Duane Allman and Berry Oakley’s motorcycle deaths couldn’t keep the Midnight Rider off his bike


By Steve Newton

I’ve been on a bit of an Allman Brothers bender of late.

It started a while back when Gregg had to cancel some shows due to a “serious illness”. He’s feeling much better now, I’ve heard, but I still wanted to send good thoughts while continuously cranking out the four-CD Dreams box set in the car.

That recent Lincoln TV ad with Sharon Jones singing a line from “Midnight Rider” also had me whistling a melody from that tune over and over, no doubt getting on my wife’s nerves.

Then there’s the fact that I’m currently immersed in author Alan Paul’s hugely informative book, One Way Out: The Inside Story of the Allman Brothers, which, among other things, explains why the band looked so damn happy on the cover of At Fillmore East.

And lastly, there’s that old interview I did with Gregg back in February of ’98, which I recently digitized from cassette. At the time he was touring behind his fifth solo release, Searching for Simplicity, which had a photo of him as a kid on a motorbike on the cover. Inside the CD was another photo, a new one of him on his latest bike.

Considering the tragedies the Allman Brothers have suffered through motorcycle accidents, I asked him if he was concerned about riding much.

Have a listen:


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