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One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band... Coming Soon!

Just a Friday reminder...  It's Coming soon - February 18, 2014 St. Martin’s will be publishing One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band on February 18, 2014, to coincide with the band’s 45th anniversary. This…

World blues: guqin/guitar duet

This was a fully improvised performance at the Xiamen Beach Festival discussed in the Big in China prologue. Zhang Yong opened up with a solo guqin piece and 10 minutes before he went on, e told me to come out when he looked at me and nodded…

Why I Write

I did in an interview for the Why I Write website, and I think it came out pretty well. It's really hard to read something like about yourself and not feel a little pompous, but it captures my method of writing, or lack thereof. Amazon.com…
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St. Martin's to release One Way Out as a full-length hardcover book

"If you want to know the real deal, read Alan Paul. I learned a lot reading One Way Out." -Oteil Burbridge, the Allman Brothers Band “No journalist knows the ins and outs of the Allman Brothers Band better than Alan Paul.” -Warren…
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When Dixie met Woodie

As detailed in Big in China, when my father, Dixie Doc, visited Beijing in July, 2008, he played two gigs with Woodie Alan. We transformed into a passable Dixieland jazz abnd for about 4 songs per night... "All of Me," "Bill Bailey," "When the…
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One Way Out - Jamming with Andy Aledort

Andy Aledort has been my friend and Guitar World colleague for almost 20 years. He has also been one of my very favorite guitarists - and that's no hyperbole. He has been Dickey Betts' indispensable right hand man in Great Southern for almost…

Jinshanling-Simatai Great Wall hike

I came across this video I made several years ago capturing the wild Wall hike I always loved to do. This time, I completed it with Jacob, then 10 or 11, my nephew Jesse, about 16, and a visiting friend Nico, 14. It was scorching hot and this…

An inside look at Chinese hoops

Once again inspired by Jim Yardley's wonderful new book Brave Dragons: A Chinese Basketball Team, an American Coach, and Two Cultures Clashing, I present my own experiences with Chinese basketball. I am in the process of interviewing Jim…

Thank you Canadians - check out this CBC broadcast

I suddenly started getting emails from Canadians; notices of new YouTube comments on "Beijing Blues" videos from Canadian readers; and CD purchase orders from Canadians. All of them said they had just heard a CBC broadcast about me, Woodie Alan…
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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…