic blues.

 

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  posted on 1/31/2014 at 11:30 AM
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Where Gregg's band is doing currently is a good mix of ABB, his material, and some other covers. I think he could sprinkle in a couple more ABB tunes in set list rotation, but too many ABB tunes really not needed. The musicians he surrounds himself with are good. The addition of a couple more horns (as mentioned) seems to be right up Gregg's alley. I believe there have been times / tours in the past where he has used 3 horns - most recently New Year's Eve. The missing ingredient that would be nice to spice up is some new original Gregg tunes, and hopefully with the recent ABB news, now would be the time for him to do this.


Agreed. More horns from any band playin' the blues with a funky attitude are welcome....And here is Gregg's opportunity to show that the road can really go on forever. Expand the set-lists, re-invent yourself, show off your diversity. Sam & Dave meets Jimmy Smith via the Blues Brothers. Make it swing, make it bop, sing the blues, rock the house. C'mon Gregg, be the act everyone is talking about...Make Derek think to himself..."That's it, that's the sound ".....

 

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  posted on 1/31/2014 at 12:21 PM
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I agree, maybe sprinkle(rotate) in some more ABB since "supposedly"
the ABB have run their course, change them up a little, alt versions.

I know this is probably not a popular opinion
but he needs to drop" I'm No Angel" and "Just Before the
Bulletts Fly". I have one of Greggs shows and I thought
Angel sounded very out of place with the other traditonal blues ,r/b soul stuff
, sounds dated .
I know it's his big hit single, so I am sure it will probably stay.
Maybe jazz it up alittle like his version of Whipping Post.
Maybe mix in more from Low Country, some acoustic blues.


I think you have it already figured out with Angel & Bullets. They are signature solo tunes & doubtful that he will drop either with Angel sure to stay. I've been to enough of his shows to see that he sometimes rotates Bullets in & out.

As far as Low Country - when that CD was released, the show I saw then Gregg played 4 or 5 cuts off of that in support of the release. Since then, I believe he's tapered back to maybe 2????

There are staple songs he will always play - Midnight Rider, Melissa, WP, These Days. These seem to be mainstays. There are a few others, and then he has rotations (example - Please Call Home versus Don't Keep Me Wondering).

I was surprised at the New Year's Eve show that it was more heavily ABB songs than any show I've seen in last several tours. He's been working in a new bass player & keyboard player...so possibly the familiarity aspect may be in play????

I like the idea of jazzing tunes up a bit and the R & B recommendation. It seems that's a large part of his musical passion.

This is a good opprtunity to see where Gregg can take his music & this band. Hopefully more touring so more of the country can catch his talented band. I still think now is the time for new GA wriiten songs if it's going to ever happen. If he records, I'd like to see his band do it as opposed to studio musicians.

 

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  posted on 2/2/2014 at 06:30 AM
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Where Gregg's band is doing currently is a good mix of ABB, his material, and some other covers. I think he could sprinkle in a couple more ABB tunes in set list rotation, but too many ABB tunes really not needed. The musicians he surrounds himself with are good. The addition of a couple more horns (as mentioned) seems to be right up Gregg's alley. I believe there have been times / tours in the past where he has used 3 horns - most recently New Year's Eve. The missing ingredient that would be nice to spice up is some new original Gregg tunes, and hopefully with the recent ABB news, now would be the time for him to do this.


Agreed. More horns from any band playin' the blues with a funky attitude are welcome....And here is Gregg's opportunity to show that the road can really go on forever. Expand the set-lists, re-invent yourself, show off your diversity. Sam & Dave meets Jimmy Smith via the Blues Brothers. Make it swing, make it bop, sing the blues, rock the house. C'mon Gregg, be the act everyone is talking about...Make Derek think to himself..."That's it, that's the sound ".....





Great statement Big V.

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  posted on 2/2/2014 at 10:52 AM
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It sounds like you want Gregg to turn his band into an "ABB" type group...another guitar player,drummer. IMHO Gregg does his solo stuff, because it's to be his sound and style, not the ABB.


Egg-zactly

Saw him in N.H. in November; enjoyable to be sure, but, what's with the thing of having 22 people on stage. I'd like to see a simple band, simple sounds, to get more of the focus on Gregg. Felt like ABB-lite. Wall of percussion is fine it's just that we've been there, done that...IMO of course. It's all good...

 

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  posted on 2/2/2014 at 11:03 AM
I attended the Capitol Theatre show which was released as part of the live double album in 1974.
Scrap the current setlist. Dig into the fairly big catalogue and do some justice to all those songs that deserve to be played. I don't care if there's no Allman Brothers songs in the setlist. Did I just say that?

 

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  posted on 2/2/2014 at 12:36 PM
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I attended the Capitol Theatre show which was released as part of the live double album in 1974.
Scrap the current setlist. Dig into the fairly big catalogue and do some justice to all those songs that deserve to be played. I don't care if there's no Allman Brothers songs in the setlist. Did I just say that?


I was at the Carnegie Hall show and agree completely...the setlist can be dynamic and 1 or 2 ABB songs(rearranged) are fine....

Also,like Carnegie Hall and The Capital,adding a philharmonic and background singers would be awesome...I've always wanted Gregg to take another shot at expanding the concept and approach taken on The Gregg. Allman Tour.

Some of the current setlist songs are fine,particularly from LCB,and Gregg does seem to be rebuilding the band for the post ABB days.All a step in a nice direction.

And if he'd dig deep into the catalogue (Playin Up a Storm,Search for Simplicity,etc.) that would be outstanding to hear.

 

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  posted on 2/2/2014 at 12:56 PM
I just hope that Gregg and his band expand the setlists. I have seen him a bunch of times through the years and it seems the set lists haven't changed much over the years. With no more ABB I hope Gregg pushes his band a little bit more and adds more songs to their current catalog including both ABB songs and more solo stuff. I like the makeup of the band and don't feel they need to add any more musicians.

 

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  posted on 2/3/2014 at 07:54 PM
I saw Gregg in Atlantic City last fall and although it was an abbreviated casino set, it was really good and he played a few different songs I haven't seen his band do. I've gone to a bunch of his solo shows since 2008 and I really liked the Sharrard/Collins/Potts.Jemmott/Katz band. I didn't catch the new keyboard player's name. He was good but he was not Bruce Katz. Bruce was one of my favorite elements of the band. Now I hear he has a new bassist too. We'll see how that plays out.

I know his solo band has always been in flux but that lineup was hot, and breathed new life into old warhorses. Marc was a nice addition. Floyd Miles would usually add percussion but he wasn't with Gregg & Friends in Atlantic City. That change also opened up some room in the setlist since there didn't have to be 2 songs for Floyd to sing. And they did Sharrard's "Love Like Kerosone" with Gregg singing and playing some nasty, rockin' rhythm guitar. That was terrific.

I know he's basically going to do a 2 hour show, he'll play the songs he is famous for like Midnight Rider, Melissa, I'm No Angel etc. and he likes to re-imagine some ABB tunes so I don't expect any big changes to the set list. I expect he will continue to present an overview of his musical career that appeals to people who know his name and music outside the Allman Brothers and will err on the side of old style R&B. I would like some new songs and I truly hope he gets to make that All Compositions By Gregory Allman album. Even more so, I would like an acoustic duo album from Gregg and Warren - they could play and sing tweets from popstars and it would sound amazing.

 

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