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Jay Collins of The Gregg Allman Band (INTERVIEW)

For over the past decade, Jay Collins has been blowing his sax in the Gregg Allman Band. What you may not know is that Collins also has his own group called The Kings County Band and that their latest CD, Rivers Blues & Other People, features Collins not only doing what he does best but singing as well. His voice, tinted with a husky old-timer’s good-time vibe, brings new life to tunes by Bob Dylan and Robert Johnson as well as to foot-tapping originals like “Mighty Mississippi” and “Mary Ann’s.” He is a renaissance man in more ways than one. A master on horns, he has a jazz and blues shaded heart that compliments Allman’s southern blues rock almost perfectly. And his story of how he got this far is not well known.

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Gregg Allman Band/Jaimoe

What a difference a year makes. When Gregg Allman brought his band to Biloxi last year he was fully recovered from a 2010 liver transplant and with a brand new rip-roaring blues album hot off the presses. And his guitar player Scott Sharrard was his secret weapon. One year later, Gregg and his band are smoking hot, playing with a youthful vitality that was just a wee-bit lacking before, and Sharrard is no longer a secret.

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