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The Road-Weathered Allman Brothers Band Make Their Way Back Through The Northeast
In the ’70s, the Allman Brothers got branded with the Southern Rock iron — the arguably unfortunate subgenre of music they created — by a callous music industry indifferent to subtlety, even if their own music sounded nothing like the guitar-heavy truck-rock of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet, Black Oak Arkansas, Molly Hatchet, the Marshall Tucker Band and 38 Special. Maybe that was the cross to bear for being innovators, which is a strange thing to call a band who wore influences — British blues-based rock, San Francisco psychedelia, modal jazz from Miles Davis and John Coltrane, blues stylists B.B. King, Elmore James, and Muddy Waters, even western swing artists — outwardly, like elbow patches on cowboy shirts.
By Michael Hamad
August 20, 2013