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  posted on 6/21/2009 at 01:58 PM
Just got back to Charleston from Macon...unfortunately, couldn't make it Friday; but oh what a Saturday!! Had a nice little itinerary laid out b/c there was so much I wanted to see. Pulled right into Macon at 12:30 and drove straight to The Big House. It was such overwhelming excitement surrounding the whole day and town for that matter...a truly historic town with an intoxicating aura. Anyway, had a ball touring the newly renovated Big House. Met incredibly nice folks from GABBA and this site(thanks Big Dave for the mini-tour you gave Lindsey and I!). Unfortunately, no memorabilia yet but magical nonetheless...what a beautiful old home! That was a first as was our lunch date at the H & H! Delicious gravy-smothered Southern-fried chicken, black-eyed peas and greens with a side of ABB nostalgia like you wouldn't believe! Mama Louise was back there cooking it up...AWESOME! Next it was cocktail-hour(s) at Grant's Lounge where we walked into BDOB and Bluedad and a gentleman who very much resembled Uncle Jesse from The Dukes of Hazzard tearing up some ABB standards for all to enjoy...I really enjoyed yall's playing, fellas. Lot of talent in this community! Lefty sat in with 'em off an on and was smokin' it, too. All around great jams and good times. A band of younger kids called September Hase played and were tearin' it up as well...a particularly blistering rendition of One Way Out, if Budweiser allows me to remember correctly! After that it was time to check into the world-famous Econo-Lodge Macon(kidding)...and prepare to roll back into town for the Littlewood/Wet Willie performance at Cox Capitol Theater! Lia Littlewood's set was fantastic...very soulful. Great scene there, too...Silent and Live Auctions of really cool, rare ABB memorabilia. I managed to win one of the silent auctions and came home with a nice souvenier(full-size inner-fold Seven Turns poster!). Cool old theater, good acoustics, GREAT bunch of folks...and oh-my-GOD did Wet Willie ever tear the roof off! First WW show...Jimmy 'effing Hall is a man amongst men! That cat can straight up bring the soul-funk. It was a RIDICULOUSLY high-energy performance!!!! Everyone had a ball and Jimmy Hall and alot of the band took time out to greet fans after the show. What a gentleman...very engaging and sincere. Got another souvenier when Jimmy Hall took a picture with me and my girlfriend...and signed the setlist. After that we headed back to the hotel and crashed hard. Of course, we had one bit of unfinished business to take care of...we needed to get back on I-16E early for Father's Day so we got up early and visited Brother Duane and Brother Berry's gravesite in the early morning light. What an experience...morning dew glistening off of an eery mist with slight breeze. A nice fellow we met at The Big House who we later saw after the WW concert gave us directions and we had no trouble finding the site. It was an amazing experience...what a beautiful job they did with the brick and wrought-iron enclosure. It was a wonderfully peaceful morning in Rose Hill...my girl was awe-struck. We both thanked Duane and Berry and conveniently jumped on Riverside straight to I-16 heading towards South Carolina. Thanks to all who helped make GABBA 2009 so special for us and everyone else...I think Gregg is on to something with his "catch-phrase." I'm going to be taking him literally from now on 'cause in all honesty..."Yall a GREAT bunch!"
 
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  posted on 6/21/2009 at 02:02 PM
Hated to miss this one. Must have been some very good shows. As a given, the people are always the best .

 

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  posted on 6/21/2009 at 05:18 PM
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Littlewood/Wet Willie performance at Cox Capitol Theater! Lia Littlewood's set was fantastic...very soulful.


Jimmy Hall, Wet Willie and Diane Durrett blew the roof off last night! I believe it was Lia who did the beautiful artwork for the posters, but it was Diane Durrett and her band who opened for Wet Willie. Diane also sat in on "Rock Me Baby." Jimmy gave the history of having performed that with song with Dianne at the Hoopee Jam, and then the bluesy soul was oozing from the stage. I was thrilled to see such a great turnout too. The Cox Capitol Theatre was packed and rockin'.

I'm sorry we missed Lefty and everyone else Friday and Saturday afternoon, but I'm glad I waited to leave until Saturday so Barry could make it. He was smiling from ear to ear all night.

It was great seeing so many friends. Thanks to my fellow GABBA members and everyone else who had a hand in another great GABBA Fest!

 

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  posted on 6/21/2009 at 05:38 PM
Next it was cocktail-hour(s) at Grant's Lounge where we walked into BDOB and Bluedad and a gentleman who very much resembled Uncle Jesse from The Dukes of Hazzard tearing up some ABB standards for all to enjoy...I really enjoyed yall's playing, fellas...


Uncle Jesse is actually Dave Neely from Indiana. He is always at GabbaFest and usually at Jam For Duane....One of the nicest guys you ever want to meet and a great guitar player too

 

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  posted on 6/21/2009 at 06:36 PM
Jimmy Henderson's tribute to Duane Allman...

I thought this was SUPER cool of Jimmy!!



Jimmy with Ellen, who is Pete and J.P. Vancura's sister.

 

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  posted on 6/22/2009 at 09:04 AM
thanks for your kind words..

it's an honor to be a part of all of it..

 

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  posted on 6/22/2009 at 09:23 AM
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Jimmy Henderson's tribute to Duane Allman...

I thought this was SUPER cool of Jimmy!!



Jimmy with Ellen, who is Pete and J.P. Vancura's sister.



Wow....very, very cool, Jimmy.

Reading Thetoweringfool's account, I was powerfully reminded of how I always feel a sense of peace when I'm in Macon. I had forgotten. I gotta' get my little world straightened out, get back in the game. Don't want to keep missing out on happy times.
Glad it went well, kinda' thought it would, with the line-up.

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  posted on 6/22/2009 at 09:31 AM
Thanks for sharing your GABBA experience Toweringfool. One of these years I hope to make the trip to Macon. Sounds like a great time.

 

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  posted on 6/22/2009 at 09:37 AM
going to try to put the set up on archive.org later tonight..

 

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  posted on 6/22/2009 at 09:45 AM
I intended to be there, but got dehydrated from seeing to the dogs next door on Wed. and Thurs. I couldn't move on Friday. Saturday, I got up, showered, ironed outfits, packed, and then went back to bed, exhausted. Woke up at 1 and said, "I can't go.". I would have cried had I not been dehydrated.

I heard all about it! I am so glad it was big fun and all had a great time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Next year.

 

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  posted on 6/22/2009 at 10:11 AM
So...here goes my rewind on GABBAfest 2009.

Me and Bluedad hooked up at my house and got a late start to Macon. By the time we got to The Cox Capitol Theater Friday night, the screening of Please Call Home had ended and Kirk, Beth Dunwoody of Bright Blue Sky Productions, Judi and the others who participated in the Q&A were wrapping up.

Up soon after that was Lefty Collins and band, featuring Jimmy Henderson on drums and Pete and J.P. Vancura. I don't recall if this was billed as The Lefty Collins Band or The No Mercy Band, but DAMN it was good to hear Lefty with Pete and J.P. again. Jimmy was playing his stand up kit, and the boys were on fire. There's an unspoken communication between Lefty and J.P. that defies description. They play off of each other fluidly and I would suppose that comes from their long history as collaborators. Meanwhile, Pete is in the background playing complimentary bass lines that fit what the twin guitars are doing. Jimmy and Pete were rock solid together. There were plenty of solos, including the bass and drums. Lefty called up "Cousin Dave" Neeley from Crown Point, IN to play on a song. I hate to say it, but I missed his sit in. I had stepped outside and it was only after I came back in that I heard about his sit in. Dave is a long time GABBA member and member jam participant. He always makes GABBAfest each year it's held and shows up in his familiar bib overalls and bushy white beard. Dave is one of the nicest guys you'd ever want to meet and every time I hear him play, he amazes me. Dave can also usually be found at Jam For Duane each year. Later, Lefty called up Bluedad to sit in on Whipping Post. The band played several ABB tunes in their set. After the set was over and the crowd cleared, me and Bluedad hung out with Lefty and the Vancura crowd and it was about 3AM when we finally got back to our room. Yes, many beers were consumed and I didn't feel too great when I woke up Saturday AM.

Saturday morning, several of us met at H&H for breakfast. I've had lunch at The H many times but Mama Louise makes a mean breakfast as well as fried chicken. After breakfast, we caravaned to some of the sites relevant to the ABB history. We stopped by College Street, then on to Rose Hill. Rose Hill was in incredibly good shape. It was nice to see that people have been showing respect by either not littering or stopping to pick up litter. We paid respects to Duane and Berry, Elizabeth Jones Reed Napier, Martha Ellis and Phil Wladen, as well as stopping by the Bond Monument and the GABBA trees for Twiggs, Joe Dan, Heather McDonald and Mama Louise and Mama Hill. After Rose Hill, we went by the Big House and toured it. A LOT of progress has been made since my last trip to Macon in March. There's paint on the walls now, and it won't be long before it will be finished and ready to open.

After we stopped by The Big House, it was time to go to Grant's Lounge for the GABBA members jam. This year, we had the pleasure of having a featured act at the member's jam. September Hase, from Tifton, GA, played a set of original tunes to kick off the members jam. Then the stage was opened to the members jam. Myself, Bluedad, a drummer named John (I'm not sure if he's a poster to HTW or not) and Cousin Dave kicked it off with Statesboro Blues. We did a few numbers, then Larry Howard of Griderswitch came up and played a few. Then Lefty came up and played a few numbers. I haven't done much playing lately, so I asked Lefty, "What do you want to do, man?" He answered, "Let's do a slow blues in D minor." It came off without a hitch. After Lefty did a couple numbers with Larry, Cousin Dave came back up and we did a rousing rendition of Feelin' Alright. I have to admit, this was the highlight of the members jam for me. Dave and Lefty were playing off of each other and it was SMOKIN'. After that number, I relinquished the bass to September Hase's bass player. Even John Griffin made it into the jam and sang a number and blew some harmonica. Eventually, the whole band returned to the stage and finished off the members jam was as hot set of covers, including some Led Zepplin tunes and a rousing rendition of Whipping Post. Bluedad and I discussed how well it worked out that September Hase kicked off the afternoon jam, then we did our GABBA members jam, then September Hase closed it out. A big thanks goes to Alan Walden, who came out of retirement to manage September Haze, and to September Hase for the use of their stage and PA equipment. These guys are young, talented and worth looking into. Check 'em out! myspace.com/septemberhase

After the members jam, we headed back to the room for a quick power nap, then on to the Cox Capitol Theater for The Diane Durrett Band and Wet Willie. Diane is a soulful vocalist and acoustic guitar player. She was accompanied by a guitarist playing some sweet lead on a red Gibson ES-335. I was pleased to see her bass player was none other than Michael Hurwitz, aka Hurley, who I met in 2006 when he was the bass player for Tony Tyler. Michael is a good kid and an immensely talented bass player. I didn't catch the drummer's name, but from where I was sitting during her set, a rather large cymbal obscured the fact that the drummer was a female! She was dead on and played well. I love it when women get behind a kit and play with power. There was nothing tentative about her playing. I'll make it a point to meet her next time I get a chance to hear Diane play.

Then Wet Willie came on. I don't know how else to describe their set, but folks, we went to church Saturday night in Macon. Jimmy Hall is such a consummate entertainer. He had the entire place in the palm of his hand. And the band, Rick Seymour, Jack Hall, John Anthony, Rick Chancey, Donna Hall, and T.K. Lively were tight and smooth. The crowd was down front and up close the entire show. Any time Wet Willie play in Macon, it's special, and the crowd was there for them, and Wet Willie was there for the crowd. Jimmy had the audience singing along with a lot of call and response singing. Jimmy still has SO much energy when he performs, and with Wet Willie also celebrating their 40th anniversary this year...let's just say for someone with 40 years experience in the live music business, Jimmy gives the crowd all he's got and then some. After their set and encore, Jimmy came out front and met and greeted fans, signed autographs, album covers, shook hands, chatted, and generally soaked up all the love he was being shown. I got him to sign the back of my GABBA weekend pass. He saw my "Got Duane?" Jam For Duane 2007 shirt and signed my pass..."Remember Duane. God Bless Y'all. Jimmy Hall. 2009"

After the show, we hung around the theater for a bit, basking in the afterglow. Everyone was smiling and agreeing that this years GABBAfest was a unequivocal success. I have to admit, I didn't know how the turnout would be in this sluggish economy, and also with the absence of many longtime GABBA supporters. We missed y'all this year, and you know who you are. You missed a good one this year. Some of us went next door to the Greek Deli and ate a sandwich, had a night cap and headed off to our rooms, where I personally crashed hard, totally satisfied from all the fellowship, music and love shared among many great friends and musicians.

I can't wait for the next GABBAfest. I think GABBAfest has found a new home at The Cox Capitol Theater. What a great old venue! I'm hoping a certain taper in the crowd will have this show offered up soon. I want a copy!! And I would be remiss if I didn't say that the PEOPLE are a big part of why I go to GABBAfest, Jam For Duane, Allman Brothers Band concerts and festivals and other related gigs. To all my friends and famABBly, thank you for enhancing my concert experiences. I love you all from the bottom of my heart.

 

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  posted on 6/22/2009 at 10:32 AM
A few pics from my crappy little camera......

Lefty


Lefty, Jimmy, J.P. and Pete


J.P. and Pete Vancura. Pete is such a bad ass on bass he doesn't even use his hands to play.


Bluedad sitting in on Whipping Post.


Jimmy Henderson having a good time and smiling.

 

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  posted on 6/22/2009 at 10:39 AM
Dave, it was great to jam with you and see you...been too long bro..

 

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  posted on 6/22/2009 at 10:43 AM
Friday night people in the crowd...

The Wyatt Brothers


Me and Bluedad.....mmmmmmm....beeeeer!!


Joe Bell, Chank and Saralyn


Naomi, Ellen and LeeAnn


Cousin Dave and Kevin


Me and LeeAnn...ain't she adorable?


Me and Helen....ain't she adorable??


Kyler and Kenny

 

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  posted on 6/22/2009 at 10:44 AM
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Dave, it was great to jam with you and see you...been too long bro..
Thanks for the nudge, Lefty. I need to get out and play more. It's good for my soul.

 

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  posted on 6/22/2009 at 10:49 AM
Looked fun.

 

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  posted on 6/22/2009 at 10:51 AM
Breakfast at the H&H on Saturday....

Helen and Walter


LeeAnn and Helen...Mimosas anyone?


Ellen, Naomi, J.P. and Pete...Pete downloading Friday night's show


Chowin' DOWN!!!!!


LeeAnn and Lefty - Jimmy in the background and Helen almost out of view on the right. Sorry Helen!

 

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  posted on 6/22/2009 at 11:02 AM
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My recording came out much better than I thought it would. I thought I had screwed up the mic sensitivity setting ... and I did but it still came out ok.

 

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  posted on 6/22/2009 at 11:06 AM

 

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  posted on 6/22/2009 at 11:12 AM
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My recording came out much better than I thought it would. I thought I had screwed up the mic sensitivity setting ... and I did but it still came out ok.

awesome...

 

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  posted on 6/22/2009 at 11:27 AM


Looks like our own personal stash in the background

 

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  posted on 6/22/2009 at 02:24 PM

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Looks like our own personal stash in the background




Started from the bottom and working your way up . . . Nice

 

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  posted on 6/22/2009 at 02:52 PM
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Started from the bottom and working your way up . . . Nice


They're colder at the bottom.

 

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  posted on 6/22/2009 at 03:27 PM
Some shots of Wet Willie's set....















 

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