Music is nature's language. What it is telling you is to shut up for once and listen.

 

I always like stoner music. I always liked stoners. And Allman brothers was the cool blues country thingy version of stoner music.

 

 

You cant sell news stories that have data and cautious predictions. Where is the panic? Where is the impending doom? C'mon people , give me something to work with here…

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..and as I was a yuppy marketing and advertising executive for the better part
of a decade, I am not really impressed with stories of selling your soul to the devil...

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The Allman brothers - The Brotherhood

The Allman brothers make great Allman brothers music. that is the best definition I can give it. It's like grateful dead music without the humor, the multiversity, and the charm. Sounds bad I know, but if you look at it, what is left is still some damn good music.

 
The band has always viewed itself as the original alternative band. They went out there breaking all the rules. They insisted on doing their way, not the way the industry told them they had to do it." 
 

I always like stoner music. I always liked stoners. And Allman brothers was the cool blues country thingy version of stoner music. it was after all hillbillies on shrooms. And that is a good combination. One of the few good combinations that have the word hillbillies in them. A little less broken jaws a little more half smiling stares.

 
 

I didn't think we would ever make enough money to pay rent by playing music. - Gregg Allman

 

Some call it southern rock. I think that's an insult. The Allman brothers created a feel and sound that is defining itself with every solo, with every riff. The only really obvious southern part they had was the slide, and even there you can't really say the Allman sound is your typical bottleneck from the south.

 

I'd kind of grown up with a classical background and Duane and Gregg with the Blues. Plus, my background was Gospel. But then with Dickey with the Blues and the Country background, it all kind of melted. That first year or two, all we listened to was Miles and Trane and people like that in the jazz idiom. "
- Butch Trucks ( founding member /drummer)

 

Whipping post will always stay in my classical milestones of rock music collection, as a reminder for a sound that was lost, a sound some have called nothing but 'flavour of the day' at the time, but for me resonates of some forgotten naïve good music festival scene.
And then there was Duane Allman of course.

Some people just have it. He had it. Like. Man. You see? I am already starting to talk and think like I am in some afternoon concert the minute I listen to the Allman brothers. ( the Filmore east 1970 concert is playing now in the background. In memory of Elizabeth reed…)

 
 

Duane was the real epitome of free spirit in the southern music scene. The story goes that he asked the recording studio owner if he can just put his tent up outside, and maybe come play once in a while, it's ok, no need to pay him. And he played. Boy, did he play. He was southern rock. And that was just the beginning of the road. A short road for him, as it usually happens with this kind of people, but it was a good one. An interesting one.

And it started in that parking lot, a tent, and a slide guitar screaming under a big mustached smile. He always had those strange lines, a blues toned down , jazz blues up, rock in a gentle stroke, country jazzed up, it is so hard to put the finger on it. Lucky thing is that you have these six minute solos so you have a lot of time to try…

Or, you can just enjoy it for what it really is . Allman brothers music.

 

You don't need no gypsy to tell you why
You can't let one precious day slip by
Look inside yourself
And if you don't see what you want
Maybe sometimes then you don't
But leave your mind alone and just get high"

 

Filmore east 1970 http://youtu.be/22MRGWnPPIU
Come into my kitchen - http://youtu.be/pJFR6WA_3Ew
Midnight runner - http://youtu.be/pJFR6WA_3Ew
Stormy Monday http://youtu.be/1gDhR1R3S0s
Loan me a dime (duane solo) http://youtu.be/mqI81Xa2mFk