Gregg Allman - vocals
Hammond B-3 organ
Butch Trucks - drums & tympani
They're already legends, with a secure place in history and a plaque at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. But The Allman Brothers Band is also a vital contemporary phenomenon, as much a part of the present and future of music as any band can be.
In early 2003, the group released the critically lauded Hittin' The Note, their first new studio project in nine years (and 24th overall). Released March 18, 2003 on their own Peach label (via a new deal with Sanctuary), these 11 tracks prove the band's ability to adapt its classic sound to the energy and aesthetics of modern rock. The Allman Brothers Band underlined the success of Hittin? The Note (including a Grammy nomination for the track ?Instrumental Illness?) with a live DVD and CD recorded in New York during the group?s annual marathon of shows at the Beacon Theatre.
The Allman Brothers Band at the Beacon Theatre?just hearing the phrase conjures up images and sounds of well executed and passionately played live rock and roll. To capture the event for fans who might not necessarily been lucky enough to get into the 2894-seat venue, the group recorded the shows, and released the Live At The Beacon Theatre DVD in late ?03, and it was quickly certified gold. One Way Out, a live album from the same Beacon stand, is a March 23, ?04 release.
2003 also brought further accolades for the Allmans. The band was recognized by Rolling Stone for featuring four of the top 100 guitarists of all time: the late Duane Allman was cited as #2, while current guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks came in at #23 and #81, respectively. Known as one of rock?s best live acts, The Allman Brothers Band were one of only two artists whose live albums ranked in the top 50 of Rolling Stone?s recently published list of the ?500 Greatest Albums of All Time.? The Allman Brothers Band was honored for At Fillmore East (while James Brown was saluted for Live At The Apollo). An expanded version of At Fillmore East and the previously unavailable Atlanta International Pop Festival (the July 1970 concert that they both opened and closed) were released to critical and fan acclaim. The group was selected as the first artist to introduce the ?Instant Live? program, whereby fans were able to purchase CD copies of The Allman Brothers Band concert they just saw, immediately after the show. All six performances that were available immediately sold out.