The Allman Brothers Band and Widespread Panic are out on tour together, ripping it up wherever they go. Sadly, they’re coming nowhere near the West Coast, so I guess I’ll just have to hear about it (live recordings are available after each performance) and read about it in the local newspapers.
For instance, Jeff Spevak of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle was at the bands’ Saturday night show at Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center in Canadaigua, New York and he notes the festival atmosphere that’s almost always present when the generous men of ABB take the stage.
The Allman Brothers continue to evolve. Saturday’s dial-a-jam saw them bring every member of the opening band, Widespread Panic, onstage at one point or another for jam sessions. And Rochester’s pedal-steel guitar star, Chuck Campbell of the Campbell Brothers, added that sacred-steel gospel to the night on “Soul Serenade,” and then again on the encore, Campbell getting high-fives and hugs from the band for his wailing solo on “Southbound.” It was midnight before all possibilities had been exhausted.