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SWAMPLAND HAILS: The Allman Brothers Band

Posted: Jan 24, 2007

The Allman Brothers Band

"Crossroads seem to come and go."
                     Gregg Allman

...It finally feels like winter here in Atlanta…so roll a log on the fire and settle in...

Dear reader, please direct your attention to the Swampland interview/feature archive which contains an extensive selection. The Swampland.com team worked diligently to transfer archival interviews onto the site and we’ve amassed a formidable collection including various interviews and features with the Allman Brothers Band and those in their immediate musical camp. Our visit to Macon on January 14, 2007, behooved Swampland Media to highlight the longest running cornerstone southern group, the Allman Brothers Band.

Newly posted interviews include (click to view):

current ABB members Gregg Allman,  Warren Haynes, and Derek Trucks;

past ABB members Dickey Betts (two interviews from 2000 & 2002), Chuck Leavell, and Johnny Neel;

past ABB producers like Tom Dowd and Johnny Sandlin;

as well as closely associated ABB folks like Paul Hornsby (Capricorn staff producer and member of the pre-ABB band, Hour Glass),  Red Dog (ABB "roadie"), Les Dudek (played on Brothers and Sisters), and Floyd Miles (long time Gregg Allman collaborator).


There’s no question the organic role The Brothers play in American music. From the early days in 1969 when Phil Walden persuaded the band to base their headquarters in Macon—onward towards these upcoming Beacon shows in March 37 years later--the Allman Brothers Band proved why they serve as southern rock’s fulcrum. They made people proud to be southerners again. However, the Allmans never functioned as a one trick pony. The alchemy of their sound originates (and never strays) from southern musical forms of Rhythm & Blues, soul, jazz, country, rock & roll, and great songwriting into one inimitable sound that affected even the most seasoned musicians.

Arguably, the considerable influences of Phil Walden, The Allman Brothers Band, Rolling Stone magazine, Bob Dylan, and Hunter S. Thompson on the American youth helped Jimmy Carter become President of the United States in 1976. The Allman Brothers possess their own pattern on the blanket of American music. They remain woven into southern culture, intertwined within the fabric of a geographic consciousness. Their legacy in American, obviously southern, music remains unparalleled.

We look forward to our upcoming interview with Kirk West who remains busy overseeing The Big House Foundation, directing a great music magazine Hittin’ The Note, taking fantastic photographs, and his ongoing work with The Allman Brothers Band who begin rehearsals in February for their annual Beacon Theater run in March.

Look for new Allman Brothers features on Swampland soon…James Calemine


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DavidLP says...

thet reminds me of going to the autorium North Hall in Memphis back around 78 of so....a friend knew Mr Coffee that ran the place. He asked Mr Coffee for some free tickets to see the Allman Bros. do the Enlightened Roughes show that night....well low and behold Mr coffee gave us backstage passes....One Heck of a great show too......ahhh just memories

JohnCharlesGriffin says...

Allman fans should plan on attending what inside sources refer to as the "Brother's Family Reunion" in Live Oak, Florida. It's an outdoor venue and the setting is awesome. www.waneefestival.com

Scarlett says...

I am a huge Allmans fan. Great interviews. Thank you.

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