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Happy New Year! Thanks again to everyone who came out for another great New Year's Eve show at the Fabulous Fox in Atlanta, GA with Soul Stew Revival. We have event T-shirts and a very special Jeff Woods NYE poster in stock here at HTN just waiting for your order!

2009 looks like it is going to be a great year for music, so let's get right to it, shall we? Ladies and Gentlemen, that day we've all been waiting for since the 2006 release of Songlines is finally here – the new Derek Trucks Band album Already Free is in stock! We're not just being old-fashioned by calling it an album, we actually have this one available in vinyl, just as we did with Susan Tedeschi's Back To the River.

This collection of tunes is the DTB's most complete and mature musical statement yet, and we can't wait for you to hear it! This one has everything from sultry funk to stripped down acoustic blues, all delivered with the style and soul we have come to expect from the Derek Trucks Band.

For a limited time, anyone who orders Already Free or any other Derek Trucks merchandise will receive a copy of the limited edition program from the NYE show, while supplies last. These programs are a wonderful souvenir, whether you were at the show or not, and we don't have many left, so click here to place your order now!

Umphrey's conducted a unique pre-sale for this release, where the more people particpated in the pre-sale, the more music would be contained on the CD. For years now, Umphrey's McGee have been blazing their own trail as one of the most innovative and unique groups in the jam scene. Their intricate compositions, death-defying without-a-net improvisation, and immaculate musicianship have helped them reach the top of many "Upcoming Bands To Watch" lists. Now they have created their most ambitious musical statement yet with their new CD Mantis, and revolutionized the way music is distributed in the process.

The CD itself contains software that takes UM fans to a hidden link where they can download unreleased performances and other goodies, direct from the band. The more pre-sales, the more goodies became available – right now the total stands at 55 tracks, with over four hours of music! Umphrey's always has had a unique relationship with their fans, and this is one more example of the band's willingness to try new things and give listeners more than they bargained for.

For a limited time, Hittin' the Note customers who order Mantis will get a chance to win a special collector's edition of this release. This deluxe package, which has already sold out, features the album on CD and vinyl, a 10th Anniversary DVD on the band, and a Mantis poster, all in a handsome signed box, plus much more. In fact, each set includes different special extras, so no two are alike. You can't buy this collector's edition online or in stores, so this is a real treat for the lucky winner.

To order Mantis, just click here to place your order. Meanwhile, check out for 2009 tour dates and more info. To find out more about Umphrey's McGee, look for a feature story on them in the next issue of Hittin' the Note magazine! HTN's Tony Sclafani did a great job of capturing the essence of one of the most dynamic bands out there, and we know you'll enjoy it.

They're here! We have had downloads of Jaimoe's Jasssz Band available since before the holidays, but the physical CDs are now in stock. These fantastic live shows, one from the Double Down Grill on 1/28/06 and one from the Ed Blackwell Memorial Concert on 2/27/08, show Jaimoe's jazzier, funkier side.

Disc One of the Double Down Grill show is heavy on the funk, with great versions of the Meters classics "Cissy Strut" and "Hey Pockey A-Way," as well as a soulful rendition of Curtis Mayfield's "People Get Ready." Disc Two features a mesmerizing take on Wayne Shorter's haunting "Footprints" and a stellar "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" that any Allman Brothers fan will want to hear.

The Ed Blackwell show is more firmly on the jazz side of the ledger, with songs from jazz legends like pianist Cedar Walton and saxophonist Dewey Redman, as well as a spectacular version of John Coltrane's "Impressions." The jazz standard "Softly As In a Morning Sunrise," popularized by Coltrane on his legendary Live at the Village Vanguard album, is given a sensitive, swinging reading, and Joe Zawinul's "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" is boisterous and dripping with soul.

Click here to order these great CDs today, or for more info about Jaimoe check out his website at

Not only is this year the 40th Anniversary of the Allman Brothers Band, it also is the year that the Big House/Allman Brothers Band Museum will open in Macon, GA. The Big House Foundation has an exciting evening of entertainment and food lined up for the night of January 31st at the beautiful Macon Armory.

Vocalist Mike Farris is an electrifying performer, and with his nine piece band, the Roseland Rhythm Revue, and the fantastic McCrary sisters this will truly be a "Revival" and a show not to be missed. Please consider joining us for this great evening of great music. The BHF is selling half tables for four at $500, and we have individual tickets for $50 in advance, or $60 the day of the show. Thank you for making this dream of the Allman Brothers Museum a reality in 2009.

For further information, or to reserve your table, call Kirsten West at 478-742-5005 or 478-972-1598, or via email at [email protected].

And of course, last but not least, we are excited that dates for the Allmans at the Beacon Theatre in New York have been announced! So far there are 10 performances scheduled, from March 9th to March 21st. With the ABB celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2009, this run is sure to be epic! Stay tuned for more details about our traditional HTN party (tentatively planned for the afternoon of Saturday, March 21st) and other events in and around March Madness at the Beacon.

There has already been a pre-sale for these shows so stay tuned for details about the regular ticket sales through Ticketmaster. As always, HTN is not involved in Allman Brothers Band ticketing, but we wish you all good luck and good seats - see you there!

Thanks so much for your support in 2008! All of us at Hittin' the Note look forward to celebrating 2009 and the Allman Brothers Band 40th Anniversary!

The Staff at Hittin' the Note magazine and merchandise!
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