I drove from Hilton Head, SC, to Atlanta today via Macon, GA. As I cruised through Statesboro on the way to Macon, I gave in to nostalgia and listened to the Allman Brothers (Fillmore Sessions). In Memory of Elizabeth Reed, Whipping Post, and Mountain Jam combine fire and beauty that still knocks me out. It’s a damn shame that Duane Allman was killed on a motorcycle in 1971 soon after these recordings, just as the band was emerging as a musical force. After his death, they were just another good Southern rock band He was in a class with Eric Clapton – listen to them together on Layla and Other Love Songs by Derek and the Dominos.
For those unfamiliar with classic rock, the Allman Brothers opened their live performances with Statesboro Blues and the band’s label was Capricorn Records, which was located in Macon, GA.