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Listen to The Allman Brothers Band take the stage at Swarthmore College in 1970

The Allman Brothers Band live in 1970

On May 2nd, 1970, southern rockers The Allman Brothers took the stage at Swarthmore College. The Jacksonville band had been around for only a couple years at this point; the tour they were on was in support of their sophomore album, Idlewild South, released that February. Their breakout Eat A Peach was still a couple years in the future, Duane Allman was still living, and the band’s founding lineup was intact. On this recording of the concert, you’ll hear Duane on guitar, his brother Gregg Allman on keys and vocals, Dicky Betts on guitar and vocals, Berry Oakley on bass and vocals, and dueling percussionists Dickey Betts and Jai Johanny “Jaimoe” Johanson. Continue reading →

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The Peach Music Festival brings The Allman Brothers Band, Grace Potter and more to Scranton (at the Toyota Pavilion on 8/15 to 8/18)

imageNow in its second year, Scranton’s Peach Music Festival is coming back to the Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain on August 15th to August 18th.  Presenters and headliners The Allman Brothers Band return for two nights, accompanied by Rat Dog, The Black Crowes, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Rusted Root and more.  Following last year’s much-loved “Wake Up With Warren” solo set, this year festival-goers will be greeted by “Brunch With Bobby” on the Sunday morning, featuring an acoustic set by Bob Weir.  Head over to the Peach Music Festival website here to view the full line-up (more acts will be announced soon).  Presale tickets will be available tomorrow at 10am, with general tickets going on sale this Friday, February 22nd.  More information can be found here.  Below, watch Gregg Allman perform “Midnight Rider” with Zac Brown Band at last year’s inaugural festival.

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Just announced: The Allman Brothers playing at Tower Theatre on November 26th and 27th

This just in: The Allman Brothers are performing two shows at the Tower Theatre on Friday and Saturday November 26th and 27th. Tickets go on sale this Friday, September 30th and are available here. Below, check out a classic video of the band (with their original lineup) performing of “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” at the Fillmore East in 1970.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXrcINvsREU

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Allman Brothers Band founding member Gregg Allman dies at 69, a backstage view at his last concert.

Gregg Allman passed away at the age of 69 | Courtesy of the artist

A sad day for Southern rock and roll. Yesterday the news broke that one of the genre’s most influential artists, Gregg Allman, has passed away. NPR reported, “Allman’s manager, Michael Lehman, told NPR News Allman had suffered a recurrence of liver cancer five years ago, and died from complications of the disease.”

Allman passed peacefully, surrounded by loved ones at his home near Savannah, Georgia. An official statement on the southern rocker’s website included:

“Gregg struggled with many health issues over the past several years. During that time, Gregg considered being on the road playing music with his brothers and solo band for his beloved fans, essential medicine for his soul. Playing music lifted him up and kept him going during the toughest of times.

“Gregg’s long time manager and close friend, Michael Lehman said, ‘I have lost a dear friend and the world has lost a brilliant pioneer in music. He was a kind and gentle soul with the best laugh I ever heard. His love for his family and bandmates was passionate as was the love he had for his extraordinary fans. Gregg was an incredible partner and an even better friend. We will all miss him.’

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R.I.P. Allman Brothers Band drummer Butch Trucks

Butch Trucks at the Atlanta Pop Festival, 1970 | photo by David Chamberlain via allmanbrothersband.com

Butch Trucks, the founding drummer of southern rock icons Allman Brothers Band, has died. Rolling Stone reported his passing, confirmed by Page Stallings, Trucks’ booking agent; the cause of his death is currently unknown. He was 69 years old.

Born in Jacksonville, Florida in 1947, Trucks co-founded The Allman Brothers with Gregg and Duane Allman in 1968, along with guitarist Dickey Betts, Berry Oakley on bass, and fellow drummer Jai Johanny “Jaimoe” Johanson. Continue reading →

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Ceramic Animal commits the live favorite “All My Loving” to tape in memory of a late loved one

Ceramic Animal | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

For the past few years, Philly rock outfit Ceramic Animal has been closing their live sets with the expansive, ten-minute jam “All My Loving,” an explosive and exploratory composition that evokes The Allman Brothers on the one end and The Black Keys on the other. The band often debated the song’s fate — should they ever record it? Should it stay a concert exclusive, a reward for the people who went out to see them play?

Last year, the passing of a loved one spurned them into a decision.

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#XPN5050: 1973

For fifty weeks over the next year, we’re celebrating the music of a specific year every Saturday on WXPN. We’ll be choosing the years randomly; for this week’s #XPN5050, Bruce Warren is putting the musical spotlight on the year 1973.

Seriously. Look at how many incredible albums came out in 1973. We’re talking about some of the most classic of the classic rock albums of all time like Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon, Houses of the Holy by Led Zeppelin, Quadrophenia by The Who, Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Band On The Run by Paul McCartney and Wings, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s debut, Bruce Springsteen’s first and second albums, Steely Dan’s Countdown to Ecstasy and incredible albums by The Eagles, The Allman Brothers, Yes, Alice Cooper, Roxy Music, The Rolling Stones, Little Feat, and ZZ Top.

In 1973, R&B was on fire. Stevie Wonder released the ground breaking Innervisions, Marvin Gaye dropped Let’s Get it On, and Oakland’s Tower of Power gave us their seminal self-titled album. In other sounds, Herbie Hancock released the jazz funk classic Head Hunters, The Wailers released Catch A Fire, Tom Waits released his debut, Closing Time, and Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention blessed us with Over-Nite Sensation. Jazz fusion was in full effect: Mahavishnu Orchestra released Birds of Fire, and Mahavishnu drummer Billy Cobham debuted Stratus, a record that would serve as the musical blueprint for trip-hop when Massive Attack sampled it in 1991 on their song, “Safe From Harm.” Continue reading →