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Les Brers at Brooklyn Bowl

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Les Brers Brooklyn Bowl Brooklyn, NY October 12, 2016 Despite multiple breakups and long hiatuses, the Allman Brothers Band survived successfully for as long as it did by adding fresh, complementary talent that reinvigorated the original members, and through the players' fierce, collective focus on exploring and expanding the sturdy blues-rock-jazz fusion created by founder Duane Allman and his guitar protégé Dickie Betts almost five decades ago. Now, in the wake of ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Eric Johnson: EJ: Song Explorations on Acoustic Guitar and Piano

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The very announcement of a (largely) solo acoustic album from Eric Johnson is enough to startle fans of the Texas bluesman as well as those who know him only by name and a little of his tenure as a contemporary guitar hero. Hearing EJ: Song Explorations on Acoustic Guitar and Piano will no doubt dazzle those in both camps.That's because even in his use of a non-electrified fretboard instrument, with occasional utilization of acoustic piano, Johnson's able to ...

TALKING 2 MUSICIANS

Keyboardist Matt Slocum

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Matt Slocum is a prominent keyboardist on the Southern music scene, best known for his work with Oteil Burbridge, the Lee Boys, and Susan Tedeschi and his role as Jimmy Herring's go-to keyboard player. Last year he was recruited by Bruce Hampton to join the Aquarium Rescue Unit's 30 year anniversary tour. He's also a member of the band King Baby, who just finished recording their first album. It will be released this fall on Abstract Logix. He ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Warren Haynes and the Ashes and Dust Band at the Ogden Theater

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Warren Haynes and the Ashes and Dust Band Ogden Theater Denver, CO April 1, 2016 Warren Haynes' musical journey continues. Is he on a quest? Certainly he's not looking for a specific “musical identity." The whole point of the journey seems to be covering as much musical territory as possible in a single lifetime. Indeed, it seems the point is the journey, not the end point. Since Haynes first hit the scene ...

MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Warren Haynes: Ashes & Dust Deluxe Edition & Bonus CD

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It's a left-handed compliment of no small proprtion to state guitarist/composers Warren Haynes' Ashes & Dust (Concord Records, 2015) album only scratches the surface of his recent solo endeavors in the studio and on the stage. Certainly, the erstwhile Allman Brother and titular leader of Gov't Mule has done more than his share of musical exploration during the course of his career, yet he's never delved into the acoustic-based likes of his self-produced record with Railroad Earth This nouveau bluegrass/folk ...

BOOK REVIEWS

The Allman Brothers Band: Classic Memorabilia 1969-1976

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The Allman Brothers Band: Classic Memorabilia 1969-1976 Willie Perkins & Jack Weston 150 Pages ISBN: 088146547X Mercer University Press 2015 Galadrielle Allman, the daughter of the late founder of The Allman Brothers Band Duane “Skydog' Allman, wrote the best book on the seminal Southern Rock band, Please Be With Me: A Song for My Father, Duane Allman (Spiegel & Grau, 2014), so it only stands to reason she would be ideal to offer ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Randy Bernsen: Grace Notes

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Grace Notes is a tasteful album, chalked full of fresh, creative compositions by guitarist Randy Bernsen. If you like the Rippingtons, Weather Report or the Yellowjackets, you will love this CD, too! As a composer and player, Bernsen possesses a unique creative vibe that does combine a wonderful “grace" that you can hear in every note he plays or writes. His cool, yet extraordinary talent is augmented by an all-star cast including: Yellowjackets co-founders Jimmy Haslip and Russell Ferrante, drummers ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Warren Haynes featuring Railroad Earth at Waterfront Park Burlington VT 2015 Lake Champlain Maritime Festival

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Warren Haynes featuring Railroad Earth Waterfront Park Lake Champlain Maritime Festival Burlington, VT August 9, 2015 With the warm breezy notes opening their introductory set August 9th Railroad Earth set the tone for the evening at Burlington's Waterfront Park. In short order too they reaffirmed why they deserve their feature billing on this tour with Warren Haynes: no question the sprawling (in more than one ways) crowd came to see the erstwhile Allman ...


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