Saturday, May 17, 2014

CD/DVD Review: Friends Pay Tribute To "The Songs & Voice of Gregg Allman"

For one night, on January 10, 2014, friends gathered to pay tribute to one of the greatest voices in blues and rock, Gregg Allman. Next year will be 50 years since Allman began his career teaming up with his brother Duane Allman on Florida's local rock circuit. So, it was decided that many of his musical friends wanted to pay tribute to the man that gave us all this great southern rock music over the years as a solo artist and as the leader of The Allman Brothers Band.

On May 6th, Rounder Records along with the Concord Music Group released "All My Friends: Celebrating The Songs & Voice of Gregg Allman." It was released as 2CD/DVD or 2CD/Blu-ray and contains the entire two-and-a-half hour concert.

The night began with Allman Brothers Band guitarist and singer Warren Haynes kicking things off with the ABB concert staple "Come And Go Blues." While the night celebrated the tremendous songwriting of Gregg Allman, it would be the guitarist that steal the spotlight, such as Derek Trucks on "End Of The Line," Widespread Panic's Jimmy Herring on "Wasted Words" and Gregg's son Devon Allman on "You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had" along with Robert Randolph." Whether it was the pop rock of Pat Monahan (train) on "Queen Of Hearts" or the country rock of Trace Adkins performing "I'm No Angel," Allman's songs appeal to every genre and every type of singer. Even Martina McBride lends her sweet vocals to the title song, "All My Friends" as you forget that a southern blues rocker originally wrote and performed these songs. The honoree, Gregg Allman joins Jackson Browne for a couple acoustic numbers, "These Days" and "Melissa" as if two friends just coming together to have fun performing with one another. The evening finishes with The Allman Brothers Band showing they still have it after 45 years together with "Dreams" and then ripping into a blistering version of "Whipping Post." The final jam has every performer joining The Allman Brothers Band for the gospel sing-along "Will The Circle Be Unbroken."

The night was just one of those magical moments in music that your glad was captured as these performances may never happen again. To find out more about this amazing new release, please visit

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