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A Tribute to Butch Trucks 3/1/17: thoughts, photos, videos.

Last Weds. March 1, I paid tribute to Butch Trucks with a special band: my Big in China core supplemented by Andy Aledort (Dickey Betts), Peter Levin (Gregg Allman) and Junior Mack (Jaimoe). This show meant a lot to me. March in NYC has…
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Allman Brothers Live at Fillmore 1971 - new video?

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Some 8 MM film of Allman Brothers Band at Fillmore East, March '71 seems to have just popped up. I have to say that I don't know much about this or its origins, who filmed…
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Duane Allman’s Three Beloved Les Pauls Reunited Onstage for the Allman Brothers’ Final Stand

Duane Allman had three primary Les Pauls during his time with the Allman Brothers Band. The 1957 goldtop he played on the band’s first two albums as well as most of the Derek and the Dominos Layla sessions has been on display…
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Two years ago today - the Allman Brothers band's final show

Two years ago today, the Allman Brothers Band played their final show at the Beacon Theatre. You can order a CD of the final show right here. I covered the final shows every which way, posting on Facebook, covering immediately for Billboard,…
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Lynyrd Skynyrd's Gary Rossington plays Duane Allman's Les Paul

I interviewed Lynyrd Skynyrd's Gary Rossington last week for an upcoming Guitar World story. Just a few nights prior he had played Duane Allman's 1957 Les Paul goldtop, courtesy of Richard Brent and my friends at the Big House Museum and…
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The Recording of Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs

This week in 1970, Eric Clapton and Duane Allman and the rest of Derek and the Dominos recorded Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs in Miami. Here's the story of that landmark album, in an excerpt from One Way Out: The Inside History of the…
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One Way Out excerpt: The recording of At Fillmore East

In honor of the release of the expanded The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings, I present the following excerpt from One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band. This is a partial, very abridged version of Chapter 8. To read…
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Duane Allman's long-lost 57 Les Paul found - and Duane live!

Gregg Allman on Big in China,: "What a romp. After writing about music for years, Alan Paul walked the walk, preaching the blues in China. Anyone who doubts that music is bigger than words needs to read this great tale.”Anyone who has read…
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From the archives: The Making of Layla

I am happy to pull from the archives this behind-the-scenes story about the making of Layla, an undisputed rock and roll masterpiece. Originally written for Guitar World some time between 1996-98 for the Producers column. Tom Dowd was…
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Wilson Pickett, R.I.P.

One of my favorite singers, "Wicked" Wilson Pickett died yesterday. He sang “Mustang Sally,” “In the Midnight Hour” and many more. It’s also worth digging up a copy of him singing lead on the Falcons’ 1962 “I found A…