Entries by AlanPaul

A David Gilmour interview in honor of his birthday

I interviewed David Gilmour in October, 2015, for a Relix cover story. Today is his birthday. Good enough reason to share the story with you. David Gilmour’s guitar sound is completely distinctive: the tone, the touch, the phrasing. Anyone with a passing familiarity with Pink Floyd – which is to say anyone who’s turned on […]

Oteil Free LiveStream – and our BackStory interview in full

I saw Oteil Burbridge ‘s Oteil and Friends last night at le Poisson Rouge and it was fantastic. I hadn’t realized just how badly I needed a blast of optimistic funky good time music. Oteil’s excellent band includes keyboardist Melvin Seals, guitarists Scott Metzger and John Kadlecik, drummer Jay Lane, percussionist Weedie Braimah and vocalist Alfreda Gerald.  Melvin and Alfreda are just wonderful and Oteil’s […]

Gregg Allman’s Moving Tribute to MLK

Every year on MLK Day I share “God Rest His Soul,” Gregg Allman’s beautiful tribute to Dr. King, which he wrote and recorded in 1968, shortly after the great man’s assassination. Gregg Allman wrote this song for Dr. King but it was never on any of his proper releases. He’s said that he never intended to release […]

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Oysterhead Revisited

I’m looking forward to seeing Trey Anastasio solo acoustic next month and it got me thinking about how he’s so often experimenting with new musical settings and ideas. He told me about a project he’d like to do when I interviewed him for Guitar world two years ago. It would be so cool. In the […]

Clapton to play Hyde Park with Winwood, Santana, Clark

Eric Clapton will play Hyde Park in London on July 8, with special guests including Steve Winwood, Santana and Gary Clark Jr..  Blind Faith on June 7, 1969. One of EC’s Blind Faith bandmates was, of  course, Winwood. “I have happy memories of performing in Hyde Park in the past and I’m really looking forward to playing there again […]


Organization Man – Twiggs Lyndon’s wild life and eerie death.

On this day (Nov. 16) in 1979, Twiggs Lyndon died in a skydiving accident in Duanesburg, New York Twiggs was the road manager for the Allman Brothers Band and so much more, including the house photographer who captured so many great early shots of the band. He was a character every bit as interesting and far out as anyone […]