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Geraldine Allman: In Loving Memory

Geraldine Robbins Allman was born on July 8th, 1917 to Lizzie Williams Robbins and Simon Robbins in Nash County, North Carolina. She was their third child, born after her brother Swindel and sister Janie and before their baby brother Erskine. She was a fun-loving and outspoken child who loved to read and she excelled in school. She graduated with her siblings from West Edgecombe High School. While she maintained close and loving ties to her family all of her life, she was adventurous and independent, and longed to strike out on her own.

Jerry, as she was known to her friends, married Lieutenant Willis Turner Allman at the age of twenty-five, and moved with him to Nashville, Tennessee in 1945, where she gave birth to two sons, Howard Duane and Gregory Lenoir. Jerry was faced with the challenge of raising her boys as a single mother after Bill’s sudden death in 1950. She and her sons moved to Daytona Beach Shores, Florida in 1957 where she supported her family as a bookkeeper and office manager for local businesses, including the Bali and Julian’s Restaurants. She had a great mind for numbers and organization.
Jerry had a motto taken from a poem by Sam Walter Floss: “Let me live in my house by the side of the road and be a friend to man.” The modest beauty of this wish was typical of Jerry. She had a natural ability to live in the moment and celebrate the simple pleasures of life. Her door was always open to her many friends and she often had a full house. She took great pleasure in flowers and gardening. Her hands were always busy with handwork, crocheting and knitting beautiful things. She was a wonderful cook, and collected cook books and recipes. She loved the ocean and walking on the beach by her home. Jerry remained an avid reader all of her life, and traveled to favorite author’s homes on vacation with her beloved niece Jo Jane Pitt. She read widely about the world, with particular fascination for China and India. She was a spiritual seeker who favored writings on eastern religious philosophy, and prized open mindedness and humor. Jerry was always ready with a Southern saying or piece of sage advice to comfort her loved ones.

Her sons were the light of Jerry’s life. They inherited her keen determination and work ethic, and she enthusiastically supported their shared ambition to play music. She helped her boys buy their first touring car and the musical instruments and equipment they used and she encouraged them to join their local union.

Duane and Gregg became world renowned musicians, forming the Allman Brothers Band in 1969— a group known for blending Blues, Jazz and Rock and Roll into a new genre widely known as Southern Rock. Jerry loved nothing more than watching her boys preform and often travelled to see them play. The band and their fans fondly called her “Mama A,” acknowledging her loving role.
After Duane’s untimely death, Gregory continued to lead the Allman Brothers Band until they disbanded in 2014 after 45 remarkable years. The Allman Brothers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, and they were awarded a lifetime achievement Grammy in 2014.

Geraldine was a strong, unique and remarkable woman. She passed away peacefully in her sleep in her house by the side of the road on July 23rd, 2015, just two weeks after celebrating her 98th birthday surrounded by friends and family. She was cared for by excellent health care workers who supported her along with her friends who were as close as family, including Linda Merrill, Jim Carter, and Floyd Miles. She will be missed every day by her son Gregory Allman, her grandchildren Michael, Elijah, Devon, Island, Brooklyn and Galadrielle Allman, her great- grandchildren Ashley, Brandon, Christopher, and Orion Allman, Isis and Rami Kurtom, her niece Jo Jane Pitt and Jo Jane’s children, Eden and Aaron Martin.

A private memorial will be held in the coming weeks.

Donations can be given to the Ocean Conservancy in her name in lieu of flowers.

–Galadrielle Allman

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Gregg Allman and Eric Church

Celebrating Gregg Allman: Storytelling and Special Performances, Featuring Eric Church

September 24, 2015

8:00 PM

Tickets and Information

Skirball Cultural Center
Los Angeles, CA

About the Program

In a special program presented by the Skirball Cultural Center and the GRAMMY Foundation®, GRAMMY®winner Gregg Allman, renowned founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, discusses the impact of legendary concert promoter Bill Graham on his career with GRAMMY-nominated country star Eric Church, who counts Allman among his biggest influences. Moderated by Scott Goldman, Vice President of the GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares®, the evening concludes with live acoustic performances by both Allman and Church, which will be recorded as part of the GRAMMY Foundation Living Histories program. The Living Histories program preserves on visual media the life stories of key recording industry professionals and visionaries who helped create the history of recorded sound. To date, the Foundation has completed more than 200 interviews with artists, producers, executives, and technology pioneers.

When the Allman Brothers Band first played the Fillmore East in December of 1969, Graham introduced them to a wide, appreciative audience. Two years later, they returned to that same stage, where they had played many times since, to record their seminal live album, At Fillmore East. These performances at the Fillmore cemented the Allman Brothers Band’s reputation for unforgettable live shows and eventually contributed to a young Eric Church’s interest in country music. In this special conversation, Allman and Church will discuss how Graham continues to influence their respective careers and those of a long lineage of musicians.

Before the program, visit the exhibition Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution, open from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m., and be sure to find the guitar Duane Allman played on At Fillmore East.

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Gregg Allman Live: Back to Macon, GA

Gregg Allman Live: Back to Macon, GA DVD/CD

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

GREGG ALLMAN LIVE: BACK TO MACON, GA DVD/CD

SET FOR AUGUST 7 RELEASE

FIRST ALLMAN SOLO DVD RELEASE EVER

FEATURES SPECIAL GUEST DEVON ALLMAN ON GUITAR

ROLLING STONE PREMIERES “ONE WAY OUT” VIDEO

ALBUM PRE-ORDER AVAILABLE NOW

GREGG ALLMAN CONTINUES TOURING

May 21, 2015 – Nashville, TN –  Rounder Records is excited to announce the release of Gregg Allman Live: Back to Macon, GA on August 7, 2015. The stellar live DVD/CD captures Allman and his eight-piece solo band in a high-energy performance that was recorded on January 14, 2014 at the venerable Grand Opera House, a 1,000 seat jewel of a theatre that was built in 1884 in Macon, the Middle Georgia town where it all began for the Allman Brothers Band over 40 years ago. The album features 16 tracks, made up of a varied selection of songs from the ABB catalog, tunes from Allman’s solo albums and several dynamic cover songs. The DVD, the first Allman’s ever released as a solo artist, will include two bonus tracks, as well as special interview segments.  Fans can pre-order the record now.

“We played, lived, laughed and cried there,” says Allman about Macon in the package’s liner notes. “And I wrote many, many songs in that town. It’s always good to play Macon, man.”

WATCH “ONE WAY OUT” VIDEO PREMIERE ON ROLLINGSTONE.COM

The great ABB historian and Hittin’ the Note editor John Lynskey wrote the liners. They capture the emotion and historic power of the extraordinary event.

“Gregg took to the Grand Opera House stage with a group that, as he put it, ‘is a real kick-ass band.’ Featuring Scott Sharrard on guitar, bassist Ron Johnson, Ben Stivers on keyboards, drummer Steve Potts, Allman Brothers veteran Marc Quinones on percussion, saxophonists Jay Collins and Art Edmaiston and Dennis Marion on trumpet, these eight players plus special guest, Allman’s son Devon, formed one of the best solo units Allman had fronted in years.

“Gregg summarized the experience of recording Live in Macon thusly: ‘Macon is a wonderful town with wonderful people, and I still have some dear, dear friends there. Macon holds a special place in my heart; it comes with a lot of different memories, but the good ones are all that matter to me now. I’m so proud of this album; boy, we were smokin’ that night.’

Gregg Allman is one of the most acclaimed and beloved icons in rock and roll history. As a founding member of the legendary Allman Brothers Band and in his own storied solo career, Allman has long been a gifted natural interpreter of the blues, his soulful and distinctive voice one of the defining sounds in the history of American music.

At the 54thAnnual Grammy Awards in 2012, the Allman Brothers Band was honored with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, in part a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the group’s seminal album Eat a Peach. Gregg himself, inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, was also nominated for Best Blues Album for his acclaimed first solo record in thirteen years, Low Country Blues.

Allman’s critically acclaimed tell-all memoir, My Cross To Bear, was a New York Times bestseller for many weeks and is now available in both hardcover and paperback. The book focuses on his journey as a struggling artist through the formation of the Allman Brothers Band and their ultimate explosion on the music scene, informed by the hindsight of Allman today, the survivor of unimaginable loss, alcohol and drug addictions as well as a recent liver transplant.

In November, 2014, Allman received the “Living Legend” award from Classic Rock magazine, and recently was the guest of honor at the 67th annual BMI/NAB Dinner.  An active spokesman for the “Tune In to Hep-C” campaign, Allman has a full slate of shows scheduled for this summer, including a number of co-headlining dates with the Doobie Brothers.

The complete Gregg Allman Live: Back to Macon, GA track listing is below:

CD 1

Statesboro Blues
I’m No Angel
Queen of Hearts
I Can’t Be Satisfied
These Days
Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More
Brightest Smile In Town
Hot’Lanta
I’ve Found a Love

CD 2

Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’
Before the Bullets Fly
Melissa
Midnight Rider
Love Like Kerosene
Whipping Post
One Way Out

DVD

Statesboro Blues
I’m No Angel
Queen of Hearts
Interview: What Macon Was To Us
I Can’t Be Satisfied
These Days
Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More
Interview: Practicing in Macon
Brightest Smile In Town
Hot’Lanta
I’ve Found a Love
Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’
Before the Bullets Fly
Melissa
Interview: We Worked Hard
Midnight Rider
Love Like Kerosene
Interview: Songwriting for the Allman Brothers
Whipping Post
One Way Out

BONUS TRACKS:

Stormy Monday
Floating Bridge
Feature: The Gregg Allman Band at the H&H

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The complete Gregg Allman summer tour dates are below:

June

12 Chattanooga, TN – Riverbend Festival

20 – Laughlin, NV – Edgewater Casino Resort

23-24 – Aspen, CO – Belly Up

26 – Boise, ID – Idaho Botanical Garden

27 – Missoula, MT – Big Sky Brewery

29 – Spokane, WA – Fox Performing Arts Center

30 – Bend, OR – Athletic Club of Bend

 

July

2 Portland, OR – Waterfront Blues Fest

3 – Woodinville, WA – Chateau Ste. Michele Winery

24 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso

26 – Maidstone Kent, UK – Ramblin’ Man Fair

31 – Bridgeport, CT – Gathering of the Vibes

August

14 – 16 – Moosic, PA – The Peach Music Festival

18 – Portland, ME – Maine State Pier

19 – Boston, MA – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion *

21 – Canandaigua, NY – CMAC *

22 – Gilford, NH – Bank of NH Pavilion @ Meadowbrook *

28 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center *

30 – Atlantic City, NJ – Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa *

September

1 – Cary, NC – Koka Booth Amphitheater *

4 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center *

* with The Doobie Brothers

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Online media kit: http://mediakits.concordmusicgroup.com/p/allman-back-to-macon/

Pre-order link: http://smarturl.it/GAMacon2CDDVD

For more information, please contact:

Ken Weinstein

weinstein@bighassle.com

Regina Joskow

rjoskow@rounder.com

 

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Gregg Allman Live: Back to Macon, GA

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Gregg Allman is one of the most acclaimed and beloved icons in rock and roll history. As a founding member of the legendary Allman Brothers Band and in his own storied solo career, Allman has long been a gifted natural interpreter of the blues, his soulful and distinctive voice one of the defining sounds in the history of American music.

At the 54thAnnual Grammy Awards in 2012, the Allman Brothers Band was honored with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, in part a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the group’s seminal album Eat a Peach. Gregg himself, inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, was also nominated for Best Blues Album for his acclaimed first solo record in thirteen years, Low Country Blues.

Allman’s critically acclaimed tell-all memoir, My Cross To Bear, was a New York Times bestseller for many weeks and is now available in both hardcover and paperback. The book focuses on his journey as a struggling artist through the formation of the Allman Brothers Band and their ultimate explosion on the music scene, informed by the hindsight of Allman today, the survivor of unimaginable loss, alcohol and drug addictions as well as a recent liver transplant.

With the Allman Brothers wrapping up their storied forty-five year career last October, Allman is showing no signs of slowing down. In August, Rounder Records will release Gregg Allman Live: Back to Macon, GA, a stellar live DVD/CD package that captures Allman and his eight-piece solo band in a high-energy performance. This emotive show was recorded in January, 2014 at the venerable Grand Opera House in Macon, GA, the Middle Georgia town where it all began for the Allman Brothers Band.

Gregg Allman Live: Back to Macon, GA features sixteen tracks, made up of a nicely-varied selection of songs from the ABB catalog, (“Statesboro Blues,” “Melissa,” “Whipping Post”) tunes from Allman’s solo albums, (“Queen of Hearts,” “I’m No Angel”) and several dynamic cover songs. The DVD will include two bonus tracks, as well as special interview segments.

In November, 2014, Allman received the “Living Legend” award from Classic Rock magazine, and recently was the guest of honor at the 67th annual BMI/NAB Dinner.  An active spokesman for the “Tune In to Hep-C” campaign, Allman has a full slate of shows scheduled for this summer, including a number of co-headlining dates with the Doobie Brothers. He is currently making plans for a new solo record.

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Gregg Allman Announces Summer 2015 Tour Dates

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GREGG ALLMAN ANNOUNCES SUMMER 2015 TOUR DATES

As he’s about to start his spring tour, Gregg Allman is announcing a slew of summer appearances. This extensive tour will take him from the Riverbend Festival in Chattanooga, TN, on June 12, all the way to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY, on September 4. The final leg of the tour will include shows with The Doobie Brothers. The full itinerary is below.

Allman is one of rock’s most acclaimed and beloved stars, possessing a distinctively soulful voice and singular songwriting ability that resonates through a musical career that spans nearly half a century. Gregg, along with the Allman Brothers Band, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame in 1995. At the 54th Annual Grammy Awards in 2012, the group was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. That same year, Allman’s critically acclaimed tell-all memoir, My Cross to Bear, spent several weeks as a New York Times Bestseller.

In 2011, Rounder Records released Allman’s first solo record in 14 years, the celebrated, Grammy nominated, T Bone Burnett-produced Low Country Blues. Earlier this year, Rounder put out the critically acclaimed All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs & Voice of Gregg Allman, the CD/DVD/Blu-Ray that captured a multi-generational assortment of musicians from the worlds of rock, blues and country joined together at Atlanta’s historic Fox Theatre for a once-in-a-lifetime all-star performance paying tribute to Allman’s life and music.

Allman’s touring band has been receiving raves from around the world, and features: guitarist Scott Sharrard, Peter Levin on keys, drummer Steve Potts, percussionist Marc Quinones, Ron Johnson on bass and horn players Jay Collins, Art Edmaiston and Marc Franklin

The complete Gregg Allman spring 2015 tour dates are below:

March
13 – Northfield, OH – Hard Rock Casino *
14 – Toledo, OH – Stranahan Theatre #
17 – Kalamazoo, MI – State Theatre %
19-20 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues %
21 – Florence, IN – Belterra Casino Resort *
24-25 – Milwaukee, WI – PotAwatomi Hotel & Casino *
27 – Minneapolis, MN – Pantages Theatre *
28 – Riverside, IA – Riverside Casino & Golf Resort *

April
18 – Live Oak, FL – Wanee Music Festival
24 – Los Angeles, CA – Roxy Theatre *
25 – Indio, CA – Stagecoach
28-29 – Agoura Hills, CA – The Canyon ^

May
1 – Tucson, AZ – Fox Tucson Theatre
2 – Scottsdale, AZ – Talking Stick Resort & Casino *
5 – San Antonio, TX – Tobin Center for the Performing Arts ^
6 – Stafford, TX – Stafford Performing Arts Center ^
8 – Grand Prairie, TX – Verizon Theatre ^
9 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Live ^
16 – Annapolis, MD – Chesapeake Blues Festival

* Evening With Shows
# SIMO to support
% Amanda Shires to support
^ Devon Allman Band to support

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The complete Gregg Allman summer 2015 tour dates are below:

June
12 – Chattanooga, TN – Riverbend Festival
20 – Laughlin, NV – Edgewater Casino Resort
23-24 – Aspen, CO – Belly Up
26 – Boise, ID – Idaho Botanical Garden
27 – Missoula, MT – Big Sky Brewery
29 – Spokane, WA – Fox Performing Arts Center
30 – Bend, OR – Athletic Club of Bend

July
2 – Portland, OR – Waterfront Blues Fest
3 – Woodinville, WA – Chateau Ste. Michele Winery
24 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
26 – Maidstone Kent, UK – Ramblin’ Man Fair
31 – Bridgeport, CT – Gathering of the Vibes

August
18 – Portland, ME – Maine State Pier
19 – Boston, MA – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion *
21 – Canandaigua, NY – CMAC *
22 – Gilford, NH – Bank of NH Pavilion @ Meadowbrook *
28 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center *
30 – Atlantic City, NJ – Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa *

September
1 – Cary, NC – Koka Booth Amphitheater *
4 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center *

* with The Doobie Brothers

For all the latest show information, please visit greggallman.com.

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