, , , , , , , , ,

The remarkable story of Allman Brothers Band's epic final show

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…

Ween! A day in New Hope with Dean and Gene

The mighty Ween is returning from several years of breakup with three shows this weekend in Bromfield, Colorado. They are promising one massive 94-song set with no repeats = plus fan requests. I know they are an acquired taste and many…
, ,

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…
, ,

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…
,

Derek Trucks on Joyful Noise

From the archives and just dug out. I wrote this article for Guitar World in 2002. Enjoy. Joyful Noise (Columbia) is Derek Trucks’ third album but  the first that he could bear to listen to by the time it was released. “My…
,

The Wolf's Man - An Interview with the Great Hubert Sumlin

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…
, ,

Behind the Scenes of Texas Flood, the great debut album that almost never was!

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…
,

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 Albert King

Let's take another look at this old story, one of the highlights of my years at Guitar World. I wrote the intro a few years ago when the piece ran in Hittin' the Note. See many more great rock, blues and country photographs at www.kirkwestphotography.com. * Just…
,

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…
,

Best blues albums ever: Joe Bonamassa and the Black Crowes pick their 30 Vital Titles

Originally published in Guitar World, February 2010 As Guitar World’s 30th anniversary celebration continues, Joe Bonamassa and Black Crowes guitarists Rich Robinson and Luther Dickinson pick their 10 essential blues rock albums. Joe…