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Gregg Allman

  • Laid Back [Capricorn, 1973] B
  • Low Country Blues [Rounder, 2011] **

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Laid Back [Capricorn, 1973]
Gregg still doesn't know the difference between drawling slowly and singing soulfully, and it isn't tragedy that makes him sound so doleful, it's a limited formal imagination. That said, it must be admitted that he puts a lot into "These Days" and "Midnight Rider," and that the reason you can listen to such originals as "Please Call Home" and "Multicolored Lady" isn't the writing. B

Low Country Blues [Rounder, 2011]
The reason the only one he wrote is called "Just Another Rider" is that he's finally content to let better songs than his own carry him home ("Floating Bridge," "Devil Got My Woman") **