"He tore that up," Gregg Allman said.

By Brian Ives 

Earlier this year 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 BrowneDr. 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 AdkinsMartina McBrideEric 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. Watch Church’s “Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More” below.

“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. “They didn’t try to manufacture it, they let the creativity happen.”

“He tore that up,” Allman told Radio.com 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” 

“The first thing that came to my mind,” during the show, Allman recalled, was: “‘Gregory. Do. Not. Cry. Do not start crying!'”

Read more about Eric Church on Radio.com


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