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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…

Django Reinhardt, 1910-1953

Guitar World used to run little obituaries of guitar greats on its last page, complete with the info and picture of their final resting places. I wrote quite a few of them. It's impossible to overstate the brilliance or impact of Django. Django…

Eric Clapton announces new album

 I Still Do, due May 20, reunites Clapton with Slowhand Producer Glyn Johns.   The  press release via www.whereseric.com - not a word is mine. Music legend Eric Clapton has reunited with famed producer…

JD Simo on his new album, playing Duane's goldtop

When J.D. Simo moved to Nashville in 2006, he was 21 and had already been on the road for seven years, having dropped out of high school to play music full time. He scuffled for a year, then got a gig in a poplar club band,…

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 friends…

Remembering Glenn Frey

The following piece is written by Bob Lefsetz. I did not write it! Bob writes a great newsletter to which I have subscribed and suggest you do as well. Check it out here, along with his archives. Glenn Frey - by Bob Lefsetz He…

Photos of David Bowie in Russia, 1976

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); How awful to wake up this morning to learn that Dvid Bowie has died at 69. He did a masterful job keeping his illness secret, right through a flurry of press attention for the…

Jimmy Rogers, 1924-1997

Jimmy Rogers was a seminal guitar player -whether or not you've ever heard of him. I never did a massive interview with him, which is endlessly annoying, because I was supposed to do so several times. Circa 1995, I spoke with him several…

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 first…

RIP Dolph Schayes - an interview with the big man

Dolph Schayes died yesterday at age 87. He was one of the great early NBA players and a bridge to the modern game. He was also bright, reflective and analytical - all of which is apparent in this 2002 interview I did for Slam. RIP Dolph, and…

The Allman Brothers Band Memorabilia - an Interview

I've been really enjoying a new book, The Allman Brothers Band Classic Memorabilia, 1969-76. The topic is pretty much right in the title. The book highlights individual collectibles, including band instruments and equipment, t-shirts,…