Gregg Allman, who with his brother Duane pioneered the sound of Southern rock more than a generation ago, died on Saturday at the age of 69. The "Whipping Post" musician infused the soulful blues with his wailing organ and Duane's smooth guitar and toured the world as a solo act and as part of the Allman Brothers Band long after his brother's death in 1971.
Gregg Allman visited Charleston a number of times in the last few years, but one of his final shows here was at the Southern Ground Music and Food Festival in 2012, where he stepped on stage with host Zac Brown, his band, and surprise late-addition guest, John Mayer. Southern Ground took a break this year, but in its first few years, some high-powered guitarists took the stage with Zac Brown, including Allman, Mayer, Warren Haynes, and Jim James to name a few. And 2012's jam with Allman and Mayer was no exception.
Before his final trip to Charleston last year, Allman told Vincent Harris that after more than 40 years on the road and in the studio, he stays positive: "I'm really busy and really happy ... Life is good, man, and I'm enjoying every minute of it."
Of course, you can relive part of the set Gregg played with ZBB and John Mayer on YouTube. Ignore the shaky handheld video end enjoy one of Gregg's final performances in Chs: