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Allman Brothers' Jessica - keyboards only

I thought this was pretty cool. Dickey Betts and the Allman Brothers' classic instrumental"Jessica" - keyboards only (or emphasized). Obviously, Chuck Leavell is the star here, but pay attention to some of Gregg's organ licks and harmonies. //…
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Allman Brothers at the Fillmore East, 3-13-71

Well, this is pretty cool. I'm not sure of the origin of the video, but it's been around a bit, originally with no audio. Serious Allman Brothers fan (and excellent British guitarist) Jules Fothergill was able to decipher what was being played…

Dickey Betts and Great Southern Announce first 2015 dates - UPDATED WITH NEW GIGS

Dickey Betts & Great Southern cancelled three recent appearances so that Dickey could be at the bedside of a close family member battling cancer. Yesterday they announced four dates in May, their first confirmed 2015 appearances. Hopefully…
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Allman Brothers Band at the Fillmore 9/23/70

There's a lot for me to figure out about You Tube's new Music Vault channels. But hee's one thing that you need to understand: despite a flurry of articles this week with headlines like "Allman Brothers release full, classic Fillmore show," they…

Geraldo Rivera 1979 Tv report on the Allman Brothers

Check out the video below: a pretty great Geraldo Rivera report about the Allman Brothers Band and their 1979 reunion: Geraldo is a legit fan and did a great radio interview with me when One Way Out came out. Lots of great lines in…

Horace Silver's surprising Allman Brothers connection

RIP Horace Silver, a jazz giant whose music could be catchy without being simple, whose musical depth is often overlooked and who was a co-founder of the Jazz Messenger with Art Blakey... and who has a surprising Allman Brothers connection. This…

Expanded Fillmore East concerts to be released

So the full Fillmore concerts, long rumored, are finally on their way. A new 6-CD set, The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings, will be released on July 29. It includes at least 14 previously unreleased songs. This is the one we've been waiting…

Allman Brothers' low point? "Straight From the Heart" on Solid Gold

Pretty much everyone agrees that the Allman Brothers Band's low point was their second album for Arista Records, 1980's Brothers of the Road, and its slight, poppy lead single "Straight From the Heart." The band had fired the great Jaimoe by…

Allman Bros At the Fillmore East, 1970

In case anyone is still wondering why I spent half of my life writing and reporting  One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band. Enjoy the Allman Brothers Band at the Fillmore East, 1970. This clip features four songs…

From the archives: Dickey Betts and his custom Gibsons

In 2001, I went out to Long Island to introduce Dickey Betts to Andy Aledort, who would be working with him on a column for Guitar World. Dickey only wanted to do interviews with me, but I assured him that if he met Andy he would love him. That…