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The Allman Brothers Band's final show - 5 years ago last night!

Five 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. FIVE F'IN YEARS?? (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); I covered the…
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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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Greatest Blues albums ever, as chosen by Haynes, Perry and other guitar greats

I collected these lists of everyone's five favorite blues albums of all time for a Guitar World story in approx. 1997. As you can see, some people took the request for 5 seriously...some just couldn't limit themselves...and some just ignored…
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Duane Allman's 57 goldtop Les Paul found

I had the pleasure of visiting the Big House Museum in Macon, GA and holding this guitar last week. Photos and story about that to come. While there, I proudly signed the displayed copy of Guitar World featuring this story. Duane Allman’s…
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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,…

Some Soulshine for the 800th rainy day in a row

The sun may never shine again in the Northeast, so you might as well focus on letting your soul shine. Bluesman Larry McCray, an old friend of Warren Haynes', was the first one to record this. This goes out to my brother Woodie Wu and to the…
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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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"Alan Paul, A Southern Rock Champion"

There are times when I wish the 12-year-old could see me, and reading a headline calling me a "Southern Rock Champion" is one of them. It makes me think of being in my basement staring at the Skynyrd poster on the wood paneled wall, or laying…

Warren Haynes on NPR

Here's a well-deserved, lengthy and insightful, interview with Warren on NPR's Weekend Edition.Man in Motion is a very strong album and I'm looking forward to seeing the new band at the Beacon this week.
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Warren Haynes on Man in Motion - and Big In China

  Warren Haynes has probably been my most frequent writing subject. I have interviewed him more times for Guitar World than I could possibly count. The first time was in 1989 when he was a new member of the Allman Brothers Band. I was…
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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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Happy Earth Day

The great blues pianist Memphis slim and his great song "Mother Earth." Some of you may know via Gov't Mule's thunderous take.