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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…
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Les Brers and Freight Train Band both to tour

I am very pleased that the two bands Butch Trucks has put together to play the music of the Allman Brothers Band will be out on the road this summer and early fall. LES BRERS, which is as close as anyone sounds to vintage ABB and which…

Gov't Mule "Blind Man in the Dark" original demo

Check out Gov't Mule's original 1994 demo for "Blind Man In the Dark" from their upcoming CD The Tel-Star Sessions.And remember Allen Woody! Pre-Order The Tel-Star Sessions here. //

RIP Henry McCullough, Wings and Grease Band guitarist. An appreciation by Bob Lefsetz

The New York Times ran this nice AP obit, which notes that McCullough improvised his great solo for Paul McCartney's "My Love" on the spot, in one take. But I wanted to share the following, much more personal take, focusing on the guitarist's…

Fast Lane: The Underappreciated Genius of Shawn Lane

It would have been easy for memories of Shawn Lane to fade away after his 2003 death. He recorded only two solo albums. His best-distributed work, 1992’s Power of Ten, barely captured his heart and soul and didn’t make a ripple in…

Dock Ellis LSD No-No

46 Years ago today - 6-12-70 - the Pittsburgh Pirates' Dock Ellis through a no-hitter though "high as a Georgia pine." He was tripping his brains out on LSD.

Anders Osborne with Phil Lesh and Friends 6/9/16

I really dig Anders Osborne, the Swedish/New Orleans singer and guitarist. Very cool that brought Phil has brought him into the family. Here's the full set from Terrapin Crossroads, which was a fundraiser for Phil's Unbroken Chain Foundation. Setlist:…

Allman Brothers Rehearsal Video, 1990

The Allman Brothers Band, "Statesboro Blues" - last rehearsal before launching Seven Turns tour, 1990. Pretty cool. Imagine how Warren Haynes felt at that moment playing that slide lick. The camera goes to the wrong place often and jumps…