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  posted on 4/30/2004 at 11:10 AM
Ok Peacheads, the thread that discussed Dickey and his bad behavior has irked a number of people. So lets talk about something more positive. How about more stories involving meeting members of the band. I really enjoy these stories as they demonstrate that my favorite musicians are good, solid people. (Albeit, with a penchant for getting out of hand from time to time. But hey, so do I.) So if you have a story about meeting a member of the Brothers (past and present),lets hear it. Unfortunately, I don't have a story of my own to relate. I haven't been lucky enough to meet any of them. But I am still hoping.

 

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  posted on 4/30/2004 at 11:22 AM
Always cordial ,the bros. never had a bad experience. As i get older I tend to leave them alone when I see them. I don't like people shouting and getting in my face when I'm heading to and from work but I would say Allen Woody was the best in the fan meeting department. He actually as we say here in NY, " busted balls "with me and a friend after a blue floyd show at the bottom line, basically trading fake insults and what not. A pretty funny memory. He also gave me a fat Fender Heavy Bass pick once.

Dickey was the coolest at record signing I went to in High School. I hear nothing but good things all around with this crew though.

 

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  posted on 4/30/2004 at 11:54 AM
I met Gregg in the Memphis Airport once but I've told that story here a zillion times he was very nice. We were fortunate enough to join Oteil for a little gathering at Lanas Room at the Beacon Hotel 3/20/04. He was so very nice. What a great personality. He talked about all kinds of things including, the new covers the ABB is doing and who likes what, The original members of the band, The Peacemakers, ARU and yes He talked about Dickey Betts. He had really nice things to say about DB. There was no dwelling on the dark side and certainly no denying that there was one. It was very interesting and a real treat.

Thanks to Lana for including us!

 

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  posted on 4/30/2004 at 12:31 PM
I saw Oteil and the Peacemakers at the Stone Pony last fall. During their break, Oteil was at the bar getting something to drink and I was standing on the other side of the bar. I didn't want to bug him because he looked thirsty, but he looked over and waved at me, said hello and asked how I was doing. We chatted for all of 15 seconds, but he was very cordial and engaging. Super nice guy.

 

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  posted on 4/30/2004 at 01:05 PM
A friend of mine used to be part of the staff that set up the Beacon shows. She said they were all unfailingly polite- true Southern gentlemen. In particular, Gregg and Jaimoe were very nice to her.
 

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  posted on 4/30/2004 at 01:09 PM
In 1995, long before I attended my first Allman Brothers concert, I sat in small, Tallahassee bar listening to some kid play the guitar better than anybody I’ve ever seen before. After his set, I walked up to him and let him how gifted he was, and how his music sounded a little like the stones and the allman brothers. He said “thanks man, I try to keep it rollin’”. I said, “yeah, well if you keep doing what you’re doing, you’re gonna go far, I promise!”

I wrote down the name of his band, and then later told a buddy that we need to check out a young kid named Derek Trucks when he comes back around. That’s when my buddy, who had been living in Tallahassee two years longer than I, let me know who Derek Trucks was. No lie, there had to be about twenty people in the bar area listening to the band. I remember him being terribly shy so I kept the conversation brief. I never saw Derek Trucks play again until seven years later, at the Beacon along side with Dickey Betts.

 

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  posted on 4/30/2004 at 01:10 PM
Current band I have met them all. Have had more than one conversation in person with Derek, Jaimoe, Oteil, and Warren though. Butch is a good net communicator!

 

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  posted on 4/30/2004 at 01:23 PM
A great idea, positive posts/threads

I can't remember the first time i met Dickey, but the most recent time was quite memorable...

Final rehersal before the March run. B. P.' s birthday bash... couple hundred of the nicest bros in Florida. Great food, (luke BBQ) lotsa good refreshments, unbelievable music, and more smiles, hugs and handshakes than I 've had in ages...

Now, Dickey was being approached by everyone with all the best wishes for a new year and new lineup and new tour, new CD, yadda... but the couple times i ran into him in the hallway before they "went on" and between sets, he just smiled and winked and asked "having a good time, capn?"

This man, in my opinion, is one of the most gracious artists I've ever met through the years. He is much more than an entertainer, he is a man of true character...as evidenced by his appearances at GabbaFest, Bruce's wake, Bradenton Seafood fest to support Toler Bros and Kach... the list is endless.... and some too personal to post in this forum.... suffice to say, I 've partied and had fun with Gregg, Warren, Woody, met Jaimoe, Chuck, even Butchie... and I enjoyed every minute with all of em... but, well, aint nuttin like the real thing, Toy, JoeDan, Red Dog and FRB... them are the real thing, REAL Brothers....

unfortunately I never met Duane, but I still feel his vibe

 

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  posted on 4/30/2004 at 01:35 PM
I got the chance to shake Marc Quinones's hand after the 3/22/04 Beacon Show. He's alot shorter than I thought. I saw Jaimoe out there as well but didn't get a chance to meet him.

 

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  posted on 4/30/2004 at 02:09 PM
I've met them all except Jaimoe. Butch was very talkative, joking around, really nice, signing everything people stuck in front of him outside the Beacon. Warren was also very nice, answering questions, posing for pictures. Gregg, Marc and Derek were kind of quiet, but very cordial. I met Oteil twice, once at the Beacon Hotel on 3/20 and at his show at BB Kings a few days later. Very nice, sweet guy.
I never spoke to Dickey, but I did get a beautiful smile and a handshake from the stage at Mulcahy's last year. I haven't heard a bad word about him from anyone who's met him. I have talked about him with some of the guys in his band and they have the greatest respect for him and just love playing with him.

 

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  posted on 4/30/2004 at 02:26 PM
Great idea for a topic. I've met them all in the ABB 'cept Gregg. All were nice although I can understand Butch's comments about meeting Jaimoe on the DVD. I'm sure he's a big teddy bear, but he can look intimidating!

I got a kick out of Derek. When I was introduced to him before an ABB show, he sticks out his hand and says simply, "Hi Lee, I'm Derek". So unassuming and pleasant. I don't care how popular he gets, I don't think it'll ever go to his head.

And Oteil is just one of the nicest guys you'd ever want to meet. First time I met him was at a Peacemakers show. They finish up and I walk to the stage to ask him to sign their new CD and he invites me back stage so he can go find a Sharpie. All the guys in his band are really great too.

 
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  posted on 4/30/2004 at 02:48 PM
Nice thread, certainly better than some other recent ones, no??

I was lucky enough to get Backstage passes through the (at that time) ABB Fan Club for the famous, or infamous, depending upon your point of view, Zak Wylde show of 1993. I got to meet all of the band except Dickey.

Big line for Gregg but he was soft-spoken and gracious.
Butch was gregarious.
Jaimoe projects this wonderful vibe - a combination of peace, strength, and wisdom - and very funny!
Marc was kind enough to note that I'd been seeing the Brothers almost as long as he'd been alive........
Allen Woody was a genuinely nice man - very down to earth and easy to talk to/with.
Perhaps nicest of all was Warren. He opened the show that night and "Tales Of Ordinary Madness" had recently been released. I was standing with a group of 3 or 4 people and Warren asked us what we thought of his new record. I was the only one who had heard it, so Warren sat down at a table with me and we spent the next 15-20 minutes just shooting the **** - another very nice, very down to earth guy. I remember a lot of what he said, but one thing in particular sticks in my mind. He said that each and every night, at some point during the show, he thought to himself, "Wow!! I'm playing with the Allman Brothers Band."

 

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  posted on 4/30/2004 at 02:50 PM
Great posts. Thanks people.

 

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  posted on 4/30/2004 at 02:56 PM
met the whole "frontline" at atlantic city last year, no drummers. everyone was very nice. gregg and warren were swamped but still said hello and signed my ticket stubs. i've been an absolute follower of derek since he came out and he talked to me for a good 5 minutes. then oteil came by and we talked for along while since we both live in Bama and play bass. all extremely nice guys. not ABB, but i got an impromptu bass theory lesson one time from todd smallie, whata nice guy.

 

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  posted on 4/30/2004 at 04:39 PM
Brian & I met Warren as well as Mike Gordon after the Rising Low screening last year, it was great, they signed some things for us, & chatted a little. It was truly an honor to meet WH! Also met Derek & the rest of the DTB at a cd signing after their show, really nice, classy guys, all of them. Also met all of Great Southern last summer at the HOB, except for Dickey who kept a really low profile. Dave Stoltz even sat & talked with us for a while before the show . He was great, we really enjoyed meeting him.

 

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  posted on 4/30/2004 at 10:47 PM
Only one I ever met was Dickey.It was many years ago after a Betts,Hall,Leavell, and Trucks show at the Bottom Line in NYC.About a half hour after the show I was walking around Greenwich Village and walked right into him.We smoked a doob and talked for about 20 minutes.He was very cool.
 

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  posted on 5/1/2004 at 07:51 PM
I've had the fortune of meeting Warren a few times. The first was years ago in Greenville, SC at some charity event. Warren was standing alone as the event was proceeding so I walked over and introduced myself and thanked him for his music. We spoke for about 10 minutes but the details escape me.

This past year the Mule was playing the HOB in Myrtle Beach. After the show I took my buddy out back to the buses. Warren and Matt come out and meet & greet everyone in sight. I walk up to 'em introduce my buddy and proclaim loudly that he has been "BAPTIZED BY THE MULE". Warren and Matt both laugh like hell.

 

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