The Allman Brothers: Statesboro Blues

Probably the biggest Southern Rock Band of them all, THE ALLMAN BROTHERS, over-came tragedy to succeed. The band from Jacksonville, Florida, was made up of: Duane Allman (slide guitar and lead guitar), Gregg Allman (vocals, keyboards, songwriting), Dickey Betts (lead guitar, vocals, songwriting), Berry Oakley (bass guitar), Butch Trucks (drums), and Jai Johanny "Jaimoe" Johanson (drums).

In 1971 after a couple of weak Studio Albums, the Allman Brothers released a Live Album, "At Fillmore East," that threw off two big singles, "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" and "Whipping Post," and is considered one of the best Live Recordings of all time. Then, just as the band was taking off with it's Rock, Jazz, C&W and Blues Southern Music, Duane Allman, one of the great slide guitarists of his generation (Eric Clapton) was killed in a motorcycle accident. The band was devastated, and Greg would mourn his older brother's death for the rest of his life, for years burying his grief in booze and drugs.

But over the years the Allman Brothers band continued to record and tour as a five man unit with guest musicians, to great acclaim, especially for their Jam Style Concerts. It's a story we'll get back to here on TDR, but after I saw the terrific video Scott found of the band in 1982 playing Live at the University of Florida Bandshell, I had to pass it along now. The tune is Blind Willie McTell's 1928 classic song, THE STATESBORO BLUES, that the Allman Brothers Band made their own, with excellent picture and sound. @therealdonrocks

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