Graham Reid | | 1 min read
Gregg Allman is as well known for his marriage to Cher in the 70s and battles with drug'n'alcohol as he is for co-founding the seminal Southern blues-rock Allman Brothers Band with his long-gone sibling Duane.
Sober and straight these past 15
years (and a new liver installed last year), the 63-year old
singer/keyboard player here delivers his first solo album in 14 years
and gets fine assistance from Dr John, guitarist Doyle Bramhall II
(from Clapton's band) acoustic bassist Dennis Crouch and drummer Jay
Bellerose on a collection of mostly old blues songs.
There's some workmanlike stuff here
(notably Junior Wells' Little By Little) but the opener Sleepy
John Estes' mysterious Floating Bridge is an ace played early,
Allman inhabits the spooky Skip James number Devil Got My Woman,
Muddy Waters' I Can't Be Satisfied belongs to the band which
gets into swamp-blues mode and they turn B.B. King's Please Accept
My Love into a Fats Domino-like New Orleans pop-blues romp. On
the sole original Just Another Rider, Allman sounds reflective
about the dangerous life he has survived.
Produced by T Bone Burnett and with an excellent horn section on Tears Tears Tears, Low Country Blues has enough highlights to not disappoint, but also one too many lesser versions to be fully satisfying.
Still, it's been quite a
life and he pours hard-won lessons into this.