Win a Copy of the Compilation Album All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs and Voice of Gregg Allman

[NOTE: This contest is now closed. Congratulations to Jeff Fister, Lynne Patterson and Jeff Newport, who will receive a copy of this album. Thanks to everyone who entered!]

If Americana music had a recipe of influences, it's safe to say it would include a significant serving of the Allman Brothers Band. As one of the leading forces in what's typically considered Southern Rock, the Allmans blurred the line between country music and rock and roll, using sweet and infectious guitar riffs, gritty and unforgettable lyrics, and down-home harmonies. At the heart of it all was singer and multi-instrumentalist Gregg Allman, who deservedly earned praise from Rolling Stone, who called him one of the 100 greatest singers of all time. 

To honor Allman's incredible contributions to everything that exists between the country and rock ends of the musical spectrum, a slew of great artists have gathered to contribute tracks to a new tribute album. All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs and Voice of Gregg Allman includes tunes performed by artists as varied as Vince Gill and Taj Mahal, Zac Brown, the McCrary Sisters, John Hiatt, Keb' Mo', Susan Tedeschi, Widespread Panic, Jackson Browne, Derek Trucks, and others round out the set. The whole thing was recorded live at the Fox Theater in Atlanta during a once-in-a-lifetime all-star performance, and is being released as a formidable package (including one live concert DVD or Blu-ray  and two CDs) via the fine folks at Rounder Records. 

Meanwhile, we've teamed up with the Rounder crew to offer three lucky ND Community members a free copy of the package. 

To enter: Comment on this blog post telling us your favorite Allman Brothers memory. What was their best show you ever saw? The album that blew your mind? The song that's stuck with you all these years? Tell us all about it in the comments, anytime between now and next Monday, May 12, at 11:59 p.m. PDT.

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Anyone can enter, but the prizes can only be shipped to U.S. addresses. 

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Comment by modernacoustic on May 6, 2014 at 5:42am

My roommate in college and I used to have song-offs between the Allman Brothers (his favorite band) and Lynyrd Skynyrd (mine), you know, Whipping Post vs. Free Bird... But when he played Southbound, well, I had nothing left. The guitar solos just ripped right into my soul. Game over.

Comment by sluggo on May 6, 2014 at 6:26am

oddly enuff one of my favourite songs came from a  sort of throw away disc that was released[ probably  nefariously ]after the allmans became a success. The song in question is God Rest his Soul, it just stays in my mind because of the the great vocal Greg does on it.

Is this another one of your "only U.S. citizens can win contests?" hope not...

Comment by Michael on May 6, 2014 at 6:37am

I was actually at the Fillmore when they recorded that amazing album (truly! I have the ticket stub to prove it). I've also seen them at the Fillmore when the show was Elvin Bishop, the Allmans, and Johnny Winter And. Winter was the headliner. It was a late show, and there was a bomb scare during Bishop's set. Winter was set up to play after Bishop and we didn't know if Graham was going to skip the Allmans. But they came on after Winter and played until almost dawn. Wow.

Comment by Ed Malachowski on May 6, 2014 at 6:52am

It was back in the heydays of bad AM stations all over the dial. I was a youngster on a rare road trip with a "cool aunt" and the station kept hyping a "new song" just released. It piqued this  "uncool preteen with bad musical taste"s interest. Finally they played "Ramblin Man". It changed my life musically. I got back to school and talked all about the Allmam Brothers and...things changed.

Comment by Bill Long on May 6, 2014 at 6:59am

The best ABBA show I ever saw was at Piedmont Park in Atlanta in about fall 1969 - I can't truly place the year. Maybe spring 1970.  They set up in one of the gazebos and I was within arms' length of the lineup. They smoked the place and the vibes have stayed with me since. I was floored, or raised as the case may be. I have followed the band & GA. He is an excellent arranger & producer and his solo work has been terrific. This set would be an excellent addition to my collection of his work.

Comment by Tom Shumaker on May 6, 2014 at 7:00am

I entered a Radio Station contest about 10 years ago to see the Allman Brothers show which was scheduled for a summer Sunday night at an outdoor venue.  When that weekend rolled around, I hadn't heard anything from the station, so I packed up the family and headed to the Beach for the weekend.  We got back Sunday around 6PM & there was a message on my answering machine that I was the winner & that 2 tickets were waiting for me at "Will-Call'.  My teenage son & I bolted out the door, got there just in time and enjoyed a great show.  Gregg has always been one of my favorite singers.  His bluesy drawl is simply the best.  WASTED WORDS is my favorite tune from the Band.  Sorry to see them call it quits but happy to hear that Gregg will keep touring with his solo band!!

Comment by al schidel on May 6, 2014 at 7:08am

The Allman bros played a small venue near us back in the day when Duane was still with us. Tickets were a whopping $3.00

Comment by Craig Young on May 6, 2014 at 7:20am

My fondest memory of the Allman Brothers Band was back in 1989. This was the year that the Brothers reunited with Warren Haynes, Allen Woody and Johnny Neel. The band had a two night run at the Sunrise Musical Theater in South Florida and The Blues Traveler was the opening act. Not having seen the Allman's since 1982 with the Toller brothers I really didn't know what I was in for that evening. I had seen Warren Haynes the previous year with The Dickey Betts Band and  in the back of my mind I was thinking that Haynes would be a good fit with the Brothers.

The Blues Traveler at that time were at the top of their game. Their incendiary opening set on the first evening was off the chain and left me wondering, "how were the Brothers ever going to follow this up." I believe other people in the audience were feeling the same thing because after BT's set people were actually leaving!

When the Allman Brothers hit the stage I couldn't believe the incredible soaring guitar interplay between Hayne's and Bett's. Not since the days of Duane and Dickey had I heard anything like it, it was almost as if they were of one mind ! Allen Woody's rumbling bass lines took turns thundering around the drum fills and rambling around the lead guitars!

Then there was Gregg on the Hammond organ and Johnny Neel on piano, keybords and harmonica. Sad to say, after Neel left the band, there would never be another full time piano player slot in the Allman's again. Sharing the lead vocals were Allman, Betts, Haynes and Neel, each of them soulfully singing their own original material (and adding a slew of tasty covers to the mix) while respectfully singing back up for each other.

Needless to say, my mind was totally blown! I knew I had to come back for the second night's performance and drag everyone I knew with me! The following evening the band played to a sold out house. The word was out that The Allman Brothers Band was back and ushering in the beginning of a new era! 

Comment by Hans L'Orange on May 6, 2014 at 7:35am

This goes back to 1972.  I was in high school and at a boarding school in Hawai'i. Whenever boarders returned from the mainland, they brought back the latest albums (many not found in Hawai'i yet).  "Eat a Peach" was one of those and I was blown away.  Became an AB fan overnight - it's stilla great album and one I still listen to (and yes,  on vinyl).

Comment by Ken Price on May 6, 2014 at 7:38am

My love of the Allman Brothers began in high school in the late 70's, cruising around listening to 8-track tapes.  The band was not together at this time so we had to just dream of a day we could see them live. I was finally able to see them in the early 90's with a new member of the band, Warren Haynes. The brothers are still one of my favorite bands and have seen many times since but now I get to add Warren to my favorite list as well. 

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