“I actually used to watch Gregg and Duane play with the Allman Joys when I was a young teenager back in Tuscaloosa, Alabama where I grew up,” he says. “All of us young musicians would make sure we went to go see that band anytime they came through town. They were just absolutely amazing.”
Leavell’s says his admiration of Gregg Allman’s talent only grew stronger as he worked with and opened up for the Allman Brother’s Band.
“Gregg had the most amazing, beautiful, intriguing voice in Rock and Roll and it was very southern, as was his writing.”
Leavell says Gregg was a true southern gentleman and often avoided the spotlight to let his music speak for itself. He says one of Allman’s popular songs “Midnight Rider” sums up his friend’s legacy perfectly.
“It says ‘the road goes on forever,’ and it certainly will with Gregg’s music.”
Leavell says he was honored to be part of the tribute concert to Gregg in Atlanta a few years ago, and the number of stars that showed up to take part speaks volumes about Allman’s influence on southern rock and the music industry.
“Gregg meant so many things to so many different people, and I think that was one of the wonderful things about Gregg is there was so much music to choose from.”
No matter where Gregg’s career took him, Leavell says the Macon community always had a special place in his heart.
“Macon, Georgia was in Gregg Allman’s blood. There’s no doubt about it. There were so many times that we spent there in so many situations, whether we were recording at Capricorn Records or whether we were rehearsing in Macon or when we would do shows in Macon.”
Leavell is currently working in London and will not be able to attend Allman’s funeral, but he says there will be a celebration concert in Gregg’s honor at a later date. He did not have any details on when or where it would happen, but he does expect many of Gregg’s musician and personal friends to be part of it.