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Posted on February 24, 2012

The Grammys took place a week ago in America and the organisation asked KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD  to write down some thoughts on The Allman Brothers Band, who won the Lifetime Achievement Award on the night of the ceremony. Check out what he had to say below:

Every time I hear an Allman Brothers Band song I can't help but stop what I'm doing and listen. Their music is impossible to ignore, and is the thread that holds the fabric of Southern rock together. Being from the South myself, I grew up listening to these guys, and they seem to have created the soundtrack to my childhood. As a result, the music of the Allman Brothers has played an instrumental role in influencing who I am as an artist and how my music is written and performed. I'm certain I am only one of many musicians who will so readily admit this.

The Allman Brothers Band were formed in Jacksonville, Fla., in 1969 by brothers Duane and Gregg Allman. Many have called the band the principal architects of Southern rock. By incorporating elements of blues, jazz and country music, they created a signature sound that is immediately identifiable to all generations of music lovers. Songs such as "Ramblin' Man," "Midnight Rider," "Melissa," "Whipping Post," "Jessica," "One Way Out," and "Statesboro Blues" have solidified the Allman Brothers’ place in music history.

The band has continued to reinvent themselves by adding some of the best players in the industry with each incarnation while maintaining their signature sound. The list of members reads like a who's who of Southern rock and jam-band royalty: Duane and Greg Allman, Dickey Betts, Berry Oakley, Butch Trucks, Jai Johanny "Jaimoe" Johanson, Chuck Leavell, Lamar Williams, Johnny Neel, Marc Quiñones, Allen Woody, Warren Haynes, Jimmy Herring, Oteil Burbridge, and Derek Trucks, among others.

Having produced 11 gold and four platinum albums from 1971–2004, being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, and with four of their guitarists voted as members of Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time list, the Allman Brothers Band have serious pedigree.

I have been blessed to share the stage with this incredible band, and have gotten to know several members personally. They are top-notch musicians and top-notch people. It's my honor to pay tribute to one of the greatest rock and roll bands of all time, and to thank them for changing the face of music forever, and for the better.

— Kenny Wayne Shepherd

Click here to read more about The Allman Brothers Band winning the Lifetime Achievement Awards at The Grammys.

And point your mouse in this direction to pick up a copy of KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD's latest album 'How I Go'.

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