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Win a Copy of Gregg Allman's "Live: Back to Macon, GA" CD/DVD Set

It doesn't take a genius to figure out that Gregg Allman's influence on the newer generation of Americana artists has been sizable. With his brother Duane, he started the groundbreaking Allman Brothers Band, which came to define the sound of Southern rock music for decades. But, as much ground as Duane and Gregg broke together, the latter has laid down just as impressive a body of work during his many years as a solo artist.

Earlier this month, our friends over at Rounder Records released an incredible album of live performances featuring Gregg Allman and his band live in Macon, GA.

According to a press release: 

Gregg Allman Live: Back to Macon, GA [is] a stellar live DVD/CD package that captures Allman and his eight-piece solo band in a high-energy performance. This emotive show was recorded in January, 2014 at the venerable Grand Opera House in Macon, GA, the Middle Georgia town where it all began for the Allman Brothers Band.

[It] features sixteen tracks, made up of a nicely-varied selection of songs from the ABB catalog (“Statesboro Blues,” “Melissa,” “Whipping Post”), tunes from Allman’s solo albums (“Queen of Hearts,” “I’m No Angel”), and several dynamic cover songs. The DVD will include two bonus tracks, as well as special interview segments.

We've teamed up with the folks at Rounder to give away a copy of this special collection to one lucky ND community member. 

To Enter

Simply comment on this post and tell us the best show you've ever seen Gregg Allman or the Allman Brothers perform. If you've never been so lucky to catch him live, just tell us about the first time you fell in love with his music. We'll pick one commenter to win a free copy of this disc. 

You have between now and 6 p.m. Pacific on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, to enter. Anyone may enter, but prizes can only be shipped to a U.S. address.

If you need some convincing to enter, just check out this snippet from the DVD half of the package: 

 

Good luck!

Seeing the Allman Brothers at Piedmont Park 1971  at age 17 for free in Atlanta. The high school I went to was right across the street from the park. Had no idea what to expect. Blew me away. Was never the same again.

On the Allman's, as with many, Eat a Peach....., yet no one did "Laid Back" like Gregg did......huge section of my younger years, with one of the best New Years spent with Brothers at the jam in Atlanta, circa.........somewhere in the neiborhood of 1982 or '3

After the Grateful Dead, the ABB is my favorite band ever.   I enjoyed seeing them at SPAC in Saratogo, NY many times.

I saw them not long after Duane's death. It was bittersweet, not having him there, but at the same time seeing the band move forward and continue to make great music. Still one of the best concerts I've been to.

I was lucky enough to see the ABB during their first run at the Beacon Theater in the early 90's. What an amazing night. I feel privileged to have seen Dickie Betts. For all his problems he is a unique and thrilling player.

I saw the Allmans at Denver's Mile High Stadium in 1974, at the age of 16. I think it was around the time of Eat a Peach, and "Mountain Jam" & "Les Brers in A Minor" remain two of  my favorite tunes (especially the latter).

Looking forward to the new release (and fingers crossed on my chances to win a copy)!!

I was never fortunate enough to see the ABB. I didn't discover the band until 1972, after Duane's death.  However, I've listened to Eat a Peach and the Filmore East records countless times, alway hearing some new. As a guitarist, I once learned Dickie's solo on 'Stormy Monday' lick for lick. I was able to meet Galadrielle Allman at a book signing in Nashville last year. It was such an honor to meet her, to hear a few of her stories about her Dad and uncle, and to be in the presence of the Allman lineage. 

I fell in love with the Allmans when I was program director of my student ratio station at Brooklyn College in 1970. First time I heard "Whipping Post", it absolutely grabbed me by the neck and shook me til I surrendered. Loved this band through the decades (I am 66 years old).

The Greg Allman Band came to Ft Worth, with an opening act that featured a teenage wonder kid named Derek Trucks.

After a stellar opening set by Derek, Greg and his band, featuring Jack Pearson on guitar, flat tore up the place with Greg's solo songs, and Greg was in top form.

Then Greg dropped the bombshell, "let's bring out the kid ", and with Derek in place, Greg and the band tore it down with a full side 1 of the Fillmore East set, and the kid channeled Duane down to every nuance and tone.

Tore it up and tore it down, a full 3 hour set, and as we left, I saw folks with huge grins on their faces from the experiencing one if the best nights in Ft Worth history .........oh what a night!

Memorably I saw the Allmans Brothers Band for the first time in New Haven when I was about 16 years old, may have permenantly damaged my ear drums as I stood in front of the speakers on stage the entire show. Saw then again in Philadephia and again in San Francisco, and Ketchum, Idaho. As well, I've seen Warren Hayens and Derek Trucks a few times. Gregg Allman, I saw most recently in Boise. All good. Easily the single most influential band in my life, as I am a devotee of Southern Rock and all its branches of influence and history.

I saw Gregg for the first time in 2011, and it changed my life. I was 17 years old and still in high school. I went to the show completely by myself, because I was the only football player on the team who liked music like Gregg's. My whole life I had only listened to rap music and punk music: two types of music that I liked because of their emphasis on passionate vocal delivery. I never really got into blues, jazz, or r&b/soul because I considered those types of music pretentious and old. 

Well... The first time I heard "Whipping Post" I changed my mind.

After hearing "Whipping Post," I realized that there was genuine, authentic, and truly primal passion in The Allman Brothers' music. I saw that Gregg Allman was playing in my town in a month, and I bought tickets. At 17 years old, I sat by myself in between a middle aged couple and an elderly couple. Both sets of couples thought I belonged to the other.

As I listened to Gregg belt his heart out, I began to realize that every genre of music had passion, and that I needed to explore more genres. As any true music fan knows, in order to truly get to the authentic & beautiful artists of any genre, you need to wade your way though lots of Kenny Gs, Luke Bryans, and Michael McDonalds. I now had the motivation to do so. All because of Gregg Allman. The End.

My favorite Allman Brothers show was probably during the H.O.R.D.E. Festival days, 1994 I guess, at World's Fair Park in Knoxville, Tennessee. I was an undergrad at the University of Tennessee at the time, and the Allman Brothers were major contributors to the soundtrack of my life in those years. They remain one of the cornerstones of my musical life, as a listener and a player. My old college buddies and I still listen to them heavily when we get together. I partly grew up in the beach communities of Jacksonville, Florida, so I feel connected to them somehow through that shared geography of swamps and pineywoods as well. Just this spring on a trip to central Florida we stopped off in Macon, mainly to visit Ocmulgee National Monument, but also for brief pilgrammage to the old Capricorn Studio building as well. The southeast and the Allman Brothers are deeply knit--I can't imagine one without the other. My wife and I, who share this passion for the Allman Brothers, often joke that we're not sure we can be friends with someone who doesn't like the Allman Brothers. We're only half joking.      
 

I saw the Allman Bros and Grateful Dead at RFK  Stadium in Washington, D.C. Summer of '72 or '73. It was not that long after the Watkins Glen concert I think. But my memery is becoming a memory as they say.  I do remember the driving rain early in the day and the long drive from Bergen County, NJ. But the music was fantastic. Well worth any discomfort.

I forget who opened for who but I beleive the Allman s were on first. Driving home that night was a nightmare, all the rest stops on the NJ Turnpike were out of food from all the concert goers heading north.

I wouldn't have missed it for the world. Skinny geek at 18 that I was.

Despite never having them watched as has not been in Brazil, I love your music I met through local disks shopkeepers.

I was introduced to the Allman Brothers at the 2nd Atlanta Rock Festival at Byron, Ga. in 1970. They absolutley blew the crowd away and made me a life-long fan. I've heard them several times since, but that first concert, outdoors in a soy bean field with a hundred thousand or so of my closest friends made a lasting impression on me and established Southern Rock as a mainstay in the music industry.

 

I was a college freshman when I had the good fortune to see the Allman Brothers for the first time in 1971 in Brewer Field House in Columbia, Mo. They hadn't started wrecking their motorcycles yet; this was the group at its strongest, and it was awesome. They just got up there and played and played and played, no vapid stage talk about how the basketball team was doing or any of that. It didn't hurt that it was just a few weeks from my having heard Idlewild South play about 14 times in a row in a somewhat incapacitated but otherworldly state. It remains one of my all-time favorite albums.

 

 

One of my most cherished bootlegs is a dub of the board tape from the Scorpion from the opening (and closing) night of the Nighthawks and special guest Gregg Allman tour.  I was waiting in line outside the Bayou in D.C. the next night, a line  that stretched all the way down the block and will never forget the bouncer coming out and telling everyone to go home as Gregg was a no show or as I like to say "he was doing a mean impression of No Show Jones".     Gregg has more than made up for that disappointment over the years including most memorably the night after John Lennon was murdered.  It was December 9, 1980 and the Allman Brothers were playing the Met Center in Bloomington, Minnesota and just like everybody in the audience that night, you could tell the band was hurting and confused.  But instead of wallowing in the hurt and pain of it all, that night the Allmans provided "musical healing" to paraphrase Marvin and got us through the day we truly thought the music had died.  (That same night in downtown Mpls Curtiss A and his band turned the night into a tribute to Lennon and has played a Lennon tribute show at First Ave every Dec. 9th since, again proving the healing powers of music.)    And just to prove there was no hard feelings,  in 1986, some 8 years after walking off his tour with the Nighthawks, Gregg was a special guest at what was then thought to be the Nighthawks farewell show at the Carter Baron Amphitheater in D.C.  As it turned out, reports of the bands demise following the departure of Jimmy Thackery from the Hawks  had been greatly exaggerated.  The Hawks resurrected like a Phoenix and have been burning it up ever since.   Perhaps Gregg's greatest legacy is his resilience.  I cannot think of another musician who has suffered as much tragedy, personal setbacks and most recently health battles that would have sapped the  life out of most people, but he keeps coming back, coming back for more.  I gotta believe Gregg perseveres due in large part to the restorative powers of his music.  And for that I thank him.

I have seen them 2 times. Once on my Birthday 1979 The Enlightened Rogues Tour. What a great show! That is such a great Album. Can't wait to hear (Back To Macon GA!)

Best Gregg Allman show for me was at Playground South in Florida, 1983, probably my fave because my bro was his bass player then and DID ME PROUD!

Cool!

Seen Gregg and the brothers many times but my favorite has to be at the Ryman about 3 or 4 years ago. It is such a magic place and Gregg really seemed to embrace the venue.

I've seen the Allmans live, but the coolest Allman sighting was when I met him during a book signing at Brookline Booksmith in Coolidge Corner (Massachusetts), August 6, 2012. He was sooo soft spoken, it was difficult to reconcile with his singing voice. Also, it turns out he's left handed - Who knew?  

 

Although I have seen the ABB many times, as well as solo tours by Gregg Allman and Richard Betts, the shows that have made the most impression was early on when the line up included Gregg Allman, Betts, Chuck Leavell, and Lamar Williams on bass.This was just after the tragic deaths of Duane and Barry.Betts was really in high gear on guitar with Chuck Leavell weaving his amazing keyboard lines,and the amazing bass lines by Lamar Williams that flowed right along side Betts and Gregg Allman .

Saw the Allman Brothers in 1990 at the amphitheater in Lampe, Missouri. The setlist was a sweet mix of classics and cuts from the Seven Turns album. Gregg Allman's biggest demon that night was a sore throat, and he had a huge bowl of sliced lemons sitting on his Hammond. After every song, he would grab a lemon slice and suck it down - never missed a vocal note that night. The band was tight, and though it was not an A-list venue, they still rocked the night. I was amazed at how they could bring new life to songs that, in many cases, had been around for over 20 years.  For me, a classic show.

Only had the good fortune of seeing the Allman Brothers Band once (1980 or '81 Brothers of the Road Tour, I think), but it was a very memorable on several levels. For one, got to see them tear it up in a fairly small venue (3,500-seat Memorial Hall in Kansas City, KS). Second, even on the heels of a fairly pedestrian (for them) album, they were outstanding as they filled their set with older material. Finally and ridiculously enough, I'll never forget the severely drunk idiot seated behind us, who about halfway through ABB's set,  threw up on the back of one of the guys in our group of four. Luckily, my friend was wearing a flannel overshirt which absorbed most of the drunk's damage. My friend's attempt at a revenge-fueled confrontation quickly died with one look at the almost passed out vomitor (word?). I guess he did get some payback of sorts by tossing his no longer wanted, puke-soaked shirt into the lap of the inebriated patron who was already covered in his own stuff. His pals then made a hasty exit with their drunk friend, but unfortunately, we were still left to deal with the remnants and foul smell of his drunken mishap. Just another case of a musical memory where an off-stage occurrence can somehow stand out to a concert-above specifics relating to the actual performance.

Have seen them a couple of times in my neck of the woods and both times knocked it out of the park. What a phenomenal band!

I got the extreme pleasure to score front row tickets to see the Allmans in Raleigh probably 8 years ago. They were excellent and getting to see Jaimo and Butch Trucks behind the drums I learned just how underappreciated but formidable this duo was. Also a pleasure was seeing Derek and Warren working it out on all the old Allman staples. And of course Gregg sitting behind the B3 displaying his magic and soulful vocals and sitting it out and bringing it on weaving effortlessly through those tunes we have all grown up with and love because they are truely timeless was inspirational, like going to church. There is a great book about Duane out there called "Skydog" that really ties together the love these two brothers had for each other along with the other bandmates and illuminates the music they shared. Also, check out the book "Southbound" by Scott B. Bomar which not only focuses on the Allmans but many of the superb southern rock groups.

I saw the Allman Bros. when I took the kids to see them as a adjunct to a a minor league baseball game at Fox Citiies Stadium in Grand Chute, Wisconsin around 2008 and was sponsered by a local Fire Department.  The kids (and I) were just blown away.  I had seen them once before in 1974 with the original band (mostly) but this one included some of the changes to the lineup and they sounded just fabulous.  While the kids had never seen them before, they knew what it meant to me and they fell in love with them too.  I remember Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes were there but Gregg was the heart and soul of that band.  I have never forgotten them and they will remain one of my favorites and harkens back to some very good times.   

Saw ABB in 1991 in Boston, the most amazing performance of a live band: incomparable energy and accuracy. Had me floating on sonic airwaves in an energy field of musical magic! 

Got to see the Allman Bros. back in the early 1980s at the Redwood Bowl at Humboldt State University. It was great hearing them play amidst the redwoods. Awesome show. Lots of fun.