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“It’s Not My Cross To Bear” . . : Gregg Allman (1947 – 2017)

I’ve written in the past about the impact that the Allman Brothers have had on me as a musician so I’m just going to let the music that Gregg Allman made speak for itself. The Allman Brothers Band – Whipping

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Space Is The Place Part 1 – Pink Floyd Meets Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey”

“We are not disappointed that you do drugs as much as we are of you for not sharing”. – Me, sometime during the Seventies. . .I think . . it’s a bit hazy. As a young teen age boy I

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“Somebody To Love” . . . : Bassist Extraordinaire Jack Casady

It came to my attention that Jack Casady, bassist for Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, turned 72 earlier this month. Lately, with everyday bringing news of the death of another musican I grew up listening to and learning from, I

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Earth’s Ambassador To The Universe: Chuck Berry (1926 – 2017)

Below is an except from a skit on Saturday Night Live that aired on April 22, 1978. It says all that’s need to be said about Chuck Berry’s importance to the universe. From Saturday Night Live 04/22/1978  Skit Name…….Next Week

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“Tryin’ to make a livin” . . : Berry Oakley’s Isolated Bass Part to Ramblin’ Man

It’s been busy here at Casa de RoyMusicUSA so this will be a quickie (“that’s what she said”). Below is a video of the Berry Oakleys’s isolated bass track to the Allman Brother’s Ramblin’ Man off their 1973 album Brothers

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“So You Wanna Play The Blues . .” : Cool Blues Guitar Instructional Videos Part II – The Hendrix Edition

With September 18th marking the 46th anniversary of his accidental and tragic death, it seems like a a good time to mention Jimi Hendrix.  In addition Legacy Recordings has announced the release of the complete first set ever played by

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“And Die Behind The Wheel” . . : Steely Dan’s Deacon Blues

I was watching a bit of the Olympics and happened upon the medal ceremonies for some event or another. As I watched, I thought about the athletes who never get a gold medal despite all the blood, sweat and tears

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