Early this year, guitarist and bandleader Scott Sharrard revealed plans for The Gregg Allman Band to enter the studio to record original material, rumored to be called All Compositions By Gregg Allman. The session is currently going down at the legendary Fame Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals, where Allman has plenty of history already.
According to a heartfelt message from Sharrard’s Facebook page, this is “Gregg’s first studio album with his own band since the 1980’s (Searching for Simplicity and Low Country Blues were done with mostly studio sidemen instead of Gregg’s touring band).”
Allman Brothers‘ percussionist Marc Quiñones is in the band, as well as bassist Ron Johnson, saxophonists Art Edmaiston and Jay Collins, trumpeter Marc Franklin, keyboardist Peter Levin, and drummer Steve Potts. They’ve got Don Was as their producer and are recording songs co-written by Allman and Sharrard, as well as some Scott Sharrard Band covers, like “Love Like Kerosene”.
[All photos courtesy of Matt Butler]
If you haven’t experienced Gregg Allman with his new band, we highly recommend it. The band takes a refreshed approach to some original ABB tunes, while also introducing more recent work by Allman and Sharrard. Take a listen to their freshly-imagined rendition of ‘Whipping Post’: