Saturday, October 15, 2011

Gregg Allman receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Gregg Allman has had quite a year of highs and lows.

It began with the release of “Low Country Blues,” his first solo album in 14 years; an instant success, it instantly becoming his highest-charting solo effort ever.

In May, Allman announced plans to write his autobiography, scheduled for publication in spring 2012. Gregg plans to discuss, for the first time, the unflinching story of his life in music, and will also open up about his decades plagued by substance abuse, his illness with Hepatitis C, and his life-saving liver transplant in 2010.

In June, while on tour through Europe, Allman was dogged by an upper respiratory condition that led to the cancellation of four dates at the end of the trip.

In July, Gregg hosted a benefit for the Tune in to Hep-C campaign, on the eve of World Hepatitis Day.

In August, Gregg hit another rough patch, as that June infection from Europe hung on longer than expected, requiring hospitalization and bed rest, meaning more cancelled shows.

With that roller coaster in mind, it was a nice change to see him pick up the Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance at the 10th Annual Americana Music Honors & Awards in Nashville on Thursday.

Allman reportedly received the biggest ovation of the night, as Keb’ Mo’ presented him with the honor, saying, “When he sings, we are given a glimpse of his soul," adding, "Gregg Allman has held the torch for traditional soul and the blues with his music."

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Gregg Allman – Melissa
Americana Music & Honors Awards – Nashville, TN – October 13, 2011

See also:

Gregg Allman cancels tour dates for medical reasons
Gregg Allman gets book deal
Gregg Allman talks Low Country Blues
VIDEO: Gregg Allman on A&E Private Sessions
VIDEO: Gregg Allman rocks Letterman