A who's-who of roots, country, blues and rock performers lend their talents to All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs and Voice of Gregg Allman, a new album and DVD recorded in January at Atlanta's Fox Theatre and scheduled for release May 6 on CD, Blu-Ray and DVD. Among the guests paying tribute to the southern rock pioneer are Jackson Browne, Dr. John, Eric Church, John Hiatt, Vince Gill, Robert Randolph, Susan Tedeschi, Widespread Panic, Pat Monahan of Train, Widespread Panic, Taj Mahal, Keb' Mo', Martina McBride and Trace Adkins. Allman's bandmates in The Allman Brothers band, featuring the soon-to-be-exiting Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes, are also on hand. Don Was served as the evening's bandleader for an ensemble that included Kenny Aronoff (John Mellencamp), Jack Pearson (Allman Brothers Band), Chuck Leavell (Sea Level, Rolling Stones) and Audley Freed (The Black Crowes, Sheryl Crow).
"I try not to think about it just directly. It's kind of like we all came to the gig together," Allman said backstage before the show. "It's pretty overwhelming but I've got the music to hang onto, to keep me on the ground. Otherwise they'd have to take me out of here on a string, like a balloon."
Read a review of the original concert at Rolling Stone here.