At the 2016 Laid Back Festival, Gregg Allman and Scott Sharrard played an all-acoustic set at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado.
Watch above as Allman and Sharrard perform a mournful cover of Jackson Browne’s “These Days,” which Browne wrote when he was 16, and was first recorded by Nico in 1967. In 1973, Allman and Browne recorded their own versions of the song, with Browne using Allman’s arrangement on his album For Everyman.
The pair also played Allman Brothers classics “Whipping Post” and “Melissa” and covers of Muddy Waters’ “I Love the Life I Live, I Live the Life I Love,” and Sonny Boy Williamson II and Elmore James’ “One Way Out.”
The Laid Back Fest — which is curated by Allman — was his first live show since recovering from pneumonia, and he and Sharrard imbue “These Days” with a haunting regret, matching the song’s quietly somber lyrics:
I’ve been out walking
I don’t do too much talking, these days–
These days … These days I seem to think a lot,
About the things that I forgot to do
And all the times I had the chance to …
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