Blues rocker Greg Allman picks music over money
By ED CONDRAN • CORRESPONDENT • January 7, 2011
When Gregg Allman was in his late 50s, the vocalist-keyboardist said he was going to take it easy and spend most of his time in his new home in picturesque Savannah, Ga. "That's what I wanted to do,'' Allman said. ""And that's what I've done. It's beautiful down here. I think I've earned the right.''
Well, many recording artists say they're going to slow down or just retire altogether, but when a lucrative offers comes up, they can't help but take the money and tour.
"But you don't have to do it that way,'' Allman said. "I've toured enough. I'm going to be picking my spots.''
Allman, 63, is picking his spots throughout New Jersey this month, performing shows in Morristown, Englewood and Red Bank (see main story). After that, he will resume his annual residency with the Allman Brothers at the Beacon Theater in New York City for eight dates in March.
"We love going back and playing those shows in New York,'' Allman said. "That's a highlight. We have a tremendous time together. I enjoy that very much and I like going out (solo) as well.''
When Allman plays his Jersey shows this month, he will be flanked by a bunch of talented pals, including vocalist Floyd Miles, guitarist Scott Sharrard bassist Jerry Jemmott, keyboardist Bruce Katz, saxophonist Jay Collins and drummer Steve Potts. Expect the Southern rock icon to deliver the hits as well as the deep album cuts. He'll also be playing songs from his
latest CD, "Low Country Blues.''
"It's fun to play the songs I've done for all of these years,'' Allman said. "The only thing is that I can't play everything, because I've been doing this for so long. I've been very fortunate (to have such a deep canon). I've recorded so many songs and done so many shows. It's been great. I have no regrets.''
It would be a perfect world for Allman if the fans could travel to his Georgia home as opposed to him hitting the road.
"If the fans could come down South to see me that would be great,'' Allman said. ""But I know that's not going to happen. But it's worth going out even with the hassles because I love to perform. It's not about the money. I got ripped off so much when we (the Allman Brothers) were starting out. If it was about the money, I would have quit this a long time ago but this is about the music for me. It's something that I'm still passionate about it. It's just that I'm not a young man anymore. I'm just not up for the road full-time. I did that already but I am up for playing the songs. That's always fun.''
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