Gregg Allman, ABB Archives to Deliver New Music

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Although Gregg Allman is now gone, he left behind plenty of unreleased music, both solo and with the Allman Brothers Band. Fans can expect to keep hearing Allman-related music for some time to come, according to Bert Holman, the ABB’s manager since 1991. Holman gave an interview to Billboard in which he discussed some of the archive material that will find its way into release over time.

For starters, he said, there is the solo album Gregg was working on with producer Don Was. In a previously unpublished interview in Best Classic Bands, Allman said that he began recording the album in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, in February 2016. Holman told Billboard that the Gregg Allman album will likely be released this fall.

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He also said that various Allman brothers Band projects are being considered. “We’ll keep putting things out as long as there’s an appetite for it,” he said. “There’s a great deal of material [left], and still a lot of interest in hearing these things, we think. We’re working on other stuff right now in the creative pipeline.”

Holman specifically cited “individual digital release of six 2003 shows from the Instant Live series, as well as a ‘best of 2003’ four-disc set that will cull the best songs and put together a mega-concert in terms of sequencing.” Also planned, says the article, is a “package featuring multiple shows by the original Allmans lineup at the Fillmore West in San Francisco.”

A a July 19, 2005, concert at the Warner Theatre in Erie, Pa., said to be one of the band’s best-ever shows, is a good possibility, as are a Fresno, Calif., concert and the Allmans’ final show, which took place Oct. 28, 2014, at New York’s Beacon Theatre. Former members of the band, including guitarist Warren Haynes, are involved in the selection process.

Holman also noted that the Allman Brothers Museum in Macon, Ga., will continue to operate.

Watch the Allman Brothers Band play “Revival at their final gig in 2014

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  1. Guy Smiley
    #1 Guy Smiley 2 June, 2017, 23:33

    Greatly looking forward to Southern Blood. Gregg recorded only sporadically over the last 20 years, but all of those albums: 1997’s Searching For Simplicity, 2011’s Low Country Blues, and the only ABB album from the Warren/Derek era — 2003’s Hittin’ the Note — are all gems.

    As for archival ABB, I hope shows from all eras of the band’s history (Well, I don’t the early 80’s “Toler Brothers” era) get represented.

    The Fillmore East, Feb. 1970 shows, on the same bill as the Dead, need to be released. There was a release years ago, but it’s been out of print for ages.

    New Year’s Eve 1973 would be the holy grail, but all the guests (Jerry Garcia, Bill Kreutzmann, and Boz Scaggs) could make that difficult.

    Merriweather Post Pavillion 1979 is a highly regarded show that was, apparently intended for a live album but never released. There’s “grey area” release of the radio broadcast, availble in the UK now. How about an official release?

    The “Unplugged” show from the 90s was briefly available for charity, but long out of print now. Let’s get that back out there. Some full shows from the 90’s in general would be great.

    Anything from the Derek Trucks era would certainly be welcome. Amazingly, the final, “Derek” lineup band is also the longest running lineup of the band’s history. Lots of great shows to choose from!

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    • Mike L
      Mike L 3 June, 2017, 23:29

      I agree. I really hope all the shows/tours you mention get released. I was so looking forward to seeing him tour again and thought he’d pull through. But once 2017 got cancelled altogether it seemed like it might not happen. I always wished they’d get back together with Dickie. I love Derek but my favorite shows were when it was Dickie and Warren along with Allen Woody on bass..and I love Oteil to death. But for me it was extra special with Dickie in the band and Warren playing the slide parts. Can’t believe I’ll never see Gregg again. I saw his gtr player Scott Sharrard the day after Gregg passed and was hoping to hear some Allman tunes but he wasn’t gonna play any..spoke to him after and he really didn’t wanna gig that night but he said he did it for his band. You could tell it wasn’t an easy gig for him understandably but he still played his ass off. Wish I’d been born ten to fifteen years earlier cause more than anything I would have done anything to see Duane and well as Berry in the early days. It’s the sad end of an era. No band moved me as much as The Allman brothers. Bless Gregg’s soul..he’s gone home.

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