Best Eulogy: All-Star Tribute to Gregg Allman, Butch Trucks
The musical and biological families of the fallen Gregg Allman and Butch Trucks came together on stage to honor the late icons. Allman Brothers Band alumni Jaimoe, Oteil Burbridge, Marc Quinones, Jack Pearson and Chuck Leavell led a charge that included sons of the Allman and Trucks families and a laundry list of former collaborators and special guests. Devon Allman belted out a soulful "One Way Out," and Duane Betts, looking eerily like his father, Dickey, in cowboy hat and denim shirt, joined Pearson and Les Brers guitarist Pat Bergeson for a spectacular three-guitar "Jessica" with harmonies ringing throughout their riff work. But it was long-tenured Allmans guitarist and Gov't Mule frontman Warren Haynes who took an inspired lead on an epic "Whipping Post" to close the set. A nod to Allman at his most guttural and exposed, the raucous jam ended in sentiment, with Haynes changing lyrics "Good Lord, I feel like I’m dying" to "Sometimes, there’s no such thing as dying" to reflect his friends' musical immortality.