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MwL X. Allman Brothers Band, Ólafur Arnalds, José Antonio García

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Southern genius by Allman Brothers Band

Ólafur Arnalds´ sensitivity   

The charismatic voice of José Antonio García

Southern Rock II: What was The Allman Brothers Band?

The band of the Allman brothers was the genre’s most deserving representative. They enriched their music with songs up to 30 minutes long, where each element departed from rock's conventionalism.

The Allman Brothers Band served as an icebreaker. With the help of the record label Capricorn, they won the Southern public and conquered many metropolises. They were a role model for a huge number of Southern rock bands.

The Allman Brothers Band - Midnight Rider (1971)

Song written by Gregg Allman and Robert Kim Payne. It was released as a single of Idlewild South, their second album, which went unnoticed despite its high quality.

The Allman brothers were born in Nashville, grew up in Florida and migrated to California.  Duane moved to work as a studio guitar player in Muscle Shoads, a city in Alabama and soul capital. There they formed The Allman Brothers Band and perfected their style, in which stood out Gregg's blues voice and Duane's (the band's brains) guitar playing skill. For their powerful live performances, they made use of jazz elements with improvisations. After Duane's death in a motorcycle accident in 1971, they evolved into a more commercial style that made them successful.

International: Ólafur Arnalds

Ólafur Arnalds is an Icelandic multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer. After composing arrangements for hardcore metal bands, he started a solo career in which he has created music for ballets, movies, and television shows.

He mixes strings with piano, adding electronic elements, going from classic to modern music. Among his extensive works, we can find the soundtrack for the show Broadchurch (2013-2017) or his concerts with the band Sigur Rós.

Ólafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm - 20:17 (2017)

A composition of their own authorship that both musicians improvised. It is part of the album Trance Frendz. A documentary was filmed from its recording sessions. 

On the 28th of July of 2015, Ólafur Arnalds and the German pianist and composer Nils Frahm invited Alexander Schneider and his cameraman to document an improvised session in Nils' studio in Berlin. As a result, multiple new compositions were written and recorded in eight hours without re-recording or editing. Each composition is titled after the time it was performed. Another one of Arnalds’ outstanding collaborations was with the German-Japanese pianist Alice Sara Ott, the album The Chopin Project (2015), where they revisited the Polish virtuoso's works.

National: José Antonio García

José Antonio García, singer of key national rock and pop groups such as TNT, 091, Sin Perdón or Guerrero García, released in 2018 his first solo LP, Lluvia de piedras.

In this project, he moves between garage and rock music. Though it has touches from the 70s, occasionally it is closer to TNT's punk than 091's rock. All of that after being screened by his current vision.

José Antonio García - El viento sopla a mi favor (2018)

Song written by Nicolás Hernández and Óscar Gallardo. Released as a single of the album Lluvia de piedras, it unites the singer's two faces: the rocker one and the melodic one.

After his first solo EP, Cuatro tiros por cabeza (2014), this album entails the consolidation of one of the most charismatic and recognizable voices of Spanish rock. His lyrics reflect (in a direct though poetic way) on topics which have been part of the singer's works throughout his whole career, such as: social denunciation, personal relationships or the passing of time. It was produced by Pablo Sánchez (Los Planetas) and José Antonio García himself. He is accompanied by El Hombre Garabato, his current band.