News / Arts & Entertainment

Gregg Allman Sings 'Low Country Blues'

Gregg Allman Sings 'Low Country Blues'
Gregg Allman Sings 'Low Country Blues'

Multimedia

Audio

Until the release of “Low Country Blues,” singer and guitarist Gregg Allman had not been in a recording studio since 2003, when his band, The Allman Brothers, recorded “Hittin’ The Note.” His last solo album was 1977’s “Searching for Simplicity.

What finally got Gregg Allman to re-enter the recording studio? All it took was some gentle nudging from 10-time Grammy winning producer T. Bone Burnett. The pair bonded over mutual friends and a shared love of obscure old blues songs.

In a recent interview, Gregg Allman said Burnett sent him 20 songs to listen to. Burnett wanted Gregg to give them a new lease on life, getting the songs out in front of a brand new audience.  The CD opens with a dark take on Sleepy John Estes’ “Floating Bridge.”

“Floating Bridge” was written and originally performed by Tennessee based blues man Sleepy John Estes, who began his recording career in 1929. Gregg Allman has revived the song on his new CD.  But that is not the only blues style Gregg performs on this record. The 1950s rhythm and blues big band sound is here, too. There’s a good cover of “Blind Man,” which you might know from the versions by Bobby “Blue” Bland or Little Milton.

Like many of his favorite bluesmen, Gregg Allman has led a life filled with the highest highs and the lowest lows. The production of this album also wasn’t without drama. The CD’s release was pushed back when Gregg, who had long battled the liver disease chronic Hepatitis C, learned he was a candidate for a liver transplant. In June 2010, the difficult surgery was performed.

The start of 2011 finds the longtime touring musician gathering his strength, and his musical chops, for another tour. And when he hits the road, “Low Country Blues’” lone original track, “Just Another Rider,” will most likely be a part of his setlist. Co-written with longtime Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes, the song is a great showcase for Gregg Allman’s voice, and longtime friend Dr. John’s piano.

You May Like

Ebola Death Toll Nears 5,000 as Virus Advances

West Africa bears heaviest burden; Mali toddler’s death raises new fears More

Jordan’s Battle With Islamic State Militants Carries Domestic Risks

Despite Western concerns that IS militants are preparing a Jordanian offensive, analysts call the kingdom's solid intel a strong deterrent More

Asian-Americans Assume Office in Record Numbers

Steadily deepening engagement in local politics pays off for politicians like Chinese-American Judy Chu More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Talks to Resume on Winter Gas for Ukrainei
X
Al Pessin
October 25, 2014 4:21 PM
Ukrainian and Russian officials will meet again next week in an effort to settle their dispute over natural gas supplies that threatens to leave Ukraine short of heating fuel for the coming winter. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London the dispute is complex, and has both economic and geopolitical dimensions.
Video

Video Talks to Resume on Winter Gas for Ukraine

Ukrainian and Russian officials will meet again next week in an effort to settle their dispute over natural gas supplies that threatens to leave Ukraine short of heating fuel for the coming winter. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London the dispute is complex, and has both economic and geopolitical dimensions.
Video

Video Smugglers Offer Cheap Passage From Turkey to Syria

Smugglers in Turkey offer a relatively cheap passage across the border into Syria. Ankara has stepped up efforts to stem the flow of foreign fighters who want to join Islamic State militants fighting for control of the Syrian border city of Kobani. But porous borders and border guards who can be bribed make illegal border crossings quite easy. Zlatica Hoke has more.
Video

Video Comanche Chief Quanah Parker’s Century-Old House Falling Apart

One of the most fascinating people in U.S. history was Quanah Parker, the last chief of the American Indian tribe, the Comanche. He was the son of a Comanche warrior and a white woman who had been captured by the Indians. Parker was a fierce warrior until 1875 when he led his people to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and took on a new, peaceful life. As VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Cache, Oklahoma, Quanah’s image remains strong among his people, but part of his heritage is in danger of disappearing.
Video

Video China Political Meeting Seeks to Improve Rule of Law

China’s communist leaders will host a top level political meeting this week, called the Fourth Plenum, and for the first time in the party’s history, rule of law will be a key item on the agenda. Analysts and Chinese media reports say the meetings could see the approval of long-awaited measures aimed at giving courts more independence and include steps to enhance an already aggressive and high-reaching anti-corruption drive. VOA’s Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
Video

Video After Decades of Pressure, Luxembourg Drops Bank Secrecy Rules

European Union finance ministers have reached a breakthrough agreement that will make it more difficult for tax cheats to hide their money. The new legislation, which had been blocked for years by countries with a reputation as tax havens, was approved last week after Luxembourg and Austria agreed to lift their vetoes. But as Mil Arcega reports, it doesn’t mean tax cheats have run out of places to keep their money hidden.
Video

Video Kobani Refugees Welcome, Turkey Criticizes, US Airdrop

Residents of Kobani in northern Syria have welcomed the airdrop of weapons, ammunition and medicine to Kurdish militia who are resisting the seizure of their city by Islamic State militants. The Turkish government, however, has criticized the operation. VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from southeastern Turkey, across the border from Kobani.
Video

Video US ‘Death Cafes’ Put Focus on the Finale

In contemporary America, death usually is a topic to be avoided. But the growing “death café” movement encourages people to discuss their fears and desires about their final moments. VOA’s Jerome Socolovsky reports.
Video

Video Ebola Orphanage Opens in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone's first Ebola orphanage has opened in the Kailahun district. Hundreds of children orphaned since the beginning of the Ebola outbreak face stigma and rejection with nobody to care for them. Adam Bailes reports for VOA about a new interim care center that's aimed at helping the growing number of children affected by Ebola.

All About America

AppleAndroid

New in Music Alley

Border Crossings

Joe Taylor sits down with "Border Crossings" host Larry London to talk about his distinction as New York’s “Subway Idol,” and how he beat out thousands for that title. Joe performs several songs from his new CD, “Anything’s Possible.”