Musician Josh Graff inspired by Allman Brothers' music

Young musicians inspired by Allman's music

Jazz, country, rock, and soul -- The Allman Brothers Band created a lasting sound that's uniquely their own.
Macon Artist Josh Graff says their genre of music and a meeting with Gregg Allman himself inspired his own sound. Yvonne Thomas shares his story. 

Before he was old enough to walk, Josh Graff started strummin' chords. “I'm like maybe six months old with my dad's 1959 Les Paul Jr. They staged my hands perfectly. I've always had one in my hands,” said Josh Graff.

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Graff says music is in his blood. As a teenager, his father worked the sound board for local groups like Stillwater. “I'd  just tag along and be backstage like, "Can you sign this? Can you take my CD and listen to it?" said Graff, hoping that someday, music legends like Chuck Leavell or Gregg Allman would give him their ear. 

And when he was 15 years old, Graff's wish came true when after an ABB concert in Atlanta. Gregg Allman was sitting backstage, holding one of his CDs. "He said, ‘So this is you, huh?’ I said, 'Yes, sir.' He said, 'Don't call me 'sir,' just sit down,'” said Graff.

That night, he says they rapped about music and took a few pictures.

Now more than 15 years later, when he performs, Graff says he blends the sound of his music, like the Allman Brothers Band. “You do hear country. You do hear rock and jazz,” said Graff. “They created a genre and that's almost impossible to do anymore.”

Even in Gregg Allman's death, to Graff, the band’s music will be what it always was -- timeless, because like the song says, "The road goes on forever."

Graff says, to this day, he's not sure if Allman ever listened to his music. Graff says he's just grateful Allman took the time get to know one of his biggest fans.

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