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  posted on 1/10/2007 at 10:19 AM
Allman takes new music on the road
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THE FLINT JOURNAL FIRST EDITION
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
By Christina Fuoco
CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Legendary rocker Gregg Allman is in the midst of working on albums for himself and the Allman Brothers Band while touring the country with his solo project.

"I'm working on two albums - one for the Brothers and one for my band. I'm just trying to get some pretty outlandish stuff for the Brothers, and get some real serious love songs for my band," Allman said during a recent phone interview.

The new album for the Allman Brothers would be the band's first since 2003's "Hittin' the Note."

"You don't go in the studio until you've got stuff, especially if you've already taken it on the road and ... road-tested it, you know," said Allman, who plays the Emerald Theatre in Mount Clemens on Wednesday. "My theory is that the energy from the audience somehow gets into you and makes you play that song right. Scares you into playing it right, how's that? I swear it does. It works."

He said he and keyboardist Neil Larson have written four songs and Allman alone has 80 unfinished numbers so far.

Does he write with all of his band members? "No, usually the keyboard players, guitar players and the bass players usually wind up being the writers," he said. "You don't find too many drummers who are writers, but the ones you do find are incredible like Phil Collins or Robert Johnson."

Love songs were the tunes of choice for Allman during a recent performance in Phoenix on his 59th birthday with his band - guitarist Val McCallum, saxophonist Jay Collins, bassist Jerry Jemmott, keyboardist Larson, percussionist-singer Floyd Miles and drummer Steve Potts. He performed original material, including "Melissa" and "I'm No Angel," as well as covers by the Grateful Dead and Bob Dylan.

"Songs are songs. They're beautiful," Allman said about playing covers. "You go in there and do your version of it, then a classic song kind of turns into your song. It changes the arrangement. It changes the whole feel."

Besides his birthday, Allman had another reason to celebrate. On Sept. 16, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. During the ceremony, he performed "Melissa" and was joined by fellow Georgians and R.E.M. members Mike Mills, Peter Buck and Bill Berry on "Midnight Rider."

"It really was an honor. It's one thing to get in there with your whole gang, your whole band and what have you. But to get inducted in there by yourself " that's probably the first songwriting award that I've ever been presented with. It felt so good," Allman said.

Although the Allman Brothers recently announced that they're going to continue their New York tradition and perform a two-week residency at the Beacon Theater there, Allman said for now the band is on an extended break.

"We're sort of on hiatus. We have a lot of people who have their own bands, including myself. They want to go and spend some time with those bands. Some of them are leaders, some of them are in different parts in different bands. Derek (Trucks) has his own band. Oteil (Burbridge, bass) has his own band," Allman said.

The lineup for the Beacon Theater shows, which begin in late March, includes Allman (vocals, keyboards); Butch Trucks (drums, tympani); Jaimoe (drums); Warren Haynes (vocals, lead and slide guitar); Derek Trucks (slide and lead guitar); Burbridge and Marc Quinones (congas, percussion).

For now, Allman is touring with his band and opener Honeytribe, which features his son Devon.

"Oh, it's great touring with Devon. It's great. It's so wonderful. This last leg (of the tour), we're working on at least two three songs together," Allman said without elaborating on the details of the collaboration.

 

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  posted on 1/10/2007 at 10:20 AM
Ummmm....I see she got his birthday wrong. He played Vegas on his birthday, not Phoenix.

 

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  posted on 1/10/2007 at 10:26 AM
Only you Mitzi. So it looks like you will need more oxygen seeing how Gregg is writing you more love songs.

 

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  posted on 1/10/2007 at 10:29 AM
Only you Mitzi. So it looks like you will need more oxygen seeing how Gregg is writing you more love songs.

 

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  posted on 1/10/2007 at 10:30 AM
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Only you Mitzi. So it looks like you will need more oxygen seeing how Gregg is writing you more love songs.


No doubt. And ice too, please!

 

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  posted on 1/10/2007 at 10:52 AM
I'll go saw you a block off the lake that out to last you ..

 

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  posted on 1/10/2007 at 10:59 AM
for a day!

 

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  posted on 1/10/2007 at 11:02 AM
Thanks Mike!

 

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  posted on 1/10/2007 at 11:03 AM
Cool article! And in the worst newspaper I've ever read too!
 
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  posted on 1/10/2007 at 11:06 AM
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"Songs are songs. They're beautiful," Allman said about playing covers. "You go in there and do your version of it, then a classic song kind of turns into your song. It changes the arrangement. It changes the whole feel."



Niiiiiice

 

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  posted on 1/10/2007 at 11:24 AM
Not to hijack the thread, but I've always considered Neil Pert as a drummer who could write. Who's this Robert Johnson he mentions?

 

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  posted on 1/10/2007 at 11:42 AM
"You don't find too many drummers who are writers, but the ones you do find are incredible like Phil Collins or Robert Johnson."

Well shucks Gregg! I am a drummer, and I've written a couple of songs in my time, but I don't know if I really qualify as an "incredible" songwriter

Nice of you to say so, though!

 
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"I'm working on two albums - one for the Brothers and one for my band. I'm just trying to get some pretty outlandish stuff for the Brothers, and get some real serious love songs for my band,"


NICE!!!

 

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  posted on 1/10/2007 at 12:21 PM
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"I'm working on two albums - one for the Brothers and one for my band. I'm just trying to get some pretty outlandish stuff for the Brothers, and get some real serious love songs for my band," Allman said during a recent phone interview.

VERY good news! (wonder if we'll be hearing anything from this at Beacon?)

[Edited on 1/10/2007 by lolasdeb]

 

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"Oh, it's great touring with Devon. It's great. It's so wonderful. This last leg (of the tour), we're working on at least two three songs together," Allman said without elaborating on the details of the collaboration.


Ooooooo...sounds very very VERY interesting!!

 

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  posted on 1/10/2007 at 03:47 PM
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Only you Mitzi. So it looks like you will need more oxygen seeing how Gregg is writing you more love songs.



GW I can arrange for an oxygen tent for ya.........bubble girl.

 

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Only you Mitzi. So it looks like you will need more oxygen seeing how Gregg is writing you more love songs.



GW I can arrange for an oxygen tent for ya.........bubble girl.


LOL!! Got one already!!



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Only you Mitzi. So it looks like you will need more oxygen seeing how Gregg is writing you more love songs.



GW I can arrange for an oxygen tent for ya.........bubble girl.


LOL!! Got one already!!



[Edited on 1/10/2007 by greggswoman]


Thats what I like about you. always a step ahead................
Gregg drags that leslie everywhere. I bet that thing is hard to roll in the sand.

[Edited on 1/10/2007 by rottinpeach]

 

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Thats what I like about you. always a step ahead................
Gregg drags that leslie everywhere. I bet that thing is hard to roll in the sand.


 

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  posted on 1/10/2007 at 04:23 PM
TWO new albums! Boy that would make for a great 2007.

 

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  posted on 1/10/2007 at 06:08 PM
I am suprised no one has said anything about this from the interview:

Although the Allman Brothers recently announced that they're going to continue their New York tradition and perform a two-week residency at the Beacon Theater there, Allman said for now the band is on an extended break.

That does not suprise me, with everyone doing their other projects and etc....Derek can finally get out and do a big run without having to be in Claptons band and with the ABB, and maybe Gregg can get a solo CD out and hopefully new material for the ABB.

 

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Thats what I like about you. always a step ahead................
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....isn't it a bit dangerous to mention Gregg's name and the phrase "roll in the sand" around Mitzi?

 

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....isn't it a bit dangerous to mention Gregg's name and the phrase "roll in the sand" around Mitzi?


 

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  posted on 1/10/2007 at 08:36 PM
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I am suprised no one has said anything about this from the interview:

Although the Allman Brothers recently announced that they're going to continue their New York tradition and perform a two-week residency at the Beacon Theater there, Allman said for now the band is on an extended break.

That does not suprise me, with everyone doing their other projects and etc....Derek can finally get out and do a big run without having to be in Claptons band and with the ABB, and maybe Gregg can get a solo CD out and hopefully new material for the ABB.


I'm glad you brought it up. I've been pondering that most of the day. It's to be expected with all the side projects that everyone has going. Like you said maybe this will give our Brothers the chance to get some new music on the table!

 

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  posted on 1/10/2007 at 08:46 PM
Thanks, Mitzi! I'm so looking forward to some new Gregg material. I love everything he's ever done (and I know you do too, Mitzi LOL). A break is sometimes good. Now bring the goods

 

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