Oteil Burbridge's name has come up often during my interviews, and it was a treat to finally speak with him. He is one of the most respected musicians on the Southern music scene, probably best known as the Grammy Award-winning bassist of the Allman Brothers Band--a position he held for 17 years until the band's recent retirement. His roots in the Southern scene go deep, he is also an original member the Aquarium Rescue Unit, a band with a cult ...read more
Rarely does the opportunity to interview a touring musician arrive with much advance notice. Schedules tend to be dictated by airline departure times, hotel check-out policies and sound checks. If I am lucky, I'll know of an upcoming show in town a few weeks in advance and can plan accordingly. If the artist has a few minutes to chat post-gig, I usually attempt to prep them with a few questions and follow up via phone later. Sometimes however, an opportunity ...read more
I must plead ignorance, but two years ago if you had asked me about the Allman Brothers, my response would have been Sweet Home Alabama"? But through a friend in the industry" who is code named a little bird," I have become somewhat and I say somewhat in the loosest way, a Grateful Dead listener. And as a result, I have been investigating so called jam bands" with some regularity, and a day trip to Amoeba provided me ...read more
You may recall John Snyder's name from his tenures at CTI, Horizon Records, and his own label, Artists House--not to mention past Grammy winners lists (he's been associated with 5). By the time he was 30 he'd worked with such industry giants as Creed Taylor, Rudy Van Gelder, Herb Alpert and Ahmet Ertegun, as well as jazzers George Benson, Chet Baker, Jim Hall, Ornette Coleman and Charlie Haden.
Now 55, he's resurrected Artists House as a fully manifestoed ...read more
Oteil Burbridge is most famous in the world of rock'n'roll, as the southern rock-bassist's bassist, locking down the groove with a pick and a P-Bass like the Allman's founding master of that groove, Berry Oakley. Oteil is most renowned for his role as a core member and virtuoso bassist on the jamband scene, and specifically for his role in the Aquarium Rescue Unit (ARU), whose extended jazzy jams had more in common with the southern-tinged fusion of the ...read more