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The Big House: The Allman Brothers Band Museum

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Located 84 miles due south from Atlanta, Macon, Georgia is widely recognized as “The Song and Soul of the South” due to its rich music heritage.

And it’s no wonder, with venerable artists like names Johnny Jenkins, Otis Redding, Little Richard, Joey Stuckey, and the Marshall Tucker Band, among others from the world of Gospel, Rock, Country, Classical and Blues getting their starts here.

Perhaps one of Macon’s most distinctive sounds is Southern Rock, led by one of the greatest bands in history.

Ramblin’ Men

Folks in Macon are also fiercely proud of hometown heroes The Allman Brothers Band. Although formed in Jacksonville, Florida in 1969, their band’s first major foray into the music industry took place in Macon.

The band was originally comprised of brothers Gregg and Duane Allman, Butch Trucks, Berry Oakley, Dickey Betts and African-American drummer and percussionist Jai Johanny Johanson (known as Jaimoe), who is said to have played an integral role in integrating Rock ‘n Roll. Together, their unique fusion of Blues, Jazz and Country became known as Southern Rock, which many music historians say changed the course of popular American music.

The beautiful three-story, Grand Tudor home were several band members and their families lived from 1970 to 1973 is now The Big House: The Allman Brothers Band Museum. 

Home to the largest collection of Allman Brothers memorabilia in the world, the Big House is the second most visited destination in Macon, attracting thousands of visitors each year from around the world.

The exhibit artifacts here are impressive, encompassing nearly every aspect of the band members’ personal and professional lives from family photographs to clothing, magazine and album covers, hotel keys, handwritten lyrics, posters, instruments, sound equipment, Gold Records and a great deal more.

Each room of the house—The Living Room, Old Dining Room, “Casbah” Music Room, Duane Allman’s Bedroom, Parlor, Fillmore East Room, Kitchen, Britney Oakley’s Bedroom, Candace Oakley and Gregg Allman’s Room, and Roadie Room—encompasses a different theme. And to better guide the visitor, exhibit signage not only names the items, rather details the story behind the music relative to that point in the band’s history.

Other Allman Brothers band sites in Macon (with the Museum provides on a historical map) include the former Capricorn studio where they recorded many of their hits, the location of their first album cover, the Macon city Auditorium, Macon Coliseum, and grand Opera house where they once performed, and the accident sites where Duane Allman and Berry Oakley died in separate motorcycle accidents in 1971 and 1972, respectively.

There is also the memorial Duane Allman Boulevard and Raymond Berry Oakley II Bridge. Fans can also pay their respects at Duane and Berry’s graves at Historic Rose Hill Cemetery.

This is just the beginning of all that Macon has to offer.

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