Eric Clapton's fourth Crossroads Guitar Festival took place this past Friday and Saturday night at New York City's Madison Square Garden. Besides Clapton, this year's lineup included Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Jimmie Vaughan, the Allman Brothers Band, Gary Clark Jr., Robert Cray and Vince Gill.
Even un-amplified, the guitar truly speaks in a lively resonant voice, as I learned sitting outside the back door of the Cox Capital Theater in the quiet of the Georgia night with Willie Perkins by my side: Any Duane fan would have recognized that guitar in the dark! It had the same tonal character in that Macon alleyway that it has on all of those famous recordings.
The new video below offers Duane Allman fans a sneak peak at the new seven-disc Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective Box Set. The set, which will be released March 5 on Rounder Records, includes rare recordings by Allman's early bands, including the Escorts, Allman Joys, the 31st of February and the Bleus.
Former Allman Brothers Band guitarst Dan Toler died Monday in Manatee County, Florida. He was 65. Toler had been battling Lou Gehrig's disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS) and couldn't play guitar or speak during his final months.
On March 5, Rounder Records will release Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective, a deluxe, seven-disc box set. The set, which will sell for $139.98, contains Allman's best-known and most commercially successful recordings with the Allman Brothers Band and Derek and the Dominos, plus session work with Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Boz Scaggs, Clarence Carter, King Curtis, Delaney & Bonnie & Friends, Arthur Conley, John Hammond, Doris Duke, Eric Quincy Tate, Herbie Mann and others.
As is tradition in recent years, the Allman Brothers Band have announced a 10-date residency in New York City in March. The legendary Southern rock troupe will take over the Beacon Theater March 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15 and 16.
Guitar Legends: Southern Rock brings you rebels, rednecks and triple-threat guitars spanning the seven years of the fast and furious southern rock life. From the story of Lynyrd Skynyrd to the lost interview with Duane Allman, you'll hear about your favorite Southern rock artists and learn how to play some of their greatest licks.