Gregg Allman - “Please Accept My Love”
From the album Low Country Blues (2011)
Covers albums are generally hit-or-miss affairs. Some are stop-gap measures, designed to put out some product while a musician or group looks to regain their muse; some are calculated exercises to re-package (and re-sell) collections of songs that had already proven their ability to bring in a tidy profit; and some actually are passion projects, bringing out a sense of the initial fires that ignited our favorite musicians in the first place, placing them on a path toward musical greatness. That last category is quite rare….
….but two years ago, Gregg Allman did his part to add to that cannon. Like many musicians that first came to the fore in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Allman’s career had seen its share of peaks and valleys, and both the quality and the quantity of his output has diminished in recent years. Fair enough, since the guy has given us quite a bit of great music already; it’s only natural to expect the guy to slow down and burn out a bit by this stage of the game. But in 2011, Allman came roaring back in a big way, teaming up with producer T-Bone Burnett and crafting the exquisite Low Country Blues, a covers album that sounds fresh, vital, and alive. Unlike many of his peers from his younger days, Allman’s voice lost none of its original husk or authority, and - surrounded by top session musicians and the desire to really dig into the material - Allman and his crew breathed new life even into old chestnuts like B.B. King's “Please Accept My Love.”
I cannot overstate how much I love this disc. It sounds like vintage Gregg Allman vocals, placed in a warm, live, exciting studio performance (which is pretty much because it was). Have a listen to this track and enjoy. And then join me in patiently awaiting to see if a second volume will ever see the light of day. Here’s hoping…!