Reckoning: Conversations With the Grateful Dead

I'm very proud about my new Ebook, Reckoning: Conversations With the Grateful Dead and hope that you will check it out. The book includes interviews with Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Phil and Trey Anastasio together,Robert Hunter, Bill Kreutzmann,…

Stream track from new Rossington album

Gary Rossington and his wife, Skynyrd backing vocalist Dale Krantz-Rossington, have a new album Take It On Faith, out tomorrow. Dale was the lead vocalist in the Rossington Collins Band and returns to that role here. I interviewed Gary…
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Lynyrd Skynyrd's Gary Rossington plays Duane Allman's Les Paul

I interviewed Lynyrd Skynyrd's Gary Rossington last week for an upcoming Guitar World story. Just a few nights prior he had played Duane Allman's 1957 Les Paul goldtop, courtesy of Richard Brent and my friends at the Big House Museum and…

The story behind "Free Bird"

// 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 Steve Gaines and singer Cassie Gaines - assistant manager…

Gimme Three Chords - Inside Lynyrd Skynyrd's greatest hits

This article was written for published in Guitar World a long, long time ago. Don't forget to check out my book, One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band. GIMME THREE CHORDS Guitarist Gary Rossington explains the…

Prime Cuts with Lynyrd Skynyrd's Gary Rossington

Warren Haynes of  the Allman Brothers Band and Gov't Mule on Big in China: “It’s hard to imagine a better American musical ambassador than Alan Paul. After spent crafting words, he found himself in a situation where words didn’t work…
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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…
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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 ABB…