As legend has it, Duane Allman learned to play slide on a Coricidin pill bottle to Taj Mahal’s version of “Statesboro Blues” while sick in bed. This past Saturday night, Taj Mahal sat in with the Allman Brothers Band once again at Live Oak, FL’s Wanee Music Festival. The blues great emerged a few songs into the band’s set for his own “Leavin’ Trunk.” He remained onstage as the band charged into “Statesboro Blues.”
In addition, the members of several Allman Brothers Band side projects joined the group at various points during Saturday’s performance. Guitarist Jr. Mack—who plays in Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band with the founding ABB drummer—emerged five songs into the group’s set for “Southbound” while Gregg Allman & Friends keyboardist Bruce Katz and Tedeschi Trucks Band trumpeter Maurice Brown both played on “You Don’t Love Me.” Katz also emerged for the abovementioned take on “Leavin’ Truck” while Tedeschi Trucks Band saxophonist Kebbi Williams joined in later in the night on “Mountain Jam.” The latter song also featured Max Creek/Mike Gordon Band guitarist Scott Murawski, who played with ABB bassist Oteil Burbridge in Bill Kreutzmann’s trio.
Several additional collaborations took place throughout the weekend as well. Honey Island Swamp Band welcomed
the Soul Rebels (the next band scheduled on the same stage) while Particle performed with its former guitarist Ben Combe. Galactic also welcomed a flew of guests, including Kofi Burbridge.