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A Tribute to Butch Trucks 3/1/17: thoughts, photos, videos.

Last Weds. March 1, I paid tribute to Butch Trucks with a special band: my Big in China core supplemented by Andy Aledort (Dickey Betts), Peter Levin (Gregg Allman) and Junior Mack (Jaimoe). This show meant a lot to me. March in NYC has…

That infamous interview with Duane Allman

On December 3, 1970, Duane Allman sat for an infamous interview with Dave Herman of New York's WABC. Why was it infamous? Well, he was pretty hopped up and he said some crazy stuff, and some not-so-nice things about being a husband and…

Jaimoe and Junior Mack - an interview

The interview below originally ran on Guitarworld.com and WSJ.com's Speakeasy blog - I combined two stories into one here. Over the ensuing two-plus years I have only gained more respect for Jaimoe's Jassz Band and for Junior Mack, whom…

Thank you Johnny Winter for what you did for Muddy Waters and much more...

Six Strings Down. RIP Johnny John Dawson Winter III, February 23, 1944 – July 16, 2014 A couple of years ago, my good friend and Guitar World colleague Andy Aledort wrote this great, harrowing piece for GW that includes some details…

From the archives: Derek Trucks, Family Man

I moved back from Beijing just before New Year's 2009 and was a bit adrift after a tremendous 3.5 year run there. I had left an award-winning column, an award-winning band and an exciting life I loved. I was sitting in an empty, drafty house…

Allman Brothers announce sale dates for final concerts

Finally, some news we've been waiting for... tickets for the final Allman Brothers concerts go on sale next week... Please note that the information below is a press release from the band without any editorial input or commentary from me...…