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Acoustic show at Eagle Creek a tribute to Gregg Allman

October 02, 2017

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Local, regional and even some out of state artists will come together at Eagle Creek Brewing Company on Oct. 6 for Please Call Home: A Celebration of the Life and Music of Gregg Allman.

Organizers Greg Kearney and Kimbie Dismuke are excited about the show, and encourage local residents to come out and celebrate the music of this legendary rock artist.

The night will feature acoustic versions of Allman’s music performed by artists including Chris Mitchell, Daniel Navarro, Cyril Durant, Betsy Franck, Dylan Bragg, Micahlan Boney, Jason White, Michael McCarthy, Tall Paul Phillips, Nathan Smith and Kearney.

Gregg Allman played an essential role in the development of Southern Rock. He died earlier this year at the age of 69, following complications from liver cancer. A statement on his website at the time of his death said he passed away peacefully on May 27 at his home in Savannah.

The show idea was born from Kearney’s love of the Allman Brothers Band, formed in 1969.

“I’ve been a fan of Gregg Allman and the Allman Brothers Band since I was young. I’m a musician myself and I can literally remember where I was when I first heard their ‘Filmore East’ album and the impact that had on me,” Kearney said. “They are my all-time favorite band, hands down.”

Kearney believes that Allman was one of the best blues singers ever.

“That man had the ability to project so much emotion into his voice. It’s no secret that he lived a life of many noteworthy highs and lows, but music was always his medicine. He believed that music had the power to heal people, and I couldn’t agree more,” Kearney said.

After Allman passed away, along with several other noteworthy musicians, Kearney felt that something was needed to “tip our hats to them.”

“And Gregg Allman was at the very top of my list,” he said.

Kearney said he wanted to include a variety of musicians so that each would get an opportunity to put their own spin to Allman’s music.

“We’ve gotten a great response not only from the artists, but from the public as well. It seems that everyone knows of or has some kind of an affinity for at least one of his songs, if not many more. This is our way of showing that appreciation,” Kearney said.

The musicians for the show were handpicked by Kearney, chosen because he believed they would do Allman’s music justice.

“We’ve got a wide variety of artists for this show with roots and influences ranging from country, bluegrass, soul and everything in between,” he said. “These are all seasoned musicians and I, for one, can’t wait to hear their interpretations of this music.”

Most of the artists are from the Statesboro and Savannah areas, but there some are also coming from out of state.

Each artist will perform a handful of songs that were written by and or performed by Allman, either with the Allman Brothers or as a solo artist. The musicians have the option to perform solo or bring an accompanying musician, but there will be no full bands.

“I wanted to go with a more intimate atmosphere for this where it’s all about the music,” Kearney said. “I play guitar and somehow managed to sweet talk myself into sitting in with each artist, which I’m also very excited about.”

Kearney said the event has some great sponsors, including Bunyan Morris with Echeegeechee Studios, who hand-painted the design for the poster advertising the event. Prints of the design will be available for sale at the show.

Cake Bakery will be on hand to provide a special treat for the first guests through the door the night of the show, and Homegrown Trading Post, a local soap and crafts company, will also be helping out, along with Kevin Boyd with Country Financial Insurance.

“We couldn’t have put this on without these guys and I can’t tell you how much it means to have their help,” Kearney said.

Kearney said that more tribute events like this will be held in the future, so local residents should “stay tuned.”

“With all that’s going on in the world these days, nights like this are a great opportunity for people to come together and forget about all the bad, if only for a few hours,” he said.

Tickets are $6 in advance, available at Eagle Creek, and are $8 at the door. Seating is limited and the show is selling out fast. The show begins at 8 p.m.


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