August 30, 1994 |
Nine bands, two stages, no waiting. So it didn't have the cutting-edge cachet of Lollapalooza or the familial air of the Philadelphia Folk Festival. And there was no attempt to create an era-defining experience a la Woodstock. But Sunday's HORDE (Horizons of Rock Developing Everywhere) Festival - a traveling gypsy caravan of jam-happy musicians and neo-hippy hucksters - featured full sets by Allman Brothers Band and Blues Traveler, and truncated sets by Big Head Todd and the Monsters, the Screaming Cheetah Wheelies, God Street Wine, Rusted Root and others.
July 15, 1989 |
Standing side by side, Dickie Betts and Warren Haynes traded guitar runs at the Spectrum last night. It was vintage Allman Brothers Band, with a trace of new flair. Betts represented the old school: Macon, Ga., the Fillmore East and Duane Allman. Haynes, who played on Betts' solo album, was the link to the present - and the possible future - of the Allman Brothers Band, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary on this tour. The two wailed, going back and forth for solos, then combined for some nimble-fingered harmony parts on all-out versions of "Southbound" and "Jessica.
October 26, 1991 |
Twenty years ago next Tuesday, the wailing stopped. Duane Allman, driving force behind the bluesy Southern rock band the Allman Brothers and an emerging rock icon of the '70s, lost control of his motorcycle on a Macon, Ga., street and was killed. So the wailing stopped, along with the whining, the crying, the squealing and the whimpering that the 24-year-old Allman could wring out of a Les Paul guitar. Rock fans, braced for a spate of million-selling albums from the Allman Brothers, took it hard.
June 22, 1989 |
When Gregg Allman arrived in Florida on May 22 to plan a summer tour with what's left of the Allman Brothers Band, he couldn't help being taken aback by the fact that it was 20 years ago to the day that he'd arrived in Jacksonville to join his older brother Duane's new band. "My brother had sent me a plane ticket," recalls Allman, who was living in California, "and told me to get my hide to Jacksonville. I was broke, so I put the ticket in my pocket and stuck out my thumb.
March 26, 2013 |
They were guitar gods of the highest order, and Duane Allman and Stevie Ray Vaughan each revitalized American music in his own way before dying far too young. Two new releases - the seven-CD Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective and the two-CD, 30th-anniversary reissue of Vaughan's Texas Flood - remind us of their enduring brilliance and power. Duane Allman is best-known as the founder of the Allman Brothers Band, the group that pretty much invented and then transcended Southern rock with its adventurous amalgam of rock, blues, country, jazz, and soul.
December 28, 2012 |
Gov't Mule has such a massive catalog of songs that front man Warren Haynes says it's unlikely the band will repeat any of them during its two-night run at the Tower Theater. In fact, he says, it's possible that none of the songs played in Philly will even make their way to New York's Beacon Theatre for the quartet's two-night stand there. "It's literally hundreds of songs," the soft-spoken guitarist and singer said. "We usually go for three hours or so. It ends up being a long night, but you're pleasantly exhausted at the end of it. " Based on the fact that Haynes is a full-time member of both Gov't Mule and the Allman Brothers Band - and has a solo career - you'd expect him to be, uh, pleasantly exhausted offstage, too. But the musician, 52, whose controlled intensity nabbed him the No. 23 spot on Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Guitarists" list, says he is quite energized by his musical path.
January 20, 1986 |
Alice Walker, the sharecropper's daughter whose novel The Color Purple won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, returned to her home town of Eatonton, Ga., over the weekend for the local premiere of the movie based on the book. As a child in the central Georgia farming community, Walker was relegated along with other blacks to the balcony seats at the town's only theater, the Pex. But on Saturday, limousines ferried her relatives to the Pex, and residents literally rolled out the red carpet for her at the theater entrance.
January 18, 2011 |
New musical beginnings with old references today. DECEMBERISTS IN JANUARY: Portland, Ore.-based Colin Meloy hasn't totally shaken off his devotion to all things "Olde English. " On his new long player leading The Decemberists, "The King Is Dead" (EMI, A) , Colin still leads with a sea-shanty ("Don't Carry It All") boasting imagery of a vessel "pitching hard to starboard. " Then a few songs later, he evokes many a tragic miner's lot on "Rox In the Box. " But unlike high concept Decemberists' albums of yore, the underlying messages here - of carrying on and enduring life's travails - are meant to be taken in a current context.
February 20, 1993 |
As its name implies, Bloodline is a band with blues genes. Made up of the progeny of such blues-rock and jazz legends as Miles Davis, Doors guitarist Robbie Kreiger and the late Allman Brothers bassist, Berry Oakley, the centerpiece is a 15-year-old guitar wunkerkind named Smokin' Joe Bonamassa. Some might assume such regal lineage would give Bloodline a tremendous advantage in today's connection-oriented music industry. Indeed, the band's members admit their family ties have helped: "They say you have to have an edge or a gimmick to make it in music, and the family thing definitely makes us different," said Berry Oakley Jr. But Oakley, drummer Erin Davis and guitarist Waylon Kreiger claim some people initially view the band - which includes keyboardist Lou Segreti - as a novelty act. "At first we got some people saying 'you kids just got lucky because of your fathers,' " Oakley recalled.