Gregg Allman ‘Low Country Blues’ Album Review

Gregg Allman, one of the great American white blues singers, was never better produced than on this, his 2011 release, recorded under the direction ofT-Bone Burnett, who has a habit of bringing out the best in the performers he chooses to record. Here’s what Gregg had to say about his session with the noted producer:

“T-Bone is a one of a kind dude.”

“The way this all happened is that T-Bone had a motive – he had thousands of songs and he said, “I’m going to peel off about 20 of these old songs and see what you like… I got about halfway through the session and he asked me if I had anything I’d written. We did “I Can’t Be Satisfied” – in one take.”

‘Low Country Blues’, got Allman back to the roots he and brother Duane shared as they set out from Macon, Ga., on the unpredictable adventure that became the Allman Brothers Band. This is a stripped-down collection of covers balanced by a few Allman originals.

In this case, Allman was joined by Dennis Crouch, who only plays acoustic bass, and Jay Bellerose, who played drums with calfskin heads that deliver an old-school sound appropriate for the material. Doyle Bramhall II had a tough job: how not to sound like any of the amazing guitarists associated with Gregg Allman over the years (Duane and Derek Trucks come to mind).

Gregg is a legend reborn in more ways than one. He said this shortly after his 2010 liver transplant: “I changed my ways years ago, but we can’t turn back time. Every day is a gift, and I can’t wait to get back on the road making music with my friends.”

Gregg passed on in May 2017, to the regret of every blues fan who had ever marveled at his considerable talent. Search out this album and discover why.