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The Allman Brothers Band set to release "Hittin' the Note" March 18
Posted by: Lana on Wednesday, February 05, 2003 - 03:37 AM

The Allman Brothers Band has never stopped rockin', never been long off the road, never left an audience disappointed. What’s wrong with this picture is that this legendary group, whose catalog includes more than a few timeless, landmark albums, hadn't laid down any studio tracks in a long while.

All that changes on March 18, 2003, as their first new release in nine years hits the streets. Titled Hittin' the Note and unleashed (on the band's own Peach Records in partnership with Sanctuary Records), these 11 cuts are described by Gregg Allman as "the best album we've made since Eat a Peach.”

"There's a lot of power in this lineup," Allman insists. "The more we played, the more we realized how good we were sounding, so we figured we'd start writing some new songs and cutting them. We wound up surprising ourselves with how much great stuff we came up with. Hell, we've got enough left over to cut another record right now."

Reinvigorated by the return of Warren Haynes to share the band's famous harmonized lead guitar lines with Derek Trucks, the Brothers build Hittin' the Note around their established sound, with stinging hooks, soulful melodies, dollops of deep blues, and the rolling, layered grooves that have become their rhythmic signature.

Though enshrined in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with a legacy that stretches back to the birth of jamming rock bands, the Allman Brothers Band plays on Hittin' the Note with an urgency that's beyond the reach of most younger bands. It begins with the greasy lick that kicks off with the first cut "Firing Line," and grows through the heartache intensity of "Desdemona," the reflective delicacy of "Old Before My Time," the alternating blues feel and funky strut of the Freddy King cover "Woman Across the River," the sizzling roadhouse shuffle of "Maydell," and the breathtaking virtuosity on tracks that range from the intimate acoustic slide dialog of "Old Friend" to the trademark extended jam "Instrumental Illness," a burnin' twelve-minute marathon. There’s also an inspired blues version of the Rolling Stones’ “Heart of Stone,” which the Allman Brothers Band definitely put their stamp on. From the crisp production delivered by Haynes and Michael Barbiero (Gov't. Mule, Madonna, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ziggy Marley) to every element of performance, Hittin' the Note very well may stand near the top every critic's list, for this year and for the ages as well.

The seeds for this new album were planted in 2001, when Warren Haynes of Gov't. Mule and a former longtime member of the band, sat in during their annual extended Beacon Theater run in New York. With Dickey Betts’ departure, the rest of the group was anxious see how it felt to have Haynes back. "It was like a trial run," the guitarist recalls. "They even billed it as 'The Allman Brothers Band With Special Guest Warren Haynes.' I knew it was going to be good, but to tell you the truth I was overwhelmed. The band sounded amazing, and the vibe was better than it had been in a long, long time."

At the end of the Beacon engagement, Haynes accepted the invitation to come back on a permanent basis. His arrival signified the time was finally right to cut that new album they'd been putting off. "We'd been having some trouble in the band with personnel," Allman says. "These sorts of things don't inspire you to write new stuff, but when Warren came back the music just came spilling out. Songwriting with Warren made it really fun again."

With Hittin' the Note finished, the ABB is gearing up for the road, kicking off with the 13 “March Madness” shows at the Beacon (March 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21 22, 25, 26, 28, 29, and 30). As always, great songs from throughout their career will be featured on set lists (and will be filmed for a DVD release), but special attention will be paid as well to performing material from the new album, as well as a few choice surprises. These juxtapositions will document that the Allman Brothers Band is unique in American music--a band whose extraordinary past only enhances its power as a vital and contemporary act.

"We've never cut any corners or used any gimmicks," Allman muses. "We've always played good old honest blues/rock & roll/jazz fusion--that's Southern rock spelled right. And we've never let up. My grandfather told me a long time ago, 'Boy, you get out of it what you put into it'; we're still putting all we got into it now."

The Allman Brothers Band is Gregg Allman, vocals and keyboards; Jaimoe, drums; Butch Trucks, drums and tympani; Warren Haynes, vocals, lead and slide guitar; Derek Trucks, lead and slide guitar; Oteil Burbridge, bass and Marc Quinones, congas and percussion.

You can pre-order the CD at
Hittin' the Note
and have it shipped to you as soon as it comes out.



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Re: The Allman Brothers Band set to release "Hittin' the Note" March 18 (Score: 0)
by Anonymous on Feb 05, 2003 - 09:32 AM
Allman Brothers fans who have seen many shows have heard desdemonna, Freddy King's Sweet Woman Across the river & The untitiled instrumental, know that the current formation of the Brothers are stronger than ever. While its true that the Southern melodic style is really no longer there ( Dickey Betts) & Blue Sky as well as Seven Turns is missed. The newer influence with Warren and his more Bluesy style ( Gov't Mule ) make the Brothers a much harder rock and roll band than previously. Duane & Berry would be proud.!!!

The Allman Brothers are the greatest Rock & Roll band to ever exist.


Re: The Allman Brothers Band set to release "Hittin' the Note" March 18 (Score: 1)
by johntymon on Feb 05, 2003 - 01:24 PM

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i can't wait for this release,please tell me that it will be released on the same date over here in england too.i have thousands of hours of the allmans on tape/cd/video,which is not that easy to collect over here!lets have a few gigs over here too,12 years is a long time to wait to see the brothers again.please make the dvd region 0 too so everyone can see the magic of the allmans at the beacon theatre.march 18th won't come soon enough for this allmans fan-good luck to the brothers for all time!that includes dickey as well.

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by wsnttme2 (
on Feb 19, 2003 - 03:47 PM
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Imagine The Brothers cover Version of the Stones "Heart of Stone "

Re: The Allman Brothers Band set to release "Hittin' the Note" March 18 (Score: 1)
by greggreg on Feb 07, 2003 - 01:44 PM

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I don't want to get everybody going, but Dickey Betts has put out two cd's in the time it took Gregg Allman and Warren Haynes to put out one. Both of them contain quality music that Dickey's association with Gregg Allman and the rest of the Band had been restraining. I guess it is a sad thing that Gregg and Dickey could not get along. It is a sad thing for all of us. I recently watched one of their older dvds with two concerts on it. The first concert in Florida had them going through the motions. The second concert in the old Passaic Theater had the Band playing together. Gregg and Dickey shook hands at the end of a blistering set of music. Everyone who loves them is sad that they are not playing together now.

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by ALoveSupreme on Feb 08, 2003 - 12:41 PM

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I am not sad that Dickey is no longer with the band for one. Bands change and people move on.

Where is any mention of Who to Believe, Rockin Horse, or High Cost? Three of the best new songs aren't mentioned. Gregg says there are 11 songs, but here there are only 8. Anyway, I can't wait to get my copy. March 18 can't come soon enough.

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by EdwardZ on Feb 09, 2003 - 09:43 AM

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I can hard wait for the new CD, but I'm asking the same question ALoveSupreme is... Where is Who To Believe, High Cost, and Rockin' Horse? Surely the won't exclude all three of those tunes that they've been teasing us with on the road... What are the 11 songs??? Yes, I miss DB, but this lineup smokes! It would appear that he and the band have decided to get on with program. Hurry up March 18th!!!

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by wsnttme2 (
on Mar 06, 2003 - 10:33 AM
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You should know that Rocking Horse is recorded on Gov't Mule's album The Deep End Vol 2. I think that although the Brothers do it live. It is probably a Warren Song and is done by MULE. FYI SOULSHINE is also writen by Warren Haynes.

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by daleturner on Feb 09, 2003 - 01:08 PM

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no point being sad. it doesn't change a thing. maybe they both needed a shot in the arm and sometimes people have to be forced to make changes.

all the taking sides by the fans is meaningless. no-one knows what goes on inside a family except the members themselves. the rest of us don't have the right to comment unless we know all the facts and we'll never know what really went on. let's be happy there's two bands out there carrying on the tradition. all any of them owe us is great music. nothing more, nothing less.

hey, the posting about the Gathering of the Vibes mentions some cool "sittin' in" going on. who knows what might happen.

to all the brothers, keep on keeping on.

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by jimmy on Feb 08, 2003 - 05:16 PM

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With all due respect to dickey betts and his incredible career, you cannot compare dickey's last two albums to anything warren Haynes, Govt Mule, the ABB or Greg Allman has put out over the last few years. We haven't heard the new album yet but it's money in the bank that it will be much more of an "allman brothers band' type album. I wish dickey were still in the band too, but you really can't say his last two albums were..."Hittin the note". Also, since 1994 and the resurgence of the ABB, there is one man really responsible for that and his name is Warren Haynes. God bless the ABB, dickey and the band...

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by wsnttme2 (
on Feb 19, 2003 - 03:45 PM
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In response you should know that I had bought tickets to see Dickey Betts twice during the summer of 2002 only to have his concerts cancelled. If Dickey sobered up maybe the brillance of Blue Sky and In Memory of Elizabeth Reed, the genius of these tunes would live on with the Brothers. I agree the Brothers that are constituted today are missing the country feeling and is more a jazzy R & B style Like You Don't Love me or hits like Gov't Mule's Drivin Rain ( with David Hedfield of Metallica) is the direction of ABB. Directions that are old style such as Black Hearteed Woman or Check out Derek Trucks Band & Freddy Kings Sweet Woman Across the River on the new album then compare. I agree there is something missing when you go to a Brothers Show and Mountain Jam is played instead of Elizabeth Reed or A big empty hole. When Sven turns Should be played. There is hope however, Dickey Betts and the great Southern are playing on the same bill as The Brothers on March 1 at the House of Blues Orlando.

Keep the faith. ( Soulshine is better than sunshine , better than moonshine and damn sure better than rain)


P. S. "People Can you feel it love is in the Air" ( Dickey Betts)

Re: The Allman Brothers Band set to release "Hittin' the Note" March 18 (Score: 1)
by JimmyDoc (
on Feb 20, 2003 - 11:03 AM
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The anticipation waiting for this new album mounts every day. Based upon the fact that The Allmans dont really cover a song, instead, enhance blues tunes to unheard levels, one could look most forward to, Heart Of Stone. For some fans, hearing several of these new tracks live last summer built the foundation of curiosity and intrigue. Adding to this is listening to what Otiel, Derek, and Gregg accomplished with Govt Mule on, Way Down With The Blues. That song, on Govt Mules The Deep End Vol. 1, evokes thoughts of moving mountains. What Fascinates is that Greggs voice improves with age, and this augments with the fresh enthusiastic punch of Dereks guitar. Another observance that leads to the support for, Hittin The Note, is the proximity of the band-mates on stage in 2002 compared to 2001. This line-up has fused into a unit. And one final argument my friends, Warrens songwriter abilities are standing atop the precipice of todays best. Add these components to the long history of Jaimoe, Butch and Marcs percussion work, the absurd talent of the string players, Mr. Allman and his B-3, and one foresees nothing short of thunder from the sky. This fan plans to lock the doors, sit with drinking buddies, and blast this master-piece to neighbor-screeching-cop-calling-decibels.

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by wsnttme2 (
on Mar 06, 2003 - 10:41 AM
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I agree Roger Glover joins Warren on Vol 1 and the classic metal Deep Purple hit Maybe Im a Leo , even though is exactly the same arrangement still has that quality that changes it and makes the song better than the original.

: " She smoked Red Lebaneese in her dirty room with a silver coke spoon brings me to my knees 30 days in the Hole" Humble Pie

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by dansoxfan (
on Feb 23, 2003 - 10:01 PM
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I can't wait for Hittin' the Note to come out. It has been far too long since we've had something new from the Brothers. Although Dickey's absence continues to hurt, the current configuration of the Band continues to amaze. Between the new album and the Beacon, March can't arrive soon enough!

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on Mar 06, 2003 - 10:35 AM
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