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Butch Trucks Talks Duane Allman, Shares Unreleased Recording From 1971 Radio Session

first_imgIt’s difficult to grasp the profound and abundant impact that the original Allman Brothers Band lineup from forty-five years ago has on music today, especially when a core chunk of those members didn’t make it past 1972. The few recordings that do remain of founding members Duane Allman, his younger brother, vocalist, and master of the organ Gregg Allman, bassist Berry Oakley, guitarist Dickey Betts, and drummers Butch Trucks and Jaimoe, remain just as transcendent today as when recorded.Just a few months after the legendary At Fillmore East was recorded in 1971, the young band headed over to A&R Studios in New York to perform a live radio concert. The August 26th recording is rarely thrown into rotation, though a mixed and mastered version will now be officially released through the band. Rolling Stone recently sat down with Butch Trucks to discuss the album, which will come out under the band’s label Peach Records. In addition to the flawless communication that a studio room grants between musicians in a circular formation, the time limit of a radio show forced the jam band to choose their setlist based on concision and detail, though some recordings still lasted 10, sometimes 20 minutes.Their rigs were cut down and the audience was no larger than 200 people. It was raw, organic Allman Brothers. The “fans that made it into A&R were, I would imagine, the ones who came to see us at the Fillmore East every time. And they were there to hear what we had to play, not to see how cute we were or how big our dicks were,” said Trucks.An interesting omission to the setlist was “Whipping Post,” which lasted at least 20-minutes at the Fillmore East recordings, and sometimes, definitely, way longer. “Once we started headlining at the Fillmore East, we were free to play all night, at least for the second set. ‘Whipping Post’ could get lengthy. So we decided, ‘Let’s go with some other stuff.’” And that’s when Duane Allman unexpectedly took the opportunity to honor R&B saxophonist King Curtis, who Allman had played with on many recording sessions and who was murdered on his doorstep less than two weeks prior.In the interview, Trucks explains how Duane molded the ABB stage-classic, Willie Cobb’s 1960 “You Don’t Love Me,” and inserted Curtis’ 1964 instrumental “Soul Serenade” toward the end as an epic tribute to his fallen friend. It is within this moment that the combination would stick for all future renditions of “You Don’t Love Me.” You can listen to the recording below:“That day, on the air, was the first time we knew we were doing a tribute or, actually, ‘You Don’t Love Me.’ I don’t recall a set list. But if we had one, ‘You Don’t Love Me’ wasn’t on it. Duane was at the microphone, talking about King Curtis. You can hear him: ‘Have you guys all heard ‘Soul Serenade’?’ He played a bit on guitar, then you could almost see a light bulb go off in his head. He stopped and start playing that riff [hums the opening lick of ‘You Don’t Love Me’].We knew what was coming then, although we didn’t now when or exactly how. Duane played ‘Soul Serenade’ a little slower than I was expecting. I was ready to kick into something more uptempo. But Duane was still so torn up by the fact that King was dead. It ripped him apart. When he came back from the funeral, that’s when Duane started talking about his own funeral. He really did,” said Trucks.Two months later Duane Allman passed away in a motorcycle accident at the age of 24. He had just gotten out of rehab for heroin addiction. When asked about the effects of drugs on Duane’s playing, Trucks responded with details of his final months:“It did for awhile. It was one of the few times I actually got in Duane’s face. But you have to know Duane to know how something like this could happen. You ever read Faust by Goethe? His Faust — all he wanted to do was experience everything life had to offer. Good and bad didn’t matter. His deal with Mephistopheles was, ‘The minute I tell you I am content where I am, that is the minute you can have my soul.’Duane Allman was very much Goethe’s Faust. He wanted to try everything. When I first met him, he was eating Black Beauties [diet pills with amphetamine and benzadrine] like they were going out of style — just wired out of his gourd, until the night he realized it was messing with his music. That’s the night he stopped. I saw him go through many periods where he would experiment with some drug — psychedelics, whatever — until he realized it was messing with his music. Duane had this laser-like focus, and it was his music. He was also living life to the fullest.I remember we were playing in San Francisco [in early October 1971]. Duane followed me back to my room, walked in, closed the door, looked me in the eye and went, ‘Butch, what the fuck is going on with you guys? Every time I start to play, you give me nothin’. When Dickey starts playing, you guys are kicking ass.’ I stared him in the eye and said, ‘Duane, you are so fucked up that you’re not giving me anything. How can I give you anything if you’re not giving me anything to play off of? That’s the way I play. I follow you, every single thing you do.’He stood there, it seemed like forever. It was one time when he knew I was right. Finally he turned around and walked out. It was almost right after that — he grabbed Berry, [roadies] Red Dog and Kim Payne and checked into rehab in Buffalo, New York. Then Duane walked into the common room there, saw Red Dog laying there out of it on methadone. Duane went nuclear: ‘We didn’t come here to get fucked up. We came here to get straight.’ They slipped out that night, back to Macon. But that was the last time Duane touched heroin — from that night in San Francisco, when I told him that shit was screwing with his music and he believed me. He was that strong as a human being.”Read more about Duane, the 1971 A&R Studio concert, and Trucks’ Les Brers supergroup in Rolling Stones’ exclusive interview.last_img read more

PREMIERE: Cory Wong Finally Gets “The Koz Nod” On New Collaborative Single, “Friends At Sea”

first_imgCory Wong is quickly becoming one of our favorite guitarists in the live music scene. A frequent collaborator of fan-favorite minimalist funk ensemble, Vulfpeck, Wong is known for his pristine and rhythmically oriented lead guitar style, animated performances, and charismatic onstage demeanor. Outside of Vulfpeck, the musician keeps himself busy with his work with Vulfpeck spin-off The Fearless Flyers, as well as his own solo career touring with the Cory Wong Band. In August, Wong released his sophomore solo album, The Optimist.Recently, Grammy-nominated, platinum-selling saxophonist Dave Koz sat in with Vulfpeck at their two-night run at Brooklyn’s Kings Theatre, but his relationship with Cory Wong extends far beyond the surprise collaboration. Earlier this year, Wong set out on his pursuit of “The Koz Nod,” what he described in July’s “Social Experiment” video as “when Dave Koz gives you the nod.”Since setting out on this new goal in pursuit of “The Koz Nod,” Wong has been growing closer to becoming, in his words, “the millennial ambassador of smooth jazz.” In a video he released in August in a further attempt to catch Koz’s attention, Wong showcased his deadpan leanings, offering up a throwback green screen-style video on what it takes to be successful in the wild world of smooth jazz [Spoiler Alert: it’s “a mustache, white pants, and gold jewelry”]. Cory Wong’s determination paid off when he finally got Koz to join him in the studio for a refreshed rendition of The Optimist‘s title track.During that session, the duo also recorded a brand new tune Cory penned just 24 hours beforehand, “Friends At Sea”, affectionately named after Koz’s famed smooth jazz cruise, which Wong will join as a special guest this coming year. Cory Wong and Dave Koz’s upcoming double single, The Koz Nod—featuring both “Friends At Sea” and the revamped “The Optimist” take—will be released digitally this Friday, November 23rd. To commemorate this epic “win,” Wong has also pressed The Koz Nod onto a special edition run of 7″ records.Today, Live For Live Music is excited to premiere Cory Wong and Dave Koz’s new collaboration, “Friends At Sea”, which marks Cory’s first new single since the release of The Optimist this past summer.As Cory Wong explains to Live For Live Music,Recording these songs with Dave is one of the highlights of my musical career, and a testament to the power of community and the internet. During every show I’ve done this past year, I’ve talked about how crazy it is that a guy (Dave Koz) has his own cruise that goes in different parts of the world every year, and sells out before he even announces who is going to be playing on it. He didn’t know when he was practicing his pentatonic scales in 6th grade that he’d be where he is today…or did he?! I’ve been trying to connect with Dave to play on his cruise and get out of Minnesota this winter.Sure enough, after I put out my intentions, we had a bunch of mutual connections trying to get us to connect. Enough people online were trying to get Dave’s attention along with me and it really grabbed his attention. Finally, I got word from Dave and he said he was in.He said he’d come out to Minneapolis and hang/record with me as long as he was in and out in one hour because he had family in MN that he wanted to spend time with. He also said it would be two days from then. So I wrote a song the next day and we were set to go in and record the day after!I was really blown away with how ‘down’ Dave was with the whole thing. He has such a great vibe and was such a blast to hang and play with. Well…it happened. I’m going to Australia with Dave as a special guest on his next cruise. I couldn’t be more stoked! You can check out the Live For Live Music premiere of Cory Wong’s “Friends At Sea” featuring Dave Koz below. If you like what you hear, you can order The Koz Nod 7″ vinyl LP on Cory Wong’s website, with a limited run of 500 pressings available.Cory Wong ft. Dave Koz – “Friends At Sea”Check out a list of Cory Wong’s upcoming tour dates below.Cory Wong Upcoming Tour Dates:12/30 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle **1/10 – Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews *1/11 – Kansas City, MO – The Record Bar *1/12 – St. Louis, MO – Blueberry Hill Duck Room *1/13 – Nashville, TN – 3rd & Lindsley Bar & Grill *1/15 – Louisville, KY – Zanzabar *1/17 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues Cleveland *1/18 – Benton Harbor, MI – The Livery *1/19 – Ann Arbor, MI – The Blind Pig *1/20 – Toronto, CAN – Legendary Horseshoe Tavern *1/22 – Rochester, NY – Flour City Station *1/24 – Ithaca, NY – The Haunt *1/25 – Albany, NY – The Hollow *1/26 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall *1/27 – South Burlington, VT – Higher Ground Showcase *1/29 – New York, NY – The Bowery Ballroom *1/31 – Baltimore, MD – Metro Gallery *2/1 – Philadelphia, PA – The Foundry @ The Fillmore Philadelphia *2/2 – Pittsburgh, PA – The Rex Theater *2/4 – Columbus, OH – The A&R Music Bar *2/5 – Bloomington, IN – The Bluebird *2/7 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall *2/8 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre *2/9 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Cafe *2/20 – Limerick, Ireland – Dolans Warehouse2/21 – Cork, Ireland – Cyprus Avenue2/22 – Galway, Ireland – Roisin Dubh2/23 – Dublin, Ireland – The Sugar Club2/26 – Glasgow, England – Oran Mor2/27 – Leeds, England – Brudenell Social Club2/28 – Manchester, England – Gorilla3/1 – London, England – OMEARA3/3 – City Of Bristol, England – The Fleece3/24 – 3/31 – Sydney, AUS – Dave Koz & Friends At Sea3/31 – 4/7 – Sydney, AUS – Dave Koz & Friends At Sea** w/ Umphrey’s McGee* w/ Emily BrowningView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

No. 4 Syracuse beats Louisville 14-7 for 6th win in 7 games

first_img Published on March 17, 2019 at 4:15 pm Contact Kaci: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+ For Syracuse’s final game in its three-game road trip, the Orange traveled to Louisville to face a conference opponent, its first in four games. Louisville, one of the two teams in the Atlantic Coastal Conference not ranked in the top-20, had only beat Syracuse once before Sunday afternoon’s matchup.It remained that way after Sunday’s game. No. 4 Syracuse (8-2, 2-1 ACC) defeated the Cardinals (4-7, 0-3), 14-7. SU’s defense held UofL to two goals through the first fifty minutes and its offense went on an 8-0 run in the middle of the game.“Our defense once again led the way,” SU head coach Gary Gait said, “shutting them down, holding them to a goal in the first half. Then our offense heated up a little bit.”The Orange scored first. Megan Carney caught a pass from Meaghan Tyrrell and scored to put SU on the board. It took five minutes and three turnovers for Syracuse’s offense to find its rhythm.Junior Emily Hawryschuk was awarded a free position shot. She scored and, a minute later, scored again. Two minutes later, Mary Rahal was awarded a free position shot as well which she capitalized on for SU’s fifth goal of the game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDuring that time, Louisville got its only goal of the first half when Alex McNicholas scored from an assist by Kayla Marshall.Susie Teuscher | Digital Design EditorSyracuse scored four more times before the end of the first half and then four more to start the second. Hawryschuk led Syracuse’s scoring with five goals, including three of the first four goals of the second half.Louisville scored once more before the 50-minute mark. SU goalie Bri Starr came in after that to replace Asa Goldstock who had nine saves.“They played good zone, tough team defense,” Gait said. “Asa made some saves and everything worked out.”In the last ten minutes, the tide of the game turned. Syracuse only scored twice more, both by junior Morgan Alexander, before Louisville went on a 5-0 run to end the game.The 14 goals scored by the Orange were helped by its dominance on the draw control. At other points this season, SU struggled to win draws and gain possessions. Against Louisville, Syracuse was 15-6. Hawryschuk and freshman Braelie Kempney took a majority of the draws.“We’ve been working hard, grinding hard on that,” Gait said. “It clicked a little bit today against that team.”Syracuse returns home for its next opponent, Harvard, on Tuesday afternoon.center_img Commentslast_img read more