Reid Genauer is the latest musician to post memory of Gregg Allman online. In a heartfelt message, the Strangefolk and Assembly of Dust frontman says:
I remember the first time I heard The Allman Brother’s “One Way Out” in high school and more accurately felt the electricity. It was like tasting an exotic fruit for the first time. Later my friend William Halby introduced me to Gregg Allman’s version of the gospel tune “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” my freshman year in college and that spoke to me in a quieter but deeper way . Few people in my personal or professional life have touched me and captured my imagination like this fair haired rock and roller and his rough and tumbled group. It’s like Gregg Allman translated the worn and weathered emotional connectedness of Gospel and Blues for those of us who might have otherwise missed its weight. Like all of us and in particular – like all great artists -his gifts were intertwined with a complex life experience that must have left him with as many questions as answers. But lord knows when I called for comfort he answered in song time and time again. I’m sad for his passing but for those of us who have felt the chill of his voice and the warmth of his soul his road and his music will indeed go on forever. RIP Gregg – You loom large and alight in this life and beyond. Your faithful fan
Assembly of Dust will perform at Big Sky, MT’s Music in the Mountains on July 13.