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Hear The Last Known Song Gregg Allman Wrote, Co-Written By Scott Sharrard & Recorded With Taj Mahal, Bernard Purdie

first_imgGregg Allman passed away more than a year ago, but the extended Allman Brothers Band family—from fans to collaborators—continues to mourn his loss. Today, longtime Gregg Allman Band guitarist musical director Scott Sharrard has debuted a new single featuring Taj Mahal and Bernard Purdie via Rolling Stone. In addition to the revered artists it features, the track, “Everything A Good Man Needs”, carries significant emotional weight for one big reason: It was the last known song Allman helped finish before his death on May 27th, 2017.According to Rolling Stone, Sharrard and Allman completed the song together shortly before Allman’s death. They had hoped to get the song onto Gregg’s eventually Grammy-nominated, posthumously released final album, Southern Blood, before his health took a turn for the worse. Instead, the song has now surfaced as part of Sharrard’s new album, Saving Grace, with help from Purdie, the legendary session drummer, and Mahal, the blues elder statesman. The band is rounded out by organist Peter Levin and trumpet player Marc Franklin.The song references the wisdom learned from life on the road. As Sharrard explains to Rolling Stone,Whenever we would pull into a town or a hotel on the road, Gregg would usually say, “This place has everything a good man needs”… This is definitely a true story with references to Gregg’s life on the road as a single man. We just wanted to do a fun, funky blues about finding love out on the road. I know that Gregg would be thrilled to have Taj and Bernard playing our song.The recording evokes the gritty southern character that Gregg Allman always embodied, with traces of soul and funk layered in. The result is a cut that surely would have made Gregg proud. Take a listen below:Scott Sharrard ft. Taj Mahal, Bernard Purdie – “Everything A Good Man Needs”[Video: Scott Sharrard]In 2017, Sharrard put together a star-studded tribute to Gregg Allman at Brooklyn Comes Alive featuring Purdie, Vinnie Amico and Al Schnier (moe.), Nate Werth (Snarky Puppy, Ghost-Note), Brett Bass (Gregg Allman Band), Joey Porter (The Motet), Eric Krasno (Soulive/Lettuce), Rob Compa (Dopapod), Roosevelt Collier, Dave Harrington, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, and more. At this year’s Brooklyn Comes Alive, set to take place September 29th, Peter Levin, Taz, George Porter Jr., Jeff Sipe, Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff, and Elise Testone will once again pay their respects to Allman, Butch Trucks, Col. Bruce Hampton, and other beloved artists we lost last year. For more information about this year’s Brooklyn Comes Alive, head here.Scott Sharrard’s new album, Saving Grace, is due out September 21st. For more information, or to check out a list of Sharrard’s upcoming tour dates, head to his website.[H/T Rolling Stone]last_img read more

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Ultra fear

first_imgAn ultra race distance is basically defined as any distance longer than a marathon. However as most of you probably already know, ultra distances generally start at 50k or 31.2 miles. Then from there you can migrate upward to 40 mile, 50 mile, 100k, 100 mile, 24 hour and 48 hour race distances as the general norm.I’ve been asked so many times how does one run that far. This usually comes from other runners who have already run a marathon and just can’t seem to comprehend the ultra distance. In reality a 50k is only five miles further than a marathon and a lot of runners progress up from half marathons to the marathon which is exponentially a much greater jump in distance. (50% vs 16%) Even using this logic, the mental component to running an ultra distance is as much a road block as the physical it seems.The word “ultra” has that impression that one will be undertaking something truly epic, scary and painful. This is usually not the case, in fact if you prepare properly and have already run at least one marathon within the last year then I see no reason why someone can not make the 16% jump in distance to a 50k ultra.The greatest difference between a marathon and an ultra is that most marathons are run on paved surfaces (more painful but faster pace) and most ultras are run on soft surfaces like trails (less painful but slower pace). Time on your feet is the main difference between the two but ultra running time is usually spent on a more forgiving surface. I have raced the 50k distance in times ranging from three hours to five hours. These times are primarily dictated by the terrain and sometimes weather. When choosing your first 50k look for a race that does not have an extremely technical surface and mountainous terrain and you’ll see the jump in distance is not one to be feared.  You will need to add some time to your long runs and try to mimic the course terrain as best as possible. Learning how to run slower so you can go longer does take patience and practice. Look at past times for the 50k you have chosen and this should give you a gage of how far to take your long runs. Just like for the marathon you do not need to complete the full distance in your training but try to get close to 85% covered with at least two long runs around three to five weeks out from your race. 1 2last_img read more

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