Review: A live love letter to Gregg Allman

All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs & Voice of Gregg Allman  – Various Artists (Rounder Records)

On January 10, 2014, a cast of artists – young and old alike – converged on Atlanta’s Fox Theatre to pay tribute to Gregg quxhK7SgUCoQ5v4qgu-i93cj3jDJbkxX5Qj4JTLy64JRo3jlNqBv3RgJsR6ffKAfX2VvHmerzF8=w300Allman. Fortunately, the event was captured on both audio and video and now it’s yours to keep. All My Friends is a two CD/one DVD soundtrack that brings together a stellar group of Rock, Blues and Country performers. Backed by a house band that includes Chuck Leavell, Jack Pearson and Don Was (who doubles as the event’s musical director), the album finds obvious performers (Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes, Widespread Panic, Susan Tedeschi) taking the stage alongside less likely additions (Vince Gill, Pat Monahan, Martina McBride and Jackson Browne). Highlights from the set include Allman and Browne’s duet on “These Days,” Haynes’s searing “Come And Go Blues” and Monahan offering a reverent and soulful version of “Queen of Hearts.” Toss in renditions by John Hiatt, Sam Moore, Dr. John, Trace Adkins and Eric Church among others, and you get the idea that this release is nothing if not diverse. The full ensemble closes out the evening with a take on “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” that brings down the house. All in all, a legendary event for a legendary musical figure.

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Brent Thompson is a contributing writer for You Hear This and WELD.

3 comments
crazyhawk58
crazyhawk58

I watched the AXS TV showing and I can't wait to get the DVD/CD for my very own. I have loved this band and Gregory for 43 years. I look forward to his album of all original compositions. Jeannette, I am 63 and I have had a crush on him for all those 43 years.

Jeannette Santana
Jeannette Santana

I've always loved Gregg Allmans music since the 70's...and as far back as Dwayne Allman ...to this day I still listen to his music, it brings back so many memories of youth dsys gone by...I had the biggest crush on Gregg as a teen..and find at 55 I still do...Yes sir...

Tim MarleneSherman
Tim MarleneSherman

I don't know that you could call Jackson Browne an unexpected addtion.  He and Gregg used to be room mates in L.A. and their comaraderie on stage was obvious.  Great show though and a wonderful tribute to Gregg's music.  Listening to these songs being performed by other artists, I was struck by how meaningful Gregg's lyrics are.  He is an under appreciated song writer.