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Over the years, Warren Haynes has come to be the center of his own one-man musical universe. Through his annual Christmas Jam and projects like Gov't Mule's The Deep End series, he has jammed with a vast cross-section of the best in contemporary music, and become known as a musician's musician. Besides his considerable musical talents, he is a warm and charismatic person, who draws people to him like moths to a flame.

Nothing shows Warren's influence on today's music scene more than Mountain Jam, the annual festival that Warren and Gov't Mule host in association with WDST Radio Woodstock. What other artist has jammed with both Levon Helm and Michael Franti? Who can lay down nasty funk licks with the likes of Galactic and Dumpstaphunk, only to turn around and play a Grateful Dead classic with Dark Star Orchestra? Nobody else but Warren Haynes. His masterful direction of the Wanee Family Jam is proof of his incredible ability to meld different musical styles.

Hittin' the Note is proud and excited to be a sponsor of this year's festival, and we hope to see you at our booth near the Main Stage. This is going to be an incredible weekend of music! Click here for all the juicy details.

In the early 1970s, an 18-room, Tudor-style mansion on Vineville Avenue in Macon, Georgia, known as The Big House, served as the center of the universe for the members of the Allman Brothers Band, their families, road crew, friends and wayward fellow travelers. Within the walls of The Big House, timeless songs were written, romances blossomed, children were reared and parties were thrown. During the years in The Big House, the Allman Brothers Band established themselves as the premiere live performance group in rock music.

The role of The Big House in the making of the legendary band is explored in the documentary Please Call Home: The Big House Years. This 100-minute documentary will debut in New York City on Friday, May 16, 2008, at the historic Hudson Theatre located at 145 W. 44th Street, an ornate 700-seat theater in the heart of Times Square. The screening of the documentary will begin at 8:30 p.m. Attending the premiere will be the filmmakers and the entire production team from Macon, Georgia's Bright Blue Sky Productions, officers of The Big House Foundation plus various band members and other distinguished guests.

"This is not a comprehensive biography of the band per se, but rather an intimate look at the family that was this band," states Director Kirk West, who has served as the Allman Brothers Band Tour Manager since 1989 and lived in The Big House with his wife Kirsten from 1993 to 2007. "What it really talks about is the life of a family in a particular house for three years," said West, "and in the story of this band, that is an amazing three years."

Two levels of tickets will be available. VIP Tickets will be $100 per person (a portion of which is tax deductible) and will include a cocktail reception from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., preferred seating for the screening and guests will receive a special gift bag which will include a copy of an extended version of the Please Call Home DVD. General Admission Tickets for the screening only will be sold for $25 per person (a portion of which is tax deductible).

To purchase tickets, please email [email protected].

For additional information, please contact: E.J. Devokaitis, The Big House Foundation @ 478-973-6338

Proceeds from the premiere will benefit The Big House Foundation/The Allman Brothers Band Museum, which is being developed in Macon Georgia to preserve the home and history of the Allman Brothers Band. Scheduled to open in April 2009, the interactive museum will house the world's largest collection of Allman Brothers Band memorabilia.

Hittin' the Note Records is honored to announce our very first CD release featuring former Cowboy guitarist, songwriter and vocalist, Tommy Talton. For those of you not familiar with Tommy, he was the lead guitarist on Gregg Allman's legendary Laid Back CD and The Gregg Allman Tour release. The 13 tracks assembled for Tommy Talton in Europe offer an insightful strut through material as complicated and sundry as the man himself, culminating near the dusty intersection of soul, blues and Southern-tinged roots rock.

Tommy Talton in Europe is now available and shipping from Hittin' the Note. Everyone that orders before May 12th will receive an autographed CD and will be entered into a raffle to win a framed, hand-written song lyric sheet by Tommy Talton. Click here to check out the song samples and to order! For all you MySpacers, you can find Tommy at For booking the Tommy Talton band, contact Terry Reeves at

We have several exciting new products in our "New Stuff" section, and we want to tell you all about them. Remember, "New Stuff" is always where you will find the latest and greatest new offerings from HTN.

First off, we have two new ABB T-shirt designs. One is a mushroom design with a new twist on one of the Allman Brothers most timeless graphic themes. Since it's an election year, we also have a "Campaign 2008" shirt, and this one is a patriotic red, white and blue design with a faded, vintage look. Remember to vote early and Eat a Peach for Peace! We also have several new Ts from the 2008 Wanee Festival in a variety of tie-dye designs. Click here to order these great new shirts and click here for a review and pictures from the 2008 Wanee Festival!

Last but certainly not least, we have a two outstanding new DVDs. The first one is an instructional recording from Warren Haynes entitled Acoustic Slide and the Art of Electric Improvisation. Back by popular demand, Warren Haynes teaches the country blues of Son House and Robert Johnson, different slides for different sounds, open tuning licks in G and E tunings, using vibrato to correct pitch, damping for a cleaner sound, Muddy Waters' standard tuning style, switching off between the slide and fingers, "call and response" improvisation and so much more. As an extra bonus, many of the examples are illustrated with Warren's band, Gov't Mule! Don't miss this opportunity for yet another blues guitar "tour de force" with the great Warren Haynes!

The second DVD, Wanted: Live at Turkey Trot, is the latest from the New Riders of the Purple Sage. This great American band has been fusing country, bluegrass and rock and roll since long before anybody coined the term "Americana," and after several years apart, they are back together and better than ever. Look for a feature story on the New Riders in the next issue of Hittin' the Note, coming in late May. Click here to order either of these fantastic new DVDs!

Thank you for your support of Hittin'the Note, and all the wonderful music we bring to you. Keep your eyes and ears open for more new, happening items, and support live music whenever you can.

The Staff at Hittin' the Note magazine and merchandise!
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