BHLT Meets Mule; Peacemakers Drummer Rumored to Sign Live Nation Deal
Harmonica-ace Jimmy Hall first befriended the Allman Brothers Band in the 1970s when his group Wet Willie shared a home with the classic ABB on Capricorn Records. A few years later, he also formed the group BHLT with Dickey Betts, Butch Trucks, Chuck Leavell and bassist David Goldflies when the Allmans Brothers split in the early 1980s (during this ugly period the groups estranged bandmates Gregg Allman and the Toler Brothers continued to work together in the Gregg Allman Band). Last weekend, Hall collaborated with another member of the Allman Brothers family at Enterprise, ALs BamaJam when, during Govt Mules set, Hall took the stage with Warren Haynes and company to play harp on a rousing version of 32/20 Blues.
The festival featured another heir to the Allman Brothers Band dynasty: Oteil and the Peacemakers drummer Chris Fryar, who performed with rising southern rock/country star Zac Brown. Brown and his band are rumored to be signing with Live Nation Artists alongside superstars Madonna and Jay-Z, a move which will likely place Fryar in front of an entirely new audience.