ATLANTA - An all-star lineup of musicians feted Gregg Allman Friday night at a tribute concert heralding the southern rock luminary and the blues rock that influenced many artists to follow his band's early 1970s success.
Traditionally, Allman's biggest fans have been in the audience, dancing and swaying to his southern rock ensemble's well known songs like "Melissa" and "Midnight Rider." But on this night those effusing about Allman the most were on stage in Atlanta, performing for him and beside him - including Jackson Browne, Taj Mahal and Vince Gill.
Allman said he was humbled by the outpouring of appreciation from his colleagues.
"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."