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Gregg Allman @Johnny Mercer

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'ROUND these parts, the man needs no introduction. A founding member of The Allman Brothers, Gregg Allman’s career and personal life are storied affairs: failed marriages, stints in and out of rehab, risky surgeries, the deaths of loved ones.

But Allman’s always shone bright as an enduring spirit with that contagious grin and dedication to positivity: in the past five years, the 67-year-old has received a Grammy nod, penned an autobiography, My Cross to Bear, played a final show with The Allman Brothers, and continued to release solo material, most recently 2011’s Low Country Blues, produced by T-Bone Burnett.

In recent local news and national headlines, he stood up for what’s right via lawsuit, when the creators of his biopic, Midnight Rider, attempted to resume shooting after the on-set death of crew member Sarah Jones. Allman, who was an Executive Producer on the film, removed himself from the project entirely; the lawsuit was settled out of court, and filming will likely not continue.

Here’s hoping the Midnight Rider himself, with that big heart and lust for life, never loses his thirst for performance. Tickets are still available; take the kids and grant them the opportunity to see the founder of Southern Rock himself live and in person.

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