The Road Goes on Forever: Fifty Years of The Allman Brothers Band Music (1969-2019)

The Road Goes on Forever: Fifty Years of The Allman Brothers Band Music (1969-2019)

by Michael Buffalo Smith


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THE ROAD GOES ON FOREVER utilizes history, personal interviews, and many collected documents to aid in the telling of the story of the humble beginnings and career of the original Southern rock band on this, the 50th anniversary of their formation. Author Michael Buffalo Smith personally spoke with former Allman Brothers members including Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, Butch Trucks, Warren Haynes, and Allen Woody, as well as producers, engineers, roadies, and fans to create a tribute to Macon, Georgia's greatest rock and roll export. Smith takes us inside the Big House on Vineville Avenue in Macon where the band lived during their peak years and into Capricorn Studios where they recorded all of their original albums. The albums are each given the spotlight as well, including Gregg and Dickey's solo projects, and the book explores the exhaustive list of recording credits accumulated by Duane Allman during his far too short career. There is a complete review of the unprecedented 40th anniversary Beacon Theatre residency in 2009 that found the band joined onstage by a veritable Who's Who of contemporary music greats. More than just a history of the greatest Southern band of all time, THE ROAD GOES ON FOREVER is a reference manual for fans of the band--a book filled with ramblin' men, blue skies, Georgia peaches, and great music. Chuck Leavell, former band member and current Rolling Stones band leader, provides the foreword. "

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780881467123
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Publication date: 08/01/2019
Series: Music and the American South
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 216,473
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Michael Buffalo Smith has authored a total of seven books on Southern music history. He was founder and publisher of both Gritz music magazine and Kudzoo magazine, and has written countless cover stories, interviews, and reviews for many publications including Rolling Stone, Mojo, Goldmine, Hittin' the Note, and Relix. He is also a singer/songwriter with a new album produced by Macon's Paul Hornsby and featuring Capricorn star Tommy Talton, called Makin' it Back to Macon.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments viii

Foreword ix

Introduction 1

1 Les Brers: Once a Brother, Always a Brother 3

2 Birth of the Skydog: Duane Hits Muscle Shoals 18

3 Capricornucopia: Phil, Frank, and Duane 36

4 Trouble No More: Recording the Brothers' Debut Album 41

5 The Brotherhood: The Roadies and the Band 45

6 People Can You Feel It? Love Is Everywhere: The Making of Idlewild South 51

7 When Duane Met Eric: Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs 56

8 The Big House: The Communal Home 61

9 Atlanta Pop: The "Byron" Pop Festival 65

10 At Fillmore East: The Brothers Strike Gold 69

11 Closing the Sacred Store: The End of the Fillmore 80

12 Friends: The Delaney and Bonnie Connection 84

13 Guitar Man: The Mystic Journey of Duane Allman's Goldtop 87

14 The Death of a Brother and a Leader: Howard Duane Allman (November 20, 1946-October 29, 1971) 92

15 Eat a Peach for Peace: A Tribute to Duane 99

16 Brothers and Sisters: Commercial Success at Last 104

17 Another Brother Gone: Raymond Berry Oakley (April 4, 1948-November 11, 1972) 113

18 Trouble in Paradise, 1973 115

19 Solo Offerings: Laid Back and Highway Call 119

20 Southern Rock with Strings Attached: The Gregg Allman Tour 127

21 The Tape Is Rolling: An Interview with Tommy Talton, 2017 131

22 Win, Lose or Draw: Brother against Brother 135

23 Dickey Gets a New Band: The Rise of Great Southern 141

24 Angels and Demons: Gregg's Solo Work Continues 145

25 Hollywood and Holly-Wouldn't: Two the Hard Way 151

26 Together Again: The First Reunion of the Enlightened Rogues 154

27 The Pop Transformation: The Arista Years 160

28 The Dickey Betts Band: When Dickey Met Warren 165

29 Everything Old Is New Again: The Reunion and the Dreams Tour 168

30 Love Is All That Remains the Same: Seven Turns 171

31 The New Legacy: Back to Where It All Begins 174

32 Wylde Mushrooms and Back to Where It All Begins 178

33 By the Time We Got to Woodstock: Two More Days of Peace and Music 182

34 The Hall of Fame: Right Where They Belong 184

35 Second Set: Got Live if You Want It 187

36 Changing of the Guard: Searching for Simplicity on the Band's Thirtieth Anniversary 189

37 Hell Freezes Over: The Loss of a Brother 193

38 Revival: The Great Southern Reunion 197

39 The Tape Is Rolling: The Lost Dan Toler Interview, 2000 202

40 The Tape Is Rolling: The Dickey Betts Interview, 2002 208

41 Ridin' the Mule: Warren and Woody Carry On 218

42 Smile at Half Mast: The Death and Life of Allen Woody 222

43 The Tape Is Rolling: The Warren Haynes Interview, 2001 226

44 Hittin' the Note: Once More into the Breach 235

45 The Fortieth Anniversary: The 2009 Beacon Blowout 238

46 All Good Things…: The Band Retires from the Road 270

47 The Tragic Loss of Another Brother: Butch Trucks (May 11, 1947-January 24, 2017) 273

48 The Tape Is Rolling: The Last Butch Trucks Interview, 2016 275

49 End of the Line: The Last Ride of the Midnight Rider 281

50 The Road Goes on Forever 283

Appendix I Roots: The Band's Biggest Influences 285

Appendix II Awards and Special Recognition 295

Appendix III Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective 286

Appendix IV Other Recordings Not to Be Missed 302

Selected Bibliography 307

Index 311

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