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Published: 2009/10/15

Allman Brothers Reunite with Former Members, JoJo Confirms Solo Gig

Above: Former Alllman Brothers Band guitarist Jack Pearson

Widespread Panic’s JoJo Hermann will perform at New Orleans’ famed The Howlin’ Wolf on November 1. Hermann will join New Orleans legends like Ivan Neville, George Porter Jr., Russell Batiste and Ian Neville at the Down on the Bayou Benefit for the New Orleans Musicians Clinic. Panic is scheduled to headline the city’s Voodoo Music Experience earlier in the day.

Meanwhile, Widespread Panic’s extended tour with the Allman Brothers continues to roll through the Southeast. Tuesday night the two bands performed in Knoxville, TN and Derek Trucks sat in with Panic on a jam that led into “Surprise Valley” and then “Climb to Safety.” During the Allman Brothers Band’s set area-guitar player Jack Pearson—who was a member of the band from 1997-1999—took the stage for “Dreams,” “Mountain Jam” and “Whipping Post” at the end of the night. In addition, Chris Jackson supported Gregg Allman on keyboards throughout the night.

Last night, the two groups performed in Nashville, TN. Former Allman Brothers Band keyboardist Johnny Neel took the stage with Widespread Panic early in the night for a version of “Big Wooly Mammoth,” before former Black Crowes guitarist Audley Freed emerged for a run from “Don’t Wanna Lose You” into “It Ain’t No Use.” The collaborations continued during the Allman Brothers Band’s show with Elizabeth Pearson playing bass on “Done Somebody Wrong” and John Bell and Neel emerging for “It Takes A Lot To Laugh It Takes A Train To Cry.” In addition, Jack Pearson sat in on a set-closing “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” and Jackson played keyboards at various points throughout the night. Finally, longtime Allman Brothers Band associate Jimmy Hall—co-founder of the group Wet Willie—played harmonica on a show-closing version of “You Don’t Love Me” that also featured Elizabeth Pearson.

Widespread Panic and the Allman Brothers Band will perform at Dallas, TX’s Superpages.com Center this Friday.

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