Low Country Blues

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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Given his place in the pantheon of American rock music, Gregg Allman's solo career away from the Allman Brothers Band has been generally disappointing. Perhaps that's why it took nearly a decade between his previous album, 1997's Searching for Simplicity its title alone indicates his frustrations and 1988's over-produced yet underwhelming Just Before the Bullets Fly. A whopping 14 years later, Allman joins forces with roots producer to the stars T-Bone Burnett, hoping that some of the latter's mojo can rub off on a singer who is one of the great white soul and blues vocalists in rock music. For the most part it does, as the duo choose 11 relatively obscure covers from ...
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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Given his place in the pantheon of American rock music, Gregg Allman's solo career away from the Allman Brothers Band has been generally disappointing. Perhaps that's why it took nearly a decade between his previous album, 1997's Searching for Simplicity its title alone indicates his frustrations and 1988's over-produced yet underwhelming Just Before the Bullets Fly. A whopping 14 years later, Allman joins forces with roots producer to the stars T-Bone Burnett, hoping that some of the latter's mojo can rub off on a singer who is one of the great white soul and blues vocalists in rock music. For the most part it does, as the duo choose 11 relatively obscure covers from classic artists such as Bobby "Blue" Bland, Junior Wells, and B.B. King that have clearly influenced Allman's musical approach. The backing is organic but far from stripped-down with horns, multiple guitars, and even background vocalists supporting the singer's patented crusty growl. From the opening raw thump of the ominous Sleepy John Estes' "Floating Bridge" to a peppy yet intense take on Muddy Waters' "I Can't be Satisfied" and a fiery reworking of Magic Sam's "My Love Is Your Love," Allman sounds invested and inspired by this material and his musical surroundings. Veterans such as Dr. John credited here with his real name, Mac Rebennack, Doyle Bramhall II, and Burnett's often used rhythm section of drummer Jay Bellerose and Dennis Crouch on bass keep a taut yet easygoing lock on the groove. That's particularly evident on the predominantly acoustic version of Skip James' "Devil Got My Woman." The horns that appear on five tunes never overpower the sound yet help propel Allman's soul-searing performance of Bland's "Blind Man." Ditto for Otis Rush's slow blues "Checking on My Baby," which brings the vocalist back to his "Stormy Monday"-styled beginnings. One original co-written with Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes, "Just Another Rider," while not a terrible song, pales in comparison with the rest of the material and could have been saved for the next Brothers album, where it might make a better fit. Allman is credited with B-3 on the majority of the tunes, but his contributions are generally mixed so low as to be nearly inaudible. His organ can be heard on a low-down run-through of Amos Milburn's "Tears, Tears, Tears" that captures a sweet, jazzy noir West Coast blues. It adds up to Allman's best and surely most focused and cohesive solo release, and one where the template can hopefully be repeated in less time than it took this to appear.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/18/2011
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661221529
  • Catalog Number: 612215
  • Sales rank: 29,810

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gregg Allman Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Hammond B3
Tata Vega Background Vocals
Mike Compton Mandolin, Background Vocals
T Bone Burnett Guitar
Dennis Crouch Acoustic Bass
Daniel Fornero Trumpet
Darrell Leonard Trumpet, Conductor, Bass Trumpet
Colin Linden Dobro
Bill Maxwell Conductor
Tom Peterson Baritone Saxophone
Mac Rebennack Piano
Jay Bellerose Percussion, Drums
Doyle Bramhall II Guitar
Jim Thompson Tenor Saxophone
Thomas Peterson Baritone Saxophone
Judith Hill Background Vocals
Alfie Silas-Durio Background Vocals
Jean Witherspoon Background Vocals
Joseph Sublett Tenor Saxophone
Vincent Esquer Guitar
Lester Lovitt Trumpet
Hadley Hawkensmith Guitar
Technical Credits
Bobby "Blue" Bland Composer
Sleepy John Estes Composer
Skip James Composer
Amos Milburn Composer
Junior Wells Composer
Gregg Allman Arranger, Composer
Warren Haynes Composer
T Bone Burnett Arranger, Producer
B.B. King Composer
Darrell Leonard Horn Arrangements
Bill Maxwell Vocal Arrangements
Muddy Waters Composer
Don Robey Composer
Otis Rush Composer
Mac Rebennack Arranger
Larry Jenkins Management
Samuel Maghett Composer
Gavin Lurssen Mastering
Mike Piersante Engineer
Sam Ling Composer
Traditional Composer
Paul Ackling Guitar Techician
Michael Lehman Management
Kyle Ford Engineer
Vanessa Parr Engineer
Larissa Collins Art Direction
Nehemiah "Skip" James Composer
John Adam Estes Composer
Joseph Wade Scott Composer
Melvin London Composer
Zachary Dawes Engineer
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  • Posted February 9, 2011

    Great Album- don't miss it

    I love this album. I've never been a fan of Gregg Allman--now
    want more!! T-Bone Burnett never fails to deliver either. I
    would encourage everyone to purchase this one.

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  • Posted January 30, 2011

    Wow! Smokin' hot blues...

    Hard to believe Gregg Allman was ever the quintessential rocker because he was born to sing the blues. This collection is deep, rich, funny and smoldering hot. Now I see what Cher saw in him! Seriously, truly excellent blues...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 20, 2011

    Highly Recommended - you must check it out!!

    Love it!!

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