Wanee 2014: Allman Brothers, Mushrooms, and Moonshine, a Recap From Juke's Eric Garcia

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Photo by Eric Garcia

So here we go again.

My band, Juke, was asked to play the Wanee Festival for the third year in a row. We made the seven-hour trek to the 580-acre Spirit of Suwannee Music Park, and I was stoked.

This year was to be the Allman Brothers last show. Also on the bill: Chris Robinson, Ziggy Marley, Derek Trucks, tons of music royalty ... And 25,000 people in the middle of nowhere can't be wrong, can they?

See also: Allman Brothers on Final Tour: "We Don't Want to Turn Into a Nostalgia Act"

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My band never really fit in Miami. I know that.

I still wasn't quite sure if we fit at Wanee either. We were in strong company. But I was damn sure to give it another nice run in the land that time forgot.

First stop, however, was tradition. Waffle House.

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Meet Taelor.

This breakfast cheap-whore of the South might have skipped mention if it wasn't for our waitress Taelor, who gave us her life story before my hash browns had a chance to make it off the grill.

Taelor told us that her father was a Puerto Rican who abandoned her mother when she was born. She went on to explain that the spelling of "Tae" in her name was because "tae" means "love" in Spanish. (Ummm... what?)

Her stepfather is a 23-year, true-blue, Army man who just got back from Afghanistan where his job was to guard the life of the "Big Pancho over there."

People, these things are not made up.

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First time I had ever heard of you was on that Traveling Stage.  Yeah I am one of the weirdos I guess.  So now I have downloaded your music, Moe., Soulive, Pink Talking Fish and a few others.  Yeah I am the old for sure, but really digging on some of the new.  Hope to catch you again!

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