The life and musical works of Gregg Allman just got more honored. The Allman Brothers Band, Jackson Browne, Natalie Cole and more are set to pay tribute to 65-year-old rock icon at a special concert next year.
Other newly-announced performers include John Hiatt and Don Was, all of whom will well and truly take over the Fox Theater in Atlanta. “All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs & Voice of Gregg Allman” will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, January 10th 2014.
Super-producer Don Was is fulfilling musical direction duties for the concert, which will also include performances from Trace Adkins, Eric Church, Brantley Gilbert, Taj Mahal, Keb’ Mo’, Martina McBride, Pat Monahan of Train, Sam Moore, Robert Randolph, Susan Tedeschi, Widespread Panic and Allman Brothers mainstays Warren Haynes, Jaimoe and Derek Trucks.
More artists are expected to be announced between this very second right now and the one just before 7:30pm on January 10th.
It would, frankly, be a massive understatement to say that Gregg Allman himself had had a mildly busy couple of years. Highlights include Allman receiving a Lifetime Achievement Grammy for his work with the Allman Brothers Band, the group he co-founded in 1969 alongside his late brother Duane. He then revealed he’d gotten engaged to a 24-year-old named Shannon and released his memoir, “My Cross to Bear”, after which he played a couple of shows at New York’s Beacon Theater. Then, it was revealed that Allman has sold the film rights to “My Cross to Bear” to serve as the basis of a biopic by the filmmakers of the recent “CBGB” movie.
One of the filmmakers for the biopic had this to say of the memoir:
“We knew it was a great story but didn’t know how great it was until we read the book. That journey, and coming out the other side, is not the normal falling-into-hell story that rock & roll often is.”
Jimmy Buffett says his concerts this year are part of the Songs From St. Somewhere Tour, but so far the “tour” has seemed more like a few scattered one-off dates around the country. But it looks like news for Parrotheads could be picking up, as the man in the Tommy Bahama shirt has added three concerts during the past couple days.
The first will take place at the newly opened Tower Amphitheater in Austin, Texas on May 2, followed closely by a May 4 date at the FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco, Texas just outside of Dallas. Both concerts will feature special guest opener Jackson Browne.
A little over a month later, Buffett will appear with his Coral Reefers Band at Farm Bureau Live in Virginia Beach, Virginia, though it is unclear if Browne will join him for that show, as well. No word yet on if or when more dates will be added to Buffett’s tour schedule.
At the Texas shows, both Buffett and Browne will perform sets with their respective full bands. This is notable as both have been performing quite a few acoustic shows of late.
“I promise this will be a very special evening for all music fans and will go down as one of the most memorable concerts in Austin’s rich music history,” said Bob Roux, president of Live Nation/North American Concerts, in a statement/hyperbole about the Austin show.
The name of the tour comes from the tentative title of Buffett’s upcoming record Songs from St. Somewhere, which a press release says the artist will be heading to a studio to record “soon.” Assuming the album is made up of all new songs, it will be Buffett’s first original studio album since 2009’s Buffet Hotel. However, last year he released Welcome to Fin City, a live album recorded at two Las Vegas concerts.
Jackson Browne has been touring quite a bit recently, and it looks like he doesn’t plan to slow down in 2013 as he announced an acoustic tour of the West Coast.
The nearly month-long tour leg will kick off January 19 at the Keller Auditorium in Portland, Oregon, and the singer will stay on the road until February 16 when he plays the Silver Legacy Casino in Reno, Nevada. In between, Browne will visit Seattle, San Diego, San Francisco, Phoenix and Las Vegas, among other cities.
“Playing guitar and piano, and collaborating with musicians on stage, Jackson will perform songs from his entire body of work, with varying set lists each night,” read the press release describing the show.
Browne is just about to finish up his current fall acoustic tour, which featured special guest Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek. No opener has yet been announced for the new tour.
Browne hasn’t released a studio album since 2008’s Time the Conqueror. The album peaked at number 20 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, which was his first album to break the top 20 since 1983’s Lawyers in Love.
That same year, he released Solo Acoustic, Vol. 2, which featured live version of Browne’s song taken from a different acoustic tour. The album was a follow-up to 2005’s Solo Acoustic, Vol. 1.
Browne released his first album in 1972, which featured the enduring hit “Doctor My Eyes.” Though the album is technically self-titled, it is often referred to as “Saturate Before Using,” as those words appear on the cover.
His best-selling album was 1977’s Running On Empty, which was recorded live while the band was on tour. Some songs were recorded onstage, while others were recorded on the tour bus and in hotel rooms. However, Browne had not previously recorded the songs in a studio.
Jackson Browne’s previously scheduled summer acoustic tour hasn’t even begun yet, but he’s already announced more dates for the fall.
The previously announced dates run from July 14 in Charlotte to August 15 in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, and the new dates will begin October 15 at the Creative Arts Center in Morgantown, W. Va. The tour, which will also feature just Browne and an acoustic guitar, is scheduled to run through November 15 when the singer arrives at the Pikes Peak Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. In between, the new dates include stops in Newport News, Va.; South Bend, Ind.; Chicago; Duluth, Minn.; Grand Prairie, Texas; Wichita, Kan. and Denver.
As with the already announced dates, Browne will be bringing along Sara Watkins as the special guest and opener for the tour. Watkins is a founding member of the country group Nickel Creek, and Browne is excited to have her on the road with him.
“I’m really excited to have Sara joining me on this tour,” Browne said in a statement. “We’ve played together a number of times in the last few years, sometimes on her show and sometimes mine, and it’s always been a thrill for me. I’m floored by her amazing instrumental virtuosity and by her beautiful voice, and most of all, I love her songs.”
Browne has said that he will draw from his entire catalog for the upcoming tour, from 1972’s self-titled debut to Time the Conqueror, which was released in 2008. In all, Browne has released 13 studio albums throughout his career.
In other Browne news, it was recently announced that he will collaborate with indie-rock band The Flaming Lips as they attempt to set a Guinness World Record for most concerts performed in multiple cities in a single day. They will have to play more than seven show in the day to break the record Jay-Z set back in 2006.
Organizers of the Newport Folk Festival announced the lineup for this year’s event at a party near Boston last night, and My Morning Jacket and Jackson Browne will headline.
The two-day festival will take place on Saturday, July 28 and Sunday July 29 at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, R.I. Like all recent years, the festival features an eclectic mix of contemporary artists and established musical legends. Other notable acts include Iron & Wine, Conor Oberst, Patty Griffin, Spider John Koerner, The Tallest Man on Earth, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and The Head & the Heart, among many others.
Festival producer Jay Sweet issued a statement about the lineup announcement.
“There’s nothing better than knowing that there are thousands of people who love the Newport Folk Festival as much as we do and they want to see it live for years to come,” he said. “Our Folk Family proved it last year and they are proving it again as we listen to and read the many wonderful comments from people who have already planned to attend the festival even before this announcement. We are extremely humbled to have the support of the fans and the artists who help make Newport the best place in the world fro our annual Newport Folk Festival Family Reunion.”
The legendary festival was first held in 1959, and is a companion event with the Newport Jazz Festival, which is held at the same park usually in the same month as the folk festival. While at its beginning the festival only welcomed acoustic musicians, a shift came with Bob Dylan’s infamous electric set in 1965. Though many boos were heard and many of the old guard of folk music were upset with the performanceå, the festival now welcomes many folk-rock acts with electric instrumentation.
Songwriter-singer Jackson Browne’s Solo Acoustic Tour of 2011 has been extended. An additional series of dates for the U.S. this fall have been added, starting in Interlochen, MI on September 23. For much of October the outing will travel across the east coast and then continue to Northern California, wrapping up in Hanford, CA at Fox Theatre on November 12. Tickets are going on sale starting on June 10. Visit JacksonBrowne.com for pre-sale information. Details about special benefit seating can be found at guacfund.org.
The 2011 Jackson Browne Solo Acoustic Tour started in February. Browne plays piano and guitar and performs songs that span the entire musical catalog of his career, with set lists that vary each evening. Jackson brings many guitars out with him on the road. This time he will be taking the newly released Jackson Browne Gibson Signature acoustic guitar with him. The guitar is handmade and inspired by the legendary 1930′s Gibson Roy Smeck model. It’s the first guitar bearing Jackson Browne’s name.
The solo performances of Browne’s have been captured with two lives albums: 2005′s “Jackson Browne- Solo Acoustic, Vol. 1,” which was nominated for a Grammy, and 2008′s “Jackson Browne- Solo Acoustic, Vol. 2”. Both sets were released by Inside Recordings. Anthony DeCurtis in his four star Rolling Stone review of Volume 2 wrote Browne, between songs, speaks of his music and life with candor that is moving. Browne’s at this best here. He engages his audience, the world surrounding him and his own experiences, all in songs which won’t be losing their resonance for a very long time.
Jackson Browne is ready to embark on a 34-city tour across the US with cohort David Lindley. The adventure will set sail July 18 in Rancho Mirage, California and run through September 24 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A full outline of Jackson Browne tour dates are fleshed out below.
Browne’s last studio effort was 2008s “Time the Conquerer,” and he used most of last year touring in support of it. He’ll be joined on the road by his backing band comprised of Kevin McCormick (bass), Mauricio Lewak (drum), Mark Goldenberg (guitar) and Jeff Young (keyboard, vocals). Browne’s partner in crime on this trek is David Lindley, a 70s sideman who worked with Warren Zevon, Jackson Browne and Crosby & Nash back in the glory days. He made a name for himself when he broke through in the early 80s with the album “El-Rayo-X.” He’s currently supporting his latest effort “Mercury Blues.” Jackson Browne and David Lindley will be releasing a two-disk live set gathering performances from the duos 2006 tour. Look for it in stores on May 11.
2010 Jackson Browne Concert Tour
18 – Rancho Mirage, CA – Agua Caliente Casino
20 – Las Vegas, NV – The Joint
21 – San Diego, CA – Humphrey’s
23 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre
24 – Berkeley, CA – Greek Theatre
27 – Eugene, OR – Cuthbert Amphitheater
30 – Woodinville, WA – Chateau Ste Michelle
31 – Goldendale, WA – Maryhill Winery
2 – Boise, ID – Idaho Botanical Gardens
3 – Bozeman, MT – Theater at The Brick
5 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
7 – Sioux City, IA – Orpheum Theatre
8 – Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre
10 – St. Louis, MO – Fox Theatre
11 – Tulsa, OK – Brady Theater
13 – Grand Prairie, TX – Nokia Theatre
15 – Atlanta, GA – Chastain Park Amphitheater
24 – Baltimore, MD – Pier Six Concert Pavilion
25 – Portsmouth, VA – nTELOS Pavilion
27 – Wallingford, CT – Toyota Presents the Oakdale Theatre
28 – Boston, MA – Bank of America Pavilion
30 – Buffalo, NY – Shea’s Performing Arts Center
1 – Scranton, PA – Toyota Pavilion
2 – West Long Branch, NJ – MAC Center – Monmouth University
4, 5 – Atlantic City, NJ – Borgata Spa & Resort Event Center
7 – Albany, NY – Palace Theatre
9 – Hershey, PA – Star Pavilion at Hersheypark Stadium
11 – Upper Darby, PA – Tower Theatre
12 – Vienna, VA – Wolf Trap at The Filene Center
14 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre
18 – Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre
19 – Cleveland, OH – Time Warner Cable Amphitheater at Tower City
21 – Indianapolis, IN – The Lawn at White River State Park
23 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre
24 – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theatre