Another loss to the Jam and musical community yesterday. I found the news out while at the festival Rooster Walk here in Virginia. I had just casually thrown on an Allman Brothers shirt to wear to for the day. When I looked at my newsfeed and saw that Gregg had passed, I thought that it was just another hoax but it felt surreal. My first concert ever was the Allman Brothers in Charlottesville, Va. My allegiances have always lay with the Southern Jam community and the Allman Brothers set the bar for that genre. We all know that Gregg had not been doing well but this is still a hard loss to accept. To think that I will never get to see the Allman Brothers again is mind-boggling.
Their songs live on though, in my heart and my soul and in this community and the musicians that drive this music forward. I truly hope that musicians take note of Gregg's and the Allman Brothers amazing life-changing musical legacy. I am so happy to be seeing live music this weekend and the many Allman brothers tributes from Marcus King Band and Greensky Bluegrass here at Roosterwalk. I can't imagine celebrating the life of such a great musician in any other way, dancing my blues away. We will never catch the Midnight Rider. Peace be with you Gregg, thanks for everything.
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