Sunday, February 20, 2011

Low Country Blues

Gregg Allman's new solo album is a force of nature. Other than songs from household names like Muddy Waters, BB King and Otis Rush, Low Country Blues consists mostly of lesser-known blues numbers. It is very similar in spirit to Eric Clapton's most recent record and in production to Elton John & Leon Russell's The Union, also produced by T-Bone Burnett. It features an outstanding backup band, including Dr. John on piano, Dennis Crouch on bass and Jay Bellerose on drums. Even the new song, Just Another Rider (written with Warren Haynes), fits in right at home with all this other stuff. Aside from the great arrangements, listen to this for Gregg's compelling voice. If you want a good 'ol, non-flashy blues record, you got it.