06 March 2010
Yesterday, I spent a good deal of time listening to the Allman Brothers Band on the iPod out in the sun. I am talking about the original, original band before the motorcycle accidents. Duane Allman, guitar; Greg Allman, organ and vocals; Dickey Betts, guitar; Berry Oakley, bass; Butch Trucks and Jaimoe Johanson a/k/a Johnny Lee Johnson, both on drums. At Filmore East, 1971.
On the farm I was raised on country music, hardcore country music. Then I became enamored of rock 'n roll and slowly then the blues. Like so many my age, I had to be introduced to American blues by the Rolling Stones. When Southern Rock arrived, it was a perfect blend for me given my background.
I loved those southern rock groups at the time, and I still revisit that occasionally. The Marshall Tucker Band was another stalwart for me. I was never as fond of Lynyrd Skynyrd as others were, however. All those Southern Rock guys had trouble staying alive.
I look in on the second video of Molly Hatchet below periodically. It has been up for a long time. The voice sync has slipped a little, but I still like to see Danny Joe Brown. Massive stroke in 1998, and dead of renal failure in 2005. Nobody today can sweat like Danny Joe Brown could. God rest his soul.
That great triple guitar sound happens here at 3:23.
Danny Joe bulked up a little between 1979 and 1983. That great twin guitar sound happens at 4:04 here:
27 years ago. Hard to believe. In truth, though, I am happy the late seventies and early eighties are long behind me.