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  posted on 3/26/2006 at 03:36 PM
I'll have to come back later and do a nice, long review of the events of the evening, but just wanted to be the first back from the show to say what a GREAT evening it was with CRS in Macon. Lots and lots of GBers and many special guests from the ABB family were in attendance. Also have many photos John took to share. Right now I gotta split, but suffice it to say - STELLAR!!

 

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  posted on 3/26/2006 at 04:27 PM
I agree, Dave. Wasn't that just awesome?!! So much talent on one stage!

It was so good to meet some new friends and see many old friends. I think Dave and/or Bluedad will be posting pictures. I left my camera in the car and since Bluedad had it covered, I decided not to go get it.

Here's me and my bro last night (thanks Bluedad and Dave for sending this to me).

What a fun-filled night!



[Edited on 3/26/2006 by MissTerry]

[Edited on 3/28/2006 by MissTerry]

 

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  posted on 3/26/2006 at 05:25 PM
Hey Babes! So good to meet you last night, Miss Terry. What a hot time in the old town last night!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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  posted on 3/26/2006 at 07:37 PM
Miss Elf, it was so good meeting you too!!!! It was a large time!

 

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  posted on 3/26/2006 at 08:14 PM
Terry,

The pics are downloading to your email addy as I write

 

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  posted on 3/26/2006 at 08:17 PM
Thanks, Bluedad! You're the best You are one of many very nice people I met last night. You and your road dog, Dave rock! Thanks again.

 

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  posted on 3/26/2006 at 10:16 PM
I want to thank all the kind and wonderful people I got to meet in person yesterday. Some I already knew but didn't know the online name and others I only knew through the forum.

Everyone in the band appreciates your support and the kind things you've all had to say about the band. They're having a great time playing music they love and it makes it even better to know people want to listen.

Thank you all for the well-wishes you gave to me and for helping to make the entire day a memorable one!

 

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  posted on 3/26/2006 at 10:21 PM
I wish I could've been there last night, Ann. I even looked into airfare to get there, but as far south as I could get at a cheap rate was Richmond, VA...just not close enough

Hope to see you in May in Gadsen for the Family Bands weekend.

 

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  posted on 3/27/2006 at 02:14 AM
I hated to miss this show but got to witness the greatest run ever by the ABB! I sure hope there were tapers - I love CRS!

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  posted on 3/27/2006 at 02:36 AM
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I hated to miss this show but got to witness the greatest run ever by the ABB! I sure hope there were tapers - I love CRS!

JNB


Mr. Joe Bell, Please llet us know if you find any good tapes. I would have loved to be with my loved ones in Macon, but after seeing last night's show, I was in the right place and it must've been the right time!

 

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  posted on 3/27/2006 at 09:53 AM
Joe, you would have loved it, and it would have been great to see you again! However, given the choice, I would have been at the Beacon too!

See you soon.

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  posted on 3/27/2006 at 10:01 AM
Not me, not that night! Yes, to the Beacon any other night, but I wouldn't have been anywhere else but Macon on the 25th!

 

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  posted on 3/27/2006 at 10:10 AM
It was a special night, MissElfy! I've never been to the Beacon, so don't think I could pass on that.

 

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  posted on 3/27/2006 at 10:46 AM
My elaboration on the evening, and analogy to the Beacon:

I've been to two Sweeties Parties, the first time I didn't "know" anybody (but I knew everybody). It was like going to somebody's house, and it was a happy house, a house full of love.

Being at Nashville Station Sat. night was the same feeling, but much, much more intense.
So many of those in the room were indeed lifelong friends, their lives intertwined for forty years. It was like being invited into their world.

We speak here often of the extended family, and it has become a major part of my life. Thank you for letting me be a part. But in Macon, I had the sense of being allowed into the immediate family. I don't want to sound presumptous....I certainly wasn't there, contributed nothing to the legacy of Duane Allman. But there was a sense of the immediate family being OK with us, being glad we were/are there.

Onstage and offstage, Bonnie conveyed the sense that she was talking to family, was with family. In her tribute to Twiggs, she never thought of explaining who he was, she was aware that she was in a room where everybody knew. She was with family. Members of CRS, MTB, recording artists, record company execs, all walked freely among us, meeting and greeting, smiling, exchanging hugs, feeling at home.

Because they were at home, just like many of us the first time we walked into the Jello Shot Suite in NYC.

I guess there are other similar stories in the world, I don't know. All I know is, from the days of the free shows at Piedmont Park and elsewhere, to Saturday Night in Macon 2006, there is a spiritual force of goodness connected to Duane Allman and the lives he touched, and continues to touch. There are also dark forces too, as seen by another motorcycle crash. Goodness can't be taken for granted, it must be sought.

Well, two weeks ago my heart was broken because I couldn't be with our family in New York, my spirit was broken because my brother's health was struck down. Looking back, I was where I needed to be all along, for a variety of reasons. And after my little trip Saturday night, my heart and my spirit are sound again, and my brother is going to be fine too.

God bless the legacy of Duane Allman, may the road go on forever. Man, what a ride!!!

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  posted on 3/27/2006 at 11:17 AM
Bupp, beautiful post man. Someone please hand me a tissue.

 

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  posted on 3/27/2006 at 11:25 AM
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God bless the legacy of Duane Allman, may the road go on forever. Man, what a ride!!!

it ain't over yet...

you should probably buckle up..

prayers to Callahan..hope you are feelin better soon man..

 

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  posted on 3/27/2006 at 01:19 PM
Well, I'll do my best to recall the events of the day Saturday. So much happened, I know I'll forget something, but that's OK. I'll come back and edit if I have to.

Bluedad and I arrived a little late to the H&H, where everyone was gathering for lunch. By the time we arrived, we had missed Willie Perkins. But the first folks we were greeted by outside was LUKE and his lovely wife Gina. From there, we went inside. There were literally a ton of folks inside. From the HTW site, there was Helen (banesh,) her son Mikey, TanDan, Patrick Crenshaw, JamGram and her daughter Erin and son in law and granddaughter, Goliath and MisElf, SmokinOP and I am sure I am leaving some out. Also, from Gadsden and CRS, Johnny Sandlin and his lovely wife BigAnn (I haven't figured out why they call her BigAnn. She's not big at all,) Scott Boyer, Carl Weaver and FatDogg Farley, and from Macon, Candace Oakley and her husband Buford. I got to meet the famous Mama Louise and Mama Hill also. It was a lot to take in for having just arrived. The H&H was packed! I talked basses with Johnny, hugged BigAnn, FatDogg was selling H&H shirts behind the counter for Mamas Louise and Hill. At one point, I walked right passed Bonnie Bramlett without realizing it was her. After we had ordered our food, we were standing out front when up rolls in Red Dog, Kim Payne, Judi Petty and a friend of theirs. Sorry, but I can't recall her name. We were all standing around meeting and greeting when Bonnie waked back out. THAT'S when I realized who she was! I said hello and shook her hand and told her I had seen her on my first ever Allman Brothers show in 1979 on the Enlightened Rogues tour. Then I told her, "I have a message for you. A friend of mine in Malibu told me to tell you hello and to show you these pictures." It was from Berry D. Oakley and his three kids. She was beaming! She's been close to B.O. and was tickled to see his children. She asked if she could keep the pictures and I said, "Yes Ma'am!" I was glad to have made her smile. She is a lovely person.

After lunch, bluedad and I went to The Georgia Music Hall of Fame and took the tour. It cost $8 but was maybe worth $5. I wasn't disappointed, but they could have had a MUCH larger display for the Brothers. Then we hooked up with some of the folks who were staying at the Crown Plaza Hotel. Bluedad and I, Goliath and MisElf, Banesh and her son Mike, Patrick Crenshaw and SmokinOP were in one of the rooms playing around on guitars. SmokinOP also had a mandolin. I don't play a lot of guitar, but I had fun doing what little playing I did. Goliath and bluedad played some stuff together while SmokinOP added some mandolin licks. Of course, the beer was flowing by this point. Later, a few of us went to get some dinner and coffee at the Waffle House. After we returned to the hotel, we went on to the show.

The opening act was a band from Huntsville, AL called Toy Shop. I guess the best way to describe the music is progressive jam? They were a good band, excellent musicianship. I even recall seeing some of the boys at H&H earlier on the day. Then CRS took the stage. It was de ja vu of Gadsden and JFD for me. I love this band and I love the songs they play. Tommy Talton's voice is just as smooth and clear now as it was in 1974 when they did Time Will Take Us on The Gregg Allman Tour album. That has to be my favorite CRS tune, followed closely by This Old Cowboy. But it was hard to just stand there and listen to the music because of all the fine company in attendance. MissTerry showed up on the arm of Chank Middleton. She and Chank go back a ways to the early fan reunions in Macon. She introduced us and I can see why he is one of Gregg's best friends. The dude is one big smile. The old crew showed up. Kim was having a wonderful time dancing with Kirsten West. Red Dog was having a good time until some drunk woman started messing with him, but that was over before it really started. The mood of the evening was somewhat dampened by the news that Mike Callahan, who rode his motorcycle all the way up from FL, had an accident in Macon which resulted in a broken wrist. Luckily, that was the worst of his injuries. We missed him at the show. When you include Judi Petty representing Joe Dan, all of the crew from the back cover of At Fillmore East, except for Twiggs and Callahan, was in attendance, and Callahan almost made it. Willie Perkins was there as well, mingling and shaking hands with old and new friends. Candace and Buford attended the show as well.

The music was stellar. There was only one musical glitch the whole evening. One of the songs Bonnie was singing had apparently been kicked off in the wrong time signature. It was straightened out in the first four bars, but any performer will tell you that it sucks when that happens. I didn't note the set lists, I was too caught up in the revelry of the evening.

After the show we went to Waffle House (again) and had breakfast. Then it was time to crash. Bluedad and I ended up getting a room of our own at Crown Plaza. We got up Sunday morning and said our goodbyes to the folks a few floors below us, and ran into a few of the others who were dining in the hotel restsaurant. We went and got some coffee and spent a few hours riding around Macon taking in some of the historic ABB sites. We went to the house on College Street that was the first band house, and saw the house next door that was the site of the first album cover, we went to Hillcrest and Bartlett, where Duane's accident was and also to Inverness and Napier where Berry had his accident. We spent a little time at Rose Hill and paid our respects. It was a cool morning but the sun was shining and it was so serene there. After that we headed back towards home.

I know I haven't mentioned everyone who there from the GB. My apologies to those who were left out. It was just such a great turn out! All I can really say is this show and all of the people who were there as performers and spectators made it one for the record books. I made some new friends and was reaquainted with some old friends. I hope I can relive it again and again. I can't see enough CRS. We need them in Augusta!

 

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  posted on 3/27/2006 at 01:38 PM
Big Dave, thanks for mentioning Toy Shop. Some of the band is from England, the ELP, Wakeman/Anderson, and Moody Blues influences were definitely there, but the entire set was original stuff. Hard to define, but as I said before, if you enjoy the above-named, this band is a sure hit. I was and am drawn to the ABB by the high quality of musicianship, same thing drew me to Yes. Toy Shop is comprised of excellent musicians.
 
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  posted on 3/27/2006 at 01:44 PM
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I second that one. Hope your doing better!

It was great to meet all of you at the show sat. A special thanks to bluedad for making it happen! I think he might have even caught me in some pics somewhere..
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  posted on 3/27/2006 at 02:05 PM
Dave, great review! I too am glad you mentioned Toy Shop. I got their e-mail addresses and numbers to try to help them get a gig in Atlanta. Those guys are really talented. Great sound.

Thanks too for mentioning Callahan. He's going to be okay, but my prayers go out to him for a speedy recovery. Thankfully it wasn't worse.

Wonderful night, all the way around. Until we meet again, my friends....

 

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  posted on 3/27/2006 at 02:46 PM
Randy (aka Buppalo) -
Your words made me cry. The feelings you shared and expressed made me feel so many things. I hate that I was not able to come down for CRS on Saturday. It's almost like it isn't about the music necessarily - although it IS about the music! - but it is as much or more about the people we have all met along our paths who seem to congregate and bring us peace of mind and joy of heart and solitude of spirit by being in their presence. Even though I was not there physically, somehow I was there otherwise. Jamgram called me during one song, and just that much of hearing them play made me smile and long for those I love, those I call my friends, those who "get it" and understand and know and love back - and all with such passion!

God love you one and all. I do hope there is tape of this show for posterity and for those of us unlucky enough not to be there Saturday night. Ah, Saturday night in Macon, Georgia... now, where have I heard that before?!

Willie Howard (from Mayberryetta, a suburb of Hot'lanta)

 

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  posted on 3/27/2006 at 02:58 PM
At the H&H, one of the Toy Shop guys ( from England) saw my Rory Gallagher shirt and said something to the effect that he hadn't expected to run into anyone wearing a Rory shirt. He says to me "One of the best, ever". I replied, "THE Best, ever". We both smiled...

Rory and Duane....How cool would've that been!!

[Edited on 3/27/2006 by TanDan]

 

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  posted on 3/27/2006 at 03:10 PM
WillieHoward, It is about the music! The music is what brings all of us out to the bar to hang together!!!!!!!!!!!! The music is how we met each other!

 

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  posted on 3/27/2006 at 03:18 PM
Tan, was that Ant, the lead singer? He and his brother (keyboardist) are from England.

Willie, being back in the family brings a tear to my eye, and seeing old friends and hearing some awesome music in their presence is heartwarming. I missed you there!

[Edited on 3/27/2006 by MissTerry]

 

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  posted on 3/27/2006 at 03:20 PM
I think it was the lead singer because I saw him singing wearing a red H&H shirt.

 

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