Hot 'Lanta

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"Hot 'Lanta"
Song by The Allman Brothers Band
from the album At Fillmore East
Released July 1971
Genre Jazz rock,[1] progressive rock[1]
Length 5:17
Label Capricorn
Songwriter(s) Duane Allman, Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, Butch Trucks, Berry Oakley, Jai Johanny Johanson
At Fillmore East track listing
  1. "Statesboro Blues"
  2. "Done Somebody Wrong"
  3. "Stormy Monday"
  4. "You Don't Love Me"
  5. "Hot 'Lanta"
  6. "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed"
  7. "Whipping Post"

"Hot 'Lanta" is an instrumental song performed by the Allman Brothers Band. It debuted on their live album At Fillmore East, released in July 1971, the fifth song on the album. "Hotlanta" is a nickname for Atlanta, Georgia and is a portmanteau of the words "hot" and "Atlanta".

This song only appears on live albums.[citation needed] It evolved out of a jam session when Allman Brothers guitarist Dickey Betts got the idea for the melody line.[citation needed] This was a feature song at concerts for bass player Berry Oakley until his death in a motorcycle accident in 1972.[citation needed]

Song information[edit]

The song begins with a statement of the theme, followed by solos from Gregg Allman (organ), Duane Allman (guitar), and Dickey Betts (guitar). There is then a (duet) drum break, and then a restatement of the theme, which ends on a dissonant chord that fades into a drone of organ and intermittent snare drum rolls, then growing into a powerful crescendo accentuated by the timpani playing of drummer Butch Trucks.

The composition has elements in common with jazz rock and progressive rock.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Martin, Bill, Jr. (2015-12-14). Listening to the Future: The Time of Progressive Rock, 1968-1978. Open Court. ISBN 9780812699449.