Gregg Allman, who was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame over the weekend, shared a few thoughts on making it big with the Allman Brothers Band, on hard work, determination, today’s music and his Macon roots.
I never thought we’d make it, man.
In the early days, I was always the doubting Thomas of the band.
It took until the “Fillmore East” album hit it big before I actually believed we could make a living playing music.
We lived on next to nothing for two years, man.
In 1970, we were on the road for 300 days.
My brother (Duane) is the one who always believed in what we were doing. He had a vision for the band, and he just knew we were going to make it. He always told me, “Stick to your guns.” And he was right. So I tell that to anyone who has a dream of having a career in music. Believe in what you’re doing and be willing to pay the price.
People still find good music, despite all the crap that is out there right now.
I’m surprised that I’m still here, but I’m very, very grateful that I am. I enjoy every day to the fullest.
Macon holds many, many memories for me. The Brothers started there, and those early years were special, man.
I had me some great times and horrific times in Macon, but now I focus just on the good ones. ... That town will always hold a place in my heart.
Compiled by Telegraph staff writer Joe Kovac Jr.