Gov’t Mule is offering a free download of “Reggae Soulshine” from the forthcoming album Dub Side of the Mule , featuring Toots Hibbert of Toots and the Maytals. Dub Side of the Mule was just released on Evil Teen Records.

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Buy Dub Side of the Mule CD here.
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Recorded during Mule’s fabled New Year Eve 2006 performance at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, the show features three-plus hours of Mule standards and covers, including a 1-hour reggae/blues set featuring Toots Hibbert. The album also includes special appearances by Gregg Allman & Friends and Blues Traveler’s John Popper.


Derek Trucks’ 10 Commandments of Jam

by AlanPaul on April 8, 2015

In 2004, I interviewed Derek and wrote up his 10 Commandments of Jam for Guitar World. Pretty right on and deep thinking, as per usual for DT. I’ll be posting more and more from my extensive GW archives.

Photo by Derek McCabe. Derek Trucks with Duane’s 57 goldtop, Beacon 2015.

1. Just listen.
Make sure that when you’re on stage with others, you are paying attention to what’s going on and not getting self-involved in your own world.
2. Respect everyone else’s musical space.
The easiest way to kill a vibe is by jumping in and adding your two cents too soon, while someone else is still trying to build something. Just let things happen.
3. Make you sure you are telling a story.
Never just be playing scales, filling space or going through the motions. Sometimes people resort to such tactics just to fill space but it’s always a mistake. Longer solos aren’t always better solos. Always have something to say.
4. Try to play an emotion.
Always be aware of what emotion you want to convey and try to tap into it. You can often hear what a great soloist is going through. It doesn’t take words to express a thought; you can definitely spell out emotions musically and should always strive to do so.
5. Never use the bandstand to practice.
Don’t waste time working through things. It’s great to take chances but not to try things you are completely unsure of. Save your practice time for off stage.
6. Treat the stage as your church.
Respect what you are doing. If you want people to respect what you’re doing and think it means something, you have to act like it does. All great artists treat the stage like it is sanctified.
7. Make sure your intentions are right.
Don’t be up there to boost your ego or career. Mean what you’re doing and appreciate it. You won’t get anywhere musically if you are just on stage to impress people.
8. Always make the band sound better.
Don’t just highlight what you do; serve the group and the music. Playing rhythm behind someone or even sitting out at the right moment is just as important as soloing. Some people sound great when they’re doing their thing but just get in the way when they’re not.
9. Educate with your music.
Always move forward and turn your audience on to new things instead of relying on the same old tricks. A core audience gets stuck listening to one group and think that’s it, but you’re around so much music and should always be inspired by new things. It’s important to pass that along, and it keeps you out of ruts.
10, Make sure you mean what you’re doing.
Do what you want and love. If you’re playing with somebody, you might as well do it right. No matter what the gig, dig in and go to town.


Grateful Dead 1969: The Making of Aoxomoxoa and Live Dead

March 27, 2015

In honor of seeing Bill Kreutzmann’s Billy and the Kid slast night in Philly and tonight in Port Chester… and of having just finished his memoir, Deal: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams, and Drugs with the Grateful Dead… and of reading now the excellent upcoming book So Many Roads: The Life and Times of the Grateful Dead… […]

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Stevie and Buddy jam, 1989

March 26, 2015

Yep. More rare video of the late, great Stevie Ray Vaughan has suddenly appeared on YouTube: Buddy Guy jamming with Stevie on July 30, 1989, at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago. This was Guy’s 53rd birthday party. Have fun kids. Widgets

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Allman Brothers at the Fillmore East, 3-13-71

March 20, 2015

Well, this is pretty cool. I’m not sure of the origin of the video, but it’s been around a bit, originally with no audio. Serious Allman Brothers fan (and excellent British guitarist) Jules Fothergill was able to decipher what was being played and sync the audio. I think it adds up to a pretty great […]

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Jimmy Herring takes one of Jerry Garcia’s guitars for a spin.

March 18, 2015

Check this out: Jimmy Herring played Jerry Garcia’s Travis Bean TB500 guitar that was sold for almost $250K in a 2013 auction. Garcia played the guitar extensively in the mid 70’s. the following video and picture were posted on the instagram accounts of Widespread Panic and Dave Schools, respectively. #JimmyHerring taking the #TravisBean500 for a […]

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Weir and Garcia on Letterman

March 15, 2015

Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir on Letterman, 4-13-82. Cool stuff. Includes performances of “Deep Ellum Blues” and “Monkey and the Engineer.” Jerry and Bob both display pretty crackin’ senses of humor. “I’d like to apologize for having no memory.” // ]]> Widgets

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Win this photo!

February 27, 2015

Less than 24 hours left to enter to win an 8 x 10 copy of the final image in the One Way Out paperback! Kirk West captured this shot just after the final note of the Allman Brothers Band career, Beacon Theatre, 10-28-14. Prize is an 8 x 10 signed by Kirk. Enter here. Buy […]

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The Trail He Blazed: RIP Earl Lloyd

February 27, 2015

Original Old School: The Trail He Blazed  I was very sad to hear about the death of Earl Lloyd yesterday. He broke the NBA’s color barrier over 60 years ago. I spoke to him years ago, for  SLAM Issue 94.  He came into the league in 1950, with Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton and Chuck Cooper. I went to high […]

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Layla vocals and lead guitar only – Wow

February 27, 2015

I just came across the video below, which includes the audo of Layla, stripped down to lead guitar and vocals. Or so it says; certain lead tracks are definitely not there. You will hear what’s missing. But it is a fascinating and sometimes eerie listen. Check out what happens at around the 2:00 mark, with […]

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