Thread: My Zoom Chat About ABB, SRV and More, Featuring Kirk West

AlPaul - 7/31/2020 at 08:49 PM

My Zoom Chat from 7/28/20 About ABB, SRV and More, Featuring Guest Appearances by Kirk West and Lamar Williams Jr., now on YouTube,

"Author Alan Paul on Stevie Ray Vaughan, the Allman Brothers Band: A Zoom Conversation" >>


steved - 7/31/2020 at 10:05 PM

Nice job Al. As usual quality stuff.

BTW I have started to re-read Big in China. Makes me happy to read it.

From South Jersey to you in North Jersey, thanks for sharing and stay safe.


AlPaul - 8/1/2020 at 01:26 AM

Thanks steve.

blackey - 8/1/2020 at 06:32 AM

Enjoyed the interview and Kirk West too.

blackey - 8/1/2020 at 01:36 PM

AlPaul. Did Butch say anything after 2000 about Dickey blocking all of his business ideas for the band and not getting a writing credit on two of Dickey's instrumentals as part of his grievance with Dickey? Butch would post things about Dickey on his blog that had Butch angry with Dickey long before the 2000 earthquake in the band. Warren Haynes even said some of the issues Butch was mad at Dickey about went back to the original lineup and the Chuck/Lamar lineup.

Butch was so angry at Dickey for several reasons including being too drunk to play when they finished that spring 2000 Atanta show, Butch said on his blog he was going to quit. But his wife found out from Gregg's then wife Gregg also was going to quit and it was because of Dickey. Butch called Gregg saying let's fire the SOB. Gregg said what about his contract? Butch said the original guys don't have a contract just the other guys. All we have to do as owners of the band is vote him out. Why should we leave when its Dickey. Dickey has been holding us hostage for decades.

But as you said, when they got Jaimoe on the phone, Jaimoe would only agree to a temporary layoff so the could do the summer tour with another guitarist and ask Dickey to get help then we will all get together in the fall of 2000 and see if Dickey is better.

Dickey blew a fuse, destroyed his television set, hired a lawyer and charged that Dickey was being impersonated and they cant use the ABB name without him.

Butch indicated that also pissed him off. Butch said if we can have an Allman Brothers without Duane then we can have one without him. So the lawyers and the originals got together and Dickey apparently was only interested in being compensated for his contribution to the band and suggested they do a final tour and breakup. Butch said he rejected that but they did agree to pay Dickey an undisclosed sum and when Dickey walked out, Jaimoe looked at us and said " I guess Dickey just quit"

Later it was announced Dickey wasn't in the band now and on his blog and postings on this site, Butch said the band will NEVER play Ramblin Man again and should have never played it or recorded. That in hindsight they should have voted Dickey out when Duane died, hired two new guitarists and started over. Butch also said as soon as the new ABB learned some new songs and wrote some new instrumentals, the band will eliminated ALL songs written by Dickey. Well they did move away from Dickey's songs a lot but not long they were back to playing a lot of Dickey's songs including Blue Sky.

The last lineup of the ABB had very good musicians but it never really worked for me and I rarely play their one studio album. As a young 22 year old who flipped his lid over the original lineup, none of the later lineups brought the energy and vibe as the one with Duane. Then with Dickey gone too it was almost a bridge too far for me. I eventually enjoyed the shows after 2005 but it wasn't the same. And younger fans I would met were often there to hear Derek Trucks play those jams more than the band itself. Many didnt seem to care about Gregg, Butch and Jaimoe...just Derek, Warren and Otiel.

AlPaul - 8/2/2020 at 09:11 PM


I don't really want to go into the whole thing on here again. I put what i believe to be the real story in One Way Out. there were definitely business differences between BT and DB but I think the bottom line was three decades of built up tensions, resentments and frustrations that grew and grew after Duane died.

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