Gregg Allman Tribute Concert to Come Out on CD, DVD
Gregg Allman fans will get the midnight-ride of their life next month, when Rounder Records releases a recently recorded live tribute album to the voice behind such Southern rock acoustic-tinged classics as “Melissa” and “Midnight Rider.”
Earlier this year, a diverse collection of Gregg Allman admirers gathered at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta for an all-star performance of the Florida native’s best-known songs. Among the performers at the Jan. 10 show were Jackson Browne, John Hiatt, Widespread Panic, Taj Mahal, Dr. John and Keb’ Mo.’ Also sitting in were current Allman Brothers Band guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks, as well as Gregg’s son Devon Allman.
The resulting live album, All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs & Voice of Gregg Allman, is slated for release May 6. The package features a two-CD set and DVD of the event.
Allman’s music career spans 45 years. Known for his distinctively soulful delivery, Allman is best known for his work with the Allman Brothers Band which, together with cofounders Dickey Betts, Berry Oakley, Butch Trucks, Jai Johanson and brother Duane Allman, came to define the Southern Rock sound on such albums as Live at the Fillmore East (1971) and Eat a Peach (1972).
Allman announced in January that 2014 would be final year of touring for the Allman Brothers Band, giving the Fox Theatre event an added relevance to Allman.
"That show was one of the highlights of my life,” Allman says. “It was great to see old friends, and everyone was so gracious and really poured their souls into my songs. It was a very special night."
Check out the above clip of the Allman Brothers performing "Melissa" in 1992 on The Dennis Miller Show.