Tribute .... live at the
Grand Theatre, Cartersville, GA

October 19, 2013

 

 

Larry Griggs - slide and lead guitar

Larry Griggs' family moved to Macon from Atlanta in 1969 when he was 13, a few months after the Allman Brothers Band relocated there. Growing up in Macon during the glory days of Capricorn Records, it was no coincidence that he then began to seriously pursue the guitar. The music of the Allman Brothers Band, as well as other Capricorn recording artists, had a huge impact on his playing. But after finishing school, he drifted from the instrument for some 30 years until his son suggested he pick it up again. Soon, a Craigslist ad led him to Tribute - a Celebration of the Allman Brothers Band. It was like fate had tapped me on the shoulder, he said. At 57, he feels like 17 once more, playing the music he loves all over again.

Rod Gunther - slide,lead and acoustic guitar

It was a musical family. Rod Gunther's father played the banjo and his mother dreamed of singing with a Big Band. His brothers were 10 and 11 years older, so at a very young age, Rod was exposed to their record collection and all the amazing music from the '60s. His first guitar was a tennis racket that he would strum along to Beatles albums. His first real guitar came at age 13 and he put his first band together at 15. From that point on, being in a band is really all he ever wanted to do. Growing up in Melbourne, Fla., he discovered and fell in love with the Allman Brothers in 1972, only to find out that Duane had died the year before. He played his "Live at the Fillmore East" album until every note was tattooed on his brain. Many years and many musicians later, Rod says, "I could not be happier to have found such a wonderful group of talented and dedicated guys to share my passion for music and love of the Allman Brothers with."

Chris Jones - bass

Chris Jones has played or mixed sound for several Atlanta-based bands over the years, including, among others, Motion, Taxi, Oz, Sanzen, Tandem and Florida-based Eli. He has played all over the Southeast. Whenever the Allman Brothers Band played for free at Atlanta’s Piedmont Park on Sundays back in the day, he was always there and up close. “I’m excited to be a part of Tribute ABB because I get to play music that I love and I know that these guys are as influenced by the Brothers as I have been,” he said.

 

Jon Marsten - percussion and acoustic guitar

It began in the early 1960s in Hawaii with his first black Harmony electric guitar, sending John Marsten off on a half-century journey that has delivered him behind a set of congas for Tribute - a celebration of the Allman Brothers. He gradually learned to master that old Harmony, to his parents and neighbors' dismay, and by high school, he joined his first band, playing venues throughout northern Virginia and the Washington, D.C., area. John continued pursuing live music with various bands until his current project. Tribute: just plain magical.

Oliver Nichols - vocals and soul

Growing up in a family of preachers and teachers in Charleston, S.C., Oliver Nichols lived on A.M. radio, choirs and many musical groups. But the front man for Tribute said he’s never witnessed a band that took every note, sound, and throw back-passion as seriously as this one. "As a child and as an adult, you always want to sing songs that you believe in,” he said. “It comes out better when you feel them. Tribute is the truth.”

Russ Still - B3, piano and vocals

Russ Still has loved music as long as he can remember. His father was a great singer and raised him to appreciate "his music". His mother insisted he get a musical education on piano, guitar and in the church choir. A choice she often regretted once he started playing in bands. Russ started his musical career at 15; playing everything from rock, dance and country in some of the fanciest clubs to the dirtiest juke joints in the Southeast and beyond. Russ recognizes he had been blessed to have played with some talented musicians who are also great people and sees that history continuing with Tribute. He has a love and dedication for ABBs rich musical history and loves nothing better than to hear his prized Hammond B3 and Leslie screaming along with the music they were meant to play.

Tom Stinson - drums

When Tom Stinson first saw the Allman Brothers Band, when they opened for the Grateful Dead at the Fillmore East in February 1970, he recalls thinking that the wrong band was headlining the gig. It was with some amusement that he read in his "My Cross to Bear" autobiography (page 147) that Gregg Allman was watching backstage and thinking the same thing. A veteran of the Pittsburgh music scene in his teens, Tom stored his drums for some 35 years before pulling them back out from basic curiosity. The internet search that led him to the folks that became Tribute was one of the most rewarding login-ins of his life.

Scott Trudeau - drums

Raised in Detroit on a steady diet of The Who, Aerosmith, Blondie, Seduce, Dixie Dreggs, Howling Wolf and anybody in between, Scott Trudeau broke in with his local band scene at 14, honing drum chops that still serve him today. A former U.S. Marine, his exploration of the Allman Brothers catalog -- he logged all the songs' extensive time signatures and locks in all of Tribute's count-downs -- reconfirmed his belief that The ABB is one of the greatest American bands ever, with, he adds, "some pretty amazing drumming." Furthermore: "For the nine of us to be able to find this common musical ground and function as a working band at this level and remain friends is something I'm very proud of."

 

 Bob Werblin - harmonica and percussion

Bob Werblin first started playing drums at age 12 and within a year, he landed his first major gig: sitting in with the Guy Lombardo Orchestra. In the early ‘70s, he fronted and played harp for a Florida band before a motorcycle accident damaged a vocal chord. Returning to the drums, he played with XYZ (aka The Razor Boys) and later recorded with the Bruce Foster Band with Richie Sambora. In ’86, he gave up the sticks but continued playing harp and when contacted by Rod Gunther about joining an Allman Brothers tribute band, Bob’s prompt response: “Hell, yes.”