The Word from Wanee
Over the weekend, the Allman Brothers Band hosted its second annual Wanee Festival in Live Oak, FL. A family reunion on several levels, Wanee featured a number of
Allman Brothers Band associates, ranging from Govt Mule and the Derek Trucks Band to second-generation ABB musicians such as Gregg Allmans son Devon and Butch Trucks son Vaylor. As expected, throughout the weekend a number of guests also joined the Allman Brothers Band onstage. On Friday, Derek Trucks brought out both the love of his life, his wife Susan Tedeschi, and the voice of his band, the Derek Trucks Bands Mike Mattison, on Anyday. A bit later in the Brothers set, longtime ABB/Gregg Allman and Friends associate Floyd Miles and North Mississippi Allstars guitarist Luther Dickinson also both emerged on Born Under A Bad Sign.
Though Butch Trucks revealed in a recent site interview that former Allman Brothers Band guitarist Jack Pearson would fill in for an absent Derek Trucks (who had to jet to England for rehearsals with Eric Clapton) on Saturday, Pearson actually showed up a day early to play on The Same Thing. In turn, on Saturday the Allman Brothers Band celebrated Fathers Day a few months early, bringing Devon Allman out on Midnight Rider and Vaylor Trucks onstage for In Memory of Elizabeth Reed.
During the Derek Trucks Bands evening set, Pearson also sat-in on Greensleeves, while Luther Dickinson performed with the group on both Key To The Highway and Everything Is Everything. Recalling her recent Beacon Theater guest spot with the Allman Brothers Band, Tedeschi joined her husband on The Weight, as well as Spirit In The Dark (which also featured the Lee Boys Dr. Roosevelt Collier) and Feel So Bad (which also featured Floyd Miles).
The Allman Brothers Band will perform next at Chattanooga, TNs Riverbend Festival on June 17.