may have been the honoree at a star-studded tribute concert in Berry Hil Friday night, but to the surprise of absolutely no one, country music's latest red-hot burly breakout star Chris Stapleton
stole the show, a taping for the Emmy-nominated Web series Skyville Live
. Camera phones popped up like LCD prairie dogs when the recent CMA Awards Seabiscuit and current multi-Grammy nominee
joined Allman and blues legend Taj Mahal for a take on the Blind Willie McTell classic “Statesboro Blues," which Mahal and The Allman Brothers Band both cut their own classic versions of in 1968 and 1971 respectively.
“He has a lot of energy, this young man,” Mahal told the Scene
of Stapleton at a pre-show press call. “He’s ready to go and it’s nice to see. Because sometimes you wonder what’s going to happen in Nashville. You put up with the milquetoast for a while, then somebody comes along and says, ‘Enough of this!’ And boom! He’s that guy.”
Mahal's own memorable version of “Statesboro Blues” appeared on his 1968 self-titled debut. But it was Gregg Allman’s late brother Duane who turned the song into a cranked-up slide-guitar spellbinder when it opened up the Allmans' game-changing double-live LP At Fillmore East
three years later.