I won't give this CD a great review because I look like a young Gregg Allman, I will give this CD a great review because Gregg Allman has given us a phenomenal blues disc. After 14 years since his last solo release, I can say it was worth the wait. There might only be one original song on "Low Country Blues", but Gregg Allman is in great form. His voice is strong, something one may not expect after years of excess, Hepatitis C and checking in at 63 years of age.
Backed by a band comprised of Doyle Bramhall II on guitar, upright bassist Dennis Crouch and drummer Jay Bellerose, horns arranged by trumpeter Darrell Leonard, and Mac “Dr. John” Rebennack on piano, Allman tackles 10 blues tracks from a forgotten record collection. The eleventh track is co-written with guitarist Warren Haynes and titled "Just Another Rider." This track could easily fit on the next Allman Brothers disc, but it fits perfectly with the blues tracks featured here.
Allman isn't just going through the motions of doing a cover CD, but taking his time and adding his own emotion and style to create great music. Gregg Allman himself says this is among the best CD's he has ever recorded. I enjoy the entire disc, but some of my personal favorites include, "Floating Bridge," originally done by Sleepy John Estes, "I Believe I'll Go Back Home," by John Lee Hooker, and "Little by Little," by Skip James.
With his trusty his trusty Hammond B-3 the veteran singer gets a perfect 10 from me on "Low Country Blues." This disc needs to be in the collection of not just Allman fans, but music fans around the world.
1. Floating Bridge (Sleepy John Estes)
2. Little By Little (Junior Wells)
3. Devil Got My Woman (Skip James)
4. I Can’t Be Satisfied (Muddy Waters)
5. Blind Man (Bobby Bland)
6. Just Another Rider (Gregg Allman & Warren Haynes)
7. Please Accept My Love (BB King)
8. I Believe I’ll Go Back Home (Traditional)
9. Tears Tears Tears (Amos Milburn)
10. My Love is Your Love (Samuel Maghett)
11. Checking On My Baby (Otis Rush)
12. Rolling Stone (Traditional)