gregg allman gets the t-bone treatment and we're all better off for it

I first encountered the Allman boys at a beer and clam joint on the boardwalk in Atlantic City where we sat across from each other on the horseshoe shaped stick. We exchanged some words and jokes as we all drank and ate buckets of steamers early in the morning after a night that hadn't yet ended. I didn't know who they were but suspected they might be in a band and a short time thereafter I found myself watching them open for Spooky Tooth and Van Morrison at an ice rink in some Jersey suburb. They blew 'em all away that night. I bought a couple of their albums but a speed freak ex-con neighbor in the apartment below mine sort of ended my interest as he blasted Whipping Post all day and all night until the raid when they hauled his ass away back to prison. By then I'd moved on to the Dead for my jam band fix and Duane died and Gregg married Cher. 


This morning when this new Gregg Allman thing hit my virtual doorstep I almost pushed it aside until I saw it was produced by T-Bone Burnett. How does this man have the time to produce all these old guys from Plant to Earle to Dylan's kid and Cougar (showin' my age) and now this?  Just doin' his part to keep the unemployment numbers down I guess.


I must admit that I'm not a blues dog. Not that I don't love the music and play Piedmont style myself and have a res hangin' on the wall, but after awhile the I grow weary of the same twelve bars and long solos. I just do. Which is why I was not going to bother with this album but decided that the (now) big name producer and having Dr. John on piano, Doyle Bramhall II on guitar, bassist Dennis Crouch and drummer Jay Bellerose was interesting enough not to pass up.


And so it plays on as I punch the keys and I must say, this is damn good. Gregg's golden voice is different...older and creaky with deep wrinkles and a lot of character. T-Bone keeps out of the band's way and lets them do their thing without all that bass-y over-production he occasionally offers up, or at least when Buddy Miller is playing or so it seems to me and my ears and maybe that's more Buddy and less T. I don't know. But for what it's worth, the January 18 street date was all about Iron and Wine's new one until I found this and now I think if this one finds a home, it could give Beam a run for his money. Or your money. Oh...just buy both of 'em. 

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Comment by Lwood on January 7, 2011 at 3:55pm

Unfortunately those '12 bars' is how I feel about most rock music these days, and for the past 10 years, how many times can I listen to the same riff's?

But maybe this will be a good one, worth a listen none the less.


Thanks Easy Ed

Comment by Jack on January 7, 2011 at 4:02pm

I know what you mean about the vocals....just heard most of this this afternoon in a record shop. I could not quite place the vocals, part of me thought Greg, a bigger part guessed Clapton, but the music didn't sound like Clapton. It was Greg.  What I heard sounded gorgeous and I'll stop back for it once released.


I'd not heard of Jay Bellerose (drummer) until the Krauss/Plant record, on which I loved the drums.  He's part of Ray LaMontagne's Pariah Dog's and did tasty work there too, and I've noticed his name on other records too.  Not sure if I he's been around a long time and I just never came across him before, or if he's relatively new, but he's quite good. Anyone know more about his story?

Comment by Lwood on January 7, 2011 at 4:28pm
Do a Wikipedia search Jack, he's been on quite a few recordings...
Comment by chris sweeney on January 7, 2011 at 4:42pm

Was this recorded pre- or post- liver transplant? Not that it matters, just curious.

I'm a big Gregg Allman fan and will likely pick this up regardless what I read about it.



Comment by Jack Williams on January 8, 2011 at 2:53pm
I've had this one on my radar for a while and just ordered it today on Amazon, after listening to the samples.   Looking forward to it even more now.    Hard to believe it's been 13 years or so since his last solo album (Searching for Simplicity), which I thought was very good as well.
Comment by Craig Young on January 8, 2011 at 3:12pm
One of my favorite Gregg Allman moments...

Comment by Lwood on January 9, 2011 at 6:31am
Thanks Craig, very nice!
Comment by Jack Williams on January 9, 2011 at 8:30am
What Lwood said.  Didn't realize Gregg was that handy on guitar.
Comment by Gar on January 9, 2011 at 7:13pm
I am really looking forward to this one.
Comment by Brad Armstrong on January 11, 2011 at 6:40am

Gregg's album is available for listening on NPR until Jan 18.


Didn't blow me away on my little laptop speakers.  Nice raw guitar tone.  Seems to be too polite.  Not enough attack.


Need to listen to it again.


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