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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…
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JD Simo on his new album, playing Duane's goldtop

  When J.D. Simo moved to Nashville in 2006, he was 21 and had already been on the road for seven years, having dropped out of high school to play music full time. He scuffled for a year, then got a gig in a poplar club…
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Allman Brothers at the Fillmore East, 3-13-71

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…
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Duane Allman’s Three Beloved Les Pauls Were Onstage Together For The First Time At 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 at the…
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Allman Brothers Band at the Fillmore 9/23/70

There's a lot for me to figure out about You Tube's new Music Vault channels. But hee's one thing that you need to understand: despite a flurry of articles this week with headlines like "Allman Brothers release full, classic Fillmore show," they…
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Buy a sweet Les Paul played by Warren Haynes? You betcha!

Thanks to an arrangement between the Gibson Custom Shop, the Allman Brothers Band Museum at the Big House and Warren Haynes, a special selection of Gibson guitars is now available to the public. Each of the nine hand-selected Les…
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Duane Allman's 1957 Les Paul goldtop is at the Beacon. The story...

It was very moving to see Derek Trucks play Duane Allman's 1957 Les Paul goldtop at the Beacon Weds. night. Duane is always on stage with the Allman Brothers band but that brought this fact home in a serious way. Enjoy the photo by my friend…
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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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That infamous interview with Duane Allman

On December 3, 1970, Duane Allman sat for an infamous interview with Dave Herman of New York's WABC. Why was it infamous? Well, he was pretty hopped up and he said some crazy stuff, and some not-so-nice things about being a husband and…
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Duane Allman's 1957 Les Paul and the Big House Museum.

Originally published in Guitar World, January 2011, this story is a bit outdated in terms of how the goldtop is being used... As many readers know, the guitar has been played by many since this was written, including Warren Haynes and Derek…
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Playing Duane Allman's guitar

A special guest post: What was it like to play Duane Allman’s guitar? by Sonny Moorman I had the thrill of my musical life last year when I got to play Duane Allman’s 1957 Goldtop Les Paul on a Macon, Georgia, stage. I grew…