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  posted on 1/17/2008 at 08:22 PM
Although the ABB has been unfairly labled "southern rockers" by many over the course of their career, to me the ABB is a white blues band in their heart and soul.

They live and breathe the blues music, and after many witnessing many shows, I have grown in my intererest in their roots and inspirations. A few days ago I went out and purchased some CDs by Son House (Preachin Blues), T Bone Walker (Stormy Monday), Taj Mahal (Statesboro Blues), Howlin Wolf (Spoonful), Muddy Waters (Hoochie Koochie Man) and others. The Allmans have peaked my interest in the blues. Sort of an educational aspect to their eclectic style.

What blues have you been listening to thanks to the ABB???

 

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  posted on 1/17/2008 at 08:29 PM
The Allman Brothers, or Duane, turned me onto Elmore James who is amazing. In noticing the old influences I also listen to Muddy Waters and a few other old blues guys...going back a step from Duane and Clapton, two of my favorites.
 

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  posted on 1/17/2008 at 08:38 PM
Oh yes. The first time I heard "Done Somebody Wrong" when I was a little kid, I was hooked. Hook, Line, Sinker. I still think that tune just smokes from start to finish. Matter of fact, I am gonna go put it on right now LOL
 

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  posted on 1/17/2008 at 08:40 PM
Absolutely! They are the reason I am getting into the blues as we speak. My first A.B.B DVD was Live at Great Woods. Warren,Dickey, and Gregg talk about how heavily they were influenced by the blues. Since I got that soon bought the last Crossroads DVD and I made a CD with some old time blues artists on it. I also have a new found appreciation for BB King which I didn't pay much attention to. Oh yea, I am learning to play 12 bar blues on acoustic guitar and it is much more exciting than anything else. So I guess my answer to your awesome question is yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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  posted on 1/17/2008 at 08:41 PM
yes.

 

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  posted on 1/17/2008 at 08:42 PM
The brothers were the gateway drug to blues, jazz, Rnb for me.
 

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  posted on 1/17/2008 at 08:43 PM

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  posted on 1/17/2008 at 08:44 PM
Hell yes!


There's a compilation disc someone made several years back called "The Roots of the ABB" that I regularly listen to.

All the ABB blues covers by their original artists.

Including Donovan's "Once There Was a Mountain".

I included this as a bonus freebie to a lot of newbies.

 

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  posted on 1/17/2008 at 08:47 PM
" to me the ABB is a white blues band in their heart and soul. "


Don't tell Jaimoe

 

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  posted on 1/17/2008 at 08:50 PM
I found the blues through the Allman Brother's Band. But they're so much more than a blues band. I can't think of any other band in the world that blends blues, jazz, rock and even a little country (mainly with Dickey) the way the Allman Brothers do. And I detest the "S-R word".

 

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  posted on 1/17/2008 at 08:54 PM
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" to me the ABB is a white blues band in their heart and soul. "


Don't tell Jaimoe


I second that...I heard a Michael McDonald song today and I thought "he and Gregg are some funky white boys with serious soul"

 

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  posted on 1/17/2008 at 09:13 PM
The ABB is a white blues band as far as vocals are concerned. As musicians, it's colorblind!!

[Edited on 1/18/2008 by BarrySmith]

 

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  posted on 1/17/2008 at 09:34 PM
ABB kind of expanded some of my interest in blues, but Zeppelin and Cream were the bands that really got me into blues. This website, and the people on it, have really turned me onto some great blues music and musicians that I would have otherwise never been turned onto. In that sense, the ABB forum community has influenced alot of the blues I like and listen to. Really too countless to list.

But as for the ABB's music specifically and what music it has directly influenced me in, that answer is jazz. Miles, Coltrane and King Curtis. ABB shows, especially the Beacon shows with all the guests have really made me appreciate what some great horn players can add to the music. I used to hate sax in songs I liked from the Floyd like Shine On and Us and Them, I was a big Floyd fan at one time, but it was all about the guitar, the bass, drums, keys. Through the ABB and getting turned onto some jazz stuff through them, now I want to hear horns in much of the music I listen to. I absolutely love when ABB has a guest like Ron Holloway, or Karl Denson and the kind of jazz musicians they have had on stage with them at the Beacon.

Both the original lineup and the current lineup have definately created an appreciation and desire for jazz. That is what the ABB has influenced most for me.

 

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  posted on 1/17/2008 at 10:22 PM
While Nebish is going moderately against the grain of this thread, I'll reverse it fully: No, not at all.

My blues gateways were:

George Thorogood (heard "move it on over" on the radio a couple of times and then started buying albums)
Johnny Winter (who I was introduced to via Rick Derringer, who played my H.S. around 82 or 83)
And SRV (who I first heard when a friend convinced me to check out the first or second Chicago Blues Festival with him)

I eventually got all or most of their stuff, and followed that back to Robert Johnson and comtemporaries, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Sonny Boy, Elmore James, etc. This was just as I was turning 21 and could get into clubs other than the local dive, so I began exploring the Chicago blues scene quite a bit. Around the same time, I got into early Dylan in a big way, and followed him to the rest of the early '60's Greenwich village folk scene, especially Dave Van Ronk.

Buying "Blues at Newport" because it had one Dave Van Ronk song and a couple of John Lee Hooker songs on it was one of the smartest purchases I've ever made, as that introduced me to several non-"Delta to Chicago" blues sytes, especially those of Rev. Gary Davis, Mississippi John Hurt, and Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee. To this day, I recommend that CD every chance I get.

So, as much as I love the ABB and the music they've given me over the years, they really haven't contributed to my blues journey.

So, there you have it.

 

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  posted on 1/17/2008 at 10:22 PM
Most definitely. Once I was hooked on ABB and read the names of the old songwriters on the LPs, and especially after hearing Duane give credits on AFE ("Got a new song for ya, an old Elmore James song..." "While we're doin' that blues thing, we're gonna play this old Bobby Bland song; actually, it's a T-Bone Walker song"), I had to start tracking those folks down. Man, if it turned Duane on, I had to check it out. So, yes, ABB introduced me to the blues, and that started a life-long musical love affair:

ABB >> Muddy Waters, Elmore James, T-Bone Walker, Sonny Boy Williamson II, Bobby Bland >> Robert Johnson >> Son House >> Bukka White >> Charley Patton

I really love the acoustic Delta stuff now--and it all started with the ABB.

 

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  posted on 1/17/2008 at 10:43 PM
The ABB turned me on to the blues and jazz the dead turned me on to folk bluegrass and country music

After buying LAFE I bough my first blues album Elmore James "Street Talkin"...it's still my favorite blues album but doesn't have Done Somebody Wrong......It's jsut a great raw live recording....so emotional

 

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  posted on 1/17/2008 at 10:43 PM
First I would like to say HOW NICE it is to hear others say ABB WAS NOT a "southern rock" band.That term makes me shudder when I hear it.
Although I was in to the blues before I heard the Bro's in '71,it was Done Somebody Wrong that got my attention when I first heard them.
The bell has tolled........

 

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  posted on 1/17/2008 at 10:45 PM
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  posted on 1/18/2008 at 07:40 AM
Mostly Elmore James.

My quest started with Van Halen. He listed Blackmore and Clapton as two of
his biggest influences. I then also discovered Page and Zeppelin.

After getting heavily into Clapton, I eventually found my way winding down the
road from Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters, and the Wolf to ... Robert Johnson.

From there, I worked back up to Sonny Boy Willimason (both of 'em), John Lee
Hooker, Chuck Berry, and the list of Chess and Vanguard artists that goes on and on.

My older brother was heavily into Thorogood, since he lived within the area, so
that brought up Elmore.

But a buddy of mine turned me on to ABB in '84, and from there it brought me
back to Elmore, then Taj Mahall and Ry Cooder (Rising Sons anybody).

But the real eye opener was an aside about 'Kind of Blue'. From there, that opened
up another avenue that I haven't stopped going down.


 

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  posted on 1/18/2008 at 07:59 AM
Having 4 older sisters..2 over 20 yrs my senior...I grew uip listening to Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith, Elmore James, Muddy Waters, and others...and I dug them all.
But it was the ABB who really made love the blues, maybe it was my age by then (15), it was just right.
The blues was already in my head.
The Brothers put it under my skin.

 

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  posted on 1/18/2008 at 08:01 AM
The ABB really brought to light some great artist that I had no clue about when I was younger.
In some liner notes on one the cd's thanks was given to John Coltrane as an influence therefore I had to check him out. Also the influence Kind Of Blue had on Duane opened up my ears.

As far as the blues Gregg's vocals drew me deeper into other artist.

 

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  posted on 1/18/2008 at 08:02 AM
yup--blues & jazz came into my life via the ABB--very grateful indeed
 

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  posted on 1/18/2008 at 08:24 AM
Definely the ABB was one of my blues gateways, along with Clapton, Hendrix, Johnny Winter, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, J.Geils Band, ect. From there it went on to the real bluesmen such as B.B. King, Freddie King, Albert King, Slim Harpo, Jimmy Reed, Muddy Water, Howlin' Wolf, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee, Buddy Guy, Robert Johnson, and the list goes on and on. Truth is, the "blues" is the glue that holds all of America's root music together. You find blues everywhere, rock and roll, country, jazz, bluegrass, RnB, you name the blues is a part of it.
 
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  posted on 1/18/2008 at 08:28 AM
Yes! I think it started with hearing them play Good Morning Little School Girl.
 

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  posted on 1/18/2008 at 09:29 AM
Living near Chicago, I love the blues..... but the ABB has expanded my knowledge of artists, and my blues cd collection keeps growing...T-Bone Walker, Leadbelly, Johnny Jenkins, Willie McTell, - along with Little Milton & Taj Mahal after seeing them play with the ABB at the Beacon.......


Kinda cool - was playing Leadbelly the other day, and the first song was "Where Did You Sleep Last Night", which was on Nirvana's MTV Unplugged cd. My kids were like - hey - we really like that song...... Until I bought one of his cd's I didn't know he did Black Betty....

 

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