The Allman Brothers Band signed with Phil Walden and Capricorn Records in 1969 and moved to Macon, Georgia. Initially, the band lived communally in a local apartment nicknamed the "Hippie Crash Pad" and then moved to a farmhouse outside of town they called "Idlewild South." The musicians rehearsed constantly, hung out in Rose Hill Cemetery for songwriting inspiration and when not touring, performed locally at spots like Grant's Lounge, The Library Ballroom and Central City Park.
Trying to get their start and having little money, band members would often eat at H&H Soul Food where their friend, Mama Louise would feed them. Whenever a road trip would end, the band would head to H&H for some Southern home cooking from their second mama. This friendship took Mama Louise on quite a ride that included a seat on the tour bus. Mama Louise & co-founder, Mama Inez Hill, have since passed, but you can stop by and eat at H&H Soul Food still today where the legacy (and the original recipes) still live on.
In early 1970, Berry Oakley's wife, Lynda, rented a large Tudor Revival home on 2321 Vineville for the band, which they began to refer to as "The Big House." That summer, ABB played the Second Atlanta Pop Festival in Byron, Georgia. Held in a soybean field across from the Middle Georgia Raceway, it brought in hundreds of thousands of people and featured headliners like Jimi Hendrix and B.B. King. ABB opened and closed the three-day festival. Their breakthrough album, At Fillmore East (1971), is considered one of the best live albums ever made ranking #49 on Rolling Stone’s list of Best Albums of All Time.