From the archives: Making of Layla

Tom Dowd was one of the greatest producers of popular, 20th century American music --working with everyone from Charles Mingus, the Drifters , Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin to the Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Cream. He was also a great…

Video from Yugong gig

As usual, what we actually got is pretty random. This is not our most exciting song, but a pretty good performance of "Will the Circle Be Unbroken."

Pulled off the gig

So Woodie Alan stepped it up and lived to tell about it. We played Friday night at Yugong Yishan, a pretty big club downtown. The picture of Beck as she was leaving, taken by friend Jill Dutt. We played until close to 2 and they were there until…

Hong Kong photos -- Disney

Photos of two weeks ago trip to HK still coming... Disney was fun. One morning I took the boys to Space Mountain, which they rode about 5 times in a row while Anna and Becky went in search of princesses and found all these characters. I think…

Last column

New one already out today.. I can't keep up. Lots of this will be familiar to regular blogstigators, but I think I cast in a different light.THE EXPAT LIFEBy ALAN PAUL The Freedom AbroadTo Try a New TuneNovember 9, 2007I have a band in Beijing,…

Woodie Alan photos/video

We had a great gig Friday night at Jianghu Jiuba, the little hutong bar I have written about before. Saxy Dave was out of town so we played as a quartet and had a whole bunch of friends jam. Joe Bisell, the 17-year-old guitarist who plays with…

Hong Kong photos -- Lama Island

We spent an afternoon/evening on Lama Island when we were in Hong Kong. It is a 30-40 minute boat ride out into the South China Sea and really a very cool place. You arrive in a pretty densely packed little commercial center, walk about 15 minutes…