Greeg Allman, pictured right, and Warren Haynes performing "These Days" (3/28/2007). The song was written by Gregg's former roommate, Jackson Browne.
A close friend of Gregg Allman emailed me on Monday with good news. The singer/songwriter/golden voice of the Allman Brothers Band canceled a bunch of recent shows, including ABB's Wanee dates, due to hepatitis C. But it sounds like his condition is improving. "Talked to Gregg today," she noted. "He is on the road to good health and will be glad to get back out on the road." I'm a big ABB fan. Here's an interview I did with Allman in 2006 for McClatchy Newspapers. This one ran in the San Diego Union-Tribune:
A midnight rider and his son ride into town
By Wade Tatangelo
November 30, 2006
Gregg Allman was in good spirits when he answered the telephone at his home near Savannah, Ga., recently. The singer-keyboardist had just been inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in Atlanta. He was already a member of the Georgia and Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame as part of the Allman Brothers Band.
Allman sounded sincerely moved to be in the company of his heroes, fellow Georgia greats James Brown, Little Richard, Otis Redding, Statesboro Blues composer Blind Willie McTell and his late brother, Duane Allman, who was also inducted, posthumously, as a solo act in 1982.
I appreciated it quite a bit, Allman said in his soft Southern drawl.
The 58-year-old was inducted along with R.E.M., whose members joined him on a rendition of Midnight Rider, the Allman Brothers song Gregg rearranged as a hit single for his 1972 solo album Laid Back.