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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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Gov't Mule - Just Got Paid video

Gov’t Mule recently releases a new archival album, The Tel-Star Sessions. The album features songs taken from the group’s June 1994 demo sessions at Tel-Star Studios in Bradenton, FL. The sessions with Allman Brothers Band sound…

RIP Stevie Ray Vaughan - the story of his final gig

SRV has played a large role throughout my career. Though I never interviewed him because he passed away before I started working for Guitar World, I have written many, many articles about Stevie, including a massive oral history which…
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The Recording of Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs

This week in 1970, Eric Clapton and Duane Allman and the rest of Derek and the Dominos recorded Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs in Miami. Here's the story of that landmark album, in an excerpt from One Way Out: The Inside History of the…
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Remembering Brian Farmer, gone two years

  I am re-upping this today, marking two years since Farmer's death. I am very proud that I own his Strat. Miss this guy very much. Very few crew members have ever had such a deep impact.  * Warren Haynes’ longtime and much…
Bob Weir has a new solo album coming. It's called Blue Mountain and I've been hearing very good things about it. Here's a first taste, the single "Only A River." You can preorder the album on Amazon right here. From the video post: Before…

Phil Lynott, 1949 - 1986

Phil Lynott formed Thin Lizzy in 1970 when he was 21. Though he had only just learned to play bass, the Dublin, Ireland band recorded their self-titled debut album within a year. They released six more albums over the following five years, gaining…

Les Brers announces new dates - Sept. and Oct. East Coast dates

Great news that Les Brers has added a bunch of tour dates and will perform two East Coast swings, one in September and one in October. The dates are below. For more details and ticket-buying links, visit the band's website here. Les…
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Chinese Massage Can be Elicit and it Can be Painful

With Chinese cupping in the news thanks to the strange circular black and blue marks on Michael Phelps and other US swimmers, I thought I'd share my own experience with the procedure. My The Expat Life column from WSJ.com from almost a decade…

Happy Birthday Jerry . New Garcia/Saunders soundboards!

  What better way to celebrate what would have been Jerry Garcia's 74th birthday with some newly discovered soundboard recordings courtesy of our friends at Jambase.  Scott Bernstein writes, "Nearly a dozen rare recordings from…