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The Allman Brothers Band Mourns the Loss of Yonrico Scott
Posted on Friday, September 20, 2019 - 03:00 PM
The Allman Brothers Band has lost another musical brother, the drummer extraordinaire Yonrico Scott.

Yonrico was always welcome in our house and sat in more than a dozen times between 1997 and 2014.

Around the Atlanta music scene forever, he became a regular musical compatriot through his work with the Derek Trucks Band.

A friend to all who knew him, a smiling face whenever you saw him, a big beat on the drum throne, a great friend, a Brother we will miss.

The Allman Brothers Band

Image courtesy Blue Canoe Records

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The ABB Mourns the Loss of Mac "Dr. John" Rebennack
Posted on Thursday, June 06, 2019 - 08:59 PM
Mac “Dr John” Rebennack, a true friend, fellow musical traveler and compatriot died today. The Allman Brothers Band family express their sincere sadness in his passing.

Mac was truly a unique musician. He played many times with the Brothers, including March 26, 2011 at the Beacon Theatre, a night we all remember.

Walk on Gilded Splinters our Old Friend, we will all meet up at The Right Place.

The Allman Brothers Band

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The ABB Mourns the Loss of Kofi Burbridge
Posted on Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 10:16 AM

The Allman Brothers Band Family lost another member last night, Kofi

Kofi a master of keyboards and flute came into the family through his
brother bassist Oteil.

He died in Atlanta on February 15, following complications surrounding
treatment for an ongoing cardiac issue.

He regularly sat in with the Brothers, over 20 times listed on ABB web site,
but there were more shows not listed.

His warm smile, subtle personality and expert music skills made him a
welcome addition every time he was at a show.

Kofi had a standing invitation to play, some times he just came to watch, or
wandered off.

His flute solos on Elizabeth Reed were unique and memorable. His keyboard
contributions were masterful.

Our broken hearts and grief go out to the Burbridge and Tedeschi Trucks Band
families on the loss of Kofi.

His memory, talent and contributions to music will be with us all forever.

The Allman Brothers Band Family & Crew

Photo (C) 2019 by Kirk West

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The Allman Brothers Band Says Farewell to a Brother, Earl Francis
Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 05:00 PM

The Allman Brothers Band have lost another member of its’ family today.

Earl Francis died peacefully in hospice overnight at a VA hospital in Wilkes Barre, PA.

Earl Francis joined the family in 1989 as a lighting rigger and grew to be lighting director through 2014.

Earl also worked many Gregg Allman tours as well as continuing his long time employment with BML/Blackbird Theatrical services.

Known to many as Pappy, he was always the first to load in and last to load out, willing to lend a hand or his expertise at any given moment.

Earl always had a kind word even when he was being irascible.

A Vietnam Veteran and a survivor of the Rock & Roll wars.

He will be missed by all that worked with him and knew him.

A loyal Brother until the end.

See you and the rest of the guys when we get there to join you on the stage of after life.

The Allman Brothers Band Family & Crew

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Dickey Betts on The Big Interview December 18 on AXS TV
Posted on Friday, December 14, 2018 - 10:50 AM

Los Angeles, CA (December 13, 2018) – Dickey Betts—the acclaimed guitarist, songwriter, and founding member of the seminal Southern Rock outfit The Allman Brothers Band—joins Dan Rather for an all-new episode of The Big Interview, airing Tuesday, December 18 at 9pE/6pP.

In this exclusive preview, Betts discusses what drove him to return to performing after hanging up his guitar in 2014. He explains, “I missed it. I just done it so long… I really started missing being on the road and, you know, getting out and doing things like this. Meeting people.” He likens his return to that of another legend, who enjoyed success after a brief hiatus, saying, “I feel kinda like Tiger Woods coming back. [After] four-and-a-half years, I’m really trying to play par, ya know. I don’t think you ever quite feel like you’re there, but I’m getting’ better at it.” Watch it here.

Also during the discussion, Betts examines his role in keeping The Allman Brothers Band’s tremendous legacy alive; reflects on the ups and downs of his relationship with the legendary Gregg Allman, with whom Betts was able to make peace before the singer’s death in 2017; and details his creative process in writing landmark hits such as “Ramblin’ Man” and “Jessica,” to name only a few, which were widely responsible for the band’s meteoric rise.

To see more of this insightful episode, tune in to The Big Interview on Tuesday, December 18 at 9pE/6pP, only on AXS TV.

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Oteil Invites You to Join Him at Roots Rock Revival 2019
Posted on Friday, November 23, 2018 - 01:59 PM

Roots Rock Revival will return in August 2019! Oteil Burbridge shares his thoughts with us on this life-changing experience and invites you to join him next year.

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Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution Exhibit coming to St. Petersburg, FL
Posted on Tuesday, June 05, 2018 - 01:30 PM

Bill Graham holds a special place in our hearts and we are thrilled to let you know that the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg is hosting the Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution exhibition from August 18, 2018 through February 10, 2019. A Gibson Les Paul owned by Duane Allman will be on display along with memorabilia, photographs, archival concert footage, historical and new video interviews, ephemera, and psychedelic art.

Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution is both a deeply personal reflection on Graham’s life and an exploration of how Graham helped transform rock music into the immersive, multi-dimensional, and highly lucrative phenomenon of rock theater that persists today. Treasured photographs and artifacts from Graham’s early life and career will be on loan from the Graham family, many on view to the public for the first time. Also for the first time ever, preparatory drawings and the original artwork of several iconic Fillmore concert posters will be on museum display, revealing the signature visual styles and creative process of poster artists Bonnie MacLean, Wes Wilson, David Singer, Greg Irons, and David Byrd.

This exhibition explores the extraordinary life of Bill Graham (1931- 1991), a renowned music promoter who helped launch and promote the careers of countless rock & roll artists. It also traces the indomitable spirit of a man brought to the United States as an eleven-year-old Jewish refugee fleeing the Nazis, fueling a lifelong passion and advocacy for social justice.

Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution opens to the public on August 18, 2018 and will be on display through February 10, 2019 at The Florida Holocaust Museum.

Details are on the museum website:

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The ABB Mourns the Loss of Floyd Miles, Long time Family Member and Brother
Posted on Friday, January 26, 2018 - 03:27 PM

The Allman Brothers Band are saddened by the recent passing of our long time friend Floyd Miles.

Floyd was a childhood friend of his Daytona Beach neighbors Duane and Gregg Allman. As a member of The Universals, a seminal local 60’s soul band, he was the singing drummer who schooled the Allman boys in blues, soul and R&B music. He was the friend who took them to the barber shop across the tracks to buy the discs that became the musical foundation that spawned the Allman Brothers Band. In later years he toured as a member of the Gregg Allman Band, regularly singing his song “Back To Daytona” The Allman Brothers Band family and crew will miss this family member and brother, our sincere heartfelt sorrow go out to the Miles family.

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Dickey Betts to Tour in 2018
Posted on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 02:35 PM

Dickey Betts announced today, on his birthday, December 12, that he will return to the road for a select group of dates in 2018.

As reported in an exclusive interview in the Sarasota Herald Tribune, Dickey said “Everywhere I go fans keep saying they want me to get out and play again ... I think the time is right.”

The 2018 concert dates will feature Betts peppering his setlists with songs written by Gregg Allman, whose credits include “Midnight Rider,” “Melissa” and “Whipping Post.” The 23-minute live version of “Whipping Post” from the Allman Brothers Band’s masterful, breakthrough album “At Fillmore East” famously features the dual lead guitar playing of Betts and Duane Allman.
“I think the fans deserve to hear a few of Gregg’s song as well, so I’m pulling out some classics,” Betts said.

“We really gave this a lot of thought as to how and what the show will be,” Spero said. “Even I can’t wait to see it.” 

The Dickey Betts Band hitting the road in 2018 will consist of Dickey and son Duane sharing lead guitar duties.

“Dickey is talking to some of the guys he has played with,” Spero said. “We should know in a couple of weeks who will comprise the band.”

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Jaimoe Honored with Mississippi Blues Trail Marker
Posted on Friday, October 20, 2017 - 12:59 PM
Congratulations to Jaimoe, who has been honored on a Mississippi Blues Trail marker for Ocean Springs, MS, unveiled today, October 20, 2017.

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Oteil Burbridge Receives 2017 Sidwell Friends School Distinguished Alumni Award
Posted on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 12:45 PM
Congratulations Oteil Burbridge on being awarded the 2017 Sidwell Friends School Distinguished Alumni award! And thanks to Jessica Clancy for the superb video.

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Gregory Lenoir Allman - Dec 8, 1947 - May 27, 2017
Posted on Saturday, May 27, 2017 - 03:59 PM
It is with deep sadness that we announce that Gregg Allman, a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band, passed away peacefully at his home in Savannah, Georgia.

Gregg struggled with many health issues over the past several years. During that time, Gregg considered being on the road playing music with his brothers and solo band for his beloved fans, essential medicine for his soul. Playing music lifted him up and kept him going during the toughest of times.

Gregg’s long time manager and close friend, Michael Lehman said, “I have lost a dear friend and the world has lost a brilliant pioneer in music. He was a kind and gentle soul with the best laugh I ever heard. His love for his family and bandmates was passionate as was the love he had for his extraordinary fans. Gregg was an incredible partner and an even better friend. We will all miss him.”

Gregg is survived by his wife, Shannon Allman, his children, Devon, Elijah Blue, Delilah Island Kurtom and Layla Brooklyn Allman; 3 grandchildren, his niece, Galadrielle Allman, lifelong friend Chank Middleton, and a large extended family. The family will release a statement soon, but for now ask for privacy during this very difficult time.

The family suggests that tributes to Gregg can be made to the Gregg Allman Scholarship Fund at The University of Georgia or the Allman/Lehman Endowed Scholarship at Syracuse University.

Read more about the remarkable legacy of Gregg Allman.

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Celebration of Life - A Memorial Service for Brother Butch
Posted on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 04:09 PM

Monday, Feb 20, in Macon, Georgia at the Cox Capitol Theatre, Butch Trucks' family and friends held a private memorial service celebrating his life. Memories were shared and stories were told, and it was abundantly clear that Butch had just as profound an impact on people as he did on the music we love so much.

Members of the Allman Brothers Band, Les Brers, the Freight Train Band, Vaylor Trucks and guests performed for us, and the music has never been more poignant. Please continue to send your much appreciated love to the Trucks family, and let Butch's passion and drive inspire you to reach ever higher in your daily lives.

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Beacon Theatre and the Chicago Theatre Remember Butch Trucks
Posted on Monday, January 30, 2017 - 07:30 AM
Thank you to the Chicago Theatre and the Beacon Theatre for remembering Butch on their marquees.

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Gregg Allman Announces 2017 Tour Dates
Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 02:20 PM

Gregg Allman has announced 2017 tour dates starting in June, multi-night residencies in Macon, Athens and Savannah, GA, New York, and Birmingham, AL.

Jun 2 - The Grand Opera House - Macon, GA
Jun 3 - The Grand Opera House - Macon, GA
Jun 5 - The Grand Opera House - Macon, GA
Jun 6 - The Grand Opera House - Macon, GA
Jun 9 - Tivoli Theatre - Chattanooga, TN
Jun 10 - Horseshoe Tunica Hotel - Robinsonville, MS
Jun 13 - Georgia Theatre - Athens, GA
Jun 14 - Georgia Theatre - Athens, GA
Jun 16 - Lucas Theatre for the Arts - Savannah, GA
Jun 17 - Lucas Theatre for the Arts - Savannah, GA

Jul 2 - City Winery - New York, NY
Jul 5 - City Winery - New York, NY
Jul 6 - City Winery - New York, NY
Jul 9 - City Winery - New York, NY
Jul 10 - City Winery - New York, NY
Jul 12 - City Winery - New York, NY
Jul 13 - City Winery - New York, NY
Jul 16 - City Winery - New York, NY
Jul 17 - City Winery - New York, NY

Oct 18 - Iron City - Birmingham, AL
Oct 19 - Iron City - Birmingham, AL

On-sale dates and ticket information are available at:

Some of these dates are rescheduled from earlier shows - if you are holding tickets, check with the venue web site or box office for ticketing info.

Come on out and show Gregory some love!

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Gregg Allman Cancels Tour Dates Through October 16 Due To Serious Health Issues
Posted on Friday, August 05, 2016 - 02:23 PM



Gregg Allman has cancelled all tour dates starting with his appearance at Scranton, PA's Peach Music Festival on August 12 and going through the Clearwater, FL Jazz Festival on October 16 due to serious health issues. He's currently under his doctor's care at the Mayo Clinic.

"I want to thank my fans and friends for supporting me while I rest up and focus on getting better and back on the road as soon as I can," Allman says. "I've been working hard with my band, my pride and joy, to play our music for everyone. We'll see y'all in October."

Allman's first date back will be a performance at his very own Laid Back Festival at the Lakewood Amphitheatre in Atlanta, GA, on October 29. All dates after that are currently confirmed to take place.

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Please Be With Me on Amazon's Best Books of the Year
Posted on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 06:29 AM

Galadrielle Allman's wonderful book, Please Be With Me: A Song for My Father, Duane Allman is on's Best Books of the Year – in both the memoir and humor/entertainment categories.

The book is available in hardcover, paperback and audio book editions.

Galadrielle Allman’s memoir is at once a rapturous, riveting, and intimate account of one of the greatest guitar prodigies of all time, the story of the birth of a band that redefined the American musical landscape, and a tender inquiry of a daughter searching for her father in the memories of others.

This quote from Gregg Allman sums it up: “Duane Allman was my big brother, my partner, my best friend. I thought I knew everything there was to know about him, but Galadrielle’s deep and insightful book came as a revelation to me, as it will to everyone who reads it.”

Our thanks to Galadrielle Allman for writing and sharing this intimate memoir of her father, who means so much to so many of us... and congratulations on making the Best Books of 2014 lists - we heartily agree!

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Gregg Allman to Participate in Allman/Lehman Scholarship Ceremony
Posted on Friday, October 17, 2014 - 09:39 PM


Syracuse University’s Bandier Program Alumni Association will announce the Allman/Lehman Endowed Scholarship on October 20 at the Beacon Theater in New York City. The scholarship is named after Gregg Allman and manager Michael Lehman, this year’s recipient of the Bandier Program Industry Leader Award.

In addition, the first-ever Young Alumni Achievement Award will also be presented to Drew Taggart, one-half of the EDM group The Chainsmokers.
Allman will be in town to wrap up the Allman Brothers Band’s final Beacon Theatre run, which kicks off October 21.

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Gregg Allman to Receive Classic Rock's Living Legend Award
Posted on Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 05:38 PM

Gregg Allman is to receive the Living Legend award at the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour ceremony on Tuesday, November 4 at the Avalon in Hollywood. Previous recipients of the award include Black Sabbath, Jeff Beck, Lemmy, Jimmy Page and Alice Cooper.

“I am so very honoured to be receiving this award from Classic Rock", says Allman. "The magazine is one of my favourites and they are always so generous to me and the Brothers."

"Where can you start with Gregg Allman?", says Classic Rock editor Siân Llewellyn. "The rock'n'roll world would be a very different (and far lesser) place without him. As a founding member and guiding light of the Allman Brothers Band and a hugely influential solo artist, Gregg has touched the lives of rock fans all over the globe for over four decades. I'm thrilled that we can call him Classic Rock Magazine's Living Legend 2014."

Greg Allman was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1995 alongside the Allman Brothers band, and in 2012 the group was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 54th Annual Grammys. Only last month, the band's classic At Fillmore East (now available as an expanded set) was described by Classic Rock as "a cast-iron classic and the ultimate double-live album".

This is the 10th anniversary of the Class Rock Roll Of Honour, and the first time the event has been hosted outside London.

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The Allman Brothers Band Family Mourns the Loss of Brian Farmer
Posted on Monday, August 25, 2014 - 01:09 PM

The Allman Brothers Band family has just learned of the untimely death of devoted guitar technician Brian Farmer.

Brian joined our family in 2001 with returning musician Warren Haynes for whom he worked with on Gov't Mule for a number of years.

Brian was a jovial, sardonic man whose talent with musical instruments and the related equipment was extraordinary.

His devotion to his profession and the musicians around him was unparalleled.

He was a devoted father and family man.

He was a fan favorite.

He will be sorely missed by all who knew him as he has left us all too soon.

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Our Thoughts and Prayers for the Family, Friends and Colleagues of Sarah Elizabeth Jones
Posted on Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 02:42 PM

I am so terribly saddened by the news of the tragedy that took the young life of Sarah Elizabeth Jones on the film set. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family, friends and colleagues during this time of mourning. --Gregg Allman

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Winner of Allman Brothers Band Cover Contest Announced
Posted on Saturday, October 12, 2013 - 06:48 AM

A big congratulations to Birth to Bridges, winners of the Allman Brothers Band cover song contest held in conjunction with the remastered Brothers and Sisters album release. Birth to Bridges wins an Ephiphone G-400 electric guitar for their winning cover of Midnight Rider.

We'd also like to recognize Brankko Siqueira for winning the People's Choice award for the cover of Ramblin' Man.

You can view the winning entries along with all the rest here.

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Rudolph 'Juicy' Carter Dies of Heart Failure
Posted on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 07:31 PM
On 5/7/13 at 6:30 this morning our long time "disreptuable" friend, Rudolph 'Juicy' Carter died of heart failure following a long battle of declining health.

He passed at the Veterans Hospital in Charlotte, NC.

Mr. Carter played saxophone and was a musician by trade for some 50 years known by the nick name of "Juicy".

He was a long time friend of the Allman Brothers Band, especially Jai Johnie Johnson.

Juicy & Jai had played in a number of bands together staring in 1968 when Percy Sledge hired Juicy at the request of Jai Johnie.

Within a week of joining the Sledge band, Juicy coined the name Jaimoe for his friend and band mate, which has stuck forever.

He played as a guest on the Allman Brothers Band seminal Fillmore East weekend in 1970 and was known to sit in with the Brothers on occasion.

Juicy was great person, a true friend and an excellent musician.

He will be missed by all that knew him.

The Allman Brothers Band

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"Dangerous Dan Toler" Passes Following a Valiant Battle with ALS Disease
Posted on Monday, February 25, 2013 - 04:38 PM







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Love for Levon Benefit on AXS TV
Posted on Monday, February 18, 2013 - 06:03 PM

A once-in-a-lifetime event for a once-in-a-lifetime individual, the Love for Levon benefit concert pays tribute to the incomparable Levon Helm, drummer and vocalist for The Band. With a star-studded, legendary lineup that includes Gregg Allman, Warren Haynes, Roger Waters, Lucinda Williams, Grace Potter, John Mayer, My Morning Jacket, Dierks Bentley, Robert Randolph, The Levon Helm Band, and many, many more. Watch the PREMIERE February 17th on AXS TV.

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35 years after his death, Skydog still among rock's very best guitarists
Posted on Friday, October 27, 2006 - 07:51 PM
By Michael Ventre
MSNBC contributor
Updated: 5:18 p.m. ET Oct 26, 2006
No matter what the circumstances, deaths in the world of rock and roll tend to become romanticized over the years. It has less to do with the tragedy itself than it does with the warm memories that the music of the artists in question have continued to provide, and the sharp reality that there will be no more such music on the way.

What creative frontiers would Jimi Hendrix have explored if he lived beyond the age of 27? Where would Janis Joplin’s music have taken her if she didn’t pass away at 26? Exactly how would we have been entertained if Jim Morrison, Jeff and Tim Buckley, John Lennon, Freddie Mercury, John Bonham, Sid Vicious, Keith Moon, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Otis Redding, Berry Oakley, Kurt Cobain, Bob Marley, Gram Parsons and Frank Zappa, as well as many others, had been allowed to hang around a little while longer?

Outside of niches occupied by guitar fanatics and Southern blues-rock devotees, the name Duane Allman is often ignored. He wasn’t flamboyant. He didn’t live the stereotypical life of rock and roll excess. His most notable work came either as a session player for other artists, or as an unassuming member of a band he co-founded with his brother Gregg. And he is probably recognized the most for his work on the slide guitar, practically a lost art today.

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Macon Birthday Memories
Posted on Sunday, July 30, 2006 - 02:29 PM
Saturday night in Macon was a very special night. It was the night that the city of Macon, and many of her own, thanked one of her hardist working and most beloved citizens.

A pessimist might say, “a good deed never goes unpunished,” but last weekend, in a room full of smiling optimists, Gregg Allman told the crowd that, “one shared plate of smothered fried chicken at the H & H Restaurant quickly became several plates,” and those plates fed the emerging soul of Southern Rock, and helped keep it alive while the world caught-on to their musical concept. What started as dinner “on the house” for a group of scruffy, hungry, long-haired hippie types, almost forty years ago, morphed into one of the most loving evenings in Macon Georgia’s history…Mama Louise Hudson’s landmark birthday party.

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Remeber This On Valentine's Day
Posted on Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 05:42 AM
Valentine's Day will no longer exist for me. My Valentines of 26 years is no longer by my side. My daughter and I swap silence in this old, musty home. The desire to clean is non-existant and I know I will never cook breakfast again. Movies are nothing now and late night discussions are of the past. There are no dinners, no plans, no laughter. We pray the other is not ready to talk, awkward in passing hoping we do not touch. We don't stray far from our safe little corners, relieved the other has not reached out for the other. The walls have a lonesome echo as my bedroom cries out in loneliness. Photo albums, scrapbooks tossed about, never to be completed, boxes remain on the floor, waiting for the time to be stored away, never to be visited again..... Lack of concern to complete just about anything is the pattern of our day.

BUT - Let me leave you with this, and try to remember this Valentine's Message, I write to you today:

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The Duane Strat
Posted on Sunday, July 31, 2005 - 08:38 PM
I was reading a post in the Forum about one of Duane's old Strats and this story came flooding back...

From day one, Duane could play just about any guitar, and make it cry, but he had a real Fender fetish in the early days. Probably his all-time favorite guitar from his early Allman Joys/Hourglass days, when I knew him was a Telecaster body with a Strat neck, hybrid that he coveted. According to Paul Hornsby, Duane lost that guitar when it was stolen, by some bottom-feeder, while the Hourglass was touring the mid east in late 67 or early 68.

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Allmans' show had memorable moments for everyone
Posted on Wednesday, July 20, 2005 - 06:32 PM
By: Dave Richards
Erie News

You could debate it all night. Exactly when did the Allman Brothers Band concert at the Warner Theatre on Tuesday transcend the realm of merely good and nearly reach nirvana?

Was it during a physical, Cream-like rendition of the old-blues "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl," which featured guitarist Warren Haynes on vocals and Derek Trucks jamming way up the neck, hitting and sustaining impossible high notes?

Maybe it was when keyboard player Greg Allman stepped out with an acoustic guitar to open the second set with an eloquent "Melissa?"

Could have been the surprise of seeing Susan Tedeschi -- the wife of Derek Trucks -- bound on stage to sing a bluesy, moving version of Dylan's "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right."

Then again, you can make a case for the thunderous, three-man percussion jam by Jaimoe, Butch Trucks, and Marc Quinones amidst "Leave My Blues At Home," which set up a blistering finale.

Whatever moment you choose, the rowdy, sold-out crowd at the Warner Theatre greeted nearly every song with rapture. After all, it's not often a band the stature of the Allman Brothers Band visits Erie, let alone plays the more intimate Warner. Since their 1969 debut, the Allmans have personified Southern rock at its finest, perfecting a blissful fusion of blues, rock, funk and gospel that's made to order for jamming and, yet, song-oriented, as well.

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I've Got Dreams
Posted on Friday, January 07, 2005 - 05:37 AM
Three of us have been going to the Beacon shows for as long as ...well for a long time. We always drag along a 'rookie" as the fourth. It usually turns out to be a night to remember for him, and increases the fun for us. We go back-way back to the shows in the '60's and the Allman Brothers Band is better than ever.

In checking the setlists on the website, it came as no surprise that "Statesboro Blues " was the most often number performed live. What I did find surprising was the Warren Haines piece "I've Got Dreams to Remember" was only performed once. Fortunately, I was there to remember the performance. It was outstanding!

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Bobby Whitlock & Kim Carmel
Posted on Sunday, September 12, 2004 - 05:31 PM
An Interview By Bill Thames

Bobby Whitlock began his career as a musician’s equivalent to a supercharged Ferrari racecar; laying rubber and burning-up stage, studio, and sensibilities, chasing, and finally capturing that fleeting star. Like many other successful Southern musicians, Whitlock seemed to go from “chopping cotton in Mississippi to being a rock star,” as he put it, “almost overnight.”

After signing with Stax Records during the late 1960’s, Bobby Whitlock began touring and recording with Delaney & Bonnie and Friends, becoming forever associated with music icons, Duane Allman, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Dave Mason, Leon Russell, Rita Coolidge, Jim Gordon and Carl Radle.

As a result of those early bonds, Whitlock became an integral part of George Harrison’s, epic, “All Things Must Pass” recording along with Eric Clapton, Carl Radle, and Jim Gordon. The resultant amalgamation eventually became the nucleus of the world’s greatest “unknown” Rock and Roll band—Derek and the Dominos.

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Reflections on the Macon Scene & More, An Interview with Les Dudek
Posted on Saturday, June 19, 2004 - 07:19 AM
by Oldcoot

“You have to realize,” guitarist Les Dudek begins, “that when I arrived in Macon, there was a big hole in the bottom of the bucket.” Dudek is referring to the untimely passing several months earlier by Allman Brothers Band founder and leader, the late Duane Allman. Then 19, Dudek had first traveled to Macon with a musician friend to audition for a band that original Allman member, guitarist Dickey Betts, was supposedly starting. “Dickey was going to put together another band, that’s how I got involved with it,” says Dudek. “At that particular time, he (Betts) didn’t really know if he was going to stay with the Allman Brothers.”

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Gregg Allman's Search for Simplicity Has Found a Home
Posted on Wednesday, June 09, 2004 - 04:51 AM
Photo & Story By: James Palmer
For: Macon Magazine

It's not what you'd expect. Here's Gregg Allman, legendary rocker with
deep Macon roots, moving force of one of Southern rock's most enduring bands, cradling a toy ... poodle?

"This is Jasmine," Allman said of the 14-year-old poodle the singer/songwriter holds as he and his wife, Stacey, welcome visitors into their home near Savannah.

When you think of Gregg Allman, many images could come to mind. But it's unlikely they would reflect the reality that finds the man - known for his hard-living, hard-driving ways - now at peace with the world and himself.

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Warren Haynes: Everyguitarist
Posted on Monday, June 07, 2004 - 08:58 PM
By Anthony DeCurtis
6 June 2004
The New York Times
(c) 2004 New York Times Company

''I'M 44 years old, and I have a brand-new career ahead of me in the same way that a 25-year-old might,'' said Warren Haynes as he sat in his living room, the expanse of downtown Manhattan framed in the window behind him. ''That's very odd.'' He paused. ''But it's no more odd,'' he continued, ''than the thought of being in the Grateful Dead and the Allman Brothers at the same time.''

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My Baby Girl's Heart
Posted on Thursday, April 29, 2004 - 10:20 PM
By: Billy Hollems

Today I watched my baby girl’s heart break into a thousand pieces.

My daughter Marisa, who is now nine years old, and coming to the end of the third grade, experienced today a moment in her life she will hold in her memory forever. Several weeks in anticipation, Marisa awaited her annual school field trip to the Zoo. I too, with great anticipation, have been awaiting this moment as well. Every year, since pre-school, I have had the opportunity to be one of the chaperone parents on the field trip. The experience for me has been one that I’ve accepted as a privilege knowing that one day soon, my daughter would no longer experience the Zoo as she had through the eyes of a young child. In my daughter’s near future, the day will come to pass that the magic and excitement of a trip to the Zoo will fade into the past along with her belief in Santa Claus, The Easter Bunny, and gifts under her pillow from a Fairy for the loss of a loose tooth. In the eyes of a young child, a trip to the Zoo is monumental.

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Bonnie's Back
Posted on Saturday, April 24, 2004 - 05:30 PM
By: Barry Gilbert
For: St. Louis Today

Singer Bonnie Bramlett went to school in St. Louis. No, not high school, although the then Bonnie Lynn O'Farrell of Alton attended Granite City High.

Bramlett's school was the streets and clubs of East St. Louis and Gaslight Square, where she sang as a teenager in the late '50s with blues and R&B legends such as Albert King, Little Milton and Ike Turner, performers who "taught me everything I needed to know."

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Hospitality Sweeties/Left Coast Crew Charity Cosmic Auction Raises $1,210.00 for Hepatitis Research
Posted on Friday, March 26, 2004 - 10:24 AM
March 25, 2004

Lisa L. Fishler, Director of Development
Hepatitis Research Foundation
553 Salt Point Turnpike
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Re: Beacon Hotel 2004

Dear Lisa:
Enclosed please find a check in the amount of $1,210.00 made out to the Hepatitis Research Foundation. This check is donated by the above in the name of Jody Daddio and Tony Hirsch. Both have taken great strides to increase awareness of Hep C on the Allman Brothers Band website and are close friends to many people there.

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Bill Cook, Martinique Owner Passes Away
Posted on Saturday, March 06, 2004 - 10:17 PM
By: Bill Thames

Sometimes the phone rings and even though the person on the other end is an old and cherished friend, you know right off the bat that it's not good news. Well, this morning I received just one of those phone calls.

Yesterday, Bill Cook, the former owner of the Martinique, and the original Wreck Bar, on the corner of Wild Olive and Main Street in Daytona Beach, passed away in the company of friends and people who loved him deeply. He had been ill for some time.

In its heyday, the Martinique was the Fillmore of the East coast of Florida, and the stage there was home to hundreds of musicians who later went on to make names for themselves. Some of the notable musicians that graced Bill Cook's stage were: Gregg and Duane Allman, in the Escorts, Allman Joys, and Hourglass, Pete Carr, Paul Hornsby, Johnny Sandlin, Spencer Davis, Stevie Windwood, B. J. Thomas, and Lenny LeBlanc; just to name a few. The Martinique was more than just a nightclub and a paycheck to the close-nit group of musicians that played there, and the music lovers that frequented the club. Because of the kindness and warmheartedness of Bill Cook and Ringo, the Martinique was more of a big clubhouse for musicians, and their friends. Bill Cook provided an atmosphere where musicians could grow and develop their talents. All were welcome, at any time, and no matter how bad business was, Bill would always find a slot for one of "his" bands.

He will be deeply missed by all that knew him.

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Allman Brothers Band to perform at Fox Cities fest
Posted on Friday, February 06, 2004 - 08:24 AM
The Post-Crescent
Posted Feb. 04, 2004

Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Famers the Allman Brothers Band will be the headlining act for this summer’s Great Fox Cities Celebration at Fox Cities Stadium in Grand Chute.

The annual concert sponsored by Neenah/Menasha Professional Firefighters is slated for July 17. An opening act has not yet been announced. Proceeds from the show go to various charities the firefighters support.

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Where It All Begins Artist Launches Web Site
Posted on Saturday, January 10, 2004 - 10:45 AM
Ioannis, the artist who did the album cover for Where It All Begins and the art that appears at the top of this page, has just launched his personal
website: In addition to his ABB work, Ioannis has created album covers for such legendary acts such as Deep Purple, Blue Oyster Cult, Lynyrd Skynyrd, King Crimson, Styx, and many others.

His work is featured in the book IOOO COVERS by Michael Oachs and was one of the artists featured at WOODSTOCK 2. He has exhibited nationally. The site features inside stories about the creation of the covers, diaries, original artwork and limited edition signed prints.

Go have a look and give Ioannis a big HTW Family hello!

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Gregg Allman, Yo-Yo Collector
Posted on Monday, November 24, 2003 - 03:47 PM
By David Lindquist
The Indianapolis News/Indianapolis Star

It's fitting -- and perhaps also surprising -- that Gregg Allman collects yo-yos.

The "Midnight Rider" rock star knows ups and downs, ranging from drug arrests and a stormy marriage to Cher to transcendent performances with the Allman Brothers Band and induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Whenever the going gets low, the rough-and-tumble survivor bounces back to the top.

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Band Leader Duane Allman Dies in Bike Crash
Posted on Sunday, October 05, 2003 - 01:31 PM
By: Jon Landau
For Rolling Stone

"Ol' Duane was married to his music, the truth be known," a close friend reflected after the funeral rites. "I guess him dyin' so young, though, was almost inevitable. He had a wild and reckless streak in him, and apart from pickin' his git-tar, he'd get...bored. I guess you could call it. On that account, he ran through a lotta chicks and a lotta mean dope in his green time, and he purely loved to smoke up the highways on bikes that was too fast for him. You don't live long if you live...impulsive like that. Duane was basically just a good ol' country boy, but he could jump salty, too, now and again. Hell, I'll miss him, myself. I'm just sorry he had to up and leave America so early. He had a fat lot left in him to do."

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A Lesson Carved in Stone
Posted on Sunday, October 05, 2003 - 07:58 AM

Duane AllmanBy: William M. Thames III

Even today at age fifty-three, on rare occasions, that vague nagging feeling in the pit of my stomach returns—that unpleasant feeling that my stomach is trying to crawl up into my throat, and empty its bounty of churning butterflies.

To a young teenage musician, stage fright can be a terrifying, and worrisome emotion. Today, I can deal with those emotions, but there was a time thirty-six years ago, when I was sixteen, that stage fright almost cost me my closest friends, my job, and the single most thrilling, musical night of my life.

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Tom Dowd in Spotlight on Sundance Channel
Posted on Saturday, October 04, 2003 - 11:23 AM
By: Dean Goodman
For Reuters

Tom Dowd, a physics wiz who helped develop the atomic bomb during the 1940s, went on to create a series of bigger explosions that rocked the world.

No one was hurt in the process. For Dowd found his calling as the engineer or producer for such acts as Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Charles, the Drifters, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Allman Brothers Band.

Before he died last October, aged 77, Dowd participated in a documentary that will premiere on cable's Sundance Channel on Friday at 9 p.m. Directed and produced by Mark Moormann, "Tom Dowd and the Language of Music" brings the razor-sharp music man out from the control booth into the spotlight as he reminisces about his life and times.

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ABB on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 9/2/2003
Posted on Wednesday, September 03, 2003 - 04:09 PM

The ABB appear on the Tonight show 9/2/03
By: Brent
From: The Banks of the Left Coast

First things first: Greatest of leftcoast vibes out to Neil and Rich. You guys are class, and I am sure the apple didn't fall far from the tree.

Second thing: Scotty, thanks a ton for the hookup for the Tonight Show passes last night. What a blast. And Dino, thanks for sharing the experience bro - normal people just don't understand music. You guys are good people. Now get ready for VEGAS!!!!!

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ABB Receives Trees to the City in Raleigh
Posted on Sunday, August 31, 2003 - 06:57 AM

ABB receive tree certificates from Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker

The Mayor of Raleigh, Charles Meeker, presented certificates to the Allman Brothers Band, the only act to appear at ALLTEL Pavilion each of the venue's 13 years in operation, just before their concert at Alltel Pavilion in Raleigh August 10. The certificates stated that seven trees will be planted in the band's honor in Raleigh.

Mayor Meeker, a professed Allman Brothers Band fan, ran on a campaign platform that there was too much construction in Raleigh, with too many trees being cut down. When he was elected he decided to do away with the traditional "key to the city" and put back some trees instead.

For a larger version of the photo of the Allman Brothers Band with Mayor Meeker click here.

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Gregg Allman is Hittin' the Note in Every Way
Posted on Friday, August 01, 2003 - 07:38 AM
By: Tom Lounges
For The Northwest Times

Few bands in the history of rock have had such impact on music as the self-named Southern-fried blues group founded by two Nashville-born and Florida-bred brothers named Duane and Gregg Allman.

The Allman Brothers pioneered the use of double-drummers and were among the first to incorporate the twin lead guitar structure that has been copied by many hard rock bands over the years.

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Gregg Allman Pumped about Band, CD
Posted on Saturday, July 12, 2003 - 11:12 PM
By: Alan Sculley
For the South Bend Tribune

Gregg Allman said making the new Allman Brothers Band CD, "Hittin' the Note," reminded him of being back in the studio with the group's original lineup.

"It really was (similar). It had a lot to do with the vibes," Allman said. "I mean, the songs just went bip-bap, bip-bap. I think it probably took longer to mix it than it did to record it. That's how it was when we did the first part of 'Eat A Peach.' "

For Allman to compare "Hittin' the Note" to "Eat a Peach" (the 1972 double album that featured studio and live material), or any of the three other records made by the original lineup -- is no small statement.

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Melinda Trucks in the Spotlight
Posted on Tuesday, July 01, 2003 - 11:21 PM
By: Jan Sjostrom

For The Palm Beach Daily News


Being an artist takes fortitude. It's an undervalued profession dominated by a star system. Creative blocks rear up. If you're a woman, with the additional responsibilities of caretaking and homemaking, it can be even more difficult to stick with it.

But what if you were not just a woman, but the wife of a rock star? Melinda Trucks has known she wanted to be an artist since she received her first crayons and coloring book.

She's had two one-woman shows, and has exhibited at the Ritter Art Gallery at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, the Boca Raton Museum of Art and the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale. But, until recently, she hadn't created a single painting for three years.

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Allman leaves turbulent rock 'n' roll life behind
Posted on Tuesday, July 01, 2003 - 11:08 PM
By: Robert DiGiacomo
For The Press of Atlantic City

Gregg Allman has lived the high drama of a rock 'n' roll life. A founding member of the influential Southern rock group, the Allman Brothers Band, he has suffered the untimely deaths of his brother and bandmate, Duane Allman, and band co-founder Berry Oakley -- both to early 1970s motorcycle accidents.

He's been the stuff of tabloids in part due to his brief late-1970s marriage to Cher and the band's internal struggles. And he's had to overcome addictions to alcohol and heroin. With "Hittin' the Note" (Sanctuary), the Allman Brothers' first studio album in nearly a decade, he has put his turbulent past to good artistic use. The album has earned good notices, with one critic describing Allman's vocals as "pain never sounded so good."

"Everybody has their skeletons, everybody has their 40 miles of bad road, everybody has their bumps in the road," says Allman, appearing with the Allman Brothers Band, 8 p.m. Saturday, June 28, at the Atlantic City Hilton."Somehow, singing about them kind of gets them out and gets them off your chest. When it's set by music and it runs by you again, it doesn't seem so bad."

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The "Lost" Interview - Warren Haynes-Jeb Wright
Posted on Saturday, June 14, 2003 - 05:05 PM
This interview took place the day before Allen Woody passed away. It's possibly been posted on HTW before, but it's worth a repeat. Warren Haynes up close and personal!

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Allman Brothers Band Wraps Up Humanitarian Award
Posted on Friday, April 25, 2003 - 06:16 AM

The Allman Brothers Band is being awarded the Lena and Joseph Mandelbaum Humanitarian Award at the 3rd Annual Rock and Wrap it Up! Benefit, which will take place June 12 at Pier Sixty in New York City. Rock and Wrap it Up! is an international volunteer food recovery service that feeds the hungry with leftover food from backstage catering at rock concerts (among other sources). The ABB was one of the first groups to join forces with the organization back in 1995. Guitarist Warren Haynes will accept the award on behalf of the band and will also perform an acoustic set.

For details on the event call 877-691-FOOD or visit Tickets are $500 for dinner and are tax-deductible. Tables of 10 are $5,000 which includes a $2,500 ad in the Commemorative Journal honoring

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ABB and Musicians on Call Share the Healing Power of Music
Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2003 - 05:53 AM

The Allman Brothers Band has generously donated 2 FRONT ROW concert tickets to Musicians on Call! These tickets are for their March 29th performance at the historic Beacon Theater in New York City. Bid now and help Musicians on Call continue its mission of delivering the Healing Power of Music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities.

For bids and inquiries, please email
Please include bid amount, name, address and daytime phone number. The auction will close on March 14th at 3pm EST. The bidding starts at $150. The winning bid above the face of the tickets is tax deductible. This is a
silent auction. We will do our best to inform you of the current high bid as we recieve it.

Check out the Musician's on Call web site for more information on the organization.

Thank you and good luck!

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Jaimoe Hits the Stage with Dick Griffin
Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2003 - 06:24 PM
The Dick Griffin Band, including Jaimoe, will be gigging at Tobacco Road in NYC 3/23 and 3/24. Besides La MoJai, the players in the band are:
Dick Griffin - trombone
Jane Getter - guitar
Norika - organ
They will be playing some original music, some jazz and some blues. Jaimoe's "really, really happy to be playing this music" and hopes to see y'all there. Tix are $12, not sure of the time yet. Stay tuned to HTW for further details.

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A Pop Life
Posted on Tuesday, January 07, 2003 - 04:34 PM
By: John Dorschner
For the Miami Herald

Eric Clapton thanked him for making his music better. So did Ray Charles. And the Allman Brothers. And Aretha Franklin.

And many others. It was only the general public who hasn't heard of Tom Dowd, the late Miami master of studio engineering and music producing.

That's about to change. Mark Moormann, a movie maker from Hollywood (Florida, that is), is bringing Dowd's life to film, in a 90-minute documentary set to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 19 and next month at the Miami Film Festival.

The movie has been a seven-year journey for Moormann, 39. ''I was turned down by every investor, grant and foundation I could think of,'' he says.

He first met Dowd in 1995 while filming a music video and became intrigued by the man's personal history of music making, going back to the late 1940s, when he worked in New York with Atlantic Records to record a plethora of black talent -- John Coltrane, Ruth Brown, the Drifters, the Coasters.

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Buzzy's Garden
Posted on Sunday, December 01, 2002 - 10:07 PM

Dan, myself, and two other guys decided about nine years ago to move into our current residence, a home, complete with Japanese garden front and rear. Shortly after we moved in the gardener began to trim and take care of the garden. As it turns out the underbrush was hiding what had appeared to be a rock, just like the other three or four big rocks in the garden, but it wasn't a rock as it turns out.

So I rise one morning after an ABB show, sun shining, coffee in hand, basking in the afterglow of last night's show and I walk out back and there by the pond is the rock, only it's not a rock anymore. The gardener's cutting has revealed it to be instead a rather large mushroom and a few small ones and a frog !! I became somewhat light headed and I was tingling from head to foot as I said out loud to no one in particular "all right who put that in here !!" Just had to paint it after that."

In Loving Memory
Lee David Christie
11/21/49 to 11/23/02

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Butch Trucks Honored With Caregiver Award
Posted on Sunday, October 27, 2002 - 05:29 AM

By: David Patrick
New York Social Diary

Thursday night October 3 the 18th annual Rita Hayworth Gala was held in the Grand Ballroom at the Waldorf in New York City. The story of the inception of this gala is well known. Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, Miss Hayworth’s daughter by Prince Aly Khan, started this fund-raiser in memory of her famous mother who contracted Alzheimer’s very early in her life – her symptoms although undiagnosed for a long time began to be apparent when she was in her late 30s.

Yasmin and her friends (who call her “Yazzy”) have raised more than $33 million for the Alzheimer’s Association, which since 1982 has given $136 million in research grants for the disease.

This annual gala is one of the glitziest, more glamorous events on the New York social calendar. Each year they feature one of Hayworth’s films as the theme. This year it was the classic Hayworth made under the direction of her then husband (before Aly Khan), Orson Welles – “The Lady From Shanghai.”

This year, under the chairmanship of Andrea Stark, they raised more than $1.4 million for the cause. Corporate chair was Paulo Costa, President and CEO of Novartis Pharmaceuticals. Muffie Potter Aston was Corporate Sponsor Chair. Deborah Norville was emcee. Donna Dixon Aykroyd, Claudia Cohen and Susan Hess were auction co-chairs. Della Rounick was Journal Chair and Milly, Baronne de Cabrol was the Gift Bag Chair. These people, mainly women, have created one of the most dynamic philanthropic events in New York.

This year they honored Margo Catsimatidis and Butch Trucks, the drummer for the Allman Brothers Band. Mrs. Catsimatidis was the chair of the 1998 Gala and has been a vital force of the Rita Hayworth Gala since joining the Steering Committee in 1992. Claude “Butch” Trucks Jr. was given a special Caregiver Award. Trucks has been creating rhythms for the legendary band for more than thirty years.

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Duane Showed Southern Musicians the Way to Go
Posted on Friday, October 25, 2002 - 07:34 PM
By Ed Bumgardner
Winston-Salem Journal

For most young music fans, Oct. 29 is just another day. But for those musicians who grew up Southern, the day marks the anniversary of guitarist Duane Allman's death - a time for remembrance, for futile speculation and for giving thanks for the music that he made and left behind to remind us of his casual genius.

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Vivid Images: Ioannis and the Allman Brothers Band
Posted on Saturday, October 19, 2002 - 08:53 AM
Ioannis Vasilopolous (that’s just Ioannis to you) has spent nearly two decades creating distinctive and striking artwork for some of the most luminary names in rock, blues and progressive music.

While fans of the Allman Brothers Band, which he calls “one of the last great American bands,” are probably most familiar with his cover art to 1995’s Where it All Begins, Ioannis has also lent a his talents to works by Lynyrd Skynyrd, Deep Purple, Yngwie Malmsteen, Styx, Blue Oyster Cult, jazz-fusion violinist Jean-Luc Ponty, and Johnny Winter, among many others.

Note: Thanks to Marley for this peek behind the scenes at BWIAB's cover art and an intro to Ioannis.

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Florida Today Interview With Gregg
Posted on Wednesday, September 18, 2002 - 07:49 PM
Legendary Allman Brothers Discover There's Life After Betts
By: Alan Sculley

Florida Today
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(c) Copyright 2002, Florida Today. All Rights Reserved.
Legendary Allman Brothers Discover There's Life After Betts

By: Alan Sculley


When the Allman Brothers fired guitarist Dickey Betts two years ago, many people probably assumed it could be the setback that would lead to perhaps a lasting demise for the group. Betts was a key songwriting contributor and featured instrumentalist throughout the band's 30-year history.

Instead, keyboardist/singer and founding member Gregg Allman hints that the change has revived not only the Allman Brothers Band, but even his work with his side project, Gregg Allman & Friends.

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Midnight Rider Thrills Daytona Beach Fans
Posted on Tuesday, September 17, 2002 - 04:42 AM
By: Ray Weiss
Daytona Beach News-Journal

DAYTONA BEACH -- As the sun set, Allman Brothers tunes blared across the Ocean Center parking lot.

Paul Burke met Gregg Allman around town in 1977 during a low point in Allman's life. Burke managed Allman's comeback in 1977-78.
With beer cans and car trunks popped, the concert-goers on Sunday night resembled football fans before a big game as they celebrated the return of a hometown musical hero, Gregg Allman, and the band that carries his name, one with deep roots in Daytona Beach.

"My God, they're legendary," said 30-year-old Stacey Cowart, who drove down from Jacksonville Beach to meet friends for the show. "I could have gone to Savannah to see the band. It's just about as far. But I said we have to see the Allman Brothers in Daytona. A concert with them here has so much more potential."

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16 Year Old Meets Gregg at a Boxing Match
Posted on Saturday, August 31, 2002 - 11:37 AM
My name is Jonathan Murphy. I'm from Effingham County Ga. I'm a huge Allman Brothers Band fan. I love all of their stuff all the way back to the Allman Jand the Hour Glass. My dad has always played in bands. He brought me up listening to classic rock, blues and early r&b. I was able to meet one of my biggest rock heroes Tuesday night at the Savannah Civic Center at a boxing match. I walked over and told him, "Hey". I was almost speechless. I didn't say much because he didn't wanna attract a big crowd. So I respected that, even though there were so many things I wanted to say to him. I would have loved to get a I met Gregg Allman. I've been singing and playing guitar for a while now and hopefully, through that, maybe I'll be able to meet Mr. Allman again. It's really awesome to live so close to the midnight rider himself.

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Allman Brothers Band's Rocking Spirit Lives On
Posted on Monday, August 19, 2002 - 08:29 PM
By: Alexa James
Baltimore Sun

A bunch of miles, a lot of heartache and a ton of rocking can drain the spirit from a band. And so it was with the Allman Brothers. But the Southern rock pioneers are happy to report that the magic is back.

Tonight, drummer Butch Trucks promises, the band will hit Columbia's Merriweather Post Pavilion with an energy the founding members haven't felt since the beginning, way back around 1969.

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Butch Trucks - Walking in Frodo's footsteps
Posted on Saturday, August 17, 2002 - 12:48 PM
By: Jeff Spevak
Democrat & Chronicle (Rochester, NY)

Butch Trucks' day is off to a good start. He has just returned from a morning shopping to one of the mega-bookstores near his Manhattan apartment to pick up a DVD of The Lord of the Rings. He has seen the movie 13 times and read the trilogy 10 times.

Middle-earth's battle between hobbits and the forces of evil is but one of many titanic struggles that intrigue the drummer for the Allman Brothers Band. He's halfway through Vol. 2 of Edward Gibbon's The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Thucydides' The History of the Peloponnesian War is history. He has plowed through Joseph Campbell's ruminations on man and heroic myths with Hero With a Thousand Faces.

"I'm getting my college education,'' the 54-year-old Trucks says. "I like to think of my brain as heavy duty.''

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The Trials & Tribulations of an English Allmans fan!
Posted on Thursday, August 01, 2002 - 09:30 PM
So here Iam, marooned! Across the dividing ocean that seperates me and my small but loyal band of brothers, fellow Allmans fans, over here in England.
Being an Allmans fan in England can be tough. For example: The Allmans NEVER gig over here (which is OK cause we can make pilgrimages over to see the Brothers). The Allmans album section in our stores is little to non-existent, a tumble weed blows through sections A to B, blank expressions being drawn from the face of the store clerk when you ask for 'American University' or ANY of the Brothers albums (which we have to order in on import), Britney Spears being the closest thing to Southern we can get! And it's impossible to get cornbread and beans in Basildon, Essex!
But the worst thing is how little respected, even how little known the band are to music fans over here. 'Jessica' was used as a theme to a series on TV about cars and when you play it everyone laughs, saying: 'That's the Top Gear theme!', 'Top Gear' being the programmes name. No respect! The lack of knowledge of what great music the Brothers made and make is frustrating and the lack of knowledge on Duane Allmans legacy is criminal, not just with music fans but the music press as well.
And as for Clapton fans, they don't even know that Duane wrote the main riff to Layla! It really shakes 'em up when you tell them!
However, there are some of us over here who sip a Jack Daniels and crank up 'Whipping Post' in honour to the Brothers and Eric himself played a tribute to Duane at the recent Jubilee Concert, where he played on 'Hey Jude' with Paul McCartney and played Duanes licks from the Wilson Pickett version, a silent tribute from Mr.Clapton to say that: 'Don't worry, some of us still know. Some of us still remember'.
But enough bitchin'! Being an Allmans fan is a way of life. Once you hear Duane's split second sigh of feedback on 'Dreams' you can never go back. Those of us over here who know will always have love for the Brothers, their music, their love, their way of life and their legend. And we'll continue to spread the word to those with closed ears until (like the great Red Dog) they hear.
Keep on down that road and eat a peach!
From R.T. Dekko, a brother across the sea.

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New Album Released By Jackie King, Willie Nelson Touring Electric Guitarist
Posted on Thursday, August 01, 2002 - 09:21 PM
Music listeners yearning for jazz with a blend for country and soft rock will love The Gypsy (IndigoMoon Records) by Jackie King with Willie Nelson.
King was 13-years-old when he first played with Willie in San Antonio, Texas. The two simply gathered at a mutual friends house, met and played, King said. Over the years, the two have colaborated on albums and toured around the world.
"(Nelson) has wrote some great words, he is a great writer," King said. He considers themselves "very close friends, we have a great respect for each other as artists."
King grew up playing country and jazz, and listening to players like Hank Garin, Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass and one of his all time favorites - Hank Garland.
King now plays Heritage Guitars which are made in an old Gibson guitar factory in Kalamazoo, Mich.
At the Saturday, July 28, 2001, concert at the Tweeter Center in Camden, NJ, Willie Nelson & Family opened their set with "Whiskey River," followed by "Good Hearted Woman." The band then revisited "Whiskey River" about 20 songs later when the band was winding up the crowd, yet winding down their set which was over an hour-and-a-half long.
Acoustic Hot Tuna opened the show with Phil Lesh & Friends headlining, with Warren Haynes, of GOV'T MULE and the Allman Brothers Band, as a special guest on guitar and vocals.
At the show, the crowd lost their sanity when the band played, with Haynes singing the Jimi Hendrix’s version of the Bob Dylan song "All Along The Watchtower." Haynes sang and played the song with full force - and a solid spirit.
The second set started on a blue, or somber tone, with a 10 minute jam and the Friends moving into Traffic’s "Mr. Fantasy," with Haynes again on vocals.
King and Nelson cowrote the song "Great Divide," which is the title cut to Willie’s new album, available at certain stores and on the internet.
King has been Nelson’s electric guitarist in his touring band for the last 4 years.
And you could say that being a member of Willie’s touring band is a 'steady gig' since percussionist Billy was the last band member hired - over 16 years ago!
(That's BIG sisters and brothers.)
"Playing with Jackie every night is a real treat," Nelson said in a press release. "He’s heads above most other guitarist - I mean, I play guitar, but he’s a real guitar player.

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Thanks to Ioannis for new ABB Look
Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2002 - 10:44 PM
Short and sweet story here -- much thanks to Ioannis, ABB fan and creative director of the design firm Vivid Images Worldwide, for the graphics now adorning the header of this site, Hittin' The Web with the Allman Brothers Band.

Does it look familiar? Could be because Vivid Images designed the cover of Where It All Begins.

Enjoy, and once more, a hearty thanks to Ioannis for lending his talent to our looks!

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Warren Haynes is Here, There & Everywhere at Jazzfest
Posted on Saturday, May 04, 2002 - 03:36 PM
Robin Rothman
MTV news

"This is the 736th time he's sat in with us," Blues Traveler's John Popper joked as guitarist Warren Haynes joined the group for its song "Pattern" at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Thursday evening. "That's actually the most sit-ins of any band on the East Coast since 1962," Popper added.

If Warren Haynes, currently a full-time member of the Allman Brothers Band, Phil Lesh and Friends and his own band, Gov't Mule, does in fact hold the Guinness-worthy record for popping up everywhere, it'd hardly be surprising.

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Cajai Prowls a National Stage in 'Lion King'
Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2002 - 03:13 PM
New York Times
Sunday April 14 2002

Last month's Oscars may offer encouragement to rising stars of color everywhere, but Cajai Fellows Johnson of Bloomfield has not been sitting around waiting for role models like Halle Berry and Denzel Washington to unlatch doors to her future.

After years of singing and dancing lessons, Cajai recently landed a leading role in Disney's first national road company of "The Lion King," which opens on April 27 in Denver. She is already rehearsing in Denver and will spend the next six months touring the country with the cast, crew, truckloads of scenery, and, of course, her mother.

Cajai, after all, is only 10. A student at St. Thomas the Apostle School in West Hartford, she is young enough that she still sleeps with a stuffed dog named Wobbles, yet old enough to have achieved full Actors' Equity status and to have realized her fondest goal.

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Gregg Allman - the SoundSpike Interview
Posted on Sunday, April 07, 2002 - 07:30 AM
by Jaan Uhelszki
SoundSpike News
Mar 23, 2002, 2:43 pm EST

Reluctant superstar Gregg Allman has spent more than 33 years in the spotlight as the vocalist and a founding member of southern rock monolith the Allman Brothers Band. Almost single-handedly, the Allmans revolutionized southern music, giving it a pride and luster that it hadn't had since antebellum times.

With his gritty bluesman's voice and his formidable musical skills, Allman insists that he is still uneasy in the spotlight--a claim that is hard to believe given his genteel ease onstage.

But Allman has never been one to rest on his impressive laurels, those same laurels that helped land his band in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995. "I play every show like it's my last," he said. "Fortunately that's never turned out to be the case."

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A Trip To Macon
Posted on Tuesday, April 02, 2002 - 09:44 AM
I guess its about a 2.5 hour drive from Lanett, AL to Riverside Drive and Rose Hill in Macon GA. Of course ya got to get lost between here and there a few times, if ya know what I mean. We rolled into town just in time to catch a hug and some grub from Mama Louise at the H&H. Damn fine eating. It was not the GABBA weekend, but we decided to pick up some trash at Rose Hill. We paid our respects to Little Martha and saw the album cover spot down by the Ocmulgee River. We even saw a blue bird by Elizabeth Reed's spot.

I guess we had 5 or 6 people with us. As we headed down to see the Brothers the subject came up - I wonder when Gregg comes here. One person said it must be late at night. Another said it must be early in the morning. But just then we found out Gregg comes to Rose Hill any time he likes.

I was joking with my cousin when a nice cadi pulled up. I said, "That must be Gregg", but about that time Gregg, his little dog, girlfriend and two or three other people came walking down the hill. Gregg was wearing a House of Blues jacket, sunglasses, and cap. I guess there were 10 people at this sacred place. To my memory no one said a word, asked for an autograph or anything. We just stood with Gregg maybe thinking some of the things he was, but probably not.

He stood there what seemed to be about 3 or 4 minutes, then started walking back to the car. He nodded his head as he walked by, but never said a word. I said, "Hey Gregg have a great show tonight", and he did. This was the ultimate Trip to Macon and one I will always remember. Thanks to Duane, Berry, Gregg, Dickey, Butch, and Jaiome!!!!! Thanks fuzzynavel67

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Find Your Super Secret Peach Name
Posted on Sunday, March 03, 2002 - 09:07 PM
Psssssssst -- follow the instructions below to find your super secret Peach name:

From the first list, take the name using the initial of your first name. From the second list, do the same with your middle name. From the third, your surname.

First List
A=Howard; B=Jack; C=Twiggs; D=Joe; E=Butch; F=Marc; G=Bonnie; H=Derek; I=Alan; J=Duane; K=Lamar; L=Berry; M=Jaimoe; N=Gregg; O=Rose; P=Dickey; Q=Jessica; R=Fillmore; S=Liz; T=Dan; U=Jimmy; V=Warren; W=Oteil; X=Harley; Y=Chuck; Z=Bill

Second List
A=Dan; B=Claude; C=Johnny; D=Thom; E=”’Shroom”; F=Idlewild; G=Louise; H=H.; I=”Red”; J=”Peach”; K=”King”; L=”Beacon”; M=Forest; N=”Mule”; O=”Midnight”; P=Lyndon; Q=”Rider”; R=Reed; S=”Jax”; T=Lenoir; U=Gibson; V=”Sweet”; W=Cross; X=”Dog”; Y=”Rook”; Z=”House”

Third List
A=Allman; B=Doucette; C=Bramlett; D=Oakley; E=Quinones; F=Burbridge; G=Dowd; H=East; I=Herring; J=Brothers; K=Curtis; L=Trucks; M=Betts; N=Petty; O=Haynes; P=Lawler; Q=Campbell; R=Leavell; S=Johansen; T=Woody; U=Goldflies; V=Graham; W=Pearson; X=Neel; Y=Williams; Z=Toler

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Duane Allman Interviews Online
Posted on Monday, February 25, 2002 - 12:28 PM
By popular request, the FM radio interviews with Duane Allman are back online. You can find them in the Media Gallery (click the link by that name in the Menu block) or click right here for a shortcut.

They are also linked from Duane's page in the People section of the site. Duane really stretches out and tells his philosophy of life in these interviews -- he's one of those rare characters who could be just as charismatic and compelling verbally as he was musically. A number of you told me that you used to listen to these interviews more than once a week! Wail on Skydog, we love you!

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ABB on the Cover of Guitar World Acoustic
Posted on Monday, February 18, 2002 - 09:49 PM

The Allman Brothers Band is on the cover of the current Guitar World Acoustic magazine. The issue features an in-depth lesson and exclusive interview with Gregg.

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The Allman Brothers Band, "THE Band of the South"
Posted on Monday, February 04, 2002 - 11:23 AM

By Steve Winkler

I've wanted to write or post this article somewhere for quite some time so that fans of the Allman Brothers Band could read it and reflect on it. I've been a musician for 25 years now and love playin' the blues. I have never heard or seen a band that emulates all that is great about the blues and the South like the Allmans. After all, blues came out of the South and of all the bands you've ever heard, tell me who does "That Blues Thang" better than the Allmans? Needless to say, they were my favorite band in high school and probably had the biggest influence on me musically.

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Jimmy Herring Comments
Posted on Tuesday, January 01, 2002 - 03:50 PM
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Jack Pearson Comments
Posted on Tuesday, January 01, 2002 - 11:52 AM
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Allen Woody Tribute
Posted on Tuesday, January 01, 2002 - 11:51 AM
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Johnny Neel Comments
Posted on Tuesday, January 01, 2002 - 11:49 AM
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Dan Toler Comments
Posted on Tuesday, January 01, 2002 - 11:48 AM
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David Goldflies Comments
Posted on Tuesday, January 01, 2002 - 11:47 AM
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Chuck Leavell Comments
Posted on Tuesday, January 01, 2002 - 11:46 AM
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Lamar Williams Tribute
Posted on Tuesday, January 01, 2002 - 11:45 AM
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Dickey Betts Comments
Posted on Tuesday, January 01, 2002 - 11:43 AM
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Berry Oakley Tribute
Posted on Tuesday, January 01, 2002 - 11:41 AM
Share your thoughts and memories of the man who played a thundering bass and lived a powerful life here.

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Warren Haynes Comments
Posted on Tuesday, January 01, 2002 - 11:39 AM
Share your comments about the hardest working man in rock'n'roll here.

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Derek Trucks Comments
Posted on Tuesday, January 01, 2002 - 11:37 AM
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Oteil Burbridge Comments
Posted on Tuesday, January 01, 2002 - 11:33 AM
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Marc Quinones Comments
Posted on Tuesday, January 01, 2002 - 11:32 AM
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Jaimoe Comments
Posted on Tuesday, January 01, 2002 - 11:30 AM
Leave your comments about the jasssssssiest member of the ABB here.

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Butch Trucks Comments
Posted on Tuesday, January 01, 2002 - 11:20 AM
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Gregg Allman Comments
Posted on Tuesday, January 01, 2002 - 08:29 AM
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Duane Allman Tribute
Posted on Tuesday, January 01, 2002 - 08:27 AM
Add your comments here on brother Duane Allman, whose soul and music continues to move and inspire so many of us in the extended family.

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Tom Dowd Honored by Recording Academy
Posted on Wednesday, December 19, 2001 - 08:05 PM

The Allman Brothers Band, Hittin' the Web, and the Extended Family Congratulate Tom Dowd and Wish Him Well in His Continued Recovery from Surgery

Associated Press

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Count Basie, Perry Como, Rosemary Clooney, Al Green and Joni Mitchell are recipients of the 2002 Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.

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On the Record with Butch Trucks - the First Set
Posted on Wednesday, December 05, 2001 - 10:34 PM
**Hittin' the Web EXCLUSIVE**
Jim Frawley

Last summer, after the ABB’s show at Great Woods, I had the pleasure of taking Lana up on her offer to interview Butch Trucks. Kirk West escorted me and my friend Greg (no relation) back to Butch’s dressing room. What followed was more of a conversation than a formal interview. I’ve had the pleasure of corresponding with Butch for a couple of years now and we were immediately comfortable with each other. He’s always been frank and willing to share his thoughts with me in writing and our in-person experience was equally as candid.

Also present during this interview were Buffalo Evans, Butch’s wife Melinda, and one of his daughters. One and all, they acted like real folks, not celebrities.

I need to thank Gary Seaman (Peachnutt), who lent me his recorder for the interview and then burned it to compact disc. And now, the First Set:

Frim- I had about 25 questions written, but ... You opened with Whippin’ Post and ended with Mountain Jam!!

Butch- No, that wasn’t Mountain Jam, that was Molehill Jam. Normally when we do Mountain Jam, it’s about 55 minutes – 60 minutes. When we started Mountain Jam, they told us we had 40 minutes left to do that, Revival and One Way Out some how. So we cut it down from Mountain Jam to Molehill Jam. If you noticed, nobody stretched out too much – just a little bit.

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Congratulations Derek and Susan!
Posted on Wednesday, December 05, 2001 - 07:59 PM
Please join us in Congratulating Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi on the marriage today, 12/5, in Jacksonville, FL. Susan's father, Dick, appears in this photo from the 2000 Grammy Awards with them.

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Fun in the Sun Contest Winners Announced!
Posted on Thursday, November 01, 2001 - 07:44 AM
Congratulations to Angie Callahan and Jimmy Palumbo, winners of the "Fun in the Sun" contest sponsored by Hittin' the Web and the Sun Theatre . Angie and Jimmy both won a pair of tix to see Gregg Allman & Friends Sunday, 11/4, at the Sun Theatre in Anaheim by being willing to announce something personal here.

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Gregg Allman - The Godfather of Fusion
Posted on Thursday, November 01, 2001 - 07:30 AM
Larry Rodgers
The Arizona Republic
Nov. 01, 2001 12:00:00

It's becoming the rule rather than the exception in pop music for bands to mix musical genres. Whether it's the rap-metal of Papa Roach, the country-rock of Lonestar or the jazzy hip-hop of Common, today's musicians are creating fresh sounds by blurring borders. Gregg Allman, meanwhile, has been doing it for three decades.

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Duane Allman 30 Years Down the Road
Posted on Friday, October 26, 2001 - 10:55 AM
By Malcolm X Abram
Macon Telegraph Staff Writer

Duane Allman was a human magnet.
His commanding personality and belief in what he was doing inspired the loyalty of the 10 people - musicians and roadies - who came together to form the original Allman Brothers Band in 1969.

His ability to take an empty Coricidin bottle, place it on his ring finger and caress beautiful music out of his favorite Les Paul guitar attracted admiration from musicians, fans and critics.

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Our Kind of Birds
Posted on Friday, October 05, 2001 - 11:08 AM

Late Night with Conan O'Brien made a cute reference to the Allman Brothers Band Thursday, October 4.

In the recurring skit "In the Year
2000", Conan predicted, "It will be revealed that the reason birds fly South for the winter is to see the Allman Brothers Band."

The episode was repeated in the wee hours of the morning Friday, October 12.

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Banding Together
Posted on Sunday, September 30, 2001 - 12:04 PM
As members of the extended family visited the Guest Book to say they were ok after the tragedy of Sept. 11, I kept thinking about one of our
brothers who lives in NYC, who doesn't post regularly, if at all. We usually correspond privately around the holidays and as Beacon time nears. He's a peach heart, who always attends the Beacon run with a few of his buddies, always has a big hug waiting, and always signs his emails with "Keeping the Peach in the Apple" and a reference to his career -- i.e., "Pete, da cop".

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