Rediscover the Allman Brothers Band’s “Statesboro Blues”

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Despite a wide-ranging array of musical influences, the Allman Brothers Band’s music is basically synonymous with Southern rock, making them an important influence on modern Americana.

But have you ever wondered how that happened? It’s not like Duane and Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts and the other band members were born on a tour bus with long hair and guitars in hand — contrary to the opening verse of “Ramblin’ Man.”

The band’s new video for “Statesboro Blues” reveals the band’s backstory in a really entertaining way, using animation and Pop-Up Video-style captions to uncover the genesis of their legend. It connects the dots between Florida, Georgia, New York City and Los Angeles, as well as the cast of characters that helped spark a Southern revival in rock ‘n’ roll.

I had no idea how Duane discovered his signature slide-guitar sound, or that the band once considered a much different name. Likewise, the logistical issues behind the famous At Fillmore East recording suggest that the cultural flashpoint almost never happened at all.

Through a brand new boxed set titled The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings, fans can relive that heady moment in music history with more than six discs of fresh and reissued material. But for a quick refresher, enroll yourself in the school of rock with the CMT Edge premiere of the animated video for the Allman Brothers Band’s “Statesboro Blues.”

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