Gregg Allman And Friends

Gregg Allman And Friends played the American Music Theater in Lancaster, PA on 01-09-2011 as part of the tour to support Gregg’s new solo album “Low Country Blues” which was later released on 01-18-2011.   Gregg Allman is the singer and plays keys for the legendary Allman Brothers Band.  He has several solo albums since his first in 1973 (“Laid Back” Blues”) including the brand new “Low Country Blues” which was recorded with the current band he tours with.

Gregg Allman has had a rough couple of years having undergone liver transplant surgery in 2010 and been diagnosed with Hepatitis C in late 2007.  But Gregg looks and sounds refreshed, his legendary bluesy vocals are really strong right now.  This show was one of the best solo Gregg Allman shows I have ever been to.  Not only that but the whole band is firing on all cylinders right now and are performing really tight.

Gregg Allman’s current band consists of:
Gregg Allman – Vocals, guitar, Hammond B-3
Floyd Miles – Percussion, vocals
Bruce Katz – Keyboards
Scott Sharrard – Guitar
Jerry Jemmott – Bass
Steve Potts – Drums
Jay Collins – Horns

Scott Sherrard stuck out to me as a very impressive guitarist, even more so than in the past.  His guitar parts were on point and very tasteful.  He mastered the volume swells a la Duane Allman or Dickey Betts and he was able to get awesome tones out of his setup.  Handling the guitar parts by himself, particularly on the Allman Brothers songs has to be a seemingly impossible task.  Somehow, he pulls it off and makes it look easy.  I hope to see his own band perform live in the future.

There is not much to say about Bruce Katz or Jay Collins that has not been said in the past.  They are masters of their instruments and are an inspiration to all musicians.  Their ability to hide in the shadows when playing the backing parts and then be able to step forward and put down some jaw-dropping solos at the flip of a switch is extremely impressive.

On this tour, they played several songs from the new album (including the infectious “Floating Bridge”) as well as the classic Gregg Allman hits such as “I’m No Angel”, “Please Call Home”, “Before The Bullets Fly”, etc.  Gregg Allman and Friends also play several AllmanBrothers Band staples but they perform them in different arrangements that turn them into entirely different songs such as “Dreams”, “Statesboro Blues”, “Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’”, “Melissa”, and “Whipping Post”.

A few tasteful covers were also included on the setlist, my favorite cover of the night was the blues staple, “Born Under A Bad Sign”.   This blues classic sounded refreshed in their arrangement of the song.  After hearing so many bands cover it so closely to the original, it is nice to hear it composed slightly different.

Gregg Allman is a legend and has been making great music for 40 years now.  His new album shows us the laid back and bluesy side of Gregg that the Allman Brothers Band have built their foundation on instead.  It is a great album and hope that you get to pick up this album and see his band on the road on this tour.

The setlist was as follows:
Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’
I’m No Angel
I Can’t Be Satisfied
Please Call Home
Ridin’ Thumb
Born Under A Bad Sign
You Must Be Crazy
Rolling Stone
Just Another Rider
Turn on Your Lovelight
Little By Little
Back To Daytona
Before The Bullets Fly
Whipping Post
Floating Bridge

Sweet Feeling
Statesboro Blues