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The Circle is Unbroken - Friends of the Brothers Return to Brooklyn Bowl 10/25

We will never allow the circle to be broken. Very excited to be returning to the great Brooklyn Bowl with Friends of the Brothers on October 25.  Tickets are just $12 and presales are a big help. Click here. FOB features Peter Levin…

Guitars That Jam - Blakesberg Available Now

My friend Jay Blakesberg has a great new book Guitars That Jam: Portraits of the World's Most Storied Rock Guitars. It features a Forweord by Warren Haynes and pictures and the stories behind. Here is a sampling of the goodies therein. There…
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The time I interviewed James Brown about Say It Loud and I'm Black and I'm Proud

In 1999, Guitar World devoted an entire issue to the 30th anniversary of 1969, which we proclaimed the greatest year in rock. I wrote the histories of several landmark albums, including James Brown's Say It Loud (I'm Black And I'm Proud). The…

An interview with John Fogerty

I interviewed John Fogerty last year for the Wall Street Journal in advance of three shows he played at the Beacon. We spoke a lot longer than I could come close to capturing in that piece. Here is the more extensive Q&A. •• It’s…
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Checking in with the North Mississippi All Stars

I'll be hanging out with the Dickinson brothers in a couple of weeks at Butch Trucks' Roots Rock Revival. Great guys, great band, great spirit. This story originally ran in Relix. It’s soundcheck at New Jersey’s South Orange Performing…

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…
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Billy Gibbons Reads One Way Out

As Billy Gibbons prepares for a rare club gig this Weds. night at B.B. King's in Manhattan: "With this fine work, Alan Paul accomplishes the admirable feat of delving the depths of the Allman Brothers, a great aggregation of talent and…
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Robby Krieger on One Way Out: "Great Read!"

"Robby Krieger of The Doors read One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band. This is what he said: "I was struck by the similarities between the Doors and Allman Brothers, especially in our origins - the Eureka moment of certainty…

John Fogerty interview in today's WSJ

I interviewed John Fogerty for the Wall Street Journal. He discussed speaking with the Dead, performing CCR tunes again, playing with his son Shane and three upcoming shows at my favorite venue in the world, New York's Beacon Theatre. We…
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Inside B.B. King's breakthrough hit, "The Thrill Is Gone"

Years ago, Guitar World dedicated an entire issue to the 100 Greatest Solos Ever. As with all such lists, it was somewhat arbitrary but a lot of fun. I wrote a lot of the entries, and will be posting them here randomly, as I see fit,sometimes…

RIP, Doyle Bramhall: An appreciation of one of SRV's great friends, collaborators and inspirations.

RIP, Doyle Bramhall, Sr. who passed away at his Texas home over the weekend at age 62. Doyle was a great drummer, singer and songwriter. He was also a dear friend, regular collaborator and huge influence on Stevie Ray Vaughan, as can be very…