Top Ranking Albums of November 2013

Eek-A-Mouse  – Eek-Ology [17 North Parade 2013]

Various ArtistsBoardwalk Empire, Volume 2 [ABKCO 2013]

Various Artists Boardwalk Empire [Elektra 2013]

Smith WesternsSoft Will [Mom & Pop Music 2013]

Various Artists #SaveReggae, Vol. 3 [21st hapilos Digital Reggae 2013]

Various ArtistsDivided & United–Songs of the Civil War [ATO Records 2013]

EminemThe Marshal Mathers LP 2 [Aftermanth/Interscope/Shady 2013]

Jah 9Steamers A Bubble [Shamala Productions 2013]

Pusha T My Name Is My Name [Def Jam 2013]

Alan JacksonThe Blugrass Album [ACR Records 2013]

Various ArtistsCrossroads Guitar Festival 2013 [Rhino 2013]

Billy Joe Armstrong & Norah Jones Foreverly [Reprise 2013]

MishkaThe Journey [Mailboat Records 2013]

Willie NelsonTo All The Girls [Legacy Recordings 2013]

Brett DennenSmoke and Mirrors [F-Stop Records 2013]

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Top Ranking Albums of November 2013

The Allman Brothers Band and Widespread Panic Jam Out in Dallas

On Friday, October 16th Widespread Panic opened for the Allman Brothers Band at the Super Pages Center at Fair Park in Dallas, Texas. Fair Park seethed with Texas State Fair attendees and jam band fans as the two audiences collided for a memorable night of festivities. I caught the end of Widespread Panic’s set. Derek Trucks joined Panic for rocking versions of “Second Skin” and “Blackout Blues.” Widespread Panic wound down their set with one of my favorite Panic songs “All Time Low”  and concluded with “Makes Sense To Me.” I like Widespread Panic, but I was glad the Allman Brothers Band filled the headline spot. I’ve seen Widespread Panic several times. And no doubt they impress everytime. And this time was no exception. Panic came with its A game to Dallas. But the Allman Brothers Band, I had only seen once and from a distance at a past Bonnaroo Music Festival. So I was pumped to see the creators of Jam Band music perform their craft for us North Texans, especially on their 40th anniversary.

Guitar phenoms Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks joined with original Allman members to pack a powerful punch of rock and roll as this new incarantion of the Allman Brothers Band. Greg Allman’s keys and voice anchor the band while Haynes and Trucks soloed atop the driving drums and percussion.  The musicianship was par excellence with fantastic versions of the instrumental masterpieces “Jessica” and “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed.” “Midnight Rider” brought the crowd alive and a killer version of “Statesboro Blues” displayed the skill and timing of these musicians. The Allman Brothers Band concluded their brilliant performance with the sweet sweet “Melissa” and a in your face “Whipping Post.” Georgia has a lot of music to offer the world and I am a big fan of the music coming out of this state. From the Allman Brothers Band to Widespread Panic to R.E.M. Georgians make good music. The Allmans Brothers Band performed above my expectations. If you get a chance see this tour.

The Allman Brothers Band and Widespread Panic Jam Out in Dallas