Friday, February 22, 2013

Southern-fried Tuneage: Can't forget the Allmans

You can't spend a week examining Southern-style music without capping it off by taking in the music of The Allman Brothers Band.

Without the music of the Allmans, chances are we wouldn't be celebrating Southern music the way we know and love it today.

Gone too soon was guitarist Duane Allman, one of the greats.  Carrying on the foundation laid down along with his brother is organist and vocalist Gregg Allman.  Surrounding them have been some of the most rock-solid players you could find anywhere:  Dickey Betts, Butch Trucks, Berry Oakley, Jai Johanny "Jaimoe" Johanson, Chuck Leavell, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks ... among the best.

The Allmans are rock, jazz, jamming, blues, country.  They've had one of the best live albums ever made, "At Fillmore East."

When they can pull themselves together, they can still draw in legions of hard-core fans to live shows.  They've had some serious staying power, through some major ups and downs.

With the Allmans, the road goes on forever.


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