The legacy of The Allman Brothers continues in 2011 with some rare solo activity from founder-member, guitarist, organist and singer, Gregg Allman. The acclaimed figurehead of blues, rock and roots is all set to release a new album this year, a collection of songs produced by T-Bone Burnett and featuring Dr John amongst its guests. "Low Country Blues" has already punctured the Top 5 in the US, his best achievement yet and a fact that bodes well for its possible success over here (it's out in a couple of weeks).
New album aside, Allman will make a rare appearance or three in the UK during the summer, starting with London's Barbican on 1st July, followed by the Birmingham Symphony Hall on the 2nd and Edinburgh's Usher Hall on the 6th. Tickets went on sale this morning, and demand is expected to be pretty sharp.
The influence of the Allman's brand of country-rock can be sampled today with bands such as Black Crowes, REM, Black Stone Cherry, Kings Of Leon and Georgia Satellites all guilty of a bit of Southern-rock homage in pieces of their work. You can expect something a little more sedate from Gregg, judging by the chosen venues, but no less enthralling.