Hittin' the Note #81 - 2014
Summer is just around the corner, and with its arrival
will come warm evenings and live music under the stars. Hittin' the Note
is proud to cover the artists you've come to love, with depth and insight that only
we can deliver.
On March 26, 2009, the Allman Brothers Band marked
their fortieth anniversary with a performance for the ages at New York City's Beacon
Theatre. The magic of that night has been captured on 40, a brand new DVD
that allows you to enjoy the sights, sounds and energy of that once-in-a-lifetime
show. HTN # 81 kicks off with the complete liner notes to 40 for your reading
John Fogerty: the name alone invokes memories of
some of the greatest three-minute songs ever written in the history of rock and
roll. The leader of and driving force behind Creedence Clearwater Revival, John
continues to make new music, but has also made a deliberate decision to revisit
the CCR songs he refused to play for decades. John sat down with HTN's Alan Paul
to discuss his long and storied career, and we know that you will be taken by this
A gathering like no other occurred on January 10,
2014, at the fabulous Fox Theatre in Atlanta, as an incredibly impressive group
of musicians gathered together to pay tribute to the legendary Gregg Allman. As
Brian Robbins tells us, All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs and Voice of Gregg
Allman is a CD/DVD package that captures perfectly the momentous history
of that evening; it truly was one for the ages.
Guitarist Rich Robinson is best known for being one
of the cornerstones in the Black Crowes, but he continues to build an impressive
solo resume. His latest effort, The Ceaseless Sight, clearly displays Rich's
obvious six-string prowess, but the most telling aspect of the album is his evolution
as a singer/songwriter. Brian Robbins and Rich had an engaging conversation about
The Ceaseless Sight, and the excitement Rich has about this project is obvious.
Tom Johnston co-founded the Doobie Brothers over
forty years ago, and he and the band are still rockin' down the highway. The guitarist/vocalist
gave HTN a preview to the group's extremely cool new endeavor; an album of classic
Doobie Brothers hits, covered by some of the biggest names in country music who
recorded the tracks with the Doobies themselves. The Doobie Brothers go country;
now that is music worth listening to.
The Drive-By Truckers rock as hard as any band out
there; their music is gritty, honest and real. The combo of Patterson Hood and Mike
Cooley have remained constant as the players around them have changed, but they
continue to write songs that are mixtures of joy and loss, with a dose of humor
to boot. Brian Robbins spoke to Patterson and Mike about English Oceans,
DBT's new studio album, and the duo were upbeat and forthcoming about the status
of the Truckers.
# 81 also includes the usuals: Tom Clarke's "Compact
Dreams," "In Tune" by Jamie Lee, a dozen CD reviews and the HTN "6-Pack" section.
Our "Photo Session" focuses on the Allman Brothers Band's fortieth anniversary show
from March 26, 2009, as seen through the lenses of Kirk West and Dino Perrucci,
and we close things out with ABB bassist Oteil Burbridge's touching and personal
letter to Galadrielle Allman regarding her tremendous book, Please Be with Me: A
Song for My Father, Duane Allman. A special thanks goes out from HTN to
Oteil for sharing this letter with us.
That's a wrap for this one, but looking ahead, Hittin'
the Note will have features on the upcoming 1971 Fillmore East box set from
the Allman Brothers, a twenty-year retrospective on Gov't Mule, an interview with
blues legend John Mayall, and much, much more. As always, we appreciate your support;
you make it possible for us to keep covering the music that matters.