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RIP Robert Hunter, one of the all-time great songwriters

Eyes of the World: An interview with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter So very, very sad to hear that Robert Hunter has passed away. To honor the man, I present my 2015 (?) interview. An edited version ran on WSJ.com as part of a preview…

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

Here's a link to Imus in the Morning interview.  Don Imus interviews me about the band and the book...
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Promo video for One Way Out

Promo video made by my friend Brandon Findlay. All photos from One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band. "This pot-stirring oral history reads like a backstory of how musical lightning comes to be. All of the surviving…