- Published on Sunday, 08 July 2012 20:24
- Written by Super User
Kure Beach, NC – The air is crisp, the nights are cool and the sky is blue – Welcome to Pleasure Island in the fall. And there is no better way to bring in Autumn than to attend the 19th Annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival on October 13th & 14th. This years’ Festival brings 1995 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Blues Icon, the legendary GREGG ALLMAN to Pleasure Island. In addition, there wil be fourteen other blues and jazz groups on two stages over the two day festival brought to you by Bryant Real Estate and the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce at the Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area.
GREGG ALLMAN will arrive on Pleasure Island in support of his seventh solo album, his first in 13 years, Low Country Blues. As a founding member of the one and only Allman Brothers Band and in his own storied solo career, Allman has long been a gifted natural interpreter of the blues, his soulful and distinctive voice one of the defining sounds in the history of American music. Produced by T Bone Burnett, Low Country Blues finds Allman putting his own stamp on songs by some of the blues giants whose work has long informed his own, from Muddy Waters and BB King to Buddy Guy and Magic Sam. Named for the coastal Georgia region Allman calls home, Low Country Blues stands as a high water mark in an already remarkable body of work, rich with passion, verve, and the unerring confidence of a true survivor.
Though Allman has been a constant presence on the road over the past decade, with the Allman Brothers Band as well as his own group, he has spent precious little time in the studio since the 2002 death of producer Tom Dowd – the man behind the glass for much of his recorded career. So when his manager suggested he veer off from a 2009 tour for a Memphis meeting with the multiple Grammy Award-winning Burnett, Allman admits to being not entirely enthused. However, the two musicians quickly bonded, chatting about favorite records, mutual friends, and reminiscences of Nashville’s renowned clear channel station, WLAC, which introduced rhythm & blues music to a generation of late night listeners from New York to Miami. Burnett selected 20 blues songs – some obscure, some classic – and asked Gregg to “think about getting’ in there and about bring’ em up to today.” With an incredible assembly of support musicians, Burnett was determined to push Allman out of his comfort zone, encouraging spontaneity and soul above all else. Indeed, Allman’s instantly identifiable voice remains a wonder, wringing nuance and history from every lyric.
Like any genuine bluesman, Allman’s own life has been colored by myriad triumphs and too many tragedies. Low Country Blues was initially slated for a mid-2010 release, but that plan changed when Gregg, was notified that he was a candidate for a liver transplant. In June 2010, Gregg successfully underwent the difficult surgery. Knowing that he had just made one of the defining albums of his recorded career proved to be the best medicine, giving Allman the inner strength he needed to fully heal.
An inveterate road warrior, Allman is understandably itching to return to the endless highway. Allman is justifiably proud of Low Country Blues and is eager to get out there to bring these songs to his countless fans. Simply put, GREGG ALLMAN is at his very best these days, a self-assured, spirited performer, whose current work will stand as a major milestone in what is undeniably an exceptional career. “Places you been, things that you done/Somehow you’re still on the run,” Allman sings on “Just Another Rider.” Long may he run.
In support of the outstanding talent offered up by GREGG ALLMAN, the Festival will also offer other national recording acts and regional artists that will be announced shortly. The Food selection, as always, will be outstanding as well. The amazing FREE Kidzone will be back with magicians, juggling acts, face painting, educational exhibits and inflatables and much more! You can also get a little shopping in at the many and varied vendors as well as having a glass of wine or a bottle of beer. Tickets are just $40.00 in advance for a two-day pass or can be purchased at the door for $50.00 for Saturday (Gregg Allman plays Saturday night) and $15.00 for Sunday. Kids 12 and under are free. We ask that you do not bring coolers or pets, but bring your chairs, towels and blankets for a Pleasure Island style weekend. See you there!