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Tedeschi Trucks Band to perform at historic Dockery Farms

Tedeschi_Trucks_Band_Photo_Credit_Tedeschi_Trucks_Band_Duo_Exclusive_3The Dockery Farms Foundation has announced that the Tedeschi Trucks Band will perform this year’s outdoor show at the historic location on April 24. It follows their first annual show last year featuring Roseanne Cash.

Dockery Farms is considered one of the holy sites of the Delta Blues and draws visitors from all over the world. Located just east of Cleveland, Miss., it was the home of blues pioneer Charley Patton, who taught locals including Howlin’ Wolf and Pops Staples.

The non-profit Dockery Farms Foundation is focused on preserving the historic property and facilitating public interest in its musical and agricultural heritage.

TTB is touring on the heels of their new album Let Me Get By, which was released in January. The Dockery show provides a rare example to catch the band in an intimate and historical setting.

“This couldn’t come at a better time, soon after the release of the band’s latest album and at a time when they are playing to sold-out venues in Nashville, Chicago, New York City and Washington, D.C.” said Carolyn Powers, co-chair of the Dockery Farms Foundation.

Bill Lester, executive director of the Dockery Farms Foundation, added, “The Tedeschi Trucks Band is just on fire right now, and we expect a high level of excitement that they will be coming here to play.”

One of the restored buildings on the grounds, the former cotton storage shed, will be the main stage for the concert, which is a fundraiser for the Foundation. The show will start at 7:00 p.m., with gates opening at 5:00 p.m. with a yet-to-be-named opening act.

More information and tickets are available on the Dockery Farms website.

Following a tour of Australia and Japan, Tedeschi Trucks Bands stateside  Spring Tour dates are as follows:


April 17      Charleston, SC             Southern Ground Music and Food Festival

April 20      Kansas City, MO        Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland

April 21      Ames, IA                      Stephens Auditorium

April 23      Birmingham, AL           Legacy Arena at The BJCC

with Widespread Panic

April 24      Cleveland, MS              Dockery Farms

April 28      New Orleans, LA         New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

May 7         Buffalo, NY             University At Buffalo Center For The Arts

May 8         Buffalo, NY                  University At Buffalo Center For The Arts     with Amy Helm & The Handsome Strangers

May 10       Syracuse, NY        Crouse Hinds Theater @ The Oncenter

with Amy Helm & The Handsome Strangers

May 12       Hershey, PA                Hershey Theatre

with Amy Helm & The Handsome Strangers

May 13       Newark, NJ                  New Jersey Performing Arts Center

May 14       Atlantic City, NJ         Boardwalk Hall Arena

May 26-29      Cumberland, MD        DelFest

“Rock-Rock”: The Lasting Legacy of the Allman Brothers Band



Words by Tim Newby

Forty-years ago, a younger brother went to visit his older sibling who was home sick. The younger brother had brought a few gifts along to help cheer up his ailing brother – a bottle of Coricidin pills and bluesman Taj Mahal’s first album.


The Allman Brothers Band 8-1-12 at Chastain Park Amphitheatre in Atlanta Ga. Peachtreeimages.com/Lisa Keel2012A few hours after dropping off his gifts, the younger brother received an excited phone call from his older brother imploring him to come back over and see what he had done. Gregg Allman rushed back to his Brother Duane’s side, and discovered that he had emptied out the pills from the Coricidin bottle and was using it as a slide to play “Statesboro Blues,” an old Blind Willie McTell tune that Mahal covered on his album. Using the empty Coricidin bottle, Duane was emulating the slide playing that gave the old blues standard its distinct feel.


It was from that moment of discovery, on that day over forty years ago, that the seeds of what would become the defining sound of a band and style was first born.


Gregg Allman once said, “Rock n’ Roll was pretty much born in the south, so was the blues, or at least a certain kind of blues. So saying Southern Rock is like saying Rock- Rock.”


IMG_8476While there were deep southern rock based roots before the Allman Brothers Band existed, and bands that toyed around with that roots-rock sound (Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Band), that feeling, that spirit, that soul that we associate with that Southern Rock or Rock-Rock sound was born in the heat and humidity of Florida and Georgia. As the newly formed Allman Brothers Band looked to find their place in the musical landscape, they incorporated the sounds they found around them in their home in the south – blues, country music, and rock n’ roll – but added an edge and attitude to it that gave it an aggressive sheen. They also looked to influences outside their region and combined it with their love of playing live. Drummer Butch Trucks recalls, “The way we evolved was instrumentally with the jams. We would do a lot of jamming. We would set up and play, and play, and play. And then we would listen to what he had done, and then go listen to Miles Davis and John Coltrane and all the old blues cats, Robert Johnson and those guys. That’s where it came from.”


The Allman Brothers Band formed shortly after that day when a bed-ridden Duane Allman first played “Statesboro Blues” with a Coricidin bottle. The band went on to reinvent rock ‘n’ roll around their own Southern roots – bringing elements of country music, blues, and rock and channeling it through Duane’s guitar. This new sound came to define a region, and provide an identity to many other bands that followed on the wide path that the Allman Brothers Band blazed. The Marshall Tucker Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Charlie Daniels, The Outlaws, Molly Hatchet, .38 Special, and many others carried the Southern Rock torch brightly through the 1970s and into the 80s.


IMG_7843The Allmans rose to fame with the release of the career-defining live album At Fillmore East and Eat a Peach, only to see it nearly come to a premature end with the untimely death of Duane and bassist Berry Oakley, both in motorcycle accidents a year apart in the same neighborhood, mere blocks from each other.


The band soldiered on despite their loss for the next decade – breaking up and reuniting multiple times. Through this time they had moments of pure greatness – the Dickey Betts-dominated Brothers & Sisters, “High Falls” from Win, Lose, or Draw, “Crazy Love” from Enlightened Rogues, but they also had some painfully low moments.


The band eventually dissolved amidst infighting and mistrust for good in 1982. Both Allman and Betts formed solo bands and headed out on the road. They each achieved moderate success, but nothing compared to what they had done together.


In 1986 they got back together to play a benefit show for Bill Graham. This proved to be the catalyst for the rebirth of the Allmans. Allman and Betts’ solo bands toured together over the next year. At each show both bands would play a set, followed by a night ending set of both bands playing Allman Brothers’ songs together.


img_8023Eventually they decided to reform. The surviving members of the original line-up returned intact, with the addition of a young guitar player from Betts’ solo band, Warren Haynes, and Allen Woody on bass rounding out the line-up. It was this line-up that would return the Brothers back to the level of greatness that was expected from them.


This new line-up marked the start of a new-found interest in the band. With a burgeoning jam-scene that looked to the Allmans as a founding father, The Allman Brothers Band found a new lease on life and released a trio of albums to start the 1990s that could stand shoulder to shoulder with their classic albums from the past.


Over the course of the next decade, they went through a series of line-up changes before settling on the current line-up of founding members Allman (keys), Butch Trucks (drums), Jaimoe (drums), joined by Haynes (guitar), Oteil Burbridge (bass), Marc Quinones (percussion), and Trucks’ nephew, guitar prodigy Derek Trucks who seems to channel the spirit and playing of Duane’s distinct slide guitar. This current line-up brings new life and energy to the band, yet at the same time plays in a way that recalls and remembers those past greats they have lost.


When the Allman Brothers broke up for a brief period during the 80s, so did it seem that the torch of Southern Rock started to dim. But soon a fresh crop of Georgia bands, including Widespread Panic, Bloodkin, Drivin’ ‘n Cryin’, and the Black Crowes, rekindled the still smoldering embers with their fresh, youthful approach to the Rock-Rock sound. The Allman Brothers reformed around the same time and a rebirth of Southern Rock was well under way. This revival saw the birth of Gov’t Mule, the North Mississippi All-Stars, the Drive by Truckers, and a slew of other like-minded young bands that led a wave of new southern talent that harkened back to the soul and spirit of the Allman Brothers.


The Allman Brothers Band 8-1-12 at Chastain Park Amphitheatre in Atlanta Ga. Peachtreeimages.com/Lisa Keel2012For every band that has twin lead guitars, adds a bit of country to their rock n’ roll, or has Georgia clay between their toes, they can trace their musical heritage back to the Allman Brothers. The Allmans have been blazing their path for forty-years, playing what Gregg Allman called “rock-rock”, and many have followed in their huge footsteps.


As the last notes of the double encore of “Whipping Post,” and “Trouble No More,” (the first song the Allmans ever played together) rang through the hallowed halls of the Beacon Theatre for the last time last night – marking the end of the over four-decade plus run of the legendary innovators of Southern Rock – a legion of bands inspired by the incomparable sound that the Allman Brothers created gave thanks for the wide trail they blazed. It is a trail that allowed every band with a twang in their voice and a soulful edge in every guitar solo to follow in their lead and prove that the flame the Allman Brothers Band ignited so many years ago still burns brightly.

The Allman Brothers Band 8-1-12 at Chastain Park Amphitheatre in Atlanta Ga. Peachtreeimages.com/Lisa Keel2012

Forty Years of Unrelenting Music: Bands and Musicians share their memories of the Allman Brothers Band

The Allman Brothers Band 8-1-12 at Chastain Park Amphitheatre in Atlanta Ga. Peachtreeimages.com/Lisa Keel2012

This article originally appeared in March 2009 as part of Honest Tune’s coverage celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Allman Brothers Band.  As the band prepares to play their final show ever at the Beacon Theatre we thought it would be a great time to revisit this piece.  We asked some of our favorite bands to share their thoughts, memories, and importance of the Allman Brothers Band.  So put on your copy of At Fillmore East, dim the lights, and dig in.


ColbruceCol. Bruce Hampton (Aquarium Rescue Unit)

Favorite Allman Brothers album or song?

“Statesboro Blues,” because of Duane’s playing.

2.) Favorite Allman Brothers live show or live moment?

September 1969(?) at Piedmont Park, Atlanta, Georgia.

3.) How has the Allman Brothers music influenced your music or impacted you?

Forty years of unrelenting music.

 marcoMarco Benevento (Benevento/Russo Duo)

 1.) Favorite Allman Brothers album or song?

“In Memory of Elizabeth Reed.” It was one of the first songs I had to wait to hear the end of. I remember I was like 8 and my Mom and I had gone to my Grandmothers for dinner and when we got there it was on the radio and I was like I am not going in until this is over. I have to know who it is and then waiting in the car until the song was over. And when they said it was the Allman Brothers, I was like that was awesome I didn’t know the ABB did instrumentals.

2.) Favorite Allman Brothers live show or live moment?

First time I took acid was at an Allman Brothers show. It was at Garden States Art Center in New Jersey – now called PNC Bank Arts Center. I don’t remember when that was maybe 94 or earlier than that.

3.) How has the Allman Brothers music influenced your music or impacted you?

Something about “Liz Reed.” There are no lyrics, no story, no person telling a story with words, but the way they compose an instrumental song as a rock band and still make music that is captivating and almost sound like it has lyrics so that you can hum is great.


 pearsonJack Pearson (Jack Pearson Band, Allman Brothers Band)

 1.) Favorite Allman Brothers album or song?

At Fillmore East is one of my favorites, I spent a lot of time listening and learning that record.

2.) Favorite Allman Brothers live show or live moment?

I wouldn’t be able to single out one show, I thought we had a lot of good nights when everyone was listening to each other and taking the music somewhere.

3.) How has the Allman Brothers music influenced your music or impacted you?

I listened to their early records a lot. I always liked the sound that the original lineup had. To me, it sounded like they played with a lot of dynamics. The singing, playing, good grooves, lots of interplay, it was very creative. Getting to hear Gregg sing in the kitchen or hotel room while we’re writing a song is very special to me. Playing with Dickey in his living room. I have a lot of wonderful memories.


 ericmartinezEric Martinez (Bloodkin)

1.) Favorite Allman Brothers album or song?

Eat a Peach without a doubt. The songs are timeless and the guitar slinging that goes on is off the charts. Plus a lot of the songs are cuts from live shows and the record still has a cohesive feel. And if you are lucky enough to find a copy of the double fold out vinyl you get a really cool drawing in the fold out.

As far as my favorite Allman’s song goes, I really dig a lot of their songs, so here are a few favorites, “Les Brers In A Minor,” “Back Where It All Begins,” “Desdemona,” “Southbound,” “Mountain Jam,” and the list goes on.

2.) Favorite Allman Brothers live show or live moment?

My first show was at the Nissan Pavilion in Fairfax, VA in ’95 or ’96 and I had no idea who was playing with them at that time. Well it turned out to be Warren Haynes and Allen Woody, both of whom I had never heard play. I had never seen or heard any musician manhandle instruments like they did and every time Warren or Dickey would take a solo they would get a close up of their hands on the big screen. It was like a three hour guitar schooling. What a show!

3.) How has the Allman Brothers music influenced your music or impacted you?

Back in 1992 after learning to play guitar from listening to the heavy metal bands of the 80’s my good buddy Dan showed up at my house with Eat A Peach. He showed me the major scale tuned on “Blue Sky” and I have never been the same since.



i-mZNBMfh-LRob Barraco (Dark Star Orchestra)

 1.) Favorite Allman Brothers song or album?

My favorite album is At Fillmore East. It opened my eyes to jamming possibilities even before I ever heard of the Dead.

2.) Favorite Allman Brothers live show or live moment?

 Favorite moment was sitting in with the Brothers at the Beacon and sharing Gregg’s organ bench.

3.) How has the Allman Brothers music influenced your music or impacted you?

I believe the first answer covers the third question.



drewDrew Heller (Toubab Krewe)

1.) Favorite Allman Brothers album or song?

“Dreams” is without a doubt my favorite Allman Brothers song. One of those ones I’ve always rewound and listened to again after it plays. Just about everything I love about music is happening in “Dreams.” It is swampy and beautiful. It takes its time to unfold and even as it does there’s something abstract about the time of the song itself. The guitar lines kind of slowly drifting through clouds of organ, walking bass, cymbals and snare drums fluttering softly, and then there’s that pause with the drum fills at 5:46 on the studio recording. So, so nice.

2.) Favorite Allman Brothers live show or live moment?

About 15 years ago, having just gotten our driver’s licenses, some friends and I in Asheville got in a car and took what I think was my first road trip to go see live music in a different city. It was the Allman Brothers. Rock and Roll and the highway are inseparably good friends, and in my own life it was then that the two met. (Jazz Fest in New Orleans a couple of years back was my most recent show and an amazing one too.)

3.) How has the Allman Brothers music influenced your music or impacted you?

They are still impacting me so I am not sure exactly what to make of it.



billyiusoBilly Iuso (Restless Natives)

1.) Favorite Allman Brothers Album/ Song? Why?

Eat a Peach – love the cover art. I’m old enough to have had the ALBUM. As for song – “Melissa,” My sister was named after it. My Dad is a big fan also.

2.) Favorite Allman Brothers live show or live moment?

All. They have never disappointed me live …But of course Jazz Fest a few years back was sweet…

3.) How has the Allman Brothers music influenced your music or impacted you?

Gregg’s voice and the intensity of his voice – I’ve tried to mimic him over the years…always felt comfortable singing Gregg’s parts. I also used one of Duane’s Stratocasters that producer Johnny Sandlin had during the recording the first Brides of Jesus record.


 georgeGeorge Sluppick (City Champs, Mofro, Robert Walter’s 20th Congress)

1.) Favorite Allman Brothers Album/ Song? Why?

I would have to say, without hesitation is “Midnight Rider” and here’s why…it’s the first one I heard and I was instantly a fan. The groove, the lyrics and Gregg’s voice are so killin on this tune. It was on an album that my dad bought me, back in the 70’s, a compilation called The South’s Greatest Hits that also had Wet Willie, Elvin Bishop, The Charlie Daniels Band, Marshall Tucker Band, Dr. John, Lynyrd Skynyrd and several others. What a great record and I wore the hell out of ABB. I was probably ten at that point and had been playing drums for a while already, maybe five years. I loved westerns too and this tune definitely has that cowboy theme to it. What a classic. Favorite album is Eat a Peach. Definitely.

2.) Favorite Allman Brothers live show or live moment?

Well, when I was touring with JJ Grey & MOFRO, we were given the opportunity to open for ABB on several shows and it was amazing to get to sit in the wings and watch the masters at work. Derek is a peer and we’ve known one another for several years, ever since my days in Robert Walter’s 20th Congress and he’s easily one of my favorite musicians in the world, in addition to being one of the sweetest, most genuine folks you’ll ever meet. I think that he and Warren together are a perfect match and really complement one another so well. Of course, as a fellow drummer, Butch and Jaimoe are so killer and really fun to watch.

My favorite live moment was during a show in Virginia Beach, at the Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre on August 12th, 2007. I was sitting backstage during their sound check and noticed some crew members putting a lot of chairs on the stage, on either side of the band, and then later that night was told that the folks sitting in those chairs were mostly family members and close friends. My respect for them was increased ten-fold and I thought it was so kind of them to share with people like that and I just prayed that I would one day be able to attain that level of generosity. Those folks seemed to be having the time of their lives sitting there on that stage, so close to the band and the music. What a time!

 3.) How has the Allman Brothers music influenced your music or impacted you?

I have the utmost respect for them and hold them in the highest regard. They have proven to the world that patience, perseverance and humility are good things to live by and most definitely keys to longevity in this business of music. They are my heroes. Rock on fellas! Much love and respect to y’all.



jessJess Franklin (Tishamingo)

1.) Favorite Allman Brothers album or song?

“Dreams.” Gregg’s voice, Duane’s slide. Not to mention one of the most moving songs to me in there whole catalog. For the original record, and original cut, they sound weathered (in a great way) beyond their years!

2.) Favorite Allman Brothers live show or live moment?

Live show at High-Fi Buys Amphitheater (at that time Lakewood) with Justin Brogdon, Evan Sheward, Jeff Davis and lots of other great friends in 2000 or 20001. Not long after Derek was with them (maybe a few years). They did a “Mountain Jam” into “Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’,” as I remember it. Having shared the stage with Derek before, I realized at 20 or 21, he had once again surpassed any other guitar player I knew, in a style derived from Duane, but so very much his own!

 3.) How has the Allman Brothers music influenced your music or impacted you?

Gregg’s vocals, all of the guitar players (Duane, Dickey, Jack Pearson, Jimmy Herring, Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes – obviously in no order), Chuck Leavell and Gregg on keys and organ, Oteil and all of the other great players that the Allman’s have surrounded themselves with over the years.

Most of all, I love the song writing. Drawing lines perfectly between Soul, Rock, Blues, and Country. Basically inventing or at least co-inventing a style of music I can’t live without. SOUTHERN ROCK!!


bird dogJeff “Bird Dog” Lane (Outformation)

 1.) Favorite Allman Brothers album or song?

Favorite song – “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed.” Reason: The first time I really “heard” this song was when I was 20 yrs old. I was crossing the Sea of Cortez on a 12-hour, overbooked ferry ride from La Paz to Mazatlan. I found a restricted staircase that led up to the roof. I sat in the very middle and all I could see around me was infinite blue horizons in every direction. I put on my Sony Walkman tape player (the old yellow one, remember?) and it was the first song to play. I listened to it over and over for about the next 12 hours in complete solitude, I’ll never forget it.

Favorite album – At Fillmore East. In high school I heard tales of how this show ended at sunrise. I still don’t know how true it is [ED: it is true], but I remember thinking, “Wow! How cool would that be to jam with your band till sunrise?” True or not, 15 years later, every time my band does it I think about this album. I also like the stories behind the album cover shots.

2.) Favorite Allman Brothers live show or live moment?

Allman Brothers Band at World’s Fair Park, Knoxville, TN in 1995. I was 20. “Nobody Left To Run With Anymore.” I had just lost a good friend and this song brought me to my knees sobbing. Nothing had ever moved me like that at a concert before, although I was so sad, it was beautiful.

3.) How has the Allman Brothers music influenced your music or impacted you?

As a percussionist the question is how haven’t they influenced me? Mark Quinones plays some of the most brilliant conga patterns and rhythms I’ve ever heard. Bringing that drumming element to the table of southern rock/jam is what really floats my boat. The sound jumps out at me and makes me (as a younger, aspiring musician); strive to be that tasteful and simple. A good example is “Back Where It All Begins.” I don’t care how many times I hear that song, the percussion always makes me smile. I love it.

Long live the Allman Brothers Band!! Thanks for everything!!



johnnyJohnny Zvolensky (Old Union)

1.) Favorite Allman Brothers album or song?

“In Memory of Elizabeth Reed.” It was the first song that my band in college tried to cover from the ABB. It might as well have been an educational music class to me at the time. It taught me of those classic guitar harmonies, learning to execute those intricate sections of the song properly as well as diving into the improvised solos but making sure that you can lead the band back to the musical signposts within the song. I learned a lot from that song being a freshly imported “Northern Boy” in Southern territory. It was an essential “class” for anyone wanting to play Southern rock music.

2.) Favorite Allman Brothers live show or live moment?

My favorite ABB live show was at the Nautica Stage in Cleveland, OH, in the summer of 1998. I was up in Cleveland working for the summer and was attending Middle Tennessee State University during the school year. I had been highly influenced at the time by a local Murfreesboro blues band, The Nationals, especially by the guitarist, Jack Pearson. His playing was so inspiring that I would run home after seeing him and immediately had to play the guitar.

Anyways, I had not known that Jack had joined the Allmans for that tour and I couldn’t believe it when I saw him on stage. I tried telling my friends that I saw his band every other Wednesday at The Boro Bar and Grill, but nobody believed me. It turned out to be a wonderful show and made me appreciate Tennessee and the talent that is immersed in the culture. Through recent years, we have come to be friends with Jack and had the honor of playing on stage with him, so I guess it comes full circle for me.

3.) How has the Allman Brothers music influenced your music or impacted you?

If it weren’t for the ABB, then it is hard to say that Old Union would be doing what we do. They are an influence to all the members in the band. Guitar harmonies, rhythm and lead switching between Spotty and I, are some important techniques to Old Union and what many of our fans love to hear. They are directly influenced by the ABB and others like The Charlie Daniels Band and Skynyrd. Oh, and everybody thinks Chuck Foster (lead vocalist, keys) looks like a young Greg Allman, so I guess we wouldn’t have that going for us.



Jesse HammockJesse Hammock (Shady Deal, Powder Mill)

 1.) Favorite Allman Brothers album or Song?

The greatest Allman Brothers Band record has got to be At Fillmore East. There are ABB records I listen to more these days, but this one got me hook, line and sinker in about 9th grade. I don’t think this record would have been possible without Tom Dowd’s revolutionary live recording techniques. The music itself showed the diversity of the Brothers with their mix of jazz, classical, hard rock, and blues. This album also had the original lineup of Sky Dog and Dickey. Often over looked is the stellar musicians sitting in at the live show including Thom Doucette on harp, Steve Miller on piano, Randolph Carter on sax, and even Elvin Bishop doing some vocal work. This record paved the way for bands to produce/edit/release live records.

 2.) Favorite Allman Brothers live show or live moment?

“Elizabeth Reed” w/ Dickey Betts and Duane Allman.

 3.) How has the Allman Brothers music influenced your music or impacted you?

The ABB has not influenced my music per say because I have never played with musicians that can pull off what they do. Gregg Allman’s delivery and soul-filled voice has influenced my singing. But they are musicians I prefer to listen to and not imitate. Plainly said, they are just too damn good to try and imitate. The Southern aspect of their music has influenced the direction in which I have taken my music, but a lot of that comes from where you grow up. And growing up….I listened to the ABB



luke millerLuke Miller (Lotus)

1.) Favorite Allman Brothers Album/ Song? Why?

My introduction to the Allman Brothers was the song “Jessica.” It had that joyful, open road, wind-in-your-hair feel that came to epitomize my high school years. My friend and I labored over a mix tape called Cruisin’ which was kind of our personal soundtrack of all the greatest driving songs. “Jessica” closed out the first side.

2.) Favorite Allman Brothers live show or live moment (in audience or on stage w/ them)?

I grew up just down the road from Red Rocks. Seeing the Allmans there was a beautiful thing

3.) How has the Allman Brothers music influenced your music or impacted you?

In Lotus we do some harmonized guitar lead stuff, and that has been influenced by The Allman Brothers. And some of our major-keyed songs like “Umbilical Moonrise,” “Shimmer and Out,” and “Sunrain” are influenced by songs like “Blue Sky,” “Jessica,” and “Melissa.”



edanderson Ed Anderson (Backyard Tire Fire)

 1.) Favorite Allman Brothers album/ song?

My favorite Allman Brothers studio album would have to be Eat a Peach. Favorite tune, “Blue Sky.” I feel like I could listen to that song for hours and not get tired of it. Dickey’s playing is on fire. It just makes me happy instantly when I hear it.

 2.) Favorite Allman Brothers live show or live moment?

Favorite Brothers live stuff is that 1970 Ludlow Garage “Mountain Jam.” It’s an entire disc, forty-some odd minutes of instrumental bliss. It’s not quite as polished as the Fillmore, but it has a certain charm. Berry Oakley has an exceptional evening. That man was a force of nature on bass, as was Duane on guitar.

Favorite live moment for me was seeing them for the first time in the early 90s with Allen Woody and Warren and Dickey. That was a nasty line up.

 3.) How has the Allman Brothers music influenced your music or impacted you?

They’ve influenced me in numerous ways. First, hearing the Fillmore stuff was huge. That was like a bible for guitar playing. And Gregg’s vocals at that age, amazing. He’s still kicking as, as are the Brothers. That’s the other thing. They’re still doing it. And doing it well. It’s admirable. Long live the Allman Brothers Band!



 Sam holtSam Holt (Sam Holt Band, Outformation)

 1.) Favorite Allman Brothers album or song?

Tough one. I’d have to say “Come and Go Blues.” There’s something about hearing Gregg and that acoustic tuned to open G that speaks to me.

2.) Favorite Allman Brothers live show or live moment?

 The first time I saw them was Lakewood in the fall of ’90. I was very young and very high and we were up close. Allen Woody blew my head off and I’ll never forget it. It was one of those ‘before and after’ experiences.

 3.) How has the Allman Brothers music influenced your music or impacted you?

When I was working for Widespread Panic and we lost Mike [Houser] there was somewhat of a parallel with the tragedies that the ABB endured. They persevered and triumphed after such a tremendous loss. When I hear “Aint Wastin’ Time No More”, it reminds me that playing music is probably the most important thing I can do.



Jeff MillerJeff Miller (New Monsoon)

 1.) Favorite Allman Brothers Album/ Song?

Well, this is a multi-faceted answer for me. “Whipping Post” was definitely the song that hooked me when I was a kid. My mom had At Fillmore East on vinyl and let me play it REALLY loud! Thanks Mom. As I got older, different songs have had different significance in my life. “Dreams” recently has been my quintessential tune. The vibe and guitar tones of the original studio version give me chills every time…And then there are all the other tunes I love.

 2.) Favorite Allman Brothers live show or live moment?

I saw them in Boston years ago with Dickey and Warren on guitar and the version of “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” just slayed me.

Another moment was when we were playing at their fest at the Suwannee grounds in Florida and got to stand on stage during the show. I was watching Gregg from about 10 feet away!

3.) How has the Allman Brothers music influenced your music or impacted you?

It’s hard to qualify exactly how the ABB’s music has impacted my/our music, other than to say that I grew up with it and it seeped in. When you are a kid, you gravitate to sounds, sights, etc that make you happy or feel something that you can’t explain, but you like it. As I got older and learned guitar, my appreciation for the guitar playing just furthered my love of the music. Now, having covered several different tunes of theirs live, I can say that they set the bar. I just try to show what I’ve learned!


 chrisChris Combs (Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey)

 1.) Favorite Allman Brothers album or song?

“In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” from At Fillmore East. The dual guitar work is totally classic. They were listening to Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue non-stop at that time and you can really hear that album’s influence in this track.

 2.) Favorite Allman Brothers live show or live moment?

At Fillmore East is my favorite live Allman Brothers

 3.) How has the Allman Brothers music influenced your music or impacted you?

Duane Allman’s and Derek Trucks’ slide work has been a huge influence on me. The original lineup is really my favorite. I love how languid and expressive their improvisations were. I definitely feel and attempt to channel Duane’s influence when I play lap steel.



seth walkerSeth Walker

 1.) Favorite Allman Brothers album or song?

“Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More.” Gregg and Duane’s last stand. It’s lyrically connected and the groove is a ten foot ditch!

 2.) Favorite Allman Brothers live show or live moment?

The At Fillmore East album is as good as it gets.

 3.) How has the Allman Brothers music influenced your music or impacted you?

The ABB has affected my music deeply. I lived in Jacksonville for a while and once you know that region of the country, you can’t help but hear the heat and humidity and attitude of the place in their sound. On a more literal level, they took the blues to a new place with melody, space and groove.



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 1.) Favorite Allman Brothers album or song?

“Blue Sky.” I haven’t listened to this song for probably five years, but I bet I could still sing the entire guitar solo down to the last note. I used to listen to this song on repeat cruising through the Orange County (North Carolina) countryside after school.

 2.) Favorite Allman Brothers live show or live moment?

Seeing the Allman Brothers Band was actually my very first rock and roll concert. I lucked into a ticket after my friend’s Australian exchange student backed out. It was a great show, they played at Raleigh’s outdoor amphitheater and I remember wondering if that was what Woodstock was like. The shirt I bought is still two sizes too big and is to this day the most expensive t-shirt I own. Personal favorite moment of the show was, of course, hearing “Blue Sky.”

 3.) How has the Allman Brothers music influenced your music or impacted you?

“Little Martha” was one of the first finger-picking songs I learned to play on the guitar.   Other than that, they helped me gain an appreciation for live performance, because this band that I loved had released all these live records and were able to create these great environments for concert-going, it made me take live shows very seriously.


Warren Haynes And Derek Trucks To Depart Allman Brothers Band At End Of 2014

The Allman Brothers Band 8-1-12 at Chastain Park Amphitheatre in Atlanta Ga. Peachtreeimages.com/Lisa Keel2012


In a joint statement Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks have confirmed they will be leaving the legendary Allman Brothers Band at the end of 2014 to focus on other projects.

“For 25 years and 15 years respectively,  we’ve had the honor and pleasure of playing, living, learning, and  traveling with the Allman Brothers Band, one of the truly legendary rock  and roll bands. We will be forever grateful for the opportunity and the  experience, and for the love, enthusiasm, and support of the incredible  fans. We are both preparing to dig even deeper into our various  creative and musical endeavors and, as a result, 2014 will be our final  year as part of the band. We are looking forward to seeing our loyal ABB  fans at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta this Friday night January 10th and  in March at the Beacon Theater in New York City as we celebrate the 45th  Anniversary of the band.” – Warren Haynes & Derek Trucks

As The Allman Brothes prepare to celebrate their 45th year, take a look back at Honest Tune’s week long coverage of their 40th Anniversary in in which we marked he momentous occasion with a retrospective of the band, interviews of artists, features, and an overall synopsis of what the band means to our music landscape.

40 years of The Allman Brothers Band

Both Haynes and Trucks also released individual statements expressing their gratitude and fond memories of their time with the band.

From Warren Haynes:

I  joined the Allman Brothers Band in 1989, at age 28, for a reunion tour  with no promise or expectations of it going any further. Based on the  success of the tour and the uncanny chemistry between the original  members and the new members, we decided to continue and see where it all  led. Now, here we are, 25 years later, and it has been an amazing  experience. I’ve always said that if I were to join a band that I grew  up listening to the ABB would be at the top of that list. The original  version of the band was a huge influence on me and I’m sure that the  countless hours I spent listening to and studying that music helped  shape me as a musician. As proud as I am of being a member of such a  legendary band, I’m even more proud of the music that we’ve made  together and of being a part of carrying their original vision into the  future.

As someone  who’s been fortunate enough to juggle a lot of musical projects and  opportunities I look forward to maintaining a vigorous schedule which  will include many more years of touring and recording with Gov’t Mule in  addition to my solo projects and to enjoying more family time as well.  Being part of the ABB has opened a lot of doors for me and that’s  something I don’t take for granted nor do I take for granted the  friendship and musical relationships I have with each of the members.  The 45th Anniversary of the ABB is a milestone amidst too many  highlights to count and I’m looking forward to an amazing year creating  music that only the Allman Brothers Band can create.

From Derek Trucks:

I  got the call to join the Allman Brothers while on tour with my own band  at the age of 19.  It was out of the blue and felt surreal.  I leapt at  the chance.  This was the music that I had cut my teeth on and it was  the distinctive sound of Duane’s guitar that inspired me to pick up the  instrument in the first place.

When  I started with ABB I didn’t know how long it would last, only that I  would let the music lead me and teach me.  Amazingly that led me past  the band’s 40th anniversary, to the band’s 45th, and now my 15th year as  a member of this incredible band.   Five years ago the 45th seemed like  a lofty goal but I thought if we could make it to that milestone it  would be a logical time to move on.

 While  I’ve shared many magical moments on stage with the Allman Brothers Band  in the last decade plus, I feel that my solo project and the Tedeschi  Trucks Band is where my future and creative energy lies. The Tedeschi  Trucks Band tour schedule keeps growing, and I feel the time has finally  come to focus on a single project, which will allow me to spend that  rare time off the road with my family and children.  It’s a difficult  decision to make, and I don’t make it lightly.

I’m  proud to have made a small contribution to the masterful music they  have created over the past forty years, and will continue to create. Now  seems like a good time to go out on a high note with a great 45th  anniversary in 2014, and the mutual respect and friendship of the other 6  members of ABB.

Allman Brothers Band dates:

January  10 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre – All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs  and Voice of Gregg Allman.  http://celebrategreggallman.com

 Beacon Theater in New York City March 7, 8, 11, 12, 14, 15, 18, 19, 21 and 22.

Wish We Were Back at Wanee

This morning was a bittersweet start to the day. Today was the day that the Wanee wristband was finally snipped, stored among a box full of ticket stubs and plastic bracelets, destined to live only in memories.

The memories, however, are bright and beautiful – as days frolicking among the live oaks should be. The majestic wonderland that is the Spirit of the Suwanee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida is difficult to describe in words, especially when it’s filled with brothers and sisters, music lovers, fans and families, and some of the greatest live musicians ever to assemble. There’s only one word that can even come close to epitomizing Wanee:  magic.

Although the festival did not “technically start until Friday, you wouldn’t know it by the throngs of RVs, vending booths, and glow stick-adorned body parts that had already filed in. Early campers were not only treated to the best camping spots nestled amongst towering oaks draped with Spanish moss, they were also rewarded for their promptness with Wednesday sets from Groves, Juke, Beebs and her Moneymakers, Kettle of Fish, local Florida favorites Cope, and a funkalicious Mushroom Stage jam session from New Orleans’ own Ivan Neville’s Dumstaphunk.


Thursday brought sunshine and a diverse line-up to the magical Mushrooom Stage, planted firmly amongst the oaks and surrounded by swinging hammocks and neon orbs hanging from the branches. British blues guitarist Oli Brown kicked the afternoon off, followed by psychedelic San Francisco soul outfit, Monophonics. Lead singer and keyboardist Kelly Finnegan wasted no time bringing the energy level up and getting the crowd going with choice covers from Curtis Mayfield and Funkadelic, sprinkled with tracks from their latest album In Your Brain.

wanee2013-4Monophonics was the perfect lead in to Tab Benoit’s supergroup of New Orleans musicians, Voice of the Wetlands Allstars. This group of musicians have made it part of their mission to help preserve the wetlands in their native state by raising awareness and providing education through music. The beautiful tune “Louisiana Sunshine” perhaps summed their intent up best, and guest appearances from Florida native Damon Fowler and Starship vocalist Mickey Thomas ensured the Wanee tradition of phenomenal collaborations would be continued in full force, a point hammered home  after the next group took the stage.

When Royal Southern Brotherhood frontman Devon Allman introduced his father and fans got their first look of the weekend at Gregg Allman, the energy was palpable. He joined his son and fellow RSB members on guitar for a rousing, shredding rendition of “One Way Out,” foreshadowing good things to come.

A solid set from electric Hot Tuna bid goodbye to the sunshine, and hello to the late night funk, courtesy of Karl Denson and the Greyboy Allstars. The Mushroom Stage was bouncing and glowing, the power pulsating through the eager crowd, just so ready to get down.


Friday brought the opening of the second stage – the larger and more prominent Peach Stage – and with that came more music and choices to be made by fans. The Peach Stage could have well been dubbed “Southern rock central,” as guitar slingers and long haired men in bell bottoms filled in the ranks for most of the day.

Blackberry Smoke carries the Southern rock torch from Atlanta, Georgia, and they gave the crowd a nice dose of their brand of American country/rock, despite their set being cut short due to a creeping rain shower. Their version of Led Zeppelin’s “When the Levee Breaks” was too much for the clouds, and suddenly they opened wide and spilled their drops, as if on cue.

The Mushroom Stage saw early sets from rockers Flannel Church, New Orleans soulful up-and-comers The Revivalists, Jaimoe’s Jaissez Band, and the Wanee debut of Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang. Half concert, half comedy skit, Claypool’s pairing with guitarist and longtime collaborator, Marc Haggard (aka Mirv) kept the crowd laughing and stomping, intertwining jokes and audience haggling with tunes from Primus, Oysterhead, and Johnny Cash, to name a few. Warren Haynes joined the duo onstage for Johnny Horton’s classic “The Battle of New Orleans,” and closed the show with Primus classic “Jerry was a Racecar Driver” and Flying Frog Brigade’s “D’s Diner.”

wanee2013-3The rain cleared up just enough for Mr. Haynes to find his way back to the Peach Stage in time for his band, Gov’t Mule to get things rocking. Kicking off with choice originals “Outta Shape” and “Thorazine Shuffle,” Mule’s set gained momentum throughout, finally culminating in one of the greatest collaborations of the weekend. Members of Widespread Panic – John Bell, JoJo Herman, Dave Schools, and Jimmy Herring – joined and launched into an epic version of Neil Young’s “Cortez the Killer.” The trading of piercing guitar licks and wailing vocals once again brought the clouds, and the grey thunder rolled in as if brought forth by the music itself.

Widespread Panic was up next, and despite the now soggy conditions, the crowd swelled and was not disappointed. Starting with standard originals like “Ain’t Life Grand,” “All Time Low,” and “Space Wrangler,” once again the real treats came at the end, when the band was joined by Warren Haynes and Danny Louis for blistering renditions of ZZ Top’s “Jesus Just Left Chicago” and Parliament’s instrumental opus, “Maggot Brain.” Even though it was raining, the fans didn’t spare their bottled water during the “Chilly Water” closer, and it didn’t matter because everyone was already soaking wet.

Nothing would stop The Allman Brothers Band, however, and they turned out a set full of beautiful classic originals, and again, more collaborations galore. “Blue Sky” and “Rain” were the band’s homage to the tumultuous weather of the day, and the arrival of Widespread’s John Bell and Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Artimus Pyle launched a soulful and lovely rendition of Blind Faith’s “Can’t Find My Home.” Jimmy Herring reappeared for “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed”, and North Mississippi Allstars brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson made an appearance for a “One Way Out” closer, the second of the weekend for Papa Gregg.

Boombox and a late night set from reggae mainstays Steel Pulse rounded out the night on the Mushroom Stage, and sent fans off into the woods for a little damp rest.


After a long rainy night, the morning finally gave way to some relief, and the skies cleared up in time to provide goers with some much needed sunshine. No one worshipped the rays and the good vibes like Michael Franti and Spearhead, following a solid set from Leon Russell on the Peach Stage. Franti’s contagious energy and positive message had the crowd enjoying and making merry, complete with an onstage birthday party for the man himself. Birthday hats, beach balls, head stands, and celebratory sing-alongs (some upside down!) ensued, and not one frown was to be found anywhere near that stage. Even the most seasoned Franti fans were overheard whispering about how “special” this particular show was, and that energy could be felt by everyone.

The Mushroom Stage spent Saturday getting its funk on, with Sacred Steel gospel funk masters The Lee Boys, New Orleans horns The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, funk and soul jazz saxophonist Maceo Parker, and R&B brass masters Tower of Power keeping it rocking and bopping along all afternoon.

wanee2013-2Following Franti on the mainstage, Wanee family favorites Tedeschi Trucks Band felt just right for the moment, with their slinky, silky brand of gospel-flecked soulful blues. They highlighted tunes from their upcoming album, as well as favorites such as “Midnight in Harlem” and “Bound for Glory.” It also marked the arrival of new bass player, Bakithi Kumalo, who made his debut as replacement for Oteil Burbridge, who announced earlier this year that he would be taking some much needed time off after years of relentless touring with the Allman Brothers and various other outfits.

As with all the other acts of the weekend, their cover choices were on point and referential. “The Sky is Crying” by blues guitarist Elmore James, “The King of the Slide Guitar,” paid homage to those who came before, and so heavily influenced Trucks and his guitar brethren, including Skydog himself, Duane Allman.

Widespread Panic got another shot to do what they do, and this time, there wasn’t a raindrop in sight. They wasted no time, kicking it off with a loud and dirty “Imitation Leather Shoes,” fan favorite “Climb to Safety,” and the Robert Johnson blues standard, “Stop Breaking Down.”

The real treats, however, came when the band was joined by the lovely Susan Tedeschi on vocals, Derek Trucks on guitar, and Artimus Pyle on drums for a fantastic version of Van Morrison’s “I’ve Been Working.” Tedeschi and Bell traded vocal verses, and complimented each other while Trucks laid down the slide and made the sound even bigger. He stayed around for Tom Waits’ “Goin’ Out West” and the Panic classic, “Fishwater,” which quickly turned into a lick-trading musical cacophony, delighting the listeners and preparing the crowd for a final set from the Allman Brothers Band.

wanee2013-1ABB turned in a performance that was nothing short of perfection. Full of fan favorites like “Mountain Jam,” “Midnight Rider,” and “Melissa,” Gregg Allman sounded like a man on a musical mission and his fellow bandmates followed suit. Covers such as “Long Black Veil” and Albert King’s “Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody’s Home” rounded out a set that ended with epic renditions of “Whipping Post” and “Southbound.” Brothers fans united in the music and basked in a solid outing from the band’s ninth Wanee appearance.

Funk soul masters Galactic promised to cap the festival on a wicked note, and boy, did they. The Mushroom Stage swelled as the band, along with some of their famous friends, treated the crowd to one final Wanee throwdown. Dave Shaw, frontman for The Revivalists, took on vocal duties and did not disappoint, killing the crowd with versions of “I Am the Walrus,” “I Am a Ram” and Galactic’s own “From the Corner to the Block,” complete with segue into ODB’s “Baby, I Got Your Money.” Saxophonist-at-large Skerik brought his horn out to play and his liveliness was felt throughout the crowd, eliciting jumps and screams from excited patrons. “When the Levee Breaks” appeared yet again, but this time, instead of bringing the rain, it brought the end.

The end of another magical Wanee. It was a gathering of the good, all in one place, that filled the hearts and souls of music lovers and merry makers to the brim for another year. And now, we wait……

Click on the thumbnail(s) to view photos from the show by Brad Kuntz

Wanee Music Festival announces 2013 lineup

Wanee Music Festival has announced The Allman Brothers Band and Widespread Panic as headliners for its 2013 installment, held once again at Spirit of Suwannee Music Park in  Live Oak, Florida. This year’s festival will take place Thursday, April 18 through Saturday, April 20. Tickets  go on sale Saturday, January 26 at 10 am.

The Allman Brothers Band and Widespread Panic will both play  Friday and Saturday nights. The line-up is rounded out by:

Gov’t Mule
Tedeschi Trucks Band
Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Robert Randolph and the Family Band
Leon Russell
Tower of Power
Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang
Electric Hot Tuna
Maceo Parker
Steel Pulse
North Mississippi Allstars
Blackberry Smoke
Galactic & Friends
The Greyboy Allstars
Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars Featuring
Dirty Dozen Braass Band
Royal Southern Brotherhood
Bobby Lee Rodgers Trio
The Lee Boys
Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad
The Revivalists

In addition to the music, Wanee will host the traveling version of Jorma Kaukonen’s “Fur Peace Ranch,” a musician-led workshop


For ticket information and upcoming announcements, visit waneefestival.com

Massive box set chronicling career of legendary guitarist Duane Allman to be released March 5

Seven CD set, due out March 5 on Rounder Records,
includes rare recordings by Allman’s early bands:
the Escorts, Allman Joys, the 31st of February, and the Bleus.
Extensive liner notes are accompanied by a tribute from Allman’s daughter


Duan Allamn Box cover

Even if he’d never formed the Allman Brothers Band, Duane Allman would be a major figure in American popular music. Long before his name became known to mainstream audiences, he had already established his credentials as a once-in-a-lifetime guitar visionary, leaving his unmistakable stamp on a broad array of recordings. On March 5, 2013, Rounder Records, a division of Concord Music Group, will release the most ambitious retrospective of Allman’s short but influential career titled Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective.

The deluxe seven-disc collection, carrying a list price of $139.98, contains the guitarist’s best-known and most commercially successful recordings with the Allman Brothers Band and Derek & the Dominos, as well as session work with Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Boz Scaggs, Clarence Carter, King Curtis, Delaney & Bonnie & Friends, Ronnie Hawkins, Otis Rush, Laura Nyro, Lulu, the Sweet Inspirations, Laura Lee, Spencer Wiggins, Arthur Conley, Willie Walker, the Lovelles, the Soul Survivors, Johnny Jenkins, John Hammond, Doris Duke, Eric Quincy Tate, Herbie Mann and more.
The set was produced by Galadrielle Allman (Duane’s daughter) and two-time Grammy® winning producer Bill Levenson. Rounder Records’ Scott Billington served as executive producer. Scott Schinder contributed comprehensive historical liner notes, complemented by additional notes by Galadrielle Allman.

Over seven discs, Skydog tells the Duane Allman story with rare and never-before-heard gems alongside smash hits.
“I hope the celebration of Duane’s life inspires you to live fearlessly and enjoy life,” Galadrielle concludes. “I know that would have made him proud.”


Track Listing:

Disc One
  1            THE ESCORTS  Turn On Your Love Light  2:33
  2            THE ESCORTS  No Name Instrumental  3:13
  3            THE ESCORTS  What’d I Say  4:04
  4            THE ALLMAN JOYS  Spoonful  2:27
  5            THE ALLMAN JOYS  Gotta Get Away  2:38
  6            THE ALLMAN JOYS  Shapes Of Things  2:47
  7            THE ALLMAN JOYS  Crossroads  3:32
  8            THE ALLMAN JOYS  Mister, You’re A Better Man Than I  4:45
  9            THE ALLMAN JOYS  Lost Woman  5:23
10            HOUR GLASS  Cast Off All My Fears  3:31
11            HOUR GLASS  I’ve Been Trying  2:39
12            HOUR GLASS  Nothing But Tears  2:29
13            HOUR GLASS  Power Of Love  2:51
14            HOUR GLASS  Down In Texas  3:08
15            HOUR GLASS  Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)  3:01
16            HOUR GLASS  B.B. King Medley 7:07
17            HOUR GLASS  Been Gone Too Long  3:03
18            HOUR GLASS  Ain’t No Good To Cry  3:08
19            31ST OF FEBRUARY  Morning Dew  3:46
20            31ST OF FEBRUARY  Melissa  3:12
21            THE BLEUS  Milk And Honey  2:34
22            THE BLEUS  Leavin’ Lisa  2:43
23            THE BLEUS  Julianna’s Gone  2:59
Disc Two
  1            CLARENCE CARTER  The Road Of Love  2:54
  2            CLARENCE CARTER  Light My Fire  2:49
  3            WILSON PICKETT  Hey Jude  4:06
  4            WILSON PICKETT  Toe Hold  2:49
  5            WILSON PICKETT  My Own Style Of Loving  2:41
  6            WILSON PICKETT  Born to Be Wild  2:45
  7            LAURA LEE  It’s How You Make It Good  2:32
  8            LAURA LEE  It Ain’t What You Do (But How You Do It)  2:05
  9            SPENCER WIGGINS  I Never Loved A Woman (The Way I Love You)  3:01
10            ARTHUR CONLEY  Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da  3:00
11            ARTHUR CONLEY  Stuff You Gotta Watch  2:15
12            ARTHUR CONLEY  Speak Her Name  2:39
13            ARTHUR CONLEY  That Can’t Be My Baby  2:22
14            WILLIE WALKER  A Lucky Loser  2:20
15            THE LOVELLES  I’m Coming Today  2:59
16            THE LOVELLES  Pretending Dear  2:38
17            ARETHA FRANKLIN  The Weight  2:53
18            ARETHA FRANKLIN  It Ain’t Fair  3:22
19            SOUL SURVIVORS  Darkness  2:56
20            SOUL SURVIVORS  Tell Daddy  2:30
21            SOUL SURVIVORS  Got Down On Saturday  3:10
22            KING CURTIS  Hey Joe  2:56
23            KING CURTIS  Foot Pattin’  4:49
24            KING CURTIS  Games People Play  2:46
25            KING CURTIS  The Weight  2:47
26            THE SWEET INSPIRATIONS  Get A Little Order  2:06
Disc Three
  1            THE BARRY GOLDBERG BLUES BAND  Twice A Man  4:26
  2            DUANE ALLMAN  Goin’ Down Slow  8:44
  3            DUANE ALLMAN  No Money Down  3:25
  4            DUANE ALLMAN  Happily Married Man  2:40
  5            OTIS RUSH  Me  2:55
  6            OTIS RUSH  Reap What You Sow  4:53
  7            OTIS RUSH  It Takes Time  3:25
  8            THE DUCK & THE BEAR  Going Up The Country  2:34
  9            THE DUCK & THE BEAR  Hand Jive  2:41
10            BOZ SCAGGS  Finding Her  4:10
11            BOZ SCAGGS  Look What I Got  4:13
12            BOZ SCAGGS  Waiting For A Train  2:41
13            BOZ SCAGGS  Loan Me A Dime  13:01
14            THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND  Don’t Want You No More  2:26
15            THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND  It’s Not My Cross To Bear  5:01
16            THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND  Black Hearted Woman  5:07
17            THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND  Trouble No More  3:45
Disc Four
  1            THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND  Every Hungry Woman  4:13
  2            THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND  Dreams  7:16
  3            THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND  Whipping Post  5:16
  4            RONNIE HAWKINS  One More Night  2:22
  5            RONNIE HAWKINS  Will The Circle Be Unbroken  2:50
  6            RONNIE HAWKINS  Matchbox  3:05
  7            RONNIE HAWKINS  Down In The Alley  5:08
  8            RONNIE HAWKINS  Who Do You Love  2:13
  9            LULU  Marley Purt Drive  3:21
10            LULU  Dirty Old Man  2:20
11            LULU  Mr. Bojangles  3:08
12            LULU  Sweep Around Your Own Back Door  2:40
13            JOHNNY JENKINS  I Walk On Gilded Splinters  5:16
14            JOHNNY JENKINS  Rollin’ Stone  4:56
15            JOHNNY JENKINS  Down Along The Cove  3:02
16            JOHNNY JENKINS  Voodoo In You  4:50
17            JOHN HAMMOND  Shake For Me  2:42
18            JOHN HAMMOND  Cryin’ For My Baby  2:39
19            JOHN HAMMOND  I’m Leavin’ You  3:20
20            JOHN HAMMOND  You’ll Be Mine  2:42
21            DORIS DUKE  Ghost Of Myself  3:06
Disc Five
  1            ERIC QUINCY TATE  Comin’ Down (demo version)  2:52
  2            THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND  Hoochie Coochie Man (live)  5:00
  3            THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND  Midnight Rider  2:58
  4            THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND  Dimples (live)  4:59
  5            THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND  I’m Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town (live)  9:21
  6            DELANEY & BONNIE & FRIENDS  Soul Shake  3:06
  7            LAURA NYRO  Beads Of Sweat  4:47
  8            THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND  Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’  3:28
  9            DELANEY & BONNIE & FRIENDS  Living On The Open Road  3:03
10            ELLA BROWN  A Woman Left Lonely  3:23
11            ELLA BROWN  Touch Me  2:59
12            BOBBY LANCE  More Than Enough Rain  5:51
13            DEREK & THE DOMINOS  I Am Yours  3:34
14            DEREK & THE DOMINOS  Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad?  4:41
15            DEREK & THE DOMINOS  Have You Ever Loved A Woman  6:52
16            DEREK & THE DOMINOS  Layla  7:03
17            ERIC CLAPTON & DUANE ALLMAN  Mean Old World  3:48
Disc Six
  1            SAM SAMUDIO  Me And Bobby McGee  3:31
  2            SAM SAMUDIO  Relativity  3:14
  3            SAM SAMUDIO  Goin’ Upstairs  5:06
  4            RONNIE HAWKINS  Don’t Tell Me Your Troubles  2:13
  5            RONNIE HAWKINS  Sick And Tired  2:45
  6            RONNIE HAWKINS  Odessa  3:19
  7            DELANEY & BONNIE & FRIENDS  Gift Of Love  2:09
  8            DELANEY & BONNIE & FRIENDS  Sing My Way Home  4:02
  9            THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND  Statesboro Blues (live)  4:17
10            THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND  In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed (live)  13:04
11            GRATEFUL DEAD  Sugar Magnolia (live)  7:20
12            THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND  One Way Out (live)  4:57
13            HERBIE MANN  Push Push  10:03
14            HERBIE MANN  Spirit In The Dark  7:59
15            HERBIE MANN  What’d I Say  4:57
Disc Seven
  1            DELANEY & BONNIE & FRIENDS  Come On In My Kitchen (live)  3:42
  2            DELANEY & BONNIE & FRIENDS  Going Down The Road Feeling Bad (live)  4:03
  3            DELANEY & BONNIE & FRIENDS  Poor Elijah / Tribute To Johnson (Medley) (live)  4:54
  4            THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND  You Don’t Love Me / Soul Serenade (live)  19:25
  5            COWBOY  Please Be With Me  3:41
  6            THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND  Stand Back  3:24
  7            THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND  Blue Sky  5:09
  8            THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND  Blue Sky (live)  11:24
  9            THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND  Dreams (live)  17:56
10            THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND  Little Martha  2:07

Peach Music Festival: The Wanee of the North?

The Peach Music Festival, presented by the Allman Brothers Band
Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
Scranton, PA
August 10-12, 2012


For two days in August, the Toyota Pavilion in Scranton, PA became the site of the Peach Music Festival. Proudly donning the adjectives “first annual” and “inaugural,” the obvious question going into the affair — that was presented by the Allman Brothers Band — was whether or not the adjectives were bold statements based upon preparation or simply premature proclamations made by organizers that had fallen victim to the overly disproven theory that fans will only look at the lineup and judge an event based solely on that lineup’s performance.

As noted above, there was a natural inclination to liken this virgin event to Wanee, the tried and true staple event located 1000 miles south of Scranton that officially kicks off summer festival season for many. Some on message boards were excitedly referring to Peach Fest as potentially being a “Wanee of the North.” It had all the makings,” they presumably thought. But it also had all the trappings. Let’s face it, which festival actually wants to be compared to Wanee (or any other veteran event) during its first year? 

Any hopeful message board sentiments were quickly extinguished once onsite. Sure, the Allman Brothers were headlining both nights of the three day/ two night event. As well, the lineup that would greet fans and play the two-stage event was very ABB derived — consisting of Tedeschi-Trucks, Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band and two sets from Warren Haynes, one with his band and another, a wake up acoustic set.Further, just as one will find at Wanee, the bill was populated with other friendly acts that played well into the prospective ABB-heavy audience’s hand. (Robert Randolph, Blackberry Smoke, Railroad Earth, Dark Star Orchestra, Toubab Krewe, Trigger Hippy, Zac Brown, etc.) 

Just as one might suspect by reading the aforementioned list or by gazing at the full lineup, a musically exceptional experience was yielded. For those who watched from home (via a free live-stream) all most likely appeared to be bliss was bliss. Actually the parts they saw were. The part that they didn’t see was the heavy hand of Live Nation at work, all that entails and is  far too well-known to write yet another dissertation on the subject.

They also could not feel the absence of Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park and all that the magical grounds bring to the table. (and can be read about in countless Honest Tune articles, such as this one that gives the MVP award to the park) This alone should have been enough to quell any message board hopes of utopia in… well, Scranton, the town most recently known as the home of one of the brightest branches of the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company tree. 

In other words, and in complete interest of getting to the point, the weekend was musically phenomenal and for the “locals” that seemed to be the target audience, it was certainly an event that was worth its weight. Driving a couple of hours a day for what unfolded musically would be money and time well spent. Making a weekend getaway with one’s better half and splurging on a nice hotel room would be outta site. But for what it was, largely those seeking the more traditional festival experience, it fell short.

And for those that drove 500 miles ISO “Wanee in August,” the affair was pretty much a wash. But (note to self) those were ridiculously high expectations anyway.


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The Allman Brothers bring it home in the Peach State

The Allman Brothers Band 8-1-12 at Chastain Park Amphitheatre in Atlanta Ga. Peachtreeimages.com/Lisa Keel2012

The Allman Brothers Band (w/ moe.)
Chastain Park Amphitheatre
Atlanta, GA
August 1, 2012



In what many coined a “hometown show,” the band that once called the Peach State “home” and the undeniable heroes of southern jam-rock, The Allman Brothers Band, stopped in Atlanta for for a foray at Chastain Park Amphitheatre for the first time in four years. In tow was a group of five guys, also known as moe., who served as the opening act for the evening. 

Early in the evening, fans knew that things would be special when Allman guitarist, Warren Haynes, stepped out during moe.’s set for a not-so-subtle sit-in during “Opium,” the band’s opus from 2001’s Dither. Penned by bassist and vocalist, Rob Derhak, the tune is a spiraling ode to the poppy nectar, and on this night, it served as the highlight (courtesy of an all parts equal six-stringed assault from Haynes and moe.’s Al Schnier and Chuck Garvey) of what was an otherwise lackluster but nicely lubricating set.

The Allman Brothers Band 8-1-12 at Chastain Park Amphitheatre in Atlanta Ga. Peachtreeimages.com/Lisa Keel2012By the time that The Allman Brothers took the stage, the mid-sized outdoor Chastain venue was filled to the brim with the uniquely cross-sectioned ABB faithful.

Opening the evening with “One Way Out,” the band landed in “Statesboro Blues” and from there, it was one hit after the next, leaving jaw-dropping fans of both old and new in the wake.

As is par, the summer night’s humid Atlanta air was as thick as grits and as damp as an otter’s pocket. Oddly enough though, it was perfect; each note, whether those sliding from the guitar of Derek Trucks or an elongated A7 from Gregg, seemingly taking just a bit longer to break the barrier between amp to soul. It was as though that smidgen of time allowed for more anticipation and therefore, more satisfaction once tasted.

Much ado has been made over Gregg’s health recently and rightfully so. With the all too unfortunate autopen-gate in May, Allman was forced to admit that much of the recent speculation has been true. But judging by the performance in Atlanta alone, one would clearly call any talk of health problems “shenanigans” or merely attribute it all to the natural issues that come with getting older. His ivory-tickling was completely audible and clean, his voice was clear and his posture was erect as he watched over bassist, Oteil Burbridge, and guitarists, Trucks and Haynes, with the commanding eye of a statesman and the glimmering pride of a father.

The Allman Brothers Band 8-1-12 at Chastain Park Amphitheatre in Atlanta Ga. Peachtreeimages.com/Lisa Keel2012As noted above, the majority of the night could have very well served as a very well played “greatest hits” outing, interspersed with truly grand covers. It all come complete with “Whipping Post,” “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed,” “Dreams” and “Born Under a Bad Sign”(ft. William Bell) and “That’s What Love Will Make You Do” (ft. Ike Stubblefield) amongst others. The only thing missing was a bit of bit of “Melissa” under a “Blue Sky,” as Derek and Warren played off of each other as an ongoing Duane Allman montage was projected behind them, causing those who saw Duane play both miss him and appreciate the two before them in an incongruous series of emotional back and forth –  while those that never did wondered what it was like.

As the night was clearly drawing to a close, something that many had predicted but none were too sure of happened when moe. guitarist, Al Schnier, and percussionist Jim Loughlin rejoined the stage for a cover of the Grateful Dead’s “Franklin’s Tower” that was vocally led by Oteil and made every deadhead in the crowd beam as they celebrated Jerry Garcia’s birthday in style with The Allman Brothers Band and guests from a band with much stature unto itself. History buffs recalled the time that something similar happened — when moe.’s Garvey, Loughlin and drummer, Vinnie Amico joined up with ABB for the same song at the annual “Another one for Woody” gig in late 2010 — while the rest simple basked in the glory of the gift they were being given.  With Schnier taking the first solo and ABB’s Trucks and Haynes taking the second and third, the adoring Chastain throng fell victim to an onslaught that superseded face melting… it was mind ripping.

After serving up the aforementioned serving of “Liz Reed” and the encored “Whipping Post,” fans began that walk out into the night. It was clear, from the drenched shirts and wide eyes of the souls that trudged the stairs and traversed the aisles, that the evening had been one that will be recalled for quite some time and possibly for as many different reasons as there were patrons in the house.

Night in and night out, one doesn’t necessarily know what he will get from ABB. With Gregg and even Jaimoe, age and health cannot help but cause the occasional flare-up. However, when this band is on, they are as on as any band currently out there, if not markedly better. In many ways, time has served to age the Allman blend in the way in which it does wine. For those who can appreciate that, they know that when the taste is sweet, it erases any memory of bitterness.



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Wanee Music Festival Tickets On Sale This Friday


The Allman Brothers Band’s annual Wanee Music Festival is slated for April 19-21 at the Spirit of Suwanee Music Park in Live Oak, FL, and tickets will go on sale Friday, January 20 at 10 a.m.


This year’s festival will feature The Allman Brothers Band, Furthur, Gov’t Mule, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, Buddy Guy, Bruce Hornsby, Mickey Hart Band, Hot Tuna Electric, Ray Manzarek & Roy Rogers Band, Leftover Salmon, North Mississippi Allstars, Trigger Hippy (featuring Joan Osborne, Jackie Greene, Steve Gorman, Audley Freed & Nick Govrik), SOJA, Conspirator, Eoto, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Particle, Devon Allman’s Honeytribe, Zach Deputy, Matt Schofield, Bobby Lee Rodgers Trio, Big Sams Funky Nation, Charles Bradley, Bonerama, Jacob Jeffries Band, The Yeti Trio, Bonnie Blue.


To purchase tickets, click here.


For all things Wanee, log on to www.WaneeFestival.com


For a look back at Wanee 2011, click here for the Honest Tune review and photos.