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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…

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…
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B.B. and Buddy – my story in the New Yorker

In 1995, I had dinner with BB King and Buddy Guy in an Austin, Texas studio. It was after rehearsal and before recording the Tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan. As we ate, the two had the most incredible conversation, all captured on my tape recorder…

Layla vocals and lead guitar only – Wow

I just came across the video below, which includes the audo of Layla, stripped down to lead guitar and vocals. Or so it says; certain lead tracks are definitely not there. You will hear what's missing. But it is a fascinating and sometimes eerie…

Crossroads 2013

In honor of the November 19 release of Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013 on Blu-ray and DVD, I present my report from the two-day festival. The story originally appeared in Guitar World. Crossroads DVD is also available from my friends…
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One Way Out: An Oral History of the Allman Brothers Band

"No one knows the ins and outs of the Allman Brothers Band better than Alan Paul.”              --Warren Haynes One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band will be released by St. Martin’s on February 18,…

Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Final Gig

  Stevie Ray Vaughan has played a large role throughout my career. Though I never interviewed him because he passed away before I started working for Guitar World, I have written many, many articles about Stevie, including a massive…

From the Archives: Gary Moore

RIP Gary Moore, 1952-2011 I was shocked to hear about guitarist Gary Moore's death at age 59. The news prompted me to pull this 2004 Guitar World interview out of my archgives. I interviewed Gary several times. He was a UK and Euro legend…