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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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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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Rolling Stone excerpt of Texas Flood live now!

Texas Flood: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan is excerpted in Rolling Stone! It's a chapter on recording, rehearsing, then falling out with David Bowie. Read it here > http://bit.ly/2MEy2tx Then order the book! >…
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Texas Flood AudioBook is something very special!

The Texas Flood Audiobook is off the hook good! Andy Aledort and I read the prose - but much more exciting so did all three members of Double Trouble: Chris Layton, Tommy Shannon and Reese Wynans. You read that right! They read their own…
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Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Review: An Interview With David Mansfield

I eagerly watched Martin Scorsese’s new “documentary” Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story, as soon as it debuted on Netflix. It’s an incredible movie, featuring footage from the legendary, always intriguing 1976 Rolling Thunder…
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Eric Clapton with the Allman Brothers 3/19/09

It's March 19. On this day in 2009, Eric Clapton played the first of two nights with the Allman Brothers Band, the emotional and musical climax of an incredible 40th anniversary Beacon run. I was in the house for night one, one of the handful…
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RIP Ed King: The story behind his creation of "Sweet Home Alabama"

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); RIP Ed King, the Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist who wrote the riff that kicks off "Sweet Home Alabama," one of the most enduring licks and songs in rock and roll history. He died…
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The story of Texas Flood on the 35th anniversary of its release

Today is the 35th anniversary of the release of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble'sTexas Flood.  To celebrate,   I present the following story of the making of  the album. This was written for and originally…

A David Gilmour interview in honor of his birthday

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); I interviewed David Gilmour in October, 2015, for a Relix cover story. Today is his birthday. Good enough reason to share the story with you. David Gilmour’s guitar sound is…
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Oysterhead Revisited

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); I'm looking forward to seeing Trey Anastasio solo acoustic next month and it got me thinking about how he's so often experimenting with new musical settings and ideas. He told…

Clapton to play Hyde Park with Winwood, Santana, Clark

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Eric Clapton will play Hyde Park in London on July 8, with special guests including Steve Winwood, Santana and Gary Clark Jr..  Blind Faith on June 7, 1969.…