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  posted on 12/24/2005 at 08:48 AM
The Allman Brothers at Audubon Park
New Orleans, LA. September 1971
By: Hank Gernhauser

I was surfing the net and decided to see what was available on the Allman Brothers. Man, what a shock to see pictures from my past. I remember the Audubon Park free concert. It was one of many that the Brothers performed after doing all nighters at The Warehouse in New Orleans. It was always an extra special show when they played. Cause thatís just what they did, play, play hard, and play all night.

I believe the Audubon Park pictures are from the concert at the start of my senior year in high school. It was the September, 1971 concert that another picture is provided at the Warehouse that I distinctly remember Duane Allman marching up to the mike and saying, " We're gonna play some country blues; and if you don't like that, you can march your ass right out of that door over there."

And away they went; right into one of those epic jams. That night, they followed the Ides of March. Duane's gold Gibson Les Paul shown in the pictures is vivid in my mind; along with Dickey Betts' red Gibson version. They played many songs from their new album, Idlewild South. I recall all of the members singing Revival; cause usually only Greg Allman (and sometimes Berry Oakley) sang. What flashbacks.

Usually, whatever group played on the same bill with The Brothers would join them sometime in the middle of the night for a jam. Peter Green of the original Fleetwood Mac, John Cippolina of Quicksilver Messenger Service, and Elvin Bishop, come to mind.

And inevitably, the word on the street the next day was to find where The Brothers would show up; because they usually did somewhere. I remember the Audubon Park and City Park shows.

And New Year's Eve became a ritual. The Allman Brothers became the thing to do in the early 70s for New Years Eve in New Orleans. I still have some posters I saved advertising the early concerts. I had a promo picture on my bedroom wall of The Brothers for their first album all sitting nude in a creek somewhere in the South. My Dad didn't think that was appropriate and tore it off my wall along with a Jimi Hendrix poster; never to be seen again. My wife uses that incident to sober me up when I shake my head at some of today's music with my daughters. But I just don't care for rap; I like Southern country blues.

The Allman Brothers were also a big hit of the Atlanta Pop Festival in 1970. There was a film crew there too. I would sure like to know if that footage was saved.

Thanks for the stroll back to my youth. I saw the Allman Brothers recently as they played at the two recent New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festivals. But I hadn't thought of those concerts in my teen years in the 1970 and 1971 when The Allman Brothers first hit the scene and became so popular in New Orleans. I've seen, listened and enjoyed many great guitarists. But I've never since seen two guitarists complement each other and so intertwined in the flow of music as Duane Allman and Dickey Betts were in those concerts.

It was so free and real. The appreciation of seeing them in the evolution of their artistic talent is a treasure to have witnessed. I can hear the music coming from those pictures.

Hank Gernhauser

 
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  posted on 12/24/2005 at 08:53 AM
Oh those New Years Eve broadcasts of the Brothers on FM radio...sure miss it.

 

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  posted on 1/27/2006 at 07:49 AM


I would love to hear duane allman and peter green playing together, it would be an amazing conversation - to be sure :-D

 

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