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Happy Father's Day. Remembering a wild Great Wall hike with my dad

Almost a decade after moving back from Beijing, I no longer think about my three and a half formative years in China on a daily basis. Repatriation is a long process and now the whole experience has been processed through my system and simply…
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The story of Texas Flood on the 35th anniversary of its release

Today is the 35th anniversary of the release of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble'sTexas Flood.  To celebrate,   I present the following story of the making of  the album. This was written for and originally…
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Derek Trucks' first interview as a member of the Allman Brothers - 1999

Derek Trucks made his debut with the Allman Brothers band on June 12, 1999 at Red Rocks. He had just turned 20. To honor the anniversary, I present this Guitar World Inquirer, which ran that month. I'm pretty sure it was the first interview…
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RIP Gregg: Gregg Allman Come & Go Blues Story and video

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The amazing, insane totally true story of Col. Bruce Hampton's death

A year ago today, May 1, 2017, Col. Bruce Hampton died n in the most dramatic possible fashion during his 70th birthday party concert at the fabulous Fox Theatre in Atlanta.  I wrote the following story for the Wall Street Journal and…
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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…

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…

Allman Brothers Announce 4-disc set due in May

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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. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); * It’s time…
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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…