Historic Macon restaurant reflects on Gregg Allman’s death
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – One of the best known restaurants in Macon is mourning the death of legendary musician Gregg Allman.
Allman was a part of the Allman Brothers Band, one of the most successful southern rock bands of all time.
A mother’s loving touch can strike a chord that echoes into history.
“She took care of them just like they were her children,” said H&H Soul Food General Manager Drew Jennings. “There might not be a ‘them’ if it weren’t for her.”
Though she wasn’t connected by blood Mama Louise had her own way of being a part of the Allman Brothers Band shows.
“Mama was out on the road with the Allman Brothers for certain periods of time,” said Jennings. “Sometimes they’d be on the road 200, 250 days of the year and they knew that they had a home cooked meal just like they were at their mom’s house or you know their grandma’s house when they got off the road and everything.”
Gregg Allman and the band enjoyed her cooking and her presence–she enjoyed being a mom.
“She’s number one,” said H&H Customer Jimmie Kim Evans. “That made it all happen. She fed them.”
That’s why Gregg’s death last Saturday hurt her and the restaurant she ran in downtown Macon for many years.
“It was something that we were proud of–those were our guys,” said Jennings. “Losing Butch (Trucks) a few months ago and now losing Gregg, it really hits home.”
Jennings grew up with the band.
“I remember playing my first Allman Brothers record when I was probably 10 or 11 years old,” said Jennings.
He says the Allmans were perfectly tuned into to Macon’s culture.
“What the Allman Brothers were able to do and take Macon to that next level and basically being worldwide,” said Jennings.
“If it wasn’t for her, they couldn’t have take their talent–it would have been a struggle,” said Evans.
Evans took her grandson Jack to H&H for lunch, where she ran into Mama Louise.
“She didn’t turn her back on them like a lot of people did,” said Evans. “Took them in just like they were her own.”
Mama’s music has a much more somber tone because of Gregg’s death, but her motherly influence lives on.
“He loved the fact that we were keeping everything going with Mama Louise, and with her getting up in age to have someone to kinda carry on the torch and carry on the tradition that is here,” said Jennings.
Jennings says the restaurant hasn’t heard of any plans for Gregg’s funeral yet.