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  • ABB Live Update!
  • The Goose is Loose - SPECIAL EDITION Now Available!
  • Staying Connected with Devon Allman's Honeytribe!
  • Steep Canyon Rangers - Keeping Bluegrass Alive!
  • Eat a Peach Throw!
  • GABBA Oct 5-7, 2007!

2007 was a year of renewal and rejuvenation that saw the Allman Brothers Band playing at a legendary level and the proof is on CD! During the summer 2007 tour the band performed over 60 different songs from their extensive catalog, including interesting covers like "Lost Lover Blues," "And It Stoned Me," "Highway 61 Revisited," "Come On In My Kitchen," "Smokestack Lightning," "Manic Depression," "Lovelight" and "Dazed and Confused." They also brought back rarely-played originals like "Who to Believe," "End of the Line," "Gambler's Roll" and "Firing Line." Multiple special guests also sat in with the ABB and they added immensely to the musical magic. Best of all, this tour saw the group inserting new jams into "Black Hearted Woman" and "No One to Run With," and they played bluesy, extended intros to songs like "Trouble No More," "Done Somebody Wrong" and "Hoochie Coochie Man" - proving, once again, that they are the best improvisational rock band in the world. Perhaps Derek Trucks summed it up best when he said "This band is playing as a band, better than any other year since I joined in 1999!"

Right now we have all of the individual shows up for sale on our website, and have 17 out of 28 shows in stock - with the remainder expected within the next two weeks! Towards the end of September/early October we will announce the West Best Packages - the traditional "West Best" where you get 6 shows for the price of 5 and the "West Best El Grande" where you get 10 shows for the price of 9. We are also offering the complete 2007 Summer Set for sale now, with a deposit of only $100.00 required to reserve all 28 concerts, plus several special surprises! This collector's set will probably end up priced around $700 - $750 and will include the Wanee and Jazzfest shows - which are deductible if you already have them. Don't forget that Hittin' the Note also has over 80 shows from 2003 through 2006! Click here to see the descriptions of the concerts and to order!

During the late 60s and early 70s, many American rock groups were taking a renewed interest in country, bluegrass and folk music. From the Byrds to the Band, there was a twang in the air, a down-home sound that helped pave the way for the upcoming Southern Rock revolution of the '70s. One group in particular foreshadowed such great groups as Cowboy and the Marshall Tucker Band, before either band existed. Their sound was hard to categorize in 1970, and they still refuse to be pigeonholed, so let's just call it good music.

In their prime, Goose Creek Symphony shared the stage with everyone from the Allman Brothers Band to the Grateful Dead, and they were a legendary live band who were regarded as one of the best in the business. Like many of the groups we cover at Hittin' the Note , their music was best appreciated live, in all its spontaneous glory.

The band has recently reunited and re-released a double live album called The Goose Is Loose. It was culled from a series of 1994 shows at the Market Street Music Hall in Chattanooga, and it illustrates why the band has such lasting appeal. Lead singer Charlie Gearheart is a charismatic frontman and an honest, earthy songwriter, and the band cooks on long jams like “Guitars Pickin'/Fiddles Playin'." The re-release also includes brand new packaging, never before seen photographs, new cover art by Chris Kro, and liner notes from occasional Hittin' the Note contributor Dennis Cook.

Besides re-releasing this live classic, the band is also hard at work finishing an unreleased session from the band's early 70s heyday. Let's hope the Goose stays loose for a long time! Click here or on the image for more info!

Devon Allman's Honeytribe is one of our favorite bands at Hittin' the Note , and they are one of the hardest-working touring bands on the planet. Coincidence? You be the judge. Let's just say that we appreciate a group that puts so much heart and soul into their music, and treats their fans so well.

On that front, Honeytribe Road Reports are the newest way for fans to keep up with these torchbearers of Southern rock. When you register for these road reports, you will get periodic phone messages from Devon himself, giving you the inside scoop on what's going on with the band. Everything from tour dates to memorable guest appearances to CD releases to song samples will be featured on the Road Reports, which are brought to you by the good folks at Pinger. Pinger provides a free service that allows you to send and receive voice messages to one or many mobile phone recipients. Click here to register for Honeytribe Road Reports, powered by Pinger.

Every now and then a new band comes along that earns instant respect from their elders for their talent and respect for tradition. The Steep Canyon Rangers have made a big splash in the bluegrass world lately, earning praise from legends like Del McCoury and John Cowan. McCoury calls the Rangers “One of the most promising young bands I've seen" and Cowan has said they are “wonderful pickers and singers" with “their own uniquely youthful Carolinian voice."

Listen to their new CD Lovin' Pretty Women and you'll understand why the Rangers get such glowing reviews. While they are obviously well-schooled in classic bluegrass icons like Bill Monroe and Flatt & Scruggs, they go the extra mile and expertly fuse tradition with innovation to create a sound that breaks boundaries. Traditional tunes like “Don't Ease Me In" sound right at home among SCR originals like the title track and “Cumberland Moon."

Banjo player Graham Sharp and Woody Platt share lead vocals and do most of the songwriting for the band, while bassist Charles Humphrey and mandolinist Mike Guggino add sweet harmony vocals, and fiddler Nicky Sanders adds to the band's dynamic group sound. While firmly rooted in the bluegrass tradition, their ability to bring in elements drawn from hard core honky-tonk, classic country and the blues sets them apart from the rest of the pack. If you enjoy classic Southern roots music, you need to check out the Steep Canyon Rangers by clicking here or on the image.

Click on this link to see the Steep Canyon Rangers live!

Hittin' the Note is very excited to bring you the latest in a long line of Eat a Peach album art products - the EAP throw! This beautiful, high quality, custom-woven throw features the psychedelic artistry of Flournoy Holmes from the inside cover of the classic double album. Measuring 50"x by 70", this warm, soft afghan will keep you warm while looking cool! Click here or on the image to get a better look and to order!

Fall is right around the corner, which means it is time for the annual gathering of the brothers and sisters known as GABBAfest! The Georgia Allman Brothers Band Association has been holding this event for many years, and it just keeps getting better. Check out for more information about this great organization and the lowdown on GABBAfest. This year's event takes place October 5th, 6th and 7th, with festivities kicking off on Friday night with the Fly Brothers, Mojo Saint, and the Randall Bramblett Band. Saturday features Bonobos Convergence with Vaylor Trucks and the headlining Jack Pearson Band, as well as the annual memorabilia display, Macon historical tour, and all the bonding and fellowship you can handle. We hope to see you there!

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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