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Remembering Brian Farmer, gone two years

  I am re-upping this today, marking two years since Farmer's death. I am very proud that I own his Strat. Miss this guy very much. Very few crew members have ever had such a deep impact.  * Warren Haynes’ longtime and much…
Bob Weir has a new solo album coming. It's called Blue Mountain and I've been hearing very good things about it. Here's a first taste, the single "Only A River." You can preorder the album on Amazon right here. From the video post: Before…

Phil Lynott, 1949 - 1986

Phil Lynott formed Thin Lizzy in 1970 when he was 21. Though he had only just learned to play bass, the Dublin, Ireland band recorded their self-titled debut album within a year. They released six more albums over the following five years, gaining…

Les Brers announces new dates - Sept. and Oct. East Coast dates

Great news that Les Brers has added a bunch of tour dates and will perform two East Coast swings, one in September and one in October. The dates are below. For more details and ticket-buying links, visit the band's website here. Les…
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Chinese Massage Can be Elicit and it Can be Painful

With Chinese cupping in the news thanks to the strange circular black and blue marks on Michael Phelps and other US swimmers, I thought I'd share my own experience with the procedure. My The Expat Life column from WSJ.com from almost a decade…

Happy Birthday Jerry . New Garcia/Saunders soundboards!

  What better way to celebrate what would have been Jerry Garcia's 74th birthday with some newly discovered soundboard recordings courtesy of our friends at Jambase.  Scott Bernstein writes, "Nearly a dozen rare recordings from…
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Watkins Glen Story and Video

In 1973, the Grateful Dead, Allman Brothers Band and The Band teamed up for the Watkins Glen Summer Jam in New York’s Finger Lakes Region. It was the largest music festival ever, drawing about 650,000 people — nearly twice as many as Woodstock…
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Gregg Allman joins Tedeschi Trucks for One Way Out

Gregg joined the Tedeschi Trucks Band on stage at the Uptown Amphitheatre, Charlotte, NC last night (July 24). Now, this is interesting, because Derek has really kept his distance from the ABB since it ended in 2014. Also happy to see my…
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Jerry Garcia - "After Midnight" 11-8-76 Newly Released

A great version of a song I love, newly unearthed: Rare 1976 Jerry Garcia Band track "After Midnight" from GarciaLive Vol. 7: November 8, 1976 Sophie's Palo Alto Featuring Donna Jean Godcheaux This release is due out in August.…
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Buddy Guy Interview

I did this interview and wrote the extended intro for Guitar World in 2001. Buddy Guy has a special place in my heart for the reasons described below. Buddy Guy was the first musician I ever interviewed, 15 years ago, for The Michigan…