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Eric Church performs song tribute to Gregg Allman

Country star Eric Church honoured Gregg Allman onstage on Saturday (27May17) by performing a cover of Midnight Rider hours after the news of the rock legend’s death broke online.
The Allman Brothers Band founder passed away, aged 69, as Eric prepared to wrap up his Holdin’ My Own Tour in Nashville, Tennessee, and he decided to pay tribute to his old friend and collaborator towards the end of his gig by launching into a rendition of the 1971 hit.
Church did not share any words in memory of Allman before the track, instead letting his performance speak for itself.
The two musicians had previously shared the stage to sing the tune in 2015, when Church was invited to join Allman at the Grammy Foundation’s Living Histories event in Los Angeles.
The country singer had also covered The Allman Brothers Band’s Win, Lose or Draw and Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More at a 2014 tribute show, reports Rolling Stone.
Condolences from Allman’s friends, fans and collaborators have been pouring in since the veteran musician’s passing, and his former bandmate, keyboardist Chuck Leavell, has now added a few touching words of his own in memory of Gregg.
In a post on his website, Leavell wrote, “Gregg Allman was not only a friend and brother, but he was a strong inspiration to me very early on in my career.”
He also reflected on the pioneering work of the Southern rock group, admitting he was “so fortunate to eventually be a part of it”, having admired the band from afar before joining the line-up for a few years in the 1970s.
Leavell’s note echoes the sentiments of The Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes, who remembered his group leader in moving post on Facebook on Saturday.
“I am truly honored to have been fortunate enough to have written many songs with him and equally honored to have traveled the world with him while making the best music the world has ever known,” he wrote. “I will never, ever take that for granted. And on top of all that, he was my dear friend.”

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