When the Allman Brothers recorded “One Way Out” for Eat a Peach, they kept the blues classic to a relatively tight four minutes and 58 seconds. But when Gregg Allman and his eight-piece touring band played the track at a Macon homecoming concert last year, Steve Petts’ drum solo lasted more than half of that alone. As the singer says in the liner notes of a new double-album documenting the show, “We were smokin’ that night.”
Gregg Allman Live: Back to Macon, GA (due August 7th), opens with “Statesboro Blues” and moves through a set list of Allman Brothers and solo songs, as well as covers like Muddy Waters’ “I Can’t Be Satisfied.” Above, watch Gregg and company bring down the house with that encore jam on “One Way Out,” searching its heavy groove for new turns and quirks.
The LP was recorded on January 14th, 2014 at Macon’s 1,000-seat Grand Opera House. The band included Potts, guitarist Scott Sharrard, bassist Ron Johnson and longtime Allman Brothers percussionist Marc Quiñones. Gregg’s son Devon Allman joins as a special guest.
“Macon has a very special place in my heart,” Gregg Allman tells Rolling Stone. “To go back there and play this show was heavy, and to be on stage there with Devon, made it even heavier. The whole thing made me very proud.”