Legendary Allman Brothers Band vocalist Gregg Allman will be laid to rest this afternoon at a ceremony in his hometown of Macon, GA, and among the notable attendees will be Allman’s former bandmate and founding ABB guitarist Dickey Betts and former president Jimmy Carter.
According to Rolling Stone, Betts will attend the funeral despite his infamously contentious relationship with the late Allman. Betts was fired from the Allman Brothers Band in 2000 after years of various reports of infighting and declining quality of shows, and the guitarist sued the band members as a result. Upon the news of Allman’s death, however, Betts released a statement that noted he and Allman “were able to have a couple good talks” before his passing, implying the two ended things on good terms, though the long-awaited onstage reunion never came to fruition.
President Jimmy Carter, who was acting governor of Georgia during the Allmans’ heyday in the ’70s, also announced he will be a part of today’s ceremony in Macon, according to The Hill. Carter says that he and his wife Rosalynn were “deeply saddened” by the news of Allman’s death, noting that the late musician helped raise funds for his 1976 presidential campaign. “Gregg Allman was there when I needed him,” Carter says. “And Rosalynn and I have always been grateful to him.”
The private ceremony for Allman will take place today at 1pm at Snow’s Memorial Chapel in Macon. Fans who wish to attend were asked by Allman’s manager Michael Lehman to line the streets outside the church, preferably in jeans. “No suits,” Lehman said.