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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.…
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Reason #1,287 Jaimoe is the coolest man alive... it involves Eric Clapton

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); It's no secret that I think Jaimoe is the coolest, smartest, hippest cat in town. Here's one example of why. When Eric Clapton and the rest of Derek and the Dominos came to see…
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Story behind Sweet Home Alabama on the 40th anniversary of the crash

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); On this day (October 20) in 1977, Lynyrd Skynyrd's twin engine plane crashed in a swamp in Gillsburg, Miss., killing three of the band members - singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist…
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Some thoughts on Paul McCartney and Bob Dylan shows

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); I was motivated to go see Paul McCartney last night pretty directly by Gregg Allman’s passing. Same thing that drove me to see Bob Dylan and John Prine a few months ago. I hadn’t…
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Watkins Glen Summer Jam: the story behind the largest rock festival

In honor of Jerry Garcia's 75th birthday, I present this extensive, exclusive article on the Watkins Glen Summer Jam, at the time the largest concert ever. What an event. This story ran in a Grateful Dead one shot I wrote and edited for Parade…

Preview 3 songs from Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real

I saw Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real at a showcase show at the Mercury Lounge last month and I thought it was fantastic. I was as excited by an artist whose material I didn't know as i have been in a very long time.  They…