The Road Goes On Forever: RIP Gregg Allman

I’m filled with great sadness as I write this knowing that one of my musical heroes, Gregg Allman, has passed away. The Allman Brothers Band are one of my favourite bands of all time and the world has certainly lost a visionary.

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Derek and the Dominos Live With B.B. King: Everyday I Have The Blues

On the 26th November 1970, Derek and the Dominos played at the Music Hall in Cincinnati, Ohio. The band at the time were nearing the end of their US tour and a recording of the performance shows it to be one of the best the band ever played. As an added bonus, if seeing Derek and the Dominos wasn’t special enough, B.B. King joined the band for an encore of Everyday I Have The Blues. Take a listen:

This would be the only time that B.B. King joined the Dominos on stage, although they did have a number of other musical guests join then in the US from Delaney Bramlett, Neal Schon and Duane Allman. As you can hear, the Dominos music is considerably “harder” than the music B.B. King was used to playing at the time but his voice rises over the music and doesn’t fail to give you goosebumps. Eric and B.B. played together multiple times over the years and while this is one of the lesser known performances it’s certainly one of the most special and now that B.B. King is no longer with us it’s these recordings that will continue to live on and show every new generation what kind of person, singer and guitar player he was.

On a final note, more info on this show (along with every other show the Dominos played) will be in the book I am writing on the band. Head over to my Facebook Page for all info on the book as it becomes available.

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Photo taken at the Music Hall in Cincinnati, 26th November 1970. Photographer unknown.

RIP B.B. King

What a sad day not only for the blues but for music in general. I’ve been lost for words since I first heard the news this morning, this one has hit me hard. B.B. King was a hero of mine and a huge influence on my own guitar playing.

I saw him live in concert twice, the first time on the 25th June 2009 in Birmingham. It was the night Michael Jackson died and it was odd because during the show he was talking about young musicians who had been influenced by him, who he had played with, who then died too young. I don’t think he knew about Michael Jackson’s death until after the show like the rest of us so it was a “weird” kind of moment. A great show though, I recorded a number of the songs on my phone and even though the recordings aren’t great his one of a kind guitar playing shines through. The second time I saw him was at the Royal Albert Hall in London in 2011. He started the show by himself but over the course of the whole evening a number of guests came out to join him including Ronnie Wood, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Slash and Mick Hucknall. The last time I saw him, the last time he came to England I believe. 4 years ago. I’ll cherish the memories of hearing him play for the rest of my life. A blues legend straight from the Mississippi Delta, born and bred on the cotton fields. As blues as you can get.

RIP.