Gregg Allman Live: Back To Macon, GA DVD/CD Released Today
“The new live CD and DVD, Back to Macon, GA, illustrates that Mr. Allman remains one of rock and blues’ great singers.”
-Wall Street Journal
Blackbird Presents and Rounder Records have released Gregg Allman Live: Back to Macon, GA today, August 7, 2015. The stellar live DVD/CD captures Allman and his eight-piece solo band in a high-energy performance that was recorded on January 14, 2014 at the venerable Grand Opera House, a 1,000 seat jewel of a theatre that was built in 1884 in Macon, the Middle Georgia town where it all began for the Allman Brothers Band over 40 years ago. The album features 16 tracks, made up of a varied selection of songs from the ABB catalog, tunes from Allman’s solo albums and several dynamic cover songs. The DVD, the first Allman’s ever released as a solo artist, will include two bonus tracks, as well as special interview segments.
“We played, lived, laughed and cried there,” says Allman about Macon in the package’s liner notes. “And I wrote many, many songs in that town. It’s always good to play Macon, man.”
Gregg Allman Live: Back To Macon, GA was created and produced by Blackbird Presents and Sawrite, Inc.
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The great ABB historian and Hittin’ the Note editor John Lynskey wrote the liners. They capture the emotion and historic power of the extraordinary event.
“Gregg took to the Grand Opera House stage with a group that, as he put it, ‘is a real kick-ass band.’ Featuring Scott Sharrard on guitar, bassist Ron Johnson, Ben Stivers on keyboards, drummer Steve Potts, Allman Brothers veteran Marc Quinones on percussion, saxophonists Jay Collins and Art Edmaiston and Dennis Marion on trumpet, these eight players plus special guest, Allman’s son Devon, formed one of the best solo units Allman had fronted in years.
“Gregg summarized the experience of recording Live in Macon thusly: ‘Macon is a wonderful town with wonderful people, and I still have some dear, dear friends there. Macon holds a special place in my heart; it comes with a lot of different memories, but the good ones are all that matter to me now. I’m so proud of this album; boy, we were smokin’ that night.’