Allman Brothers Band Manager Says There’s More Music To Be Released

first_imgThe music of the Allman Brothers Band has proven itself timeless, as recordings from nearly 50 years ago continue to circulate radio stations, television programs, vinyl record players, and our own at-home devices on a regular basis. And while the passing of founding member, lyricist, vocalist, and organist Gregg Allman seals the end of the live performance era, it’s certainly not the last fans will hear from the Midnight Rider and the Band that paved the way for southern rock and blues.Gregg Allman was recently in the studio with Don Was, promising an album of new material expected to come out this fall, “likely in September, with more details on that soon,” according to Billboard. According to longtime Allman Brothers Band manager Bert Holman, there’s also a great deal of Allman Brothers Band archives that have yet to be released via the band’s own label and RED distribution.“We’ll keep putting things out as long as there’s an appetite for it,” Holman tells Billboard. “There’s a great deal of material [left], and still a lot of interest in hearing these things, we think. We’re working on other stuff right now in the creative pipeline.”The band’s most recent release was The Fox Box, a three-night run at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre from September of 2004. According to Billboard, “A number of other releases are in motion, including the individual digital release of six 2003 shows from the Instant Live series, as well as a ‘best of 2003’ four-disc set that Holman says will ‘cull the best songs and put together a mega-concert in terms of sequencing.’ Also on the near-term docket is a package featuring multiple shows by the original Allmans lineup at the Fillmore West in San Francisco.”Holman also reveals that the Allman Brothers’ legendary July 19, 2005 concert at the Warner Theatre in Earie, Pennsylvania is under strong consideration for release – a show that is greatly appreciated by ABB fans as one of the best the band has ever played, under a similar scope of the Grateful Dead’s 1977 Cornell University show. He also says that a “ferocious” small show from Fresno, California is also a potential release. The band’s manager is also working to release the Allman Brothers Band’s final concert from October 28, 2014 at the Beacon Theatre in New York in physical form. A release that features guitarist Jack Pearson (1997-1999) is also in the works.The archival decisions are made by a committee that features veteran music industry executive Bill Levenson, Warren Haynes, who Holman describes as having “an encyclopedic mind about shows, certain song performances,” among other brilliant minds and historians of the Allman Brothers Band legacy.While the group’s musical collection will continue to grow, so will its museum in Macon, Georgia. The Big House is the current home to all Allman Brothers Band memorabilia, from instruments, clothing, and show merchandise, to the very walls that inspired songs like  “Blue Sky.” The museum has expanded so much over the last few years, that they were able to acquire the neighboring house to utilize as the headquarters and open the museum’s third floor as exhibition space.“More stuff keeps showing up, a lot of memorabilia and other stuff,” Holman tells Billboard. “They recently found one of [drummer] Jaimoe‘s conga cases from the back of the Fillmore album in a building in downtown Macon where the old Macon Recording Studios were. Who knows how it ended up there. So that’s in the museum. And as the audience is aging, people are loaning and donating all kinds of stuff to us. Every time somebody comes to the museum they’re like, ‘I have a button you don’t have. I have a poster you don’t have.’ Well, we’d love a picture of it, and if you’d like to donate it, all the better.”Holman also comments on the passing of Gregg Allman, saying “During the last months of his illness he really wanted privacy. He had been deteriorating for a while; He just kept it private. He didn’t want people calling, didn’t want to see stuff on TV. He wanted dignity, and fortunately he was able to do that. I think it’s great he died peacefully at home rather than hooked up in a hospital room with tubes, listening to that high-pitched beep, beep, beep.”The closing sentiments from Bert Holman reveal that the rock legend perhaps could have avoided further health issues, but that his main concern was always to play music. “He maybe came back too soon, by his own admission, but Gregg lived for the music. That’s the only thing he really loved. Playing in his bedroom is not what he means by playing; He wants to play with a band and in front of an audience. He just loved to play, so of course that’s what he would do.” You can read the full story here.Funeral arrangements have been made for this Saturday in Macon, Georgia at Snow’s Memorial Chap. It will be very small and intimate, with a “no suit” rule, as per Allman’s request. According to the Macon telegraph, fans who would like to pay their respects are asked to create a mile-long motorcade route between the funeral home and Rose Hill Cemetery, where he will be buried alongside his brothers Duane Allman and Berry Oakley. It is in this cemetery where songs like “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” and “Little Martha” were written, and much of the band’s early history was spent.Rest In Peace, Gregg Allman.[photo by Phierce Photo]last_img read more

April 15, 2004 Letters

first_img Unprofessional Advertising I enjoy the Florida Bar News and learning what is going on in my profession around the state. Furthermore, the News and Journal strive to preach ethics, which is the most fundamental topic for any lawyer practicing today.However, recently I was severely dismayed by a recent advertisement that was distributed by the News. The advertisement was for a book entitled, “Guerrilla Discovery.” I was glad to see that it was not written by a member of this Bar. What was so shocking about this advertisement is that it encourages guerrilla tactics and, specifically, recommends tactics that are contrary to this state’s rules of professionalism. It specifically encourages drafting interrogatories that, “cannot be answered by the enemy.” It talks of responding to requests for admission in such a way as to, “hand the enemy a grenade, but make sure it explodes in his hand if he tries to use it.” It also tips on how to otherwise rely on irrelevant objections and abuse the discovery process.The purpose of the Bar is to advocate professionalism, not merely as an ideal, but as the only appropriate standard. allowing such advertisements, the Bar is implicitly encouraging or otherwise indicating that these tactics are okay. Since when are other attorneys or their clients enemies? This type of practice is unprofessional, irresponsible, and should in no way be encouraged.While I am not one to normally complain or inhibit anyone’s free speech, I hold my Bar to a high standard to not sanction such hypocrisy. I am sure this was an editing oversight, but such advertisements should be screened, not to freeze commercial speech, but to avoid the promotion of that which does not advance the competency and public responsibility of lawyers. John M. Phillips JacksonvilleBedell Mock Trial April 15, 2004 Letters April 15, 2004 Regular News As a Middle District assistant U.S. attorney, I had the pleasure of Chester Bedell being an advisor. [Re: Chester Bedell Annual Mock Trial competition March1 News. ] He handled a lot of tax evasion cases. He used to bounce me off the wall as if I were a ball in a four-wall handball court. The man could ask the same question for over two hours and not be repetitious or create a valid objectionable situation.A long time ago, the federal courts did not permit discovery in criminal cases. In fact the U.S. Supreme Court specifically stated the defendant could not get an IRS special agent report, his file, or his summaries. This did not deter Bedell. He would uniformly cite a district court case from some small district in Tennessee, and the judges in Jacksonville would tell me to give Bedell what he wanted. This was ordered irrespective of the U.S. Supreme Court case and five circuit appellate cases cited to the court.One morning I was reading the slip opinions and found a Fifth Circuit case written by my district judge sitting by invitation on the Fifth Circuit. I was before this judge on Bedell’s discovery motions that same morning. This decision cited the Supreme Court case and the Fifth Circuit cases I had repeatedly cited to the court and denied discovery in a tax evasion case to the defendant.You could just imagine the size of the smile on my face when the clerk called my case for hearing. I started my argument by using a deep Southern accent similar to that of Bedell and mimicked his usual statement, “Your honor, I’ve researched this matter” and in the case of U.S. v. Blah the Fifth Circuit found the defendant was not entitled to the discovery. First the federal judge opened his eyes a little. He was about to hold me in contempt for mimicking Bedell. I told the judge “I have a copy of the slip opinion for Mr. Bedell and for your Honor.”When the judge saw the opinion he began to realize he was the author of the opinion when he was invited to hear some Fifth Circuit cases. He asked Bedell if he was familiar with the decision and Bedell replied he was not. The court announced a 10-minute recess so that Mr. Bedell could read the decision.After the court reconvened, the judge asked Bedell what he had to say. Bedell told the judge that in all due deferences to the author of the opinion, that the author was wrong and cited his famous Eastern District of Tennessee case. The judge didn’t even give me an opportunity to respond. He ruled for Bedell and told me to give him what he wanted.I left the courtroom in amazement and felt not only had Bedell hit the ball in the handball court, but he killed the ball in a corner shot. He convinced the author to rule against himself.Ultimately, discovery in federal criminal cases was changed, and Bedell was proved correct.Bedell was a Southern straw hat, criminal lawyer, who would not address an assistant U.S. attorney by name or even as being the government attorney. He always addressed me as Mr. Assistant. The man was brilliant and taught me a lot. I believe The Florida Bar annual competition, in his name, is well deserved. Samuel S. Forman North Bay Villagelast_img read more

LeBron James speaks out on Breonna Taylor and his frustrations with racial equity in America

first_img Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers That activism is ongoing. On Friday, More Than A Vote announced an initiative to raise $100,000 for the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, which will go toward paying the outstanding fines and fees of people convicted of felonies which are preventing them from voting. In 2018, Florida passed an amendment in its general election to allow people with felony convictions the right to vote, and MTAV has targeted aid to help affected people exercise that right. James’ Miami Heat teammate Udonis Haslem has been one of the regional leaders for MTAV on the issue.As teammate Anthony Davis said Thursday night: “When he speaks the whole world listens.”But James has also been troubled by many developments since then, including the election of Donald Trump who he has feuded with in the past. While Pew polls last month showed some two-thirds of American adults support Black Lives Matter and discourse on race in America has increased since the death of George Floyd, James seemed to question the notion that true progress has been made, citing profiling incidents he continues to see on video.“I mean, 2016 Barack (Obama) was our president. We know what’s going on now,” he said. “So is that that progress? I don’t think, I think we all can see and say that’s not progress, the conversation that’s being had right now, and how many people are really listening, or are just having conversations trying to make things happen? I think that’s progress, but we got a long way to go.”The Lakers have identified James as one of the most grounded leaders in their group as tension began to build last month and protests spread. Frank Vogel said on Zoom calls, James was one of the loudest voices in rallying teammates to action.Vogel himself said he’s learned a lot in the past two months from his colleagues and players.“I want to personally recognize that I’ve lived a life of white privilege,” he said. “So I don’t experience the same things that people of color have experienced throughout their life and with these conversations over these past few weeks, couple of months, I’ve heard story after story after story of incidents where friends of mine were profiled, and treated unfairly because of the color of their skin. And it’s not right.”James is clear that his is a point of view structured by being Black. He’s said in the past he has Black children that he fears could one day be subject to the same profiling and violence he protests against now.Related Articles How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThat sense of frustration fueled comments that James made after a Thursday night scrimmage against the Dallas Mavericks, a game that was largely inconsequential to start with, and even moreso after James spoke.He started in a way that’s been common in the NBA restart at Disney — talking about his desire to see charges brought against Louisville police officers who shot and killed Breonna Taylor in March. But it also was a meditation on how James, who has been one of the league’s high profile voices for social change for close to a decade now, has been frustrated by stops and starts, and even backward movement for what he views as progress in America.James has posted many messages on social media about Taylor, including a post last week that read: “Dear Breonna, I’m so sorry this is taking so long.” Other prominent NBA stars including Paul George and C.J. McCollum have thrown support behind Taylor’s family in the last week during media availability sessions, and James said he viewed it as a responsibility as one of the league’s leaders to do the same.“I want her family to know and I want the state of Kentucky to know that we feel for it and we want justice,” he said. “That’s what it’s all about. What’s right is right and what’s wrong is wrong. And this is a wrong situation that’s going on in my eyes and in a lot of other eyes, not only here in America but I bet in the world as well.”In the last eight years, James has been a key figure in some of the NBA’s most memorable calls for social justice, calling for more accountability for violence against Black people. The photo of his Heat team donning hoodies was a powerful statement after the death of teenager Trayvon Martin. In 2016, he, Dwayne Wade, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony gave a speech at the ESPYs challenging athletes to be more committed to social justice causes. Through his foundation, his I Promise school in his hometown of Akron, and an emerging voting rights organization More Than A Vote, James is commonly cited as one of the foremost athletes attempting to change the world beyond the court. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. >> In LeBron James’ eyes, Black Lives Matter is not a movement.Before he was a world-renowned athlete a millionaire several times over, James was poor and Black. He and his single mother moved from home to home, and James nearly had to repeat fourth grade because he missed 83 days of school while weathering housing instability.One gets the sense from James that he wonders where he would be if he had not had the gifts and work ethic that helped make him one of the most accomplished basketball players ever. To him, Black Lives Matter isn’t a movement, subject to the whims of popular culture — it is a daily struggle for Black people to feel that their lives are valued in America.“When you wake up and you’re black, that is what it is,” he said. “It shouldn’t be a movement. It should be a lifestyle. This is who we are. … I don’t like the word ‘movement’ because, unfortunately, in America and in society, there ain’t been no damn movement for us.” But James also said he wants to see more frank and open conversations with perspectives that don’t reflect his own. The increasing divisiveness of discussions of race and social injustice are also something he wants to see change.“I think one of the best things in life is communication,” he said. “No matter what, if you could just sit there and talk to someone look at someone eye to eye and say how you feel, no matter if they like it or not. You can respect them. Somebody might not agree I don’t agree what you say. But if I can look you dead in your eye and you can you can look back at me and say Listen, to each his own, I don’t agree with that, then I can respect you out of that.” Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs last_img read more