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Allman Brothers Band history: Summer 2000 -- Derek and Jimmy

After a spring tour in 2000 -- I caught the second to last show in Memphis on 5/6/2000 -- mounting personality conflicts with Dickey Betts caused the Allman Brothers Band to send Dickey an infamous fax asking him to sit out their upcoming summer tour. The rationale was for him to address personal issues that the founding members perceived as detrimental to the organization. Betts responded to the news somewhat, ah, poorly, and would never play another show with the Allman Brothers for the remainder of the band's career.

With a full summer tour about to kick off in a month they placed a call to Jimmy Herring to sub for Dickey. Jimmy was obviously a known quantity, having been in ARU with Oteil and Frogwings with Derek and Butch. 

I'm guessing there wasn't a lot of time for rehearsal but to their credit, the band put together a fun three hour show primarily focused on songs from the first two albums along with the Dickey instrumentals. All Dickey vocal songs were dropped from the setlists. Oteil would sing "Franklin's Tower" every night and a 40 minute Mountain Jam with drum and bass interludes helped pad the running time.

Ultimately, it's the Jimmy/Derek interplay that carries the day and honestly, many songs here are just a vehicle for their superhuman musical connection. 

Amazingly, when Jimmy was floated as a replacement for George McConnell two years later, the WSP fanbase -- poisoned by an alt right-esque delusion about GMAC's prowess -- would deride Jimmy as being "too jazzy." As his stint with the Allman Brothers showed, Jimmy Herring can play blues and improvisational southern rock as well as anyone on the planet.

After a three-month stint with the Brothers, Jimmy would move on to his next adventure by once again entering the realm of Phil Lesh. Apparently Herring was not comfortable with replacing Dickey Betts and there's also the possibility that an Allman Brothers Band with only one true lead singer was not a viable prospect. They'd return with "special guest" Warren Haynes in March 2001.

So here's one I actually saw, August 4, 2000 from Jones Beach in New York. Two weeks before I turned 27! (Now I'm 43). This is an audience recording but the guitars are loud and clear.

1. Trouble No More
2. Black Hearted Woman
3. Jessica
4. Loan Me A Dime
5. Done Somebody Wrong
6. Melissa
7. Franklin's Tower
8. Feel So Bad
9. Don't Keep Me Wonderin'
10. Dreams
11. High Falls
12. Statesboro Blues
13. Mountain Jam
14. Revival
15. You Don't Love Me
w/Jorma Kaukonen, guitar, Jack Casady, bass, Pete Sears, keyboards, Oteil, drums
16. Whipping Post
Jimmy Herring subbed for Dickey
Hot Tuna opened


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