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Allman tunes for sure.


“Statesborro Blues” was next. That one never gets old. Blind Willie McTell was somewhere just grinning his ass off. Gregg said in his book that there are times he will see Derek out of the cor- ner of his eye and feel like his brother is standing ther. I believe that happened during “Statesboro.” Gregg almost smiled. From the darkened stage, we heard Gregg’s acoustic guitar being strummed and everyone was speculating that “Melissa” was next, but he pulled a surprise, doing Jackson Browne’s “These Days” instead. Always a treat. Just Gregory and Warren on guitars. Sweet.


Ah yes. “Mountain Jam.” I decided to grab a cold one and just lean back in my seat. This was going to be off the charts. Butch was wearing his infamous Moogis “head cam” all night. Looked like a coal miner. He and Jaimoe and Marc were in sync and running like a well oiled machine. Derek and Warren were also amazing. The band really use dynamics to their advantage. Sadly, not many bands do that these days. There’s nothing better than dropping it to a whisper. Which they did, right before surprising the crowd with a rousing rendition of Dickey Betts’ signature tune “Blue Sky.” It’s always been at the top of my list as one of my favorite songs, and while I must admit it made me miss Dickey, that’s his song for sure, but Warren sings it very well. And the dou- ble lead is as amazing as ever.


Gregg followed that one up with “Don’t Keep Me Wonderin,” with a return to the stage by the Juke Horns. It was a big ol’ sweat soaked, south- ern rockin’ soul shiftin’ band.


Warren then sang Van Morrison’s, “Into the Mystic,” another show highlight to be sure. Of course tonight’s rendition “Dreams” was stellar. One of the best versions I have heard the guys play. And I have heard a lot of versions. At the end, the boys pulled off a “Mountain Jam” reprise.


They left everyone in a daze, as Gregg stepped up to say good night, he said “It’s been a ball, y’all.” Now that’s southern! Of course, they never leave without an encore...


And what an encore it was. “Whippin’ Post.” The whole band drove it home in style, wrapping


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up another outstanding live show. For a minute I thought about the fact that Gregg and them have been playing for over 43 years. Hard to believe. And they still manage to rock your socks off, if you’re 7 years old or 70. No wonder they are my all time favorite band. Followed closely by Tedeschi Trucks. Oh yes, this was a mighty, mighty fine night.


-Michael Buffalo Smith


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