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Published: 2013/03/13

Oteil Burbridge Talks Allman Brothers Band Bassists

The Allman Brothers Band are currently in the midst of their annual Beacon Theater run. In celebration, we’ve re posted Oteil Burbridge’s 2009 essay on the history of The Allman Brothers Band’s bassists on Burbridge traces the band’s history through its three classic bassists: Berry Oakley, Lamar Williams, and Allen Woody.

“If I had to pick one word to describe the dominant feature of their roles in the ABB, Berry’s would be ‘revolution’ for the way he refused to be bound by the conventional rules of bass, Lamar’s would be ‘foundation’ for the rock-like musical stability that he provided when the band so desperately needed it in the wake of Duane and Berry’s deaths,” he writes. “And Woody’s would be ‘spirit’ for the enormous injection of spirit that he gave the ABB when they needed it so badly to comeback after many years off.”

The complete essay is available here.


There are 4 comments associated with this post

andy March 13, 2013, 11:42:35

epic write-up, bro

Peachhead March 13, 2013, 14:56:09

Poor David Goldflies, he gets no recognition

Luke March 13, 2013, 15:00:19

Goldflies was indeed a badass bassist too

peachhead March 14, 2013, 14:08:31

“Goldflies was indeed a badass bassist too” agreed- that incarnation of the ABB gets forgotten often, probably because there were mostly bad songs written during this time and it was definitely a low point as far as bandmember relationships in the ABB’s career, but all the musicians involved were still bad ass, even if they were the least as far as ABB lineups and musicians go— Goldflies on bass, the Toler brothers on guitar and drums, and even Mike Lawler on keys was pretty damn good Check this rendition of jessica:

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