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Hittin' the Note #80 - 2014

Greetings everyone,

      After such a long, tough winter, nothing warms your soul quite like music, and 2014 promises to be a year of years, particularly for the Allman Brothers Band. Celebrating their 45th anniversary, the band will kick off the festivities during their annual stand at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, and Hittin' the Note is proud to go along for the ride with the group we have covered since 1992. Issue #80 is certainly Allman-centric and chock full of the exclusive, inside coverage of the ABB that only Hittin' the Note can provide.
      Galadrielle Allman lost her father Duane when she was two years old; she has dedicated her adult life to the quest of finding out who Duane Allman the person was, and in doing so, answered questions about herself. The result is the most revealing music book in quite some time; Please Be with Me: A Song for My Father, Duane Allman, is poignant and personal - it reads with the emotional intensity of a Skydog run down the fretboard. Galadrielle spent several hours discussing the writing of Please Be with Me; she was candid and to the point about her experience, and the challenges of living up to Duane's standards. As she put it, "If you are going to represent someone as beloved and as truly gifted as my father was, you better have some chops!" Well, the chops are there, and then some. Please Be with Me is a book like no other.
      Alan Paul is one of the most respected music journalists in the business; he has covered everyone who is anyone, but he has a special passion for the Allman Brothers Band. Over the past twenty-five years, Alan conducted countless interviews with band members and associates. He cultivated trust and gained access painstakingly, and this allowed him to write the newly-published One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band, a definitive study of the group, told in the words of the people who made it happen. The gripping One Way Out is the book to read for anyone who wants to know the entire story of the Allman Brothers Band from every perspective. E.J. Devokaitis and Alan discussed at length the development of One Way Out, and Alan was generous enough to share an excerpt about the recording of Seven Turns, the ABB's tremendous comeback album from 1990. This is a fascinating interview about an authoritative tome - you will enjoy every word.
      The Allman Brothers Band is about to release Play All Night: Live at the Beacon Theatre 1992, a tremendous two-CD set culled from the group's stellar performances on March 10 and 11, 1992 at the venerable NYC concert hall. The ABB Beacon run has become a yearly rite of passage on the Upper West Side, but 1992 was when the tradition began, so as a preview to Play All Night, HTN is happy to present the full liner notes from the album for your perusal.
      ABB founding member Butch Trucks is legendary for his high-energy, explosive drumming. Butch is showing no signs of slowing down in 2014, as he is busy planning the second annual Roots Rock Revival, which will be held August 18-22 at the idyllic Full Moon Resort, located in the scenic Catskill Mountains in New York. Butch will team again with ABB bassist Oteil Burbridge and Luther and Cody Dickinson from the North Mississippi Allstars for a one-of-a-kind musical happening, designed for the serious player and dedicated fan alike. HTN spoke to Butch, Luther and several past participants about the RRR experience, and as you will read, Roots Rock sets the standard by which all other music camps are measured.
      Jerry Garcia would have turned 70 on August 3, 2012, and to commemorate that occasion, Bob Weir gathered together musical friends, old and new, to play some of Jerry's songs. That event led to the release of Move Me Brightly, a captivating DVD produced and directed by Justin Kreutzmann, a member of the Grateful Dead's next generation. Weir, guitarist Neal Casal, producer Matt Busch and lifelong Deadhead Bill Walton gave HTN behind-the-scenes accounts on the making of Move Me Brightly, which is one of the most entertaining DVDs available today.
      We also have our usual columns within the pages of #80: Tom Clarke's "Compact Dreams" and "In Tune" from Jamie Lee, as well as the "HTN 6-Packs" and twelve CD reviews for your consideration. "Photo Session" focuses in on the work of Kirk West, who presents the best of his blues shots, taken in the sultry clubs of Chicago during the late '70s and early '80s.
     So that'll do it for now. The Allman Brothers Band has been setting cultural standards for 45 years - time will tell what happens after 2014. But this much is certain: the group will forever influence future generations, its members will make new music, and Hittin' the Note will cover it. As always, we thank you for your support.

                                                                                                     Until later,
                                                                                                     John Lynskey
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