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Published: 2009/03/18

Back at the Beacon: Cowboys, Crow and Clapton Covers

The Allman Brothers Band nodded to two very different eras of its storied career last night at New Yorks Beacon Theatre. As has been custom this run, the first part of the groups show was guest-free, as the Brothers ran through Don’t Want You No More, It’s Not My Cross To Bear, Trouble No More, Rocking Horse, Soulshine, You Don’t Love Me and Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes new instrumental. Cowboy guitarists Tommy Talton and Scott Boyer then emerged with Levon Helm Band keyboardist Brian Mitchell for a selection of songs from their repertoire like Please Be With Me, All My Friends and The Got Song. Like the Allman Brothers Band, Cowboy recorded for Capricorn in the early 1970s, and the groups members frequently backed Gregg Allman on the road. Duane Allman also appears on the studio recording of Cowboys Please Be With Me, a song later covered by another Allman associateEric Clapton.

The Allman Brothers then looked back on the 1990s by inviting former tourmate Sheryl Crow out at the start of its second set. Crow spent time with the Allmans as part of the 1994 H.O.R.D.E. tour and frequently joined the group onstage throughout that collaborative run. Last night, she emerged with Mitchell for a cover of Bob Dylans It Takes Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry, Midnight Rider and another song associated with Clapton, Blind Faiths Can’t Find My Way Home. The Allmans then charged into Statesboro Blues, Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More and Hoochie Coochie Man, before inviting Boyer and Mitchell back out for a rough rendition of The Bands The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down. Black Hearted Woman and a version of One Way Out that featured Talton and Mitchell closed out the night.
The band will return to the Beacon this Thursday with another mix of special guests. Please click here for a recap of last weeks shows.

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