8/7/17: The Allman Brothers “One Way Out”

Well, of course, this morning the music in my head had to be the Allman Brothers Band. I went to a concert last night out at Southern Village, featuring a really cool Allman Brothers tribute band called “Idlewild South.” Those guys were smokin’, and it brought back a lot of great memories connected to the music of Duane Allman, Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, and the rest of that inimitable Southern Rock band!

Idlewild South – made up of Don Eason, John Martin and the rest of the group – were really on their game, playing everything from “Melissa” to “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” all the way to “It’s Not My Cross to Bear” and a grand finale in the form of “Whipping Post.” There was a big crowd on the Village Green, and everybody there was having a good time – including David Joseph, the music-loving owner of The School of Rock in Chapel Hill!

Any more-than-casual fan of the Allman Brothers knows of their storied history, starting back in 1969 with the release of their self-titled debut album and legendary concert at Fillmore East, both of which really put them on the map. The band loved jamming live, rather than limiting themselves to just recording in the studio. When Duane, older Allman brother and one of the best slide guitar players to have ever lived, died in a tragic motorcycle accident in late ’71 and bassist Berry Oakley died in an eerily similar accident almost exactly a year later, it forever marked a great Southern band as a tragic story… not all that different from other Southern legends, Lynyrd Skynyrd. Gregg Allman, who played keys, sand, and wrote most of the songs, passed away earlier this year at the age of 69. He led a colorful life, making great music up to the very end. Besides, how many people can say they were married to Cher?

My favorite Allman Brothers tune has always been “One Way Out.” It’s one of the tunes they played at the Fillmore East, and there “ain’t but one way out / Lord, I just can’t go out that door / ‘cause there’s a man dowm there, might be your man, I don’t know!”

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