“One Way Out” Footage: The Allman Brothers Cook in ’81

by Peter Wendel
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AllmanBrothersMain“One Way Out” is a foot-stompin’ boogie-rambler that serves up everything you want (and, frankly, expect) in an Allman Brothers performance – steamroller, dual-guitar leads; a woman-driven lyric arc; and the perfect musical backdrop for Gregg’s weathered, roadhouse-blues vocal delivery.

Did I mention the drum solo? Well, in addition to everything else, there’s one of those, too. It’s a song the band threw everything at – and it worked.

LostAllmansDuaneAndBerry SongMango.comTen years after The Allmans’ legendary 1971 show at the Fillmore East (with Duane), this footage from December 1981 offers a good look at the newly revamped (again) band lineup. Guitarists Dickey Betts and Dan Toler lay down blazing licks and Mike Lawler unleashes a soaring solo on his keytar (a keyboard shaped like a guitar). And then there’s some space for the drummers to strut their stuff.

Here’s The Allman Brothers Band covering “One Way Out” on December 16, 1981, at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, NJ. The personnel on the stage is as follows:

Gregg Allman (keyboards, vocals)
Dickey Betts (guitar)
Dan Toler (guitar)
David Goldflies (bass)
Mike Lawler (keyboards)
Butch Trucks (drums)
David “Frankie” Toler (drums)

Peter Wendel is a journalist and PR consultant. He's attended hundreds of concerts and festivals, including the Peach, Mountain Jam, the All Good and Lockn'. He's ridden legendary Grateful Dead runs from Ventura County Fairgrounds to Irvine Meadows (CA) from the Nassau Coliseum (NY) to the Boston Garden (MA). Peter is a former U.S. Marine who – after running into trouble with every last one of his commanding officers – received an honorable discharge and a direct order never to return. Born in California and raised in New Jersey, Peter lived in Boston and Joshua Tree (CA) before settling in the nation's capital. Find him on tour at PWendel@SongMango.com.