Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Greg Allman's Southern Rock Odyssey Spanned Worlds Within Worlds
If America really is a melting pot, music is what melts first.
Gregg Allman lived to prove that. Not long after the Allman Brothers Band first started liquefying rock, blues, country and soul into a sticky new elixir, people started calling it Southern rock.
But instead of treating it like a style, the band cultivated it like an atmosphere — with Allman, who died Saturday at 69, positioning himself as the ballast. After all of those sweltering vamps and pathfinding guitar solos, his voice was the thing that any Allman Brothers song could return home to.
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