“God Rest His Soul” – Gregg Allman’s tribute to MLK

On this MLK Day, I think it's important to remember that when he was killed he was in Memphis marching in support of striking garbage haulers. I'm also sure many of those striking men could have and would have done a lot of other things had…

Gregg and Warren: “These Days”

Gregg Allman and Warren Haynes acoustic duo. Jackson Browne's "These Days", XMas Jam Pre-Jam. 12-12-13. The Orange Peel. Asheville, NC
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Allman Brothers’ Beacon rehearsal

I had the pleasure of sitting in on an Allman Brothers Band Beacon rehearsal in a Manhattan studio Sunday night for several hours. It was a really interesting and they sounded very good. I am sworn to secrecy on what specifically I heard,…
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Interview: Gregg Allman on Low Country Blues

It's no secret to most people reading this blog that Gregg Allman and the Allman Brothers Band have been a profound influence and source of inspiration for me. Last winter, on the heels of a liver transplant, he released Low Country Blues,…
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Big in China Excerpt: The Ecstasy of the evangelist. Preaching the blues in Changsha

"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.” -Gregg Allman, the Allman Brothers Band —This…
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From the Archives: 10 Best Southern Rock Albums

From deep in the Guitar World and Alan Paul archives, my list of 10 Essential Southern Rock Albums. Note that it was written in about 1998.  I would do some things differently -including using Eat A Peach instead of the box set for the…
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The blurbs are coming!

I have gotten some great endorsement blurbs in for Big In China. I approached some of my favorite musicians and writers and asked them to read the book and comment if they like it. I have been very gratified to get back really kind, thoughtful…