Jackson Browne, Eric Church, Martina McBride Join Gregg Allman Tribute Concert in Atlanta
The life and musical works of Gregg Allman just got more honored. The Allman Brothers Band, Jackson Browne, Natalie Cole and more are set to pay tribute to 65-year-old rock icon at a special concert next year.
Other newly-announced performers include John Hiatt and Don Was, all of whom will well and truly take over the Fox Theater in Atlanta. “All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs & Voice of Gregg Allman” will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, January 10th 2014.
Super-producer Don Was is fulfilling musical direction duties for the concert, which will also include performances from Trace Adkins, Eric Church, Brantley Gilbert, Taj Mahal, Keb’ Mo’, Martina McBride, Pat Monahan of Train, Sam Moore, Robert Randolph, Susan Tedeschi, Widespread Panic and Allman Brothers mainstays Warren Haynes, Jaimoe and Derek Trucks.
More artists are expected to be announced between this very second right now and the one just before 7:30pm on January 10th.
It would, frankly, be a massive understatement to say that Gregg Allman himself had had a mildly busy couple of years. Highlights include Allman receiving a Lifetime Achievement Grammy for his work with the Allman Brothers Band, the group he co-founded in 1969 alongside his late brother Duane. He then revealed he’d gotten engaged to a 24-year-old named Shannon and released his memoir, “My Cross to Bear”, after which he played a couple of shows at New York’s Beacon Theater. Then, it was revealed that Allman has sold the film rights to “My Cross to Bear” to serve as the basis of a biopic by the filmmakers of the recent “CBGB” movie.
One of the filmmakers for the biopic had this to say of the memoir:
“We knew it was a great story but didn’t know how great it was until we read the book. That journey, and coming out the other side, is not the normal falling-into-hell story that rock & roll often is.”