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NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 07:Derek Trucks, Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean, and Darius Rucker perform onstage during the 2017 CMT Music Awards at the Music City Center on June 6, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for CMT)

Music tributes can be tough. The standards for the artists performing them are always high, not to mention fan expectations. 

It’s safe to say the tribute arranged for Southern Rock originator Gregg Allman during the recent 2017 CMT Music Awards passed the test, however.

Allman died May 27th at the age of 69 after a lengthy battle with liver cancer and other illnesses. Up to the task of honoring him with a cover of “Midnight Rider” were Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley, Darius Rucker and guitarist and one-time Allman Brothers band member Derek Trucks. Here’s four minutes well spent with three-part harmonies, six strings and a slide.

Celebrating Gregg Allman's Life | "Midnight Rider" | LIVE at the 2017 CMT Music Awards

Jason Aldean, Darius Rucker, Charles Kelley and Derek Trucks celebrated Gregg Allman's life with "Midnight Rider" LIVE at the 2017 CMT Music Awards. SUBSCRIBE now for more CMT videos: FOLLOW CMT: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Add CMT on SNAPCHAT: CMT


Teddy McDonald is a fun-lovin’ country music fan man living in Nashville, Tennessee.