Gregg Allman

b. December 8, 1947.


“Fire on The Mountain” turns 45 … 

There are times — usually when you’re growing up — when something so totally out of your musical roundhouse — something so different from that which you’re into at the time catches your ear, pushes you in a new direction and broadens your musical tastes. This album did that for me. Everything changed the first time I heard “Long Haired Country Boy.”

November 28, 1974: Fire On The Mountain is released.


The Allman Brothers Band 

Released November 4, 1969 ~ The debut album from The Allman Brothers Band turns 50. Legendary rock writer Lester Bangs called the album “consistently … subtle, and honest, and moving,” describing the band as “a white group who’ve transcended their schooling to produce a volatile blues-rock sound of pure energy, inspiration and love.”Everything changed after that first listen. It remains my favorite from The Allman Brothers Band.

“A brief candle …”

October 20, 1977 ~ I was sitting in the studio at UW-O’s student radio station, WRST, and picked up Street Survivors, the new album released a few days earlier from Lynyrd Skynyrd. I played That Smell and remember like it was yesterday whispering to myself, “fuuuuuck.”  Half hour later I was reading about the band’s demise outside of Gillsburg, Mississippi. The band still plays on today but, as is often the case, in name only. The real Lynyrd Skynrd died along with Stevie Gaines, Cassie Gaines and Ronnie Van Zant on October 20, 1977.

One More From The Road 

September 13, 1976 ~ Lynyrd Skynyrd release the live album.

Skynyrd had been a big supporter of rock promoter Alex Cooley and when he went on a drive to save the legendary Fox Theatre in Atlanta from demolition, they were the first to ask how they could “put some grease in the frying pan.” The result was one of the greatest live concert albums in rock.

Molly Hatchet

The debut album from southern rockers Molly Hatchet is released on September 1, 1978.

Interesting story: In 1979, while on tour, Molly Hatchet has a stop at the Brown County Area in Green Bay coming up. In prep for that show, the band does some interviews and I get one with lead singer Danny Joe Brown and Steve Holland — one of the three guitar onslaught that made Molly Hatchet’s sound unique.

Danny Joe was a great interview — laid back, conversational, loved to talk Packers and stuff other than rock n’ roll. Holland was the exact opposite — in short — a dick.

His dickishness continued right through after the show when backstage, Holland hits on my my date while I’m in the can. I come out, he’s got her backed up to the wall, I get between the two and things get out of hand. Duane Roland — one of the other guitartists and founding member of Molly Hatchet — steps in and stops the mismatch. I got the shit kicked out of me but that girl came home with me. (Thank you, Jackson …)