One Way Out is a NY Times Instant Best Seller

by AlanPaul on March 6, 2014

Thank you everyone who helped One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band become a New York Times Instant Best Seller. I am humbled and honored to announce that the book debuted in its first week tied for ninth on the Hardcover Non-Fiction List.

I thought all along that I was tapping into something bigger than most others realized, but I was not certain that I was not delusional.

My goal was nothing less than the ultimate word on the greatest band in rock history and I am deeply appreciative of the feedback that indicates I may just have pulled it off, via  reader emails and the reviews – in newspapers, magazines, blogs and by regular readers like you on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com.

I wanted to share one email I received from a svery pseical reader: john Cowan, the great bassist and singer for New Grass Revival and the doobie Brothers, among many other great outfits.

I have never met John and had no previous contact with him. His manager reccomended he read One Way Out. He did so, then wrote me the following email. Hard to describe how meaningful this is to me.

Alan,
John Cowan here. Well I finished it. What a triumph for you and all of us dedicated “Brother” fans. I literally read it every spare moment I had since starting it. This book is so revelatory and constructed in such a fashion that I really can’t thank you enough.

It’s just so nice to have such insight and access to the band with no bullshit axe grinding or tattle-tailing. I hope the guys in the band are pleased, they should be. Anyone of us that has made a life in the music business would be lucky to have a smart, well-”spoken”, thoughtful advocate like yourself. 

The truth is about New Grass Revival that Sam & I, especially in the ’70′s version of the band were using the Allmans as our template. We absolutely consciously were trying to do with Bluegrass what the Allmans were doing to the blues, which is put our own honest, personal, contemporary spin on the whole deal. Though it pissed a lot of people off and we never scaled the heights the Allmans did, I know I take a lot of personal satisfaction in the effort we made.

One of the things the book reminded of time and again is that we are supposed to create for the sole (soul) experience of creativity. Anything else is sometimes icing on the cake and sometimes just shit on our shoes.

Thank you again,
John C

And just so you know who John is… check this out:

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Eric Church – “Ain’t Wasting Time No More

by AlanPaul on April 22, 2014

The CD and DVD All My Friends: Celebrating The Songs & Voice Of Gregg Allman  will be released on May 6.

Yesterday, I posted my review of the evening and a video of “Midnight Rider,” featuring Gregg, Vince Gill and Zac Brown.

Here’s another little taste of the music.

Eric Church, “Ain’t Wasting Time No More”:

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Review of All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs & Voice of Gregg Alllman

April 21, 2014

I attended All My Friends, the tribute to Gregg Allman, on January 10 at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre and reviewed it for Relix, for their 40th anniversary issue, which I think is still on the stands. With the announcement that the CD and DVD of the show - All My Friends: Celebrating The Songs & Voice Of […]

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Derek Trucks on why he’s leaving the Allman Brothers Band: “sometimes you just have to step away.”

April 17, 2014

In January, Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes issued a joint statement that they would no longer tour with the Allman Brothers Band after this year. Though Gregg Allman said in an interview that the guitarists’ departure would likely mark the end of the band, which is currently celebrating its 45th anniversary, the band has not […]

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Wanee 2014

April 15, 2014

I’m back from Wanee, dazed and confused but happy. It took me a couple of days to process the weekend and get my head back together to be able to write this. It was a great weekend for me. One of the only downers was my flight down there was cancelled, forcing me to fly […]

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Warren Haynes on why he decided to leave the Allman Brothers Band

April 9, 2014

Originally published on WSJ.com Speakeasy blog. Guitarist Warren Haynes has been at the center of the Allman Brothers Band revival for most of the last 25 years. He was founding guitarist Dickey Betts’s foil when the group reunited in 1989, before leaving with bassist Allen Woody in 1997 to focus on their band Gov’t Mule. […]

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Wanee Festival Here I Come

April 1, 2014

Post by Wanee Festival. Amazon.com Widgets

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Sound Opinions and other interview highlights

March 27, 2014

Things have been moving fast and furious and all in the right direction. One Way Out remained on the New York Times Best Seller’s List for three weeks, and is still selling very well.  I’ve been wanting to post some of my favorite interviews and press links but everything has just been zinging too fast. […]

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Allman Brothers band postpone final 4 Beacon shows

March 24, 2014

The Allman Brothers Band have postponed their final 4 shows at The Beacon Theatre due to Gregg Allman‘s ongoing struggle with bronchitis. Official Release: “As a result of Mr. Allman’s illness, the Allman Brothers Band is unable to perform at the level to which they aspire. All ticketholders should retain their tickets, which will be honored for the soon-to-be-announced rescheduled […]

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I was on Imus in the Morning talking One Way Out and the ABB

March 12, 2014

Here’s a link to Imus in the Morning interview.  Don Imus interviews me about the band and the book…

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