Allman Brothers Find ‘Natural Fit’ with Second Annual Peach Festival
Scranton, Pa. is known for its coal mining history -- and for playing host to TV's best-known fictional paper company -- but this Aug. 17-18, it was also the best place in the country to find jam.
Jam rock, that is. The city played host to the second annual Peach Music Festival, organized by the Allman Brothers Band and featuring sets from a long list of jam-friendly acts that included the Black Crowes, Bob Weir's RatDog, Gov't Mule, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, and more. It all added up to a remarkable opportunity -- not just for the fans, but for the musicians, who relished the ability to collaborate with like-minded friends in a live setting.
"It’s one of the beautiful aspects of these kind of festivals because where else are you going to see that?" Allmans and Gov't Mule guitarist Warren Haynes told ABC News Radio. "When you got this many musicians that are not only of this stature but are also friendly, that’s a rare opportunity."
"There’s something about the Grateful Dead camp and the Allman Brothers camp getting together," added second-generation Allmans ABB member Derek Trucks. "They’re kind of the last giants from that era and they started that music, you know, the whole jam band movement. East Coast is the Allman Brothers and West Coast is...the Grateful Dead, and I feel like it’s great when you can do a festival that combines the two. It just seems like a natural fit."