BRIDGING THE DIVIDE

Gregg Allman’s blue-eyed soul abides and replicates

Surviving brother Gregg Allman starts off this year of his venerated blues band’s 40th anniversary with this pair of shows at a venue decidedly more intimate than that of the ABB’s perennial March runs. Alongside Eddie Hinton, Gene Clark, and Daryl Hall, the late, great Skydog’s babe bruh was the only white-skinned singer of his generation to understand truly the dynamics and complexities of the Africana voice and, most importantly, figure how to find his own place within our tradition spawned by the clash of Europa with the Sudan. This is the secret to his endurance in the fickle orbit of the rockbiz, and he’s mercifully passed the seed of this blessing to son Devon Allman, whose fine, digital blues–era St. Louis band, Honeytribe, opens the program. Let’s hope father and seed go far beyond trading licks. And look out for iconic low-end theorist Jerry Jemmott on the bandstand.
Jan. 2-3, 8 p.m., 2009
 
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