We all know that for the last 25 years, Bluesfest has been one of the best things to happen in live music to Australia. We also know that one of the best things about Bluesfest is all the stuff we don’t yet know – it’s a goldmine for music lovers nationwide. This year, Australian Guitar Magazine is going to take you on a journey through the best that this festival has to offer – and all of the undiscovered musical gems hidden within. Get your Bluesfest knowledge up to date right here. Class is now in session!

We welcome Gregg Allman to Bluesfest, founding member of the one and only Allman Brothers Band, the greatest Southern Rock Band EVER and a solo musician in his own right. Allman is a rock and roll hall of famer known for his gifted natural interpretation of the blues and his soulful and distinctive voice.

Allman founded the Allman Brothers Band in 1969 with his brother Duane, Dickey Betts, Berry Oakley, Butch Trucks and Jai Johanny Johanson. The band's first three albums - The Allman Brothers Band, Idlewild South and At Fillmore East were huge hits that made Southern Rock their unique fusion of Country, Blues and Rock, a national sensation.

In his solo career, Allman has recorded seven albums including ‘Low Country Blues’(2011) his first recording in more than 13 years. Produced by T Bone Burnett, the album finds Allman putting his own stamp on songs by some of the blues giants whose work has long influenced his own, from Muddy Waters and BB King to Buddy Guy and Magic Sam.

Fellow Bluesfest 2014 performer Dr John features on the album much to the delight of Allman, “T Bone Knew that him being there would put a certain fire in my ass” Allman says “It was so good seeing Dr John, both of us being sober, Cause last time I saw him, both of us were pretty much nose to the floor”. It is stories like these that were divulged in Allman’s memoir of his exceptional career in My Cross to Bear, which was released in 2012. Rolling Stone Magazine named the book in its 25 Greatest Rock Memoirs of All Time

An inveterate road warrior, Allman is embracing his return to the endless highway and we can’t wait to see this prolific musician perform at his Bluesfest debut .