The 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]
StumbleUpon Submit Share Share A full schedule of English Premier League football this Saturday gave bookmakers a severe battering as seven out of eight market favourites won their respective matches.Bookmakers have detailed to SBC that they are still counting the cost of ‘EPL Game Week 6’ (23-25 September), as punters cashed-in on heavily backed favourites Tottenham, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United.Adding salt to bookmakers’ wounds, crafty punters bet a number of accumulator bets on the weak line-up of EPL matches, with the ‘customer friendly’ results likely to cost the industry a multi-million £ pay-out.On Monday night, there would be no relief for Bookmakers EPL woes, as a heavily backed Arsenal won comfortably against West Bromwich Albion.Speaking to SBC Jessica Bridge Ladbrokes Head of PR commented on the weekend’s EPL action: “Saturday was a nightmare if truth be told, with all the well-backed favourites obliging and ‘Both Teams to Score’ markets copping it was very much a day that went in favour of punters. The two underdogs winning on Sunday helped soften the blow, but ultimately the damage had already been done.” European betting group, Kindred Plc confirmed to SBC, that Saturday 23 September 2017 had made its ‘top 10 biggest losing days’.“In the Premier League, the lack of any shocks meant barely a Kindred win in sight, Southampton v Man Utd being very comfortably our biggest hit. The trend continued abroad with our 8 of our 10 biggest global football turnover events all going the punters’ way,” stated Alistair Gill Sportsbook, Commercial Relations at Kindred Plc.“Away from the football was not much improvement. Patriotic Brits backed the cricket team to beat the West Indies, the Tour Championship went heavily the punters’ way and Joseph Parker’s win over Hughie Fury in the boxing triggered a winning 12 fold, 6 figure win for one customer, just to add insult to injury.”Now entering a crucial Autumn trading period, all bookies will be praying for ‘No Saturday 23 September repeat’. As an industry stakeholder, Team SBC would like to remind those winning punters that even bookmakers can be hurt too!
Matchday 9 recorded 17 goals, with a Hearts victory and a Kotoko defeat.Read the match by match reportHearts of Oak ended their 4 game winless streak with a hard fought 2-1 win over Ashantigold in Obuasi. Forward Cosmos Dauda scored a brace as Hearts of Oak ended their 9 year wait for a win at the Len Clay Stadium. The game began on a frantic note with Ashantigold dominating the early exchanges and Hearts of Oak threatening on the counter with the power of Cosmos Dauda and the pace of Eric Kumi. Hearts took control of the latte bit of the first half without creating any clear cut chances. The Phobians however took the lead Dauda who chased down a flicked header to beat Fatau Dauda at his near post. Cosmos got the second minutes later as he scored a fortuitous header from a Mustapha Essuman cross. Ashantigold pulled one back through captain Awudu Nafiu but it only proved to be a consolation. More misery for Ashantigold as Hearts are on a high ahead of their super 2 clash against Kotoko.Wa All Stars consolidated their lead at the top of the league with a 2-0 win over Inter Allies at the Wa Park. Striker Richard Arthur and Emmanuel Ocran scored late into the second half to maintain the 2 point lead at the top of the table for the Wa side.Striker Richard Arthur reacted to a Maxwell Baako cross from the right with an incisive header midway through the second-half before Emmanuel Ocran sealed victory for the home side in stoppage-time finishing a brilliant team move. Inter Allies goalkeeper Osei Kwame produced a string of impressive saves to deny a barrage of All Stars attacks to keep Herbert Addo’s men in the game. Aduana Stars enjoyed back to back win for the first time in the league as they recorded a resounding 3-0 victory over Medeama.Striker Yahaya Mohammed bagged a brace with a goal in each half before Elvis Opoku’s late strike put the icing on the cake to confirm a good week for the Dormaa side.The Tarkwa side failed to yet again replicate their impressive CAF confederation cup form as they appeared in sixes and sevens for the entire duration of the game.Yahaya Mohammed opened the scoring after collecting a good cross from Zakaria Mumuni to power home a strike before he doubled his tally early into the second half.. Elvis Opoku converted the third goal with couple of minutes to end proceedings.Liberty Professionals won their first game away from home after a Bernard Arthur strike on the 90th minute condemned Hasaacas to a defeat. Hasaacas started the game but fluffed their chances which seemed to give their guests more confidence.Bernard Arthurs secured all three points for the home side with a well taken strike on the 90th minute of the game which left Hasaacas with little or no time to respond. Berekum Chelsea maintained their 100% home record with a convincing 3-0 victory over Dreams FC. A brace from top scorer Saddick Adams and one from Seth Appiah ensured all three points for the hosts. The defeat comes as a hammer blow for Dreams who were looking to recover from their home defeat against Kotoko. Chelsea took the lead through Seth Appiah just on the brink of halftime. Saddick Adams doubled the lead for Chelsea in the second half before he rounded up the game with an expertly converted free kick.WAFA also maintained their unbeaten home record with a 2-0 win over Ebusua Dwarfs in Sogakope without leading scorer Samuel Tetteh Charles as Boateng and Ibrahim Tanko scored in each half to ensure maximum points for the academy side. Boateng opened the scoring with a neat finish from close range before Ibrahim Tanko put the final nail in the coffin of a Dwarfs after breaking the offside trap of their guests.Techiman City responded to their 2-1 defeat at the hands of Techiman City with a comfortable 2-0 win over Bechem United.Techiman city totally dominated both halves and goals in each half from Issaka Ibrahim and Isaac Baah ensured the Techiman side remain unbeaten at home Issaka Ibrahim picked his spot well in the 11th minute to slot home the opening goal for Techiman City before Isaac Baah doubled the lead with a composed finish to extend Techiman city impressive run against their Brong Ahafo rivals. Techiman City have now beaten all Brong Ahafo sides at their Techiman venue. –Follow Kweku on Twitter: @nana_odum. Get more updates on Facebook/Twitter with the #JoySports hashtag