January 16, 2011 by Post Team
Gregg Allman, Gregg Allman”a won the torment in his voice to a degree that is ridiculous, even a bluesman. The tragic death of family members and other group members, drug addiction and alcoholism and many more have burned his soul over 63 years.
Yet when he gently tells her most recent torture, a liver transplant in June after a battle with Hepatitis C, he punctuates with a half-laugh that bent southeast endearing.
“It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever lived,” says singer / organist of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Allman Brothers Band. “I was in military school, through six divorces, heh-heh -. It’s worse than anything ”
The decision to seek a transplant was made shortly after he was coaxed into the studio last January to make his first solo album in 14 years, Low Country Blues, Tuesday. Reluctance Allman (he had last summer in a studio in 2003 with the Allman Brothers) was the death in 2002 of the legendary producer Tom Dowd, who had guided Allman most of his greatest hits. “He hit me hard. When recording would its ugly head, I would roll and play dead. ”
But in 2009, director Allman attracted to Memphis to meet 10-time winner producer T Bone Burnett for a Grammy.
“I swear to God I’d never heard of him,” says Allman. “Has it ever struck you that the East Coast (Allman lives in Georgia) and West Coast (Burnett is based in Los Angeles) are shamefully divided?”
The two clicked. Allman said he was taken with a project to replicate Burnett Sun Studios in his home (“Who was the hottest thing I had ever heard”) and with admiration for Burnett Dowd.
Burnett said: “The place where we could relate most deeply in the blues was, I did not know how much a blues singer he was, he has not lost a thing – it is just better with age … ”
The producer is planning an album of little known blues and R & B covers by artists who had inspired Allman, and gave hundreds of sort. The agreement was almost stuck when Burnett insisted on the use of other musicians from the tour group Allman’s. “I almost slammed the door on him, he said. “I’m so glad I did not. But it’s two clicks to be an insult, you know? ”
Allman softened when he saw that Burnett brought together veterans of top-flight session, including guitarist Doyle Bramhall II and Dennis Crouch on upright bass. Burnett sweet agreement by appealing to longstanding friend Allman, Dr. John (Mac Rebennack).
“It’s special,” Rebennack said. “Gregg had been through health issues. And Duane (Allman brother beloved guitar legend, who was killed in a motorcycle accident in 1971) had asked me to look out for his little brother, as he knew that something might happen. ”
Many songs were chosen topics Allman mirror in his life, including a harrowing Sleepy John Estes air of a man who is saved from drowning and considers reform. “Floating Bridge points definitely to my life,” says Allman. “He hits one of your sympathetic strings.”
Knowing he had a solid album in the can force him six months to recover from the transplantation of his liver cancer. He did it really, “he said. “Let me tell you, they put me in some pain.”
He compares it to kick his drug addiction in the mid 90s. “Not as much time, but also tough. I just kept saying and praying,” This too will pass. ”
In October, he played solo dates and a few appearances, including duets with Neko Case on Midnight Rider Magazine Speaking during Burnett clock, and is preparing for the Allman Brothers Band’s annual March residency at New York’s Beacon Theater. He will play some festivals with his solo group (including Bonnaroo and New Orleans Jazz Fest) this summer and meet some commitments with the brothers, now in their 42nd year.
Although he wonders “how long the band,” in light of members’ projects from various quarters, he hopes for another studio album. “You gotta take care of Brothers.”
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