Reckoning: Conversations With the Grateful Dead

I'm very proud about my new Ebook, Reckoning: Conversations With the Grateful Dead and hope that you will check it out. The book includes interviews with Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Phil and Trey Anastasio together,Robert Hunter, Bill Kreutzmann,…

Big in China band performance - Jan. 13 at Uncle Mike's in Tribeca

Alan Paul and Big in China return to Uncle Mike's in Tribeca for another night of blues and rock. Original tunes, Allmans, Dead, Dylan and more... Turn your fortune good on Friday the 13, warm up your January night and shake off the post-holiday…

Why the James Harrison suspension shows that hardcore Steelers fans are relics

The Pittsburgh Steelers are one of the NFL’s marquee teams. Founded in 1933, the Steelers are one of the league’s oldest franchises, and have always been owned by the same local family, the Rooneys, who were integral to commissioner Roger…

Thank you for all your support of me and Big in China

Dear Friends, As we near the end of 2011, I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who has helped this be an absolutely tremendous year for me. Big in China was released March 1 and it’s been a fun and wild ride. The latest…

Best blues albums ever: Joe Bonamassa and the Black Crowes pick their 30 Vital Titles

Originally published in Guitar World, February 2010 As Guitar World’s 30th anniversary celebration continues, Joe Bonamassa and Black Crowes guitarists Rich Robinson and Luther Dickinson pick their 10 essential blues rock albums. Joe…

Occupy Beijing?

There's a really interesting Chinese take on the Occupy Wall Street movement posted in translation on the China Geeks blog. In sharp contrast to the official Beijing view, which is that the Occupy protests show the decadence and crumbling of…

Welcome the Winter solstice in NYC 12-16

I just received this press release from a good, reliable friend and wanted to share. I have not attended any of these events and can not personally vouch for them, but hear nothing but excellent things from those that have. So if you're in metro…

Freddie King and Tom Dowd are finally in the R & R Hall of Fame

I don't really give rats-ass about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but I'm happy that blues titan Freddie King has finally been admitted, along with the great producer Tom Dowd. This item from the Dallas Observer captures the Freddie thing pretty…

RIP Hubert Sumlin, video edition

I have spent some fruitless time searching for the audio tape of my interview with Hubert and wishing that I had some photos or, even better, video of the night. Finding this on YouTube made me feel better. The interview really captures Hubert's…

RIP Hubert Sumlin. An interview from the Archives

The Sky Is Crying. RIP Hubert Sumlin, 1931-2011 I was deeply saddened to hear that Hubert Sumlin passed away today at age 80. One of my favorite guitarists, Hubert was also one of the all time great guys, as I learned when I interview…

Joe Gilliam: What Could Have Been But Never Was

I'm not endorsing this whole premise and there are things even in this short segment that I don't agree with, but Joe Gilliam is a fascinating character deserving of being better and I'm happy about this movie. Have a look. You have to…