Bruce Hornsby and Gregg Allman is an easy link to make when you look back at Bruce’s history. May 27 2017 saw the sad passing of Gregg Allman after a long illness, aged 69.
Gregg’s Allman Brothers band produced three tremendous albums before tragedy robbed them of Duane Allman, and later Berry Oakley, in motorcycle accidents soon afterwards.
Such was their influence on Bruce’ Hornsby’s music that his early band with his brother, Bobby Hi-Test and the Octane Kids, would regularly include Gregg and the Allman Brothers’ covers in their shows.
Years later. Bruce would occasionally play at Allman Brothers shows. He attended their 40th anniversary residency at the Beacon Theatre (below) and Gregg’s Laid Back Festival in New York in 2015.
Bruce makes an appearance on the half-hour mark in the clip below to play “Southbound”. That song featured on an incredibly tight Noisemakers set with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones (below bottom) in 2011. Gregg’s “Midnight Rider” was also played at a Noisemakers show in Asheville in 2013. The Windsor show can be purchased from BruceHornsbyLive.com.
In his memoir “My Cross to Bear”, Gregg said, “Music is my life’s blood. I love music, I love to play good music, and I love to play music for people who appreciate it. And when it’s all said and done, I’ll go to my grave and my brother will greet me, saying, ‘Nice work, little brother. You did all right.’ I must have said this a million times, but if I died today, I have had me a blast.”
Gregg Allman was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995. His final work, “Southern Blood”, is yet to be released.