[photogallerylink id=1358 align=left]Last week Gregg Allman returned to the stage with The [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Allman Brothers Band[/lastfm] for the first time since last summer when he took a break for a liver transplant. The first show was November 11 at the Tower Theater just outside of Philadelphia. Next month brings a new [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Gregg Allman[/lastfm] solo blues album.
The band started out with “Done Somebody Wrong” with Gregg on vocals on this and most of the other songs that night, reportedly in fine form. Right now the only tour information is that ABB will be doing a few nights in Boston this week and one night in New York City, but plans are being made. In March the band will return to the Beacon Theater in NYC for what has become an annual spring residency. They were passed over by The Beacon in 2009 for a Cirque du Soleil booking. Gregg told Rolling Stone, “We got something on paper that says they won’t do that again, but after my operation, I’m really just happy to be out playing. I’m going to thank God every night for giving me more years to live.”
Meanwhile, there’s a new Gregg Allman album coming in January, a blues album, produced by the world’s busiest record producer, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]T-Bone Burnett[/lastfm]. Coming on January 18th, this will be the first solo album by Gregg Allman in 14 years. To be called, Low Country Blues, named for the low lying area of coastal South Carolina and Georgia where Gregg makes his home these days. The likely track listing is as follows:
1. Floating Bridge (Sleepy John Estes)
2. Little By Little (Junior Wells)
3. Devil Got My Woman (Skip James)
4. I Can’t Be Satisfied (Muddy Waters)
5. Blind Man (Bobby Bland)
6. Just Another Rider (Gregg Allman & Warren Haynes)
7. Please Accept My Love (BB King)
8. I Believe I’ll Go Back Home (Traditional)
9. Tears Tears Tears (Amos Milburn)
10. My Love is Your Love (Samuel Maghett)
11. Checking On My Baby (Otis Rush)
12. Rolling Stone (Traditional)
A couple of side notes, if you want to hear the real versions of blues songs might I suggest Blues Breakers on Monday nights on XRT, and, with Cher back in the news these days, if you do a web search of Gregg you might turn up comments by Cher about their 1974 marriage. That gives me just enough reason to post this album cover from the 1977 album, Allman and Woman.