Gregg Allman confirms on his Facebook page that My Cross to Bear, his long-awaited autobiography with writer Alan Light, will arrive online and at booksellers on May 1. Light is a long-time critic and editor at Rolling Stone, VIBE and Spin.
Allman’s post describes the book as an “unflinching tale of his life on stage and off.” That, of course, includes a relationship with Cher, struggles with drugs and alcohol, the Allman Brothers Band’s meteoric rise to fame, and his sibling Duane’s tragic death in a motorcycle accident.
Here’s a look at our review of Gregg Allman’s standout 2011 blues release ‘Low Country Blues.’ Click through the title for more …
GREGG ALLMAN – LOW COUNTRY BLUES (2011): This record’s hat-tips to blues, R&B, gospel and jazz only underscore how each provided uniquely American spices in the Allman Brothers Band’s bubbling Southern-rock synthesis. Even so, it could have been recipe for a snoozy conversation piece if not for Allman — the archetypical risktaker. Check out the appropriately fidgety edge he adds to Muddy Waters’ “I Can’t Be Satisfied,” as Allman dirties up a Chess-era groove. Other highlights include a devastatingly frank update of Sleepy John Estes’ “Floating Bridge,” with a surging assist at the piano from Dr. John; Junior Wells’ “Little by Little,” transformed into something resembling a lost soul side from the 1950s; Skip James’ “Devil Got My Woman,” which again reveals the lively intellect of guitarist Doyle Bramhall II; and Amos Milburn’s hardy R&B classic “Tears, Tears, Tears,” where Allman — belying a series of serious health problems — howls with a shanty-shaking, soul-rending power. He’s still got it. Every bit of it.
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