Allman Brothers Band 

Sixty Seconds with Oteil Burbridge

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Indy: Your touring plans had to be put on hold early this year so Gregg Allman could be treated for Hepatitis C. How is Gregg doing?

OB: I'm sure he's feeling a lot better now than he was before. And I think you start to feel progressively better the more time you have between when you were doing the last treatment and the present. So I think he'll be feeling progressively better as the weeks pass. I'm really glad for him, because it certainly is a tough treatment to go through.

Indy: You guys were working toward a new CD as of last summer's tour. Is anything happening on the recording front?

OB: We couldn't do anything while Gregg was going through his treatment. But I know that Warren [Haynes] is always writing music. I'm always writing music. Derek [Trucks] is writing. I would think that Gregg, having a good day, he'd probably get at a piano because it's just therapeutic. But we haven't done anything together at all because Gregg hasn't been able to work. So not this year, but I'm sure as he's feeling better, I can't see any reason to not work on another one.

Indy: A cool thing the group did last summer was to sell CDs of each show at concerts and through your Web site. What was the thinking behind releasing those?

OB: What the heck fans that really want it, the only other real avenue they have to get it is to trade audience tapes, and none of them are ever going to be as good as what we can put out this way. So I think it's just a matter of, there's a demand for it.

At Morrison's Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Aug. 30.


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