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Due do a server glitch a few of our subscribers received mulitple copies of the last HTN eblast. We would like to apologize for this & send this one final version!

Good news! The last of the Beacon CD issues has been resolved and we are moving forward to the manufacturing stage of the project. It is expected that the CDs will be made in September and that shipments to customers will begin in October.

Hittin' the Note and the Allman Brothers Band would like to thank you for your patience and enthusiasm for this project over the time period since it was first announced. This run of 15 legendary concerts, with 100 different songs and 62 special guests, was a landmark in rock history and we look forward to shipping these concerts to you!

Even so, we must apologize again for the delay, and praise you for your remarkable understanding. We always thought we had the best customers/fans in the world, and now we know it's true!

And of course, we will have all the August/September shows available soon as well. Life is good! Click here to check out these great concerts from the 2009 tour.



We hope that summer has been treating you well, and that you have enjoyed many hours of great live music from your favorite bands. Hittin' the Note is happy to bring you another issue chock full of insight and information about the artists who truly make music that matters.

The Allman Brothers Band is celebrating four decades of their unique sound, and renowned guitarist Derek Trucks is marking his 10th year with the group. Derek offered HTN a wide-ranging retrospective of his time with the Allmans and what it has been like sharing guitar duties with Dickey Betts, Jimmy Herring and Warren Haynes.

Bassist Dave Schools has anchored Widespread Panic for over 20 years, and his playing speaks volumes. Therefore, Dave and his old friend, HTN's Kirk West, decided to have a conversation that removed the music, concentrating on a multitude of other issues instead - let Dave take you across the board in this one.

Bob Weir and his band RatDog have reached iconic status on the jamband summer tour circuit – their eagerly-awaited shows are like rites of passage. Fresh off the Dead's successful spring run, Bob took time out from rehearsals with RatDog to discuss his career, both past and present.

In addition to articles about Dr. John, Alejandro Escovedo and Davy Knowles, #62 is rounded out by our usual features, including Tom Clarke's "Compact Dreams" and Jamie Lee's "In Tune," while "Photo Session" focuses on a stellar collection of Allman Brothers/Widespread Panic pictures from photojournalist Michel Saba. We think this may be our finest issue yet! Click here to order #62, or renew your subscription.

Derek Trucks needs no introduction, and most HTN readers are well aware of the fact they need to catch him whenever he comes within driving distance. Therefore, with no further ado, check out these upcoming DTB dates, and enjoy the show! Click here for tickets and more info.
  • 9/7/09 Laramie, WY Snowy Range Music Festival
  • 9/10/09 Urbana, IL Krannert Center Guitar Festival
  • 9/11/09 Oberlin, OH Finney Chapel - Oberlin College
  • 9/13/09 Charlotte, NC Belk Theatre
  • 9/15/09 Oxford, MS The Lyric Theatre
  • 9/16/09 Athens, GA Classic Center
  • 9/17/09 Nashville, TN Public Square

The first thing that hits you is the voice, worn around the edges and full of the heartbreak that comes with life and love. As Michael Allman wails through "If Dreams Were Money," his world-weary vocals bringing up inevitable comparisons to his famous father, and the sheer power of the music seeps into your soul. Soon it hits you, and you realize this is the real thing.

If Michael's evocative singing was the only attraction Michael Allman and Hard Labor Creek had to offer, it would still be worth hearing, but there is a lot more going on than that. Some of the most gifted musicians in Georgia, from young slide guitar phenom Tony Tyler to Motown alumnus and keyboard legend Ike Stubblefield, contribute to the overall sound of this remarkable record. Tyler and Stubblefield are essential parts of the sound of Hard Labor Creek, adding just the right touch without overpowering the song. Stubblefield really kicks serious butt here, showing why he is a first-call session player, and his production is one reason this CD sounds so darn good. Soulful backing vocals by Atlanta local favorite Diane Durrett flesh out the songs, and the one and only Col. Bruce Hampton makes a memorable cameo appearance.

Still, the spotlight is firmly on Michael, who wrote four of the songs on the CD, and delivers each tune with the kind of thoughtful approach that squeezes the inner meaning out of every word. His playing on "It Ain't Me" reveals him to be a solid keyboardist, and the lyrics in songs like "Runnin'Alone Again" and "Circus Full of Clowns" address universal topics like love and loss in a way that any listener can relate to.

While Michael Allman and Hard Labor Creek stand on their own merits, he isn't ashamed of his heritage, and there are several references to his famous father. "Laid Back" was inspired by Gregg's landmark album of the same name, while "If Dreams Were Money" was actually written for Gregg years ago.

Click here to order this instant classic!

It's hard to describe the new album Down To the Shore by the Mystix without using the word "timeless." The gritty, rootsy sound on this disc seems to reside in a parallel dimension that is totally unaffected by the latest music trends or fads. In this world, the basic values of melody and rhythm are still treasured, and the most important thing is singing from your soul.

Like such groups as Booker T and the MGs or the Capricorn Rhythm Section, the Mystix is composed of former ace sidemen who honed their chops playing with the best, and now they are ready for their turn. A recent review said "Boston's Best Roots Players Get Into the Spotlight" and they make the most of their chance to shine. Whether it's the in-the-pocket rhythm section of drummer Marty Richards and bassist Marty Ballou, the six-string attack of guitarists Jo Lily and Bobby B. Keyes, or the versatile keyboard stylings of Tom West, there are no weak links in this band.

The musicianship may be top shelf, but it is always in service of the material, which is a unique blend of everything from old gospel numbers like "We Are Almost Done To the Shore" to the Webb Pierce classic "Walkin' the Dog." There are also four great originals on the album by Lily and Keyes, from the uptempo gospel blues of "Get Right" to "Roll of the Dice," a mesmerizing number with a truly "mystic" sound. The unifying factor is the feel of the music, never slick, always from the heart, and deeply satisfying.

Click here to order Down To the Shore, and you'll be glad you did!

Discerning readers of Hittin' the Note may have noticed that many of our favorite artists are on Blind Pig Records. This label is at the forefront of keep the blues alive, putting out great records by the likes of Elvin Bishop, Buddy Guy, Tommy Castro, Rod Piazza and Charlie Musselwhite.

This year has seen many Blind Pig releases in the pages of Hittin' the Note, most recently the great new record by Roy Rogers and the Delta Rhythm Kings, Split Decision. Roy is one of the best slide guitarists on the planet, and if there is one thing HTN readers love, it's slide guitar! After paying his dues by playing with the legendary John Lee Hooker, Rogers has become one of the premier frontmen in the modern blues scene. The Houston Press called Split Decision "a slide-guitar aficionado's dream come true" and HTN's own Tom Clarke calls Rogers "San Francisco's premier ruler of the slide guitar." Check out the wicked riffs on tunes like "Calm Before the Storm" and "Someone Like You," or the Derek Trucks-esque lyricism of the instrumental "Your Sweet Embrace." You can hear samples by clicking here. Can you dig it? We knew you would!

Damon Fowler is another Blind Pig artist who defies easy categorization, but like Rogers, he is a master of the slide guitar. Billboard says his music "oscillates between electric blues, country and Americana," and that sounds just right to us. Fowler has a rugged, almost Woody Guthrie quality to some of his songs, and projects an everyman persona that any listener can identify with. Tunes like "Wrong Side of the Road" have the world-weary wisdom of classic country artists like Hank Williams, and Fowler covers the Merle Haggard classic "Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down" and Billy Joe Shaver's "I'm Just An Old Chunk of Coal," doing justice to both with soulfulness beyond his years. His slide work on tunes like "Lonely Blues" is so pure it will break your heart, and Fowler plays a mean dobro as well. Most of the time Damon keeps his playing in the service of the song, but when he cuts loose on "Sugar Lee," watch out! Click here for song samples and more info!




Last but certainly not least, check out these dynamic new posters from Jeff Wood! We were excited to hear that Jeff was creating posters for the ABB/Widespread Panic tour, and we were very excited when we saw them. Even by Jeff's high standards, these pieces represent some of his finest work! The "widescreen" poster is the main tour poster for the Allmans/Panic August run, while the "chicken" poster is a special release for the two-night stand in Chicago. Look for other posters from Wood for the October leg of the tour.

As always, these old-school screen print posters won't last long, and they are both limited runs, with each poster numbered and signed by Jeff. Get yours while they last!

Click here to order these great new posters, or to check out other timeless works of art from Jeff Wood and Drowning Creek Studios.

Join us at hittinthenote.com as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Allman Brothers Band all year long!

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