Three Allman Brothers Battle for the Same Grammy Award
Amongst the dozens of Grammy Award nominations announced last night was the Best Blues Album category, in which three members of the Allman Brothers Band — Gregg Allman, Warren Haynes, and Derek Trucks — were all nominated for their most recent solo efforts.
Allman’s ‘Low Country Blues’ is the band founder’s first solo album in 14 years. The critically acclaimed project was produced by T. Bone Burnett and features the piano work of Dr. John amongst the list of guest musicians. Some reviews refer to it a career highlight.
Derek Trucks, son of Allman Brothers Band drummer Butch Trucks, released ‘Revelator’ with his wife Susan Tedeschi. The Tedeschi Trucks Band’s album combines Tedeschi’s smoky blues voice and Trucks’ supernatural slide guitar skills over memorable rock riffs and imaginative stories. Like Allman’s album, critics and fans are not surprised to find ‘Revelator’ amongst the nominees.
Trucks’ long-time guitar partner Hayes also could win for his recent album ‘Man in Motion.’ Already one of the most respected guitarists in rock and blues, Hayes proves himself to be a more than capable vocalist as well. The Gov’t Mule founder and guitar journeyman recorded this album live in studio to capture the spontaneous energy a band creates on stage.
Marcia Ball’s ‘Roadside Attractions’ and Keb Mo’s ‘The Reflection’ round out the category, but if we were them, we’d probably consider backing out and letting the Allman Brothers settle this themselves.
The 54th Annual Grammy Awards air on CBS at 8PM on Feb. 12.