RIP Henry McCullough, Wings and Grease Band guitarist. An appreciation by Bob Lefsetz

The New York Times ran this nice AP obit, which notes that McCullough improvised his great solo for Paul McCartney's "My Love" on the spot, in one take. But I wanted to share the following, much more personal take, focusing on the guitarist's…

Fast Lane: The Underappreciated Genius of Shawn Lane

It would have been easy for memories of Shawn Lane to fade away after his 2003 death. He recorded only two solo albums. His best-distributed work, 1992’s Power of Ten, barely captured his heart and soul and didn’t make a ripple in…

Dock Ellis LSD No-No

46 Years ago today - 6-12-70 - the Pittsburgh Pirates' Dock Ellis through a no-hitter though "high as a Georgia pine." He was tripping his brains out on LSD.

Anders Osborne with Phil Lesh and Friends 6/9/16

I really dig Anders Osborne, the Swedish/New Orleans singer and guitarist. Very cool that brought Phil has brought him into the family. Here's the full set from Terrapin Crossroads, which was a fundraiser for Phil's Unbroken Chain Foundation. Setlist:…

Allman Brothers Rehearsal Video, 1990

The Allman Brothers Band, "Statesboro Blues" - last rehearsal before launching Seven Turns tour, 1990. Pretty cool. Imagine how Warren Haynes felt at that moment playing that slide lick. The camera goes to the wrong place often and jumps…

Nine remastered Allman Brothers albums to be released on vinyl

On July 22 Mercury/UM will reissue nine classic The Allman Brothers Band albums on 180-gram vinyl. The albums span 1969 to 1979 and will be remastered from the original analog tapes for the upcoming vinyl release. There will also be a limited…

Zakk Wylde's 10 Favorite Virtuoso Albums

I interviewed Zakk Wylde for the cover story for Guitar World's April 2005 Virtuoso issue. This list of Zakk's Top 10 Guitar virtuoso Records ran with it. •Van Halen, Van Halen (Warner Bros, 1978) “It could be anything by Ed.” •Ozzy…

Gov’t Mule, ZZ Top Announce Tour Dates

Warren Haynes and Gov’t Mule will play seven September dates with ZZ Top. Both before and after those dates, the band will be on the road with Blackberry Smoke. The Mule's archival album The Tel-Star Sessions, due out August 5,…

First Listen: Mudcrutch, '2'

Tom Petty’s pre-Heartbreakers band Mudcrutch is reuniting for a series of shows and a new album, 2, which is now available to stream via NPR. The band features Petty along with Mike Campbell, Tom Leadon, Randall Marsh and Benmont…
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Oteil on One Way Out

In October, 2014, as the Allman Brothers band were preparing to play their final shows at the Beacon Theatre, I received the following email from Oteil Burbridge about his reaction to reading One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman…