Tribute to Gregg Allman review…May 5, 2014…

VARIOUS ARTISTS

ALL MY FRIENDS: CELEBRATING THE SONGS AND VOICE OF GREGG ALLMAN

ROUNDER RECORDS  11661–35394

CD 1/DVD:  COME AND GO BLUES–WARREN HAYNES  END OF THE LINE–WARREN HAYNES AND DEREK TRUCKS  STAND BACK–SUSAN TEDESCHI AND DEREK TRUCKS  YOU CAN’T LOSE WHAT YOU AIN’T NEVER HAD–DEVON ALLMAN, JIMMY HALL, AND ROBERT RANDOLPH  PLEASE CALL HOME–SAM MOORE  JUST ANOTHER RIDER–KEB MO  BEFORE THE BULLETS FLY–BRANTLEY GILBERT  LET THIS BE A LESSON TO YA–DR JOHN  QUEEN OF HEARTS–PAT MONAHAN  ONE WAY OUT–JOHN HIATT  STATESBORO BLUES-GREGG ALLMAN AND TAJ MAHAL  JUST AIN’T EASY–WIDESPREAD PANIC  WASTED WORDS–WIDESPREAD PANIC AND DEREK TRUCKS  I’M NO ANGEL–TRACE ADKINS

 

CD 2/DVD:  TROUBLE NO MORE–TRACE ADKINS  MULTI-COLORED LADY–VINCE GILL  ALL MY FRIENDS–MARTINA MCBRIDE  CAN YOU FOOL–PAT MONAHAN AND MARTINA MCBRIDE  AIN’T WASTIN’ TIME NO MORE–ERIC CHURCH  WIN, LOSE, OR DRAW–ERIC CHURCH  THESE DAYS–JACKSON BROWNE AND GREGG ALLMAN  MELISSA–JACKSON BROWNE AND GREGG ALLMAN  MIDNIGHT RIDER–VINCE GILL, ZAC BROWN, AND GREGG ALLMAN  DREAMS–THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND  WHIPPING POST–THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND  WILL THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN–FULL CAST

On January 10, 2014, at the iconic Fox Theater in Atlanta, a multi-generational and genre’-crossing group of musicians gathered in tribute to the music of one of the most recognizable voices in all of contemporary blues over the last four-and-a-half decades, Gregg Allman.  The group consisted of several who have played with Allman in one way or another, and those whose careers have been influenced by his music and style.  The result was a once-in-a-lifetime concert event released by Rounder Records as “All My Friends: Celebrating The Songs And Voice Of Gregg Allman.”  The two-CD and DVD set contains twenty-six performances by this diverse group of artists that encompassed not only blues artists, but rock and country as well.  The DVD contains bonus footage as well as individual interviews with each of the players.

The “house band” consisted of two Allman Brothers Band alumni, Chuck Leavell on keys and Jack Pearson on guitar.  Also on hand were Audley Freed on guitar, Rami Jaffee on keys, with Kenny Aronoff on drums, and producer Don Was on bass.

Highlights abound throughout, as one would expect.  The set opens with Warren Haynes on vocal and guitar on “Come And Go Blues.”  Susan Tedeschi handles the vocals on “Stand Back,” which climaxes in a ferocius guitar “duel,” and features the McCrary Sisters as backing chorus.  Dr. John ;lays down a funky “Let This Be A Lesson To Ya,’ with Jimmy Hall on harp, while Robert Randolph gets in some serious sanctified steel as he joins Jimmy Hall and Gregg’s son, Devon Allman, on Muddy’s “You Can’t Lose What You Ain’t Never Had.”

The first part of Disc Two focuses on some of today’s biggest names in country music as they interpret some of Gregg’s most important tunes.  Vince Gill’s beautiful upper-register vocals fit “Multi-Colored Lady” perfectly, while Martina McBride adds a poignant, somber touch to the title cut.

Toward the end of the evening, the guest of honor himself took the stage, duetting with Jackson Browne on “Melissa” and “These Days,” and rounding out a trio of Vince Gill and Zac Brown on a haunting “Midnight Rider,” one of the evening’s best moments.  Gregg  joined the Allman Brothers Band for some extensive jamming on “Dreams” and “Whipping Post,” before the entire cast reunited on stage to close the night with the traditional gospel of “Will The Circle Be Unbroken.”

We all know that “the road goes on forever,” but, the sad reality is that, if rumors are true, the Allman Brothers Band as we know it, will cease touring at the end of 2014.  If that be the case, then “All My Friends” certainly serves as a fitting tribute to one of the finest composers, musicians, and singers in any genre’, Gregg Allman.    Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, Nashville Blues Society

 

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One response to this post.

  1. I can’t wait to get my copy, next week. Be sure to watch the show on AXS TV on May 11. Happy Mother’s Day!

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