Guitarist Scott Sharrard's fingerprints are all over the recent excellent live CD and DVD Gregg Allman Live: Back to Macon, GA. The recording highlights not only Sharrard's tasty, blues-inflected playing but also his excellent work as musical director. "I just love this band I've got now," Allman says. "It took me years to put it together just so, and I just love playing with them. Scott's done a great job getting this to a very good place."
Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the premiere of an exclusive video of the Allman Brothers Band's live performance of "Midnight Rider" from their 1992 tour. The clip is from an upcoming archival DVD release from the band, Live At Great Woods, which will be available February 18.
Eric Clapton's fourth Crossroads Guitar Festival took place this past Friday and Saturday night at New York City's Madison Square Garden. Besides Clapton, this year's lineup included Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Jimmie Vaughan, the Allman Brothers Band, Gary Clark Jr., Robert Cray and Vince Gill.
2011 was a banner year for solo releases by members of the Allman Brothers Band. Gregg Allman’s Low Country Blues, Warren Haynes’ Man in Motion and Derek Trucks’ Tedeschi Trucks Band’s Revelator were all nominated for the Best Blues Album Grammy Award. But the fourth and final release is the sleeper pick: Renaissance Man by founding Allman Brothers drummer Jaimoe and his Jasssz Band.
They’ve suffered breakups, addiction and death. But 40 years on, the Allman Brothers Band remain a force to be reckoned with. In this exclusive oral history, Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts and others tell the story behind rock and roll’s enlightened rogues.