Allman Brothers Band Information
As the pioneers of Southern rock, the Allman Brothers Band forged this new musical style from elements of everything they loved- from blues, jazz, soul, R&B, to rock and roll. Along with the Grateful Dead and Cream, they helped to advance rock as a medium for improvisation, Duane Allman and Dickey Betts turning jamming into something that requires serious technical skill with soaring guitar solos. This combined with Gregg Allmanâ€™s gruff, soulful vocals and organ and the forceful, syncopated drive of a rhythm section that included two drummers, the Allman Brothers Band were a blues-rocking powerhouse from their beginnings in 1969.
The group put on marathon concerts back then just as they do today (in absence of Duane Allmanâ€™s masterful guitar since his passing in â€˜71). The Allman Brothers rank among rockâ€™s greatest performing entities despite having battled several deaths among members. Moreover, their success paved the way for other bands from the South, including Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Marshall Tucker Band, and the Charlie Daniels Band. To date, the Allman Brothers Band have had ten gold albums, four of which have been certified platinum (At Fillmore East, Eat a Peach and Brothers and Sisters) or multiplatinum (A Decade of Hits). While they havenâ€™t released any new music for seven years (and not including 2003â€™s Hittinâ€™ the Note sixteen years), the Allman Brothers are still an avidly touring band, having celebrated their 40th anniversary last year.