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Back in China for a Woodie Alan reunion!

I am writing this on a plane to Beijing after a completely discombobulating 24 hours, which started with wonderful news and took a sharp turn toward the very sad mid-afternoon with news of Gregg Allman’s passing. It began in the morning…
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RIP Col. Bruce - A Tribute to a Friend and Genius

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Oteil Burbridge: “If you're lucky enough, you'll meet someone who will show you the impossible over and over again until one day you find yourself doing things you never thought…

John Prine: A Short Appreciation

Some reflection on why I was so profoundly moved by seeing John Prine at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center last Saturday… I thought I was a John Prine fan. I knew all the words to his “Please Don’t Bury Me” when I was 14.…

We're not moving to Canada. So what do we do now?

Stop talking about moving to Canada! It’s not happening and it’s insulting to the people who really are most likely to be in trouble and simply don’t have the option. Our African American brothers and sisters survived slavery, Jim Crow,…
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Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers: Into the ‘Wild’

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9-11 14 Years Later: Still Raw

Reposted as I will every year on this date. I don't think the words will ever be any less true. The following summer I visited the Flight 93 crash sight in Shanksville, PA and paid my respects. All the same feelings... Fourteen years…
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My Backstory Interview with Warren Haynes

// I sat down with old friend Warren Haynes in front of about 100 people at AOL Build Studios in Manhattan for an hour-long live-streaming interview yesterday.  We started off talking about his great new Americana album Ashes…
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Reckoning: Conversations With the Grateful Dead

I'm very proud about my new Ebook, Reckoning: Conversations With the Grateful Dead and hope that you will check it out. The book includes interviews with Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Phil and Trey Anastasio together,Robert Hunter, Bill Kreutzmann,…
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Dean Ween’s Top 5 Records to "Party" With

I can assure you from personal experience that are few better people to party with than Mickey Melchiondo, aka Dean Ween. Some time in a dimly remembered past, I did a Guitar World feature with him, which spotlighted his 5 Favorite CDs to do…
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B.B. and Buddy - my story in the New Yorker

In 1995, I had dinner with BB King and Buddy Guy in an Austin, Texas studio. It was after rehearsal and before recording the Tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan. As we ate, the two had the most incredible conversation, all captured on my tape recorder…