Forty-three years strong and still counting The Allman Brothers Band is still getting it done. For a band that’s been through so many ups, downs, and years of hard living they’re still able to bring their Southern flavored blues to the stage. Doing an impressive two night run at the Bank of America Pavillion, the bands lineup consists of three original members Gregg Allman (vocals, organ). Butch Trucks (drums) and Jaimoe Johanson (drums, percussion). And the rest of the lineup is rounded out with absolutely stellar musicians; Warren Hayes (guitar, slide guitar, vocals), Derek Trucks (guitar, slide guitar), Marc Quinones (percussion) and the excellent Oteil Burbridge (bass). While much of the original lineup has either passed away or is no longer touring with the band, these players truly provide the spirit of the band with Gregg Allman at the helm. His voice shows signs of age but he still delivers the words with the feeling that he became known for.
They have just finished a leg of touring with Santana and judging from reviews of their most recent shows, the band is sharp, focused and ready to bring their chill vibe to these hot summer nights. With twin guitar masters Haynes and Trucks manning the evenings duties, it’s sure to be a whirlwind of blazing guitar and slide guitar solos. Also expect covers of songs by The Grateful Dead, some Warren Haynes originals and a few classic blues tunes. Gregg Allman recently released his memoirs in the book titled My Cross to Bear, an up close and personal look into Allmans life and struggles spanning his 40 plus year music career. Be sure to catch one of the greatest Rock and Roll bands still keeping the soul of music alive. You can find tickets for both shows here.
Here’s a great performance of the ABB with Eric Clapton performing “Stormy Monday Blues”.