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When I saw Derek with The ABB (10 or 12 years ago, maybe?) I thought he had the Duane A. slide style down cold and I thought he fit like a glove.
Each of those guys has his own band happening and neither is an original member. I'm sure there are many capable replacments standing in the wings ready to "suit up." Weep not, fear not.
I think that Warren and Derek will each continue to contribute to their own solo projects for years to come. They are both juggling touring schedules with 2 or 3 bands and also trying to raise families. Gregg could put together guitar players for ABB pretty easily- Joe Bonamassa anyone? Last week I bought a great live cd of the Gregg Allman Band playing at the New Orleans Jazzfest. It is the only live release from his 2011 solo tour featuring a tight brass section with interesting versions of "Dreams" and "I'M No Angel." I can also highly recommend a band out of NY called Great Caesar's Ghost. GCG specializes in covers of ABB and Grateful Dead songs. Butch has played with them and they are endorsed by ABB. Both of these discs are available on Hittinthenote.com
Has anyone heard the new Goverment Mule (Haynes) album - Shout?
Pretty awesome 2 CD album. The Govt Mule CD is all sung by Haynes. The second CD are all the same songs sung by guest artists, including Steve Winwood, Dave Matthews and others.
IMO the songs need Haynes voice as the definitive version, but it is interesting to hear the difference.