I’m very proud about my new Ebook, Reckoning: Conversations With the Grateful Dead and hope that you will check it out.

The book includes interviews with Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Phil and Trey Anastasio together,Robert Hunter, Bill Kreutzmann, Warren Haynes, Dick Latvala, John Kadlecik, Steve Kimock and Mark Karan and many more.

It also includes wonderful photos by Kirk West and Bob Minkin – and it costs $2.99!

Great Dead scholars like Dennis McNally, David Browne and Peter Richardson dig the book – and you will, too.

“I suspect that it is his intimate association with another band, the Allman Brothers, that has given Alan Paul his knowledgeable but balanced view of the Grateful Dead. He’s been one of the leading G.D. observers for years, as this collection proves – connected but not caught up in the mythology. Anyone who wants to know the post-Garcia Dead should read this book.”

-Dennis McNally, Grateful Dead publicist and historian, Author of A Long Strange Trip: The Inside History of the Grateful Dead

“From how songs were written to how disagreements were settled, Alan Paul asks the type of questions every Deadhead wishes he or she could ask of their favorite band. And even better, Alan elicits the honest answers every fan wants to hear from the Dead.”-David Browne, author So Many Roads: The Life and Times of the Grateful Dead

“I’ve read hundreds of Grateful Dead interviews and the ones Alan Paul has collected here as a smart, fresh, honest, and musically astute as any I’ve seen. His exchanges with Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Robert Hunter, and Bill Kreutzmann complement and update earlier collections and enrich our understanding of the Dead, their project, and their legacy. Insights from Trey Anastasio, Steve Kimock, Mark Karan, John Kadlecik, Warren Haynes, Jimmy Herring, and Dick Latvala only sweeten the offering. Required reading for Deadheads–and for anyone who still harbors doubts about the Dead’s achievement.”

-Peter Richardson, Author, No Simple Highway: A Cultural History of the Grateful Dead

“Alan Paul is the rarest kind of music journalist….one who hears beyond the supposed barriers of tradition, style, era, and genre, and perceives the connections and archetypes at the root of all great and innovative music.  And then he succinctly lays his discoveries at our feet, so that we may hear beyond the illusions too.”
-Reed Mathis, bassist, Billy and the Kids, Tea Leaf Green

Photo by Adrian Boot/www.urbanimage.tv – Featured in Reckoning

The book begins with a new essay, The Music Never Stopped. The intro to the intro:

This story begins at the moment when it seemed that it was ending: August 9, 1995. Every interview in the pages that follow was conducted after Jerry Garcia died. After it seemed inevitable that the long, strange trip was over. A Grateful Dead without Uncle Jerry was unthinkable – most importantly to the band members themselves.

“We had a meeting where names of people who could step in for Jerry were being discussed, and I just said, ‘No way,’” drummer Bill Kreutzmann says in a 2015 interview that opens this collection. “My feeling was that I didn’t make this decision; Jerry did.”

Bassist Phil Lesh also thought that not only was the band done, but so was his time playing the music of the Dead’s rich, 30-year catalog. “I thought I was done with it and with rock and roll,” Lesh told me in 2002. “I had this idea that I would find closure with the music by composing a 45-minute symphonic canvas utilizing Grateful Dead song themes, melodic hooks, rhythmic grooves and chord sequences.

“Then I went out and played a benefit concert with these Bay Area musicians who had continued to be so influenced and sparked by the music. I was blown away realizing the vitality that remained there and I thought, ‘Maybe there’s not supposed to be closure.’”

Lesh’s search then pivoted 180 degrees to the very opposite of closure: an open-ended exploration of the Grateful Dead’s music that has not let up in the ensuing years. Every surviving member went through a similar process of discovery, of realizing and coming to grips with the impact that their music had and the vitality it retained.

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New Tedeschi Trucks Band Album – January 29

by AlanPaul on November 18, 2015

This is a press release – not my words or thoughts! I just thought my people would want the info.

On January 29th, 2016 Tedeschi Trucks Band, led by the husband-and-wife team of singer-guitarist Susan Tedeschi and guitar virtuoso Derek Trucks, will cap an extraordinary and transformative year with the release of Let Me Get By, their third full-length LP and debut for Fantasy Records. Listen to the lead album track “Anyhow” on the band’s website:


In addition, the special, 2-Disc deluxe version of Let Me Get By includes an 8-track bonus disc featuring live recordings from the legendary Beacon Theatre in New York, alternate mixes, early song takes and additional studio material, along with an expanded booklet containing exclusive studio and live photos, all housed in a custom-designed vintage amp box. The 10-track standard version and 18-track deluxe version are both available for pre-order beginning today on the TTB website and via iTunes and Amazon beginning Friday.

Recorded at Swamp Raga Studios, the band’s home studio in Jacksonville, Florida, Let Me Get By is an absorbing, self-assured, artistic leap forward. Playing with an economy of power and uncommon grace, the 12-piece outfit—one of the most deeply skilled and admired musical ensembles in the world—explores themes of independence, love and release.

Let Me Get By is an album of firsts – in addition to being the first TTB record Trucks produced on his own, and the first on which he and Tedeschi wrote all the songs within the TTB family, it’s Trucks’ first album since his 15-year run as a member of the Allman Brothers concluded when the group disbanded last year. In Trucks’ own words, “That’s what I hear in the music on this new album – this feeling that we’re now putting 100% of what we have into this band, not going back to anything else, everyone giving it their all.”

The songs are distinct for their communal nature, with each band member contributing to the album’s varied and diverse sonic textures. Opener “Anyhow” perfectly embodies the group’s newfound liberation; with Tedeschi’s voice levitating above a symphony of towering horns and Trucks’ inventive soaring slide guitar tones. Elsewhere, “Don’t Know What It Means” serves up a funky church sermon, and “Crying Over You” delivers a classic 70’s Philly soul throwback.

Combining inspired Memphis soul, electric rhythm & blues, country, rock and classic song craft; TTB has captured the admiration of both concert audiences and critics worldwide. Since their inception in 2010, TTB have seen both of their previous albums debut in the top 15 of the Billboard Top 200 album chart, and won a GRAMMY for their debut album Revelator, which was hailed by Rolling Stone as a “masterpiece.” They tour over 200 days a year, with such highlights as headlining their first Wheels of Soul amphitheater tour this past summer, four consecutive sold-out shows at the Beacon Theatre in NYC this fall, and a surprise appearance on the debut episode of the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. In studio and on stage, TTB continue to flourish and surprise, and the release of Let Me Get By marks the beginning of another exciting chapter in the band’s storied tale.

Let Me Get By track list:

1. Anyhow
2. Laugh About It
3. Don’t Know What It Means
4. Right On Time
5. Let Me Get By
6. Just As Strange*
7. Crying’ Over You/Swamp Raga for Holzapfel, Lefebvre, Flute and Harmonium
8. Hear Me*
9. I Want More*
10. In Every Heart

Produced by Derek Trucks
Recorded and Mixed by Bobby Tis
*Co-produced by Derek Trucks and Doyle Bramhall II
Mastered by Bob Ludwig


Dec 3 – Port Chester, NY – The Capitol Theatre
Dec 4 – New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall
Dec 5 – Providence, RI – Providence PAC
Dec 8 – Albany, NY – Hart Theatre at The Egg
Dec 10 – Roanoke, VA – Jefferson Center
Dec 11 – Virginia Beach, VA – Sandler Center
Dec 12 – Asheville, NC – U.S. Cellular Center
Dec 143 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits
Jan 16 – St. Petersburg, FL – Sunshine Music Festival
Jan 17 – Boca Raton, FL – Sunshine Music Festival
Jan 19 – Augusta, GA – Bell Auditorium
Jan 20 – Jackson, MS – Thalia Mara Hall
Jan 22 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre
Jan 23 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre
Feb 18 – Philadelphia, PA – Keswick Theatre
Feb 19 – Philadelphia, PA – Keswick Theatre
Feb 20 – Philadelphia, PA – Keswick Theatre
Feb 25 – Washington, D.C. – Warner Theatre
Feb 26 – Washington, D.C. – Warner Theatre
Feb 27 – Washington, D.C. – Warner Theatre
Mar 3 – Nashville, TN, – Ryman Auditorium
Mar 4 – Nashville, TN, – Ryman Auditorium
Mar 5 – Nashville, TN, – Ryman Auditorium
Mar 19 – Melbourne, AUS – Forum Melbourne
Mar 20 – Canberra, AUS – Canberra Theatre Centre
Mar 22 – Newtown, AUS – Enmore Theatre
Mar 24 – Byron Bay, AUS – Byron Bay Bluesfest
Mar 30 – Nagoya, JPN – Nagoya City Auditorium
Mar 31 – Osaka, JPN – Orix Theater
Apr 1 – Toyko, JPN – Nippon Budokan



The Wolf’s Man – An Interview with Hubert Sumlin On His Birthday

November 16, 2015

Today would have been Hubert Sumlin’s 84th birthday. The great guitarist passed away on December 4, 2011 at age 80. He was one of my favorite guitarists- and also one of the all time great guys, as I learned when I interviewed him for Guitar World in 1994. Before I ventured uptown to a Manhattan club to interview […]

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Live Stream and Photos from Dead & Co @ MSG

November 9, 2015

Live Audio and Video Stream below, as well as great photos from my friends jay and Derek. You know about out my Ebook, Reckoning: Conversations with the Grateful Dead – right? Interviews with Phil, Bob, Trey, Hunter, Billy, Warren and more. Costs less than your coffee. Order it now. VIDEO STREAM – Thanks for the tunes, Amex. Mayer’s guit […]

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Dead & Co. MSG 11/7/15

November 8, 2015

Hey, you, check out my Ebook, Reckoning: Conversations with the Grateful Dead. Some thoughts on Dead & Co. at the Garden. “The wheel is turning & you can’t slow down You can’t let go and you can’t hold on, You can’t go back and you can’t stand still, If the thunder don’t get you then the lightning […]

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The story behind “Free Bird”

October 20, 2015

On this day (October 20)  in 1977, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s twin engine plane crashed in a swamp in Gillsburg, Miss., killing three of the band members – singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines and singer Cassie Gaines – assistant manager Dean Kilpatrick and both pilots on impact. Twenty other people survived with various injuries, some very severe. […]

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October 16, 2015

Today is Bob Weir’s 68th birthday. Happy birthday Bob. This interview appears in my Ebook, Reckoning: Conversations With the Grateful Dead, along with similarly extensive interview with Phil, Phil and Trey, Robert Hunter, Bill Kreutzmann, Warren Haynes, Mark Karan and Steve Kimock. It costs less than a latte. Check it out! A couple of notes: I […]

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Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers: Into the ‘Wild’

September 29, 2015

I wrote this article for Relix magazine.  I like Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers quite a bit  and Loved Wild Lost is a terrific album. “Ultimately, I’m doing this for myself,” Nicki Bluhm explains shortly before the release of her second album with The Gramblers, Loved Wild Lost, “because I love what I’m doing. I’m grateful that we […]

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Rebecca’s speech at The Michigan Daily 125th Anniversary gala

September 28, 2015

While waiting to receive a copy of the video, I’ve posted a written copy of Rebecca’s speech from the Michigan Daily’s 125th Anniversary dinner. I will post the video as soon as I have it. It was an honor to help Becky craft this speech. The night before the dinner we attended the book launch […]

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Full Set Video – Tedeschi Trucks Band and Friends, Mad Dogs and Englishmen

September 15, 2015

Tedeschi Trucks Band & Friends, Tribute To Joe Cocker and Mad Dogs & Englishmen, Lockn’ Festival, Arrington, VA – 9/11/15 Introduction, The Letter, Darling Be Home Soon, Cry Me A River, Girl From The North Country, Dixie Lullabye, Bird On A Wire*, The Weight, Superstar*, Delta Lady#, Let’s Go Get Stoned @, Something^, Band Intros, She Came In Through The Bathroom Window+, Feelin’ […]

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RIP Moses Malone

September 14, 2015

I was really sad to hear that Moses Malone passed away in his sleep last night. He was just 60 years old. It’s really odd and extra discomfiting that he died so shortly after Darryl Dawkins. I interviewed him for Slam, circa 2004. He was kind, funny and quite easy to talk to. Here is […]

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