The last time rock and blues legend Gregg Allman released a solo album Tiger Woods hadn’t yet won a major golf tournament. That’s right, 14 years is a long time to keep fans on their toes. But they say all good things come to those who wait, and this is no exception.
Releases like Low Country Blues are what continue to make today’s music scene so diverse and compelling. Allman’s return to solo recording proves a humble revisit to the roots of blues songwriting and musicianship that should surely be notched as one of his best albums yet.
Low Country Blues features tracks reminiscent of every great blues artist, from Son House to Muddy Waters to Paul Butterfield. Soulful and heartfelt, “Devil Got My Woman” showcases Allman’s recognizable Southern vocals pushed over a grainy microphone and a raw electric guitar cutting through the band’s cynical accompaniment.
“I Can’t Be Satisfied” calls up Clapton’s guitar riffs, where “I Believe I’ll Go Back Home” strips the album down to the unrefined instrumentals of the deep South with twanging country guitars and brushed drums.
Aside from flawless musicianship by both Allman and his band, the most impressive thing about Low Country Blues might be its accessibility without compromising its integrity. Anyone, young or old, blues fan or not, could play this album over their stereo and immediately fall for its subtle charm. It’s an album to put your feet up to, lean back, and smile; your cares melting away with each refrain of “Tears, Tears, Tears”.
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