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Gregg Allman Announces Summer 2015 Tour Dates

The Allman Brothers Band 8-1-12 at Chastain Park Amphitheatre in Atlanta Ga. Peachtreeimages.com/Lisa Keel2012As he’s about to start his spring tour,Gregg Allman is announcing a slew of summer appearances. This extensive tour will take him from the Riverbend Festival in Chattanooga, TN, on June 12, all the way to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY, on September 4. The final leg of the tour will include shows with The Doobie Brothers. The full itinerary is below.

Allman’s touring band has been receiving raves from around the world, and features: guitarist Scott Sharrard, Peter Levin on keys, drummer Steve Potts, percussionist Marc Quinones, Ron Johnson on bass and horn players Jay Collins, Art Edmaiston and Marc Franklin

 

March

17 – Kalamazoo, MI – State Theatre %

19-20 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues %

21 – Florence, IN – Belterra Casino Resort *

24-25 – Milwaukee, WI – PotAwatomi Hotel & Casino *

27 – Minneapolis, MN – Pantages Theatre *

28 – Riverside, IA – Riverside Casino & Golf Resort *

 

April

16 – 18 – Live Oak, FL – Wanee Music Festival

24 – Los Angeles, CA – Roxy Theatre *

25 – Indio, CA – Stagecoach

28-29 – Agoura Hills, CA – The Canyon ^

 

May

1 – Tucson, AZ – Fox Tucson Theatre

2 – Scottsdale, AZ – Talking Stick Resort & Casino *

5 – San Antonio, TX – Tobin Center for the Performing Arts ^

6 – Stafford, TX – Stafford Performing Arts Center ^

8 – Grand Prairie, TX – Verizon Theatre ^

9 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Live ^

16 – Annapolis, MD – Chesapeake Blues Festival

 

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% Amanda Shires to support

^ Devon Allman Band to support

 

Gregg Allman Announces Spring Tour

The Allman Brothers Band 8-1-12 at Chastain Park Amphitheatre in Atlanta Ga. Peachtreeimages.com/Lisa Keel2012Gregg Allman is on a roll and there’s no sign of him letting up in 2015. Fresh off a January tour that included a powerful hometown show and two lauded sold-out performances at Nashville’s legendary Ryman Auditorium, Allman has announced a spring tour that will take him from Northfield, OH, on March 13 all the way to Austin, TX, on May 9, with stops along the way including the Wanee Festival, Stagecoach and two shows at Chicago’s House of Blues.

The complete Gregg Allman spring 2015 tour dates:

March

13 – Northfield, OH – Hard Rock Casino *

14 – Toledo, OH – Stranahan Theatre #

17 – Kalamazoo, MI – State Theatre %

19-20 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues %

21 – Florence, IN – Belterra Casino Resort *

24-25 – Milwaukee, WI – Potawatomi Hotel & Casino *

27 – Minneapolis, MN – Pantages Theatre *

28 – Riverside, IA – Riverside Casino & Golf Resort *

 

April

18 – Live Oak, FL – Wanee Music Festival

24 – Los Angeles, CA – Roxy Theatre *

25 – Indio, CA – Stagecoach

28-29 – Agoura Hills, CA – The Canyon ^

 

May

1 – Tucson, AZ – Fox Tucson Theatre

2 – Scottsdale, AZ – Talking Stick Resort & Casino *

5 – San Antonio, TX – Tobin Center for the Performing Arts ^

6 – Stafford, TX – Stafford Performing Arts Center ^

8 – Grand Prairie, TX – Verizon Theatre ^

9 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Live ^

 

* Evening With Shows

# SIMO to support

% Amanda Shires to support

^ Devon Allman Band to support

 

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Gregg Allman announces winter tour dates

The Allman Brothers Band 8-1-12 at Chastain Park Amphitheatre in Atlanta Ga. Peachtreeimages.com/Lisa Keel2012Having just completed the now legendary final shows the Allman Brothers Band will ever play, one would imagine that the group’s iconic leader Gregg Allman would want to kick back, relax, and reflect on what has to be a very emotional moment for him. Instead, he’s announcing a solo tour. The dates will begin December 31st, with a celebratory New Year’s Eve show at Atlanta’s Symphony Hall. The tour will end its run on January 17th in Savannah, GA, at the Johnny Mercer Theatre.

 

December

31                                    Atlanta, GA                                    Symphony Hall

 

January

3                                    Ft. Myers, FL                                    Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Center

4                                    Hollywood, FL                                 Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

6 – 7                               Athens, GA                                       Georgia Theatre

9 – 10                             Macon, GA                                        Grand Opera House

13 – 14                           Nashville, TN                                   Ryman Auditorium

16                                  Cherokee, NC                                   Harrah’s Cherokee

17                                   Savannah, GA                                 Johnny Mercer Theatre

“Rock-Rock”: The Lasting Legacy of the Allman Brothers Band

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Words by Tim Newby

Forty-years ago, a younger brother went to visit his older sibling who was home sick. The younger brother had brought a few gifts along to help cheer up his ailing brother – a bottle of Coricidin pills and bluesman Taj Mahal’s first album.

 

The Allman Brothers Band 8-1-12 at Chastain Park Amphitheatre in Atlanta Ga. Peachtreeimages.com/Lisa Keel2012A few hours after dropping off his gifts, the younger brother received an excited phone call from his older brother imploring him to come back over and see what he had done. Gregg Allman rushed back to his Brother Duane’s side, and discovered that he had emptied out the pills from the Coricidin bottle and was using it as a slide to play “Statesboro Blues,” an old Blind Willie McTell tune that Mahal covered on his album. Using the empty Coricidin bottle, Duane was emulating the slide playing that gave the old blues standard its distinct feel.

 

It was from that moment of discovery, on that day over forty years ago, that the seeds of what would become the defining sound of a band and style was first born.

 

Gregg Allman once said, “Rock n’ Roll was pretty much born in the south, so was the blues, or at least a certain kind of blues. So saying Southern Rock is like saying Rock- Rock.”

 

IMG_8476While there were deep southern rock based roots before the Allman Brothers Band existed, and bands that toyed around with that roots-rock sound (Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Band), that feeling, that spirit, that soul that we associate with that Southern Rock or Rock-Rock sound was born in the heat and humidity of Florida and Georgia. As the newly formed Allman Brothers Band looked to find their place in the musical landscape, they incorporated the sounds they found around them in their home in the south – blues, country music, and rock n’ roll – but added an edge and attitude to it that gave it an aggressive sheen. They also looked to influences outside their region and combined it with their love of playing live. Drummer Butch Trucks recalls, “The way we evolved was instrumentally with the jams. We would do a lot of jamming. We would set up and play, and play, and play. And then we would listen to what he had done, and then go listen to Miles Davis and John Coltrane and all the old blues cats, Robert Johnson and those guys. That’s where it came from.”

 

The Allman Brothers Band formed shortly after that day when a bed-ridden Duane Allman first played “Statesboro Blues” with a Coricidin bottle. The band went on to reinvent rock ‘n’ roll around their own Southern roots – bringing elements of country music, blues, and rock and channeling it through Duane’s guitar. This new sound came to define a region, and provide an identity to many other bands that followed on the wide path that the Allman Brothers Band blazed. The Marshall Tucker Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Charlie Daniels, The Outlaws, Molly Hatchet, .38 Special, and many others carried the Southern Rock torch brightly through the 1970s and into the 80s.

 

IMG_7843The Allmans rose to fame with the release of the career-defining live album At Fillmore East and Eat a Peach, only to see it nearly come to a premature end with the untimely death of Duane and bassist Berry Oakley, both in motorcycle accidents a year apart in the same neighborhood, mere blocks from each other.

 

The band soldiered on despite their loss for the next decade – breaking up and reuniting multiple times. Through this time they had moments of pure greatness – the Dickey Betts-dominated Brothers & Sisters, “High Falls” from Win, Lose, or Draw, “Crazy Love” from Enlightened Rogues, but they also had some painfully low moments.

 

The band eventually dissolved amidst infighting and mistrust for good in 1982. Both Allman and Betts formed solo bands and headed out on the road. They each achieved moderate success, but nothing compared to what they had done together.

 

In 1986 they got back together to play a benefit show for Bill Graham. This proved to be the catalyst for the rebirth of the Allmans. Allman and Betts’ solo bands toured together over the next year. At each show both bands would play a set, followed by a night ending set of both bands playing Allman Brothers’ songs together.

 

img_8023Eventually they decided to reform. The surviving members of the original line-up returned intact, with the addition of a young guitar player from Betts’ solo band, Warren Haynes, and Allen Woody on bass rounding out the line-up. It was this line-up that would return the Brothers back to the level of greatness that was expected from them.

 

This new line-up marked the start of a new-found interest in the band. With a burgeoning jam-scene that looked to the Allmans as a founding father, The Allman Brothers Band found a new lease on life and released a trio of albums to start the 1990s that could stand shoulder to shoulder with their classic albums from the past.

 

Over the course of the next decade, they went through a series of line-up changes before settling on the current line-up of founding members Allman (keys), Butch Trucks (drums), Jaimoe (drums), joined by Haynes (guitar), Oteil Burbridge (bass), Marc Quinones (percussion), and Trucks’ nephew, guitar prodigy Derek Trucks who seems to channel the spirit and playing of Duane’s distinct slide guitar. This current line-up brings new life and energy to the band, yet at the same time plays in a way that recalls and remembers those past greats they have lost.

 

When the Allman Brothers broke up for a brief period during the 80s, so did it seem that the torch of Southern Rock started to dim. But soon a fresh crop of Georgia bands, including Widespread Panic, Bloodkin, Drivin’ ‘n Cryin’, and the Black Crowes, rekindled the still smoldering embers with their fresh, youthful approach to the Rock-Rock sound. The Allman Brothers reformed around the same time and a rebirth of Southern Rock was well under way. This revival saw the birth of Gov’t Mule, the North Mississippi All-Stars, the Drive by Truckers, and a slew of other like-minded young bands that led a wave of new southern talent that harkened back to the soul and spirit of the Allman Brothers.

 

The Allman Brothers Band 8-1-12 at Chastain Park Amphitheatre in Atlanta Ga. Peachtreeimages.com/Lisa Keel2012For every band that has twin lead guitars, adds a bit of country to their rock n’ roll, or has Georgia clay between their toes, they can trace their musical heritage back to the Allman Brothers. The Allmans have been blazing their path for forty-years, playing what Gregg Allman called “rock-rock”, and many have followed in their huge footsteps.

 

As the last notes of the double encore of “Whipping Post,” and “Trouble No More,” (the first song the Allmans ever played together) rang through the hallowed halls of the Beacon Theatre for the last time last night – marking the end of the over four-decade plus run of the legendary innovators of Southern Rock – a legion of bands inspired by the incomparable sound that the Allman Brothers created gave thanks for the wide trail they blazed. It is a trail that allowed every band with a twang in their voice and a soulful edge in every guitar solo to follow in their lead and prove that the flame the Allman Brothers Band ignited so many years ago still burns brightly.

The Allman Brothers Band 8-1-12 at Chastain Park Amphitheatre in Atlanta Ga. Peachtreeimages.com/Lisa Keel2012

All My Friends: Celebrating The Songs & Voice Of Gregg Allman

Gregg Allman and Friends at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park on June 21, 2013 in Alpharetta, GA. (Photo: Lisa Keel / Peachtree Images, ©2013)The Allman Brothers, Sam Moore, Taj Mahal, Warren Haynes, Eric Church and several others have signed on to pay tribute in concert to Gregg Allman early next year.

 

“All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs & Voice of Gregg Allman” will be held January 10, 2014, at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre. The concert will be filmed and released later.

 

Others on the eclectic list of performers include Natalie Cole, Jackson Browne, John Hiatt, Pat Monahan of Train, Martina McBride, Trace Adkins and John Hiatt. Special guests and more performers will be announced soon. Tickets go on sale Nov. 1 at the Fox Theatre box office.

 

Don Was will lead an all-star band lined up to help celebrate the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member.

Gregg Allman & Friends at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Alpharetta, GA

Gregg Allman & Friends
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park
Alpharetta, GA
June 21, 2013

 

Welcomed by mostly fellow Georgians, living legend, Gregg Allman looked like a happy man when he strolled onto the large Encore Park stage to open his summer tour in Alpharetta, GA.

Gregg Allman, 6/21/13Plagued by health issues and rumors, particularly over the past few years, Allman greeted his throng of faithful with a cocksure step as he ambled to his stage position; a look of confident enthusiasm adorned his iconic but aging face. It was as though Allman wanted to make one thing clear from the onset: Gregg Allman has done anything but pen the last chapter of his story – one of rock’s most endearing, revered and troubled.

Opening this evening with the instrumental “Hotlanta,” the intensity in the metro-Atlanta air was palpable. Allman’s signature style was on display from the beginning. The well known Hammond B-3 organ swirls ricocheted through the crowd – coupled with a heap of rock tinged gospel guitar goodness and equally sweet accompaniment from his current lineup of players: Scott Sharrad (guitar), Jerry Jemmott (bass), Tim Hedding (keys), Floyd Miles (percussion & vocals), Jay Collins (horns),  Steve Potts (drums) and Gregg’s fellow Allman Brothers Band members, Otiel Burbridge (bass guitar) and Marc Quinones (percussion). Following their leader, the band was energized and super tight throughout the evening, with an eagerness to play matched only by the crowd’s eagerness to witness, dance and enjoy.

Moving into the tongue in cheek title track from 1987’s certified gold album, I’m No Angel, and onto well-executed covers of classics, “Call It Stormy Monday” (originally by T-Bone Walker), and a tune well-known to the Allman faithful, “Statesboro Blues“(originally by Blind Willie McTell), Gregg Allman’s  dedication and constant study of these masters of American Blues shone brightly and was a fine enough display to make even the most jaded industry vet glad that he never wavered to the pressure to “update his sound.”

(His newest album,  the Grammy nominated  Low Country Blues provides testament to this. It includes some of his favorite songs from various legends in the art of blues.)

Gregg Allman, 6/21/13The night also brought forth guests, or what Allman might refer to as “friends” that he has picked up over the years, and included Floyd Miles, a friend to Allman since the two met in Daytona, FL in the sixties, to sing  a cover of “Samson and Delilah” (originally by Blind Willie Johnson or Rev. Gary Davis; made famous by the Grateful Dead) and Otis Redding III, the son of the late, great Georgia born Soul music master (and band mate to one of the Allman Brothers’ drummers, Jaimoe Johanson), for a hauntingly beautiful rendition of his father’s song “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (to stop now).”

A song like “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (to stop now),” particularly when sung with such passion and eloquence, coupled with the fact that it was sung by an actual Redding, proved to be strong enough to bring what had been an otherwise fun but rowdy group of  music lovers to an almost complete hush.  Skirts and beards stopped flowing in the wind and instead were bending to the silent sway that the number had evoked. Lovers held each other tighter and even the slightest breeze felt as if it was a caress from an angelic Redding. In short, it was what music is all about. It connected the body and soul and provoked an outward expression that, for all intents and purposes, was involuntary.  It was beautiful and it was the highlight of the evening.

Continuing on with an assortment of Allman penned anthems such as “Melissa” (Eat a Peach, 1972) the evening concluded with an encore of the Allman Brothers’ staple, “Midnight Rider” (Idlewild South, 1970) — background vocals courtesy of the entire Amphitheatre at Encore Park.

Gregg Allman will pick up the tour and partner with his son, Devon Allman, for the second leg of the Summer tour and then regroup back where it all began — with The Allman Brothers Band — starting in late summer and early fall.  For more on Gregg Allman, check out www.GreggAllman.com.

 

Click the thumbnail(s) to view more photos from the show by Lisa Keel of Peachtree Images

Devon Allman : Turquoise

Devon Allman - Turquoise

When your last name is Allman and you pursue a career in the music business, it’s pretty easy to say that there will be certain expectations. Well, to be fair to Devon Allman, it doesn’t matter what his last name is; he’s made a damn fine album.

Turquoise, the first solo album from Allman, is a great record that grew from his past work with his Devon Allman’s Honeytribe and the Royal Southern Brotherhood. This is an album that is as much nurture as it is nature. Regardless of his DNA, the man freakin’ oozes music from his pores.

Once upon a time musicians made albums just like this and people bought them on album, cassette or 8-track, and they played the Hell out of them. Rather than to fall in to the same old track-by-track dissection of this album, let’s just lay the cards on the table. His father is Gregg Allman. His uncle was Duane Allman. He grew up around The Allman Brothers Band. He plays and records with legendary musicians like Mike Zito and Cyril Neville. Turquoise even contains a cover of the Tom Petty and Stevie Nicks classic “Stop Dragging My Heart Around”  where Allman is joined by the incredibly talented Samantha Fish.

In a nutshell? Buy Turquoise by Devon Allman.

Turquoise is out now on Ruf Records.

Various Artists : T Bone Burnett Presents The Speaking Clock Revue – Live From The Beacon Theatre

When T-Bone Burnett throws a party and invites friends and colleagues to attend, it is sure to be a rollicking time. The producer, who has helmed albums for everyone from The Bodeans to Robert Plant, did just that in October 2010 to benefit arts and music education in public schools. Dubbed the Speaking Clock Revue, Burnett and a collection of high profile artists took the stage at New York City’s Beacon Theatre, and from these performances comes T Bone Burnett Presents The Speaking Clock Revue – Live From The Beacon Theatre.

The performances culled for this release are well-defined and succinct, and the arrangement and backing exude a professional polish that you would expect from Burnett and his cohorts. This works well at times, particularly on Elvis Costello’s energized opener “Jimmie Standing in the Rain,” Yim Yames’ smoky reading of “Wonderful (The Way I Feel),” and John Mellencamp’s “Troubled Land.” However, others struggle with the format, and Gregg Allman’s “Midnight Rider” and Neko Case’s “Hold On, Hold On” feel truncated; the compositions begin and end in the blink of an eye.

Under the direction of Marc Ribot, the artists sound warm and in the present, and the collective of backing musicians clearly hone in on the texture and nuance of the compositions that they support. Musically, this is where The Speaking Clock Revue shines; however, the real stand-out on this compilation is the cause. In a time when arts programs are crumbling beneath budget cuts, Burnett’s efforts are admirable and his host of talented friends is put to good use raising money and bringing recognition to the unquestionable need for music education for children.

T Bone Burnett Presents The Speaking Clock Revue – Live From The Beacon Theatre is out now on Shout! Factory.

Allmans, Trucks keep it in the family

It’s that time of year again.  The ground’s starting to thaw (unless you live in upstate New York), the birds are starting to sing.  Pitchers and catchers report to spring training sooner rather than later. Yep – it’s almost Spring.

 

For most in the music scene, that means new tour dates and festivals on the horizon.  But for the Allman Brothers Band, it means one thing:  the Beacon Theatre.

 

For over a decade, the Beacon has been home to the Brothers in March, as they set up camp and play an extended run.  It’s a big deal to the band; they can bring their families up to Manhattan for a little time together, even though the band is officially “on the road.”

 

This year, the band will indeed have their family up in New York again, but in a different capacity – playing their own gigs.  Everyone knows about Derek Trucks’ blood connection to the Allman Brothers – he’s drummer Butch Trucks’ nephew.  However, he’s not the only relative of a band member with musical talent.  Friday, March 23rd is the second show of the 2007 Beacon run.  Later that night, two bands will take stages elsewhere in the city.

 

Honeytribe – fronted by Gregg’s son, Devon – will be playing at BB King’s.  The second of two musical offspring of Gregg (Elijah Blue fronts Deadsy, a hard-rock act), Honeytribe has been touring heavily behind their 2006 release, Torch.   I’ve seen Honeytribe a few times.  While I can’t say I was blown away either time, I’ll say this – they’re a talented band.  At times Devon sounds so much like his dad it’s scary.  He’s got some chops on the guitar as well.   Dickey Betts’ bass player, Pedro Arevalo played with them (on slide guitar) both times I saw them.  He’s not a permanent member of the band, but he should be.

 

My one gripe about the band is the billing – their official name is “Devon Allman’s Honeytribe.”  I’m sure this is a marketing thing – having that Allman name certainly gets a few extra bodies in the door each night.  However, this is a band that’s talented enough to get there on their own, even if it takes them a little while longer.  Dickey Betts can stick his name in front of Great Southern because he’s paid his dues and made it already – Devon can’t really say the same thing yet, so it just looks gimmicky.

 

Bonobos Convergence, fronted by Butch’s son Vaylor, will also be up in New York on the 23rd, at the Ace of Clubs.  Where Honeytribe is a band in the vein of the Allman Brothers Band, Bonobos Convergence leans a little more towards progressive rock. Vaylor plays guitar, midi-guitar, and bass, and night-in and night-out shows that his cousin Derek is not the only Trucks with guitar skills.  This band is a tight group of musicians.

 

I first saw Vaylor sitting in with the Allman Brothers back at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta in 2004.  He did nothing for me, to be honest.  I thought his style of play didn’t mesh with the Allmans at all.  However, when I finally saw his band on its own, it was a whole different ballgame.  They were, in a word, great.

 

So, if you’re looking for a little activity after the Allman Brothers show at the Beacon on the 23rd, you can keep it all in the family.  There are Allman kids and Trucks kids making music just like their fathers, and it’s pretty damn good.