Gregg Allman

When concertgoers see an Allman Brothers Band show, they expect — and usually get — an epic experience, as the powerhouse group belts out staple after staple like "Whipping Post," "Statesboro Blues" and "One Way Out." But for decades, Brother Gregg has also slipped in looser, lower-key, solo tours. They not only reduce the pressure of expectation, but allow him to tinker with the arrangements of ABB material as well as delve deeper into his solo catalogue's records like Laid Back and I'm No Angel. Recently, Allman teamed with Willie Nelson and Dave Matthews at Farm Aid for a version of the classic rock chestnut "Melissa" that many reviewers pegged as a show highlight. Allman's 14-date tour brings him to Meridian with a six-piece band, affording fans arguably the most intimate venue they'll ever get a chance to see him in outside of their backyard, but with more room for motorcycle parking.

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Bob Ruggiero has been writing about music, books, visual arts and entertainment for the Houston Press since 1997, with an emphasis on classic rock. He used to have an incredible and luxurious mullet in college as well. He is the author of the band biography Slippin’ Out of Darkness: The Story of WAR.
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