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See Lady Antebellum’s Mournful Tribute to Gregg Allman

Trio honors Southern rock legend with Charles Kelley-led version of “Midnight Rider”

During their 2012 headlining Own the Night Tour, Lady Antebellum took to winding down those arena shows with crowd-pleasing covers of the Allman Brothers Band’s “Midnight Rider” and the Doobie Brothers’ “Black Water,” with help from their supporting acts like Darius Rucker and Thompson Square. Over the weekend, the trio reprised “Midnight Rider” yet again, but this time it was a mournful tribute to singer Gregg Allman, who died on May 27th.

Performed at their Wheatland, California show on May 28th, the trio’s version of “Midnight Rider” is a slow build – acoustic guitars and cymbals piling on the momentum until the rest of the band snaps into gear. Charles Kelley ably leads the proceedings, his soulful tenor blending beautifully with Hillary Scott’s high harmonies. “Gregg Allman tribute last night. You’ll be missed,” the group tweeted, along with a short video clip of the performance.

Lady Antebellum’s You Look Good Tour, with guests Kelsea Ballerini and Brett Young, continues later this week with a show in Albuquerque, New Mexico, followed by stops in Phoenix and Los Angeles.

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