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  • Hittin' the Note Issue #52 now available!
  • Benefit Concert Volume 2(Christmas Jam 2000) now here!
  • New 2007 Beacon Merchandise line-up!
  • March Madness in New York City!
  • 2007 Wanee Festival!

Hittin' the Note kicks off spring with a stellar issue that is sure to bring you many hours of reading pleasure. We have features on five guitar giants in #52, including former Black Crowe Marc Ford, Widespread Panic's Jimmy Herring, Nils Lofgren of E Street Band fame, as well as Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Gordie Johnson, all presented in the classic, in-depth Hittin' the Note style. As a special treat, Panic bassist Dave Schools tells you what being a member of a musical family is like and what it means to him. Include the plethora of CD, DVD and book reviews found in every issue, and it's easy to see why HTN has emerged as one of the most-respected music quarterlies being published today. Click here for more details!

It has gained legendary status over the past few years, and now it is finally available! Warren Haynes Presents: Benefit Concert Volume 2 has been released on Evil Teen Records, Warren's in-house label, and this is one live set that you cannot do without. Have you ever heard the rare Allman Brothers lineup with Jimmy Herring and Warren on guitars? Here is your chance, and this short-lived version of the band sounds great. As if that wasn't enough, this was the first show in five years for Col. Bruce Hampton and the Aquarium Rescue Unit, and Volume 2 features revelatory versions of "Elevator to the Moon" and "Time Is Free" from that remarkable reunion. As usual, Warren steals the show, whether it's the tender solo acoustic version of "I'll Be the One" that opens Disc One, the acoustic duo with Gregg Allman of "Come and Go Blues" or the torrid version of "Statesboro Blues" that closes Disc Two! Click here to order this amazing show!

Each year's run at the Beacon Theatre in New York City brings new Allman Brothers Band merchandise, and 2007 is no exception. We have some great designs for you to check out! All items are in stock and available for shipping now, so you don't have to be in Manhattan to pick up a souvenir from this great tradition! Please click here to go to our merchandise/new stuff category and click on the image you wish to order, or you can call us toll free at 888-746-4616.

The Allman Brothers Band's annual "March Madness" stand at the Beacon Theatre has turned into a special event over the years, with numerous pre-show parties and post-show concerts for those Peachheads who can't get enough live music. This year is no exception, and Hittin' the Note is proud to present the following for your consideration!

HTN Hospitality Party – We are delighted to participate with the Hospitality Sweeties on Friday March 30th in the late afternoon/early evening at the Hotel Beacon on the second floor and on Saturday, March 31st at the same location from 2-7PM with Scotty, Big Rich and Lamdog at the "Jam for the Cure" event! Besides raising money to help the Bill Ector Medical Fund and the American Cancer Society, we've invited Devon Allman, Pedro Arevalo, Lefty Collins and Junior Mack to perform, followed by the traditional family jam. We are requesting a $20.00 donation at the door and will have numerous "silent auction" items available for you to bid on generously. We are hopeful that Derek and Susan Trucks, along with Oteil Burbridge, will be able to stop by and visit during their hectic schedule in NYC. Look for Derek and Susan to arrive early, about 2:00– 2:30ish. Also, author Randy Poe will be autographing Skydog, his biography of Duane Allman, and we'll have our usual dizzying array of Allman Brothers merchandise, from shirts to CDs and everything in between. Again, this event is scheduled for 2-7 PM – hope to see you there!

Devon Allman's Honeytribe – Gregg Allman's son Devon definitely inherited the family talent, and in 2006 Honeytribe won over fans from coast to coast with their powerful, passionate brand of blues-rock. Devon and the band are setting up residence in NYC from March 23 – 30th with appearances at B.B. King's, Joe's Pub and the Lion's Den, and you never know who will show up! With Honeytribe opening for ZZ Top later this year, big things are on the horizon, and this may be your last chance to see this group in such an intimate setting. Check out this link for details and tickets: (

Bonobos Convergence – This jazz-flavored trio plays some of the most complex and interesting music in the jam scene, featuring Vaylor Trucks (Butch's son, Derek's cousin) on guitar and bass. Keyboardist Pete Orenstein is Berklee-trained, and writes intricate compositions that challenge even this group of expert players. Drummer Frank Registrato is an alumnus of the University of Central Florida's jazz program, and plays with the power and precision of great swing drummers like Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich. They are appearing at the Ace of Clubs on Friday March 23rd and Sunday March 25th, with the Sunday show featuring special guest Yosi Piamenta on guitar! Check out this link for more details, or to purchase tickets: (

Lefty Collins and the No Mercy Band – Lefty and the boys are scheduled to play Lucille's Room at B.B. King's in New York City on March 31st after the Allman Brothers Band's performance at the Beacon early that night. If you haven't been able to catch Lefty before, you don't want to miss this chance! For those of you that have – you know what we mean. It will be a true gathering of friends, so please come share the vibe!

The Heavenly Jams Band – Many of you are familiar with Yosi Piamenta, who is known as the "Hasidic Hendrix." Yosi just played an incredible show in Atlanta in January with members of the Derek Trucks Band that was recorded for an upcoming live CD, and on March 27th Yosi will again assemble an incredible group of all-star musicians for another magical show by the Heavenly Jams Band. These gigs have become a March Madness tradition over the past few years, and with special guests like Kofi Burbridge already confirmed, this should be a special event. Check out this link for details: (

Evil Teen Records 10th Anniversary! Irving Plaza, March 28, 2007
with Warren Haynes; Matt Abts; Danny Louis; Andy Hess; Derek Trucks; Susan Tedeschi; Col. Bruce Hampton (Ret.); Edwin McCain; Audley Freed, and many other special talents. This is a true celebration, Warren Haynes style, and it will certainly be one for the ages. Not surprisingly, it is SOLD OUT, but where there's a will, there's a way!

For those of you not going to the Evil Teen 10th Anniversary party be sure to check out Junior Mack at B.B. Kings in Lucille's Grill on Wednesday, March 28th.  Junior has been a wonderful addition to Jaimoe's Jazz Band and his trio is a hard driving group that explores the world of traditional blues with excursions into jazz, rock, soul and gospel. Drawing from a wide variety of influences, the band’s goal is to take the listener on a musical journey.

One of our favorite bands, Scrapomatic (featuring Mike Mattison of the Derek Trucks Band on vocals and Paul Olsen on guitar) is coming to New York City for four performances as follows: April 4th at 9:00PM at Joe's Pub, April 5 at Makor - 11:30 PM show - walking distance from the Beacon @ 35 West 67th Street and Columbus Avenue and April 6th & 7th at B.B. Kings for an 11:30 show! Click here for more info on the B.B. King shows: (

Wanee Festival
April 13 &14
Live Oak, FL
Spirit of Suwannee Music Park

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