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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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Lou Reed loved the blues. A personal remembrance

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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…

Prime Cuts with Lynyrd Skynyrd's Gary Rossington

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Lynyrd Skynyrd's Gary Rossington is another of the guitarists I have interviewed countless times for Guitar World. I remember the very first time well. I was brand new at the magazine…
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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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Feeling "Lonesome"- Woodie Alan Blues

Like the song says, I hit the city and I lost my band. I know that some of you don't understand. I moved back from China two years ago but sometimes I miss my brother Woodie Wu in the most profound ways. I'd give anything to be able to pop…
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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…
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Wilson Pickett, R.I.P.

One of my favorite singers, "Wicked" Wilson Pickett died yesterday. He sang “Mustang Sally,” “In the Midnight Hour” and many more. It’s also worth digging up a copy of him singing lead on the Falcons’ 1962 “I found A…