Feb 042011


Burlington, MA – Rounder Records is excited and proud to announce that Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame legend Gregg Allman’s Low Country Blues debuted at #5 on the Billboard Top 200 this week, selling just under 36,000 records. This is the highest chart position of Allman’s storied career. His debut solo record, 1973’s Laid Back, reached #13. Low Country Blues is Allman’s first solo record in 14 years and was produced by T Bone Burnett at his Village Recorder studio in Los Angeles. The album features Dr. John on piano, guitarist Doyle Bramhall II, and Burnett’s brilliant go-to rhythm section: bassist Dennis Crouch and drummer Jay Bellerose.

The media reaction to the exceptional Low Country Blues has been incredible. In its lead review, Rolling Stone raved: “It’s the shades of blue in Allman’s vocals, amplified by Burnett’s austere, consciously antique production, that make Low Country Blues an eerie pleasure with quietly persistent emotional conviction,” while USA Today hailed, “T Bone Burnett’s retro rustic production provide a sumptuous sound, but it’s Allman’s scarred croon that elevates Low Country.” In their feature, The Sunday New York Times noted that, “where the Allman Brothers is sprawling and expansive, this music is intimate, tightly focused, carefully arranged but never stiff,” while the Wall Street Journal concluded, “Mr. Allman has earned his stripes as a blues man.” Allman appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman and was featured in a lengthy segment on CBS Sunday Morning.

As a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band and in his own solo career, Allman has long been a gifted natural interpreter of the blues. His soulful and distinctive voice is one of the defining sounds in the history of American music. Low Country Blues finds him putting his own stamp on songs by some of the blues giants whose work has long informed his own, from Muddy Waters and BB King to Buddy Guy and Magic Sam.

Low Country Blues is Gregg Allman at his very best — a self-assured, spirited collection that will stand as a major milestone in what is undeniably an exceptional career.

 February 4, 2011  Posted by on February 4, 2011 Music News, Zew News