Entries by AlanPaul


Duane Betts New EP, available now

Big congrats to my friend Duane Betts on the release of his debut EP  Sketches of American Music. You can buy it from Amazon here, or stream it on Spotify here.  The collection features five original tunes with echoes of country and blues lacing the roots rock. Great stuff. Proud of Duane. We’ve been buddies since he […]

Roots Rock Revival back and better than ever – with Jaimoe!

Roots Rock Revival, an annual instructional music camp in the Catskill Mountains, will return for its sixth year this August with an all-star lineup of musicians including hosts Oteil Burbridge and North Mississippi Allstars brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson. The trio were the first artists to join Roots Rock Revival when the camp was founded […]

RIP Hal Greer – my Slam feature on

RIP Hal Greer. I profiled him in Slam in 2003. I have not updated the file. All information was accurate as of then. Complete Washington Post obit here. * It’s time for a pop quiz, so put down your book and pick up your pencil. This won’t take long. It’s a one-question test, one which […]


An interview with Bill Russell

You can make a strong argument that Bill Russell is the greatest NBA player ever. I watched less NBA this year than any year in decades, but have already been digging the Playoffs, which inspired me to post this interview I did with Russ for Slam. All hail a brave, complex, misunderstood man. by Alan […]