This past January 10, an impressive lineup of artists, crossing genres and generations, assembled at Atlanta’s Fox Theater to pay tribute to Allman Brothers Band frontman and namesake Gregg Allman.

The lineup included his bandmates in the Allmans — guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks, who announced shortly after that show that they’d be leaving the band at year’s end — as well as his peers (Jackson Browne, Dr. John), his son (Devon Allman) and his disciples from the jam-band world (Widespread Panic). It also included artists from the country music world (Trace Adkins, Martina McBride, Eric Church), plus one of his influences (Sam Moore from legendary ’60s soul duo Sam & Dave). A live album and concert film from the event, called All My Friends  will be out on May 6.

The show had many highlights, and one of them was Church’s performance. The country superstar took on the lead track from 1972’s Eat A Peach, “Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More,” as well as “Win, Lose or Draw,” the title track from the band’s 1975 LP. 

“The great thing that Gregg Allman and the Allman Brothers and a lot of people from that era did best is they let the music be the music,” Church said in a statement. “They didn’t try to manufacture it, they let the creativity happen.”

“He tore that up,” Allman told about Church’s performance, during a phone conversation last week.”But please print this: it’s hard to say who did the best job of what. They were all so wonderful.”

Related: Eric Church on The Outsiders: It’s “pretty far out there” 

During‘s conversation with Allman last week, he also dropped the announcement that the Allmans, are not, in fact, breaking up (as had been previously believed by the band’s fans). Allman was calling from the Wanee Music Festival in Florida, but he was still moved when recalling the concert in his honor three months back.

“The first thing that came to my mind,” during the show, Allman recalls, was: “‘Gregory. Do. Not. Cry. Do not start crying!’ If you watch the part with me and Jackson [Browne], we did ‘These Days’ and ‘Melissa,’ and if you look at him during the second verse of ‘Melissa,’ and he was singing and he had a huge f***in’ crocodile tear out of the outside of his eye and I was thinkin’, ‘Don’t start, you’ll get me goin’!’ And I just happened to look down at the first three or four rows, they were all crying.”

Read more, and check out Eric Church’s performance of “Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More” at 

— Brian Ives, 


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