Going Back To Macon & Coming Home To The Big House
Over the past few years, the trips to Macon for Scott Sharrard have become the type of homecoming that warms the heart and lift the soul. Scott, the lead guitarist and musical director for the Gregg Allman Band, will never forget his first visit to the middle Georgia town that the Allman Brothers Band forever etched into the folklore of music history.
An Allman Brothers fan since he initially saw the band at the age of 10, Scott cherished the opportunity to walk through the doors of the Big House Museum for the first time a few years ago. Surrounded by the history of the ABB and the unique memorabilia featured in the Big House, Scott was brought even closer to the music that helped to inspire him to become a world-class guitarist with the kind of talent that captured the attention and respect of Gregg Allman.
During his years as Gregg’s lead guitarist and then musical director, Scott always looked forward to the visits to Macon and to the Big House. It was there that he experienced the joy of playing Duane Allman’s 1957 Les Paul Gold Top for first time. The Macon shows with Gregg’s band always brought together many of the long-time fans who had seen the ABB during its formative years. The Macon shows with the Gregg Allman Band had such a special energy that the decision was made to record Back To Macon Live, a wonderful testament to the soul, strength and musical grace of the Gregg Allman Band.
Following the memorial services to honor Gregg’s passing earlier this year, Scott once again returned to the Big House as a group of family and friends gathered to celebrate the life of the rock legend who had become Scott’s mentor and friend during their decade together. And while trips to Macon have become more sentimental for Scott following Gregg’s passing, the music is still there to light way back to the Big House and to the stage.
In September, Scott made his first trip to Macon since Gregg’s memorial services as the Big House hosted an album listening party for Southern Blood, Gregg’s final studio release. After participating in a roundtable discussion centering on Gregg’s life in music and the recording for Southern Blood, Scott shared the gift of music with those gathered around the Big House backyard stage.
In October, Scott will be returning to Macon as part of the first Southeastern tour by his Brickyard Band. Following a visit to the Blue Note Grill in Durham, NC, Scott and the Brickyard Band will be taking the stage for the first time in Macon at the Cox Capital Theatre. Fittingly, part of the proceeds from the event in Macon will go to support the Big House and its musical education mission.
Prior to the Southern Blood event in September, Scott sat down with freelance writer and producer Greg Thompson for a conversation that we have developed into a podcast series. The podcast offered Scott an opportunity to address a number of topics, including taking listeners inside of the Southern Blood recording sessions, the moment Gregg told Scott about his terminal diagnosis, the writing work involved for My One True Friend and Scott’s last visit with Gregg. The opening segment, which you can access below, begins with Scott recalling his very first visit to Macon and the Big House.