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Celebrating Eat A Peach on its anniversary

In honor of the 47th anniversary of the release of Eat A Peach - it came out February 12, 1972 -  I present the following excerpt from One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band. This is a very partial, very abridged…
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Butch Trucks gone two years today

Wow. It's been two years since we lost Butch Trucks.  Below is a verbatim repost of what I wrote the next day in a haze of sadness, confusion, anger and exhaustion. There are some edits I would normally make, but I think it best to let…
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Gregg Allman's haunting 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 assassination. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Gregg…
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Capturing that moment when Derek got some ink

  Four years ago I as honored to sit in for several of the rehearsals for the Allman Brothers band's final shows. It was incredible then and is more incredible now, on reflection. Wow. Did that happen? Even more remarkable was being…
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The Allman Brothers band's final bow - four years ago

Four years ago today, the Allman Brothers Band played their final show at the Beacon Theatre. You can order a CD of the final show right here. I covered the final shows every which way, posting on Facebook, covering immediately for Billboard,…

9/11 17 years later - still raw

Reposted today, as I do every year on this date. I don’t think the words will ever be any less true. Last year, I took the whole family to visit the Flight 93 crash sight in Shanksville, PA and paid our respects. All the same feelings… Seventeen…
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The story behind Southern Blood, Gregg Allman's stirring farewell album

Southern Blood was released one year ago yesterday. In honor of that and in memory of Gregg Allman, here is my story on the making of Southern Blood, originally published in The Wall Street Journal. It's still quite an emotional read for…
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RIP Ed King: The story behind his creation of "Sweet Home Alabama"

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); RIP Ed King, the Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist who wrote the riff that kicks off "Sweet Home Alabama," one of the most enduring licks and songs in rock and roll history. He died…
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10 Years Ago the Beijing Olympics started and I was in the middle of them

Wow, it's been a decade!.... I was in the middle of the Beijing Olympics in a most profound way, writing the Destination Beijing blog for NBC.com. Sadly, the material is all long gone from the site,  and I only saved a small amount of…
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The night the Allman Brothers shut down the Fillmore East

In honor of the 47th anniversary of the Allman Brothers Band's epic show that closed the Fillmore East down on June 27, 1971,  I present the following brief excerpt from One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band. To…