“I woke up this morning, had them Statesboro blues…”
And not just any blues time, but Duane Allman blues time. The late guitarist plays some of baddest slide blues guitar I ever heard on this live track from the Fillmore East.
[For the record, I used to go to the Fillmore East on Manhattan’s lower east side, and man, I still can’t believe what I heard there…one night–I must have been around 15 or 16—the Allman Brothers opened for the Grateful Dead.]
Anyway, Duane’s slide grabs you from the opening, but lately I’ve been focusing on the little licks he plays behind his brother Greg’s vocals. Incredibly sly and creative. Check out the lick he plays behind Greg when he sings “Love that woman!” at minute 3:34 and tell me if that doesn’t rock your world.
(On the road today and not sure how connected I’ll be, so maintain your plane until we meet again.)