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A Tribute to Butch Trucks 3/1/17: thoughts, photos, videos.

Last Weds. March 1, I paid tribute to Butch Trucks with a special band: my Big in China core supplemented by Andy Aledort (Dickey Betts), Peter Levin (Gregg Allman) and Junior Mack (Jaimoe). This show meant a lot to me. March in NYC has…
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Jimmie Vaughan: Powerful Stuff

Jimmie Vaughan and Steve Miller were terrific last night, playing the music of T-Bone Walker at Jazz for Lincoln Center. Afterwards, I had a great chat with Jimmie whom I had not seen in person in over a decade. It inspired me to dig up this…
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Doyle Bramhall II on his new album

Doyle Bramhall II on his recent album, Rich Man. Originally published in Guitar World. “This feels monumental to me,” says Doyle Bramhall II, about Rich Man, his first album since 2002’s Smokestack. “I spent a year and half recording…
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Buddy Guy Interview

I did this interview and wrote the extended intro for Guitar World in 2001. Buddy Guy has a special place in my heart for the reasons described below. Buddy Guy was the first musician I ever interviewed, 15 years ago, for The Michigan…

Fast Lane: The Underappreciated Genius of Shawn Lane

It would have been easy for memories of Shawn Lane to fade away after his 2003 death. He recorded only two solo albums. His best-distributed work, 1992’s Power of Ten, barely captured his heart and soul and didn’t make a ripple in…

Zakk Wylde's 10 Favorite Virtuoso Albums

I interviewed Zakk Wylde for the cover story for Guitar World's April 2005 Virtuoso issue. This list of Zakk's Top 10 Guitar virtuoso Records ran with it. •Van Halen, Van Halen (Warner Bros, 1978) “It could be anything by Ed.” •Ozzy…
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Derek Trucks 2006 interview: "It’s really nice to get away from the kid thing."

In honor of the release of the Tedeschi Trucks Band's Let Me Get By, which I believe not only represents a quantum leap in the band's development but is the great Derek Trucks studio statement we've all been waiting for, I present this 2006…
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Allman Brothers at American U. 12/13/70 Review

I reviewed the Allman Brothers Band at American University 12/13/70 for Guitar World when it was released by the band in 2002. **** THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND American University 12/13/70 The Allman Brothers Band Recording Company Though…
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The Wolf's Man - An Interview with Hubert Sumlin On His Birthday

Today would have been Hubert Sumlin's 84th birthday. The great guitarist passed away on December 4, 2011 at age 80. He was one of my favorite guitarists- and also one of the all time great guys, as I learned when I interviewed him for…

The Making of Texas Flood

In honor of Stevie Ray Vaughan's 60th birthday,   I present the following story of the making of Texas Flood. This was written for and originally published in Mojo circa 2001. A new version of the album was released last year: Texas…
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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…