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Introducing my Chinese bandmates to the Allman Brothers Band

This is an excerpt of my first book, Big in China. Signed copies are available directly from me here, where you can also learn a lot more about the book. It is also available in Kindle right here or as an Audiobook…
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A Tribute to Butch Trucks 3/1/17: thoughts, photos, videos.

On March 1, 2017, 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…

Special gig this Friday June 20 in Maplewood

Saxophonist Dave Loevinger, one of my partners from Beijing's Woodie Alan band will be in town and joining the Big in China band for a very special show. THIS FRIDAY, June 20 at Highland Place Bar and Grill. 8:30 PM 5 Highland Pl, Maplewood. More…

Beijing Blues: "They say the sun is shining, but I can't see it anywhere."

Pollution in Beijing remains very bad, but they are NOT actually showing pictures of a sunrise. That was a bogus report which I am ashamed to admit I passed along as factual, along with many others. I  will be very happy when the lyrics…

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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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…

Andy Aledort jamming with Gov't Mule - and Me

Andy Aledort has been my friend and Guitar World colleague for almost 20 years. As I've said many times, he's also long been one of my favorite guitarists, and that's not just blowing smoke. He has been playing with Dickey Betts for about…
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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…

Big in China excerpt: Teaching "Tight but Loose." Introducing my Chinese bandmates to the Allman Bros.

Signed copies of Big in China are now available directly from me. Click here to order, or for more information about the book. A little background before we get to the Big in China excerpt, inspired by One Way Out: The Inside History…