The Allman Brothers typically get lumped into the Southern rock category — not that there’s anything wrong with that — but in their heyday, they were really more of a blues band, and an insanely talented one at that. And though guitarist Duane Allman, killed in a 1971 motorcycle accident at age 24, has been posthumously deified as the heart and soul of the band, his younger brother Gregg was every bit as responsible for the magic of their early albums. If you want to have your mind blown, put on “Dreams,” from the band’s eponymous 1969 debut, and as you listen, consider the fact that Gregg Allman was all of 21 years old when he sang it. He sounds like a seasoned, world-weary bluesman who’d been through the wringer, and he was barely old enough to drink. “Just one more morning, I had to wake up with the blues,” he sings at the start, and in retrospect, it’s haunting, knowing what lay ahead for him. (A year after his brother was killed, his friend and Allman Brothers bassist Berry Oakley also died in a motorcycle wreck.) He’s now 65 and battling a variety of health problems — he underwent a liver transplant three years ago due to hepatitis C — but his voice pretty much sounds the same as it always did. Of course, it’s not that he sounds young now, more that he sounded so old back then. He’s released some decent solo records in between Allman Brothers projects, but expect to hear a healthy dose of A-Bros classics. And ultimately, isn’t that what you want?
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