Greg Allman of The Allman Brothers of course wrote this song back in the late 1960's. The song appeared on the
2nd album by The Allman Brothers called IdleWild South in 1970.
The Allman Brothers never released this song as a single but when Greg Allman went solo in 1973, he released it as a single and it peaked at #19 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1974.
Joe Cocker took the song to #27 two years
earlier in 1972, and Jamaican singer Paul Davidson had a #10 hit in the UK in 1976.
Willie Nelson had the highest chart of this song in 1980 when his version peaked at #6 on the Hot Country Charts. Toby Keith and Willie did a follow up cover in 2004 but the song did not chart.
Midnight Rider has become the mosted covered Allman Brothers song to date with many other artists besides those listed above covering this great tune.
The Allman Brothers play this in D, but Wille Nelson recorded his version in A. For me it's much easier
to sing in A but you can transpose it back if you want to.
Chords here then are A, Dm, G and an F. Be advised Wille plays a D and not a Dm, but transposing from the original, it's a Dm. Play it either way.
Again Im using a riff 1-2-3-4-5-6 from the original Allman version that Willie doesnt really use in his version.
Its played with an open E, followed by the G note, followed by two open A notes and then a G and open A. This is worked into the rhythm of the A chord.
All Im doing after I get that riff over with is to do a simple up and down steady shuffle on the A chord and repeat. So the shuffle pattern carries into the Dm, G and back to the A. Nothing difficult here.
Check out the classic video in the top left hand menu and grab the free lyrics and tab as well.
I hope you found this how to play Midnight Rider by The Allman Brothers page useful and informative.