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2020 Vision! Florida is ready for some epic football action when the 2020 National Football League's Super Bowl is hosted at The Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens! The sports world's grandest sporting event ignites and delights millions of fans from all over the world as South Florida shines live! https://www.nfl.com/super-bowl

Compassion is in fashion! Two years after a 2014 referendum to legalize medical marijuana in Florida fell short by a few percentage points, voters in the Sunshine State of Kind approved on Election Day Tuesday, November 8th a constitutional amendment that gives patients with debilitating illnesses such as AIDS, Cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, post-traumatic stress disorder, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis access to cannabis. The referendum, with 69 percent of state precincts reporting results, passed by an astronomical 71 percent. Florida is now the 26th state in the union to legalize medical marijuana. John Morgan, the Orlando lawyer invested $8 million of his own money to get out the vote and obtain the necessary signatures to twice put the question voters on the ballot, hailed the victory as a big win for Florida’s sick and suffering. “The election was a means to an end,” Morgan said. “The end was always, always, always delivering compassion to those who could benefit, those desperate for the relief medical marijuana can bring.” Erik Altieri, NORML’s Executive Director said, “With broad support across all demographics, voters in Florida approved Amendment 2 by a landslide. These results are a victory, not just for common sense public policy, but for patients all across the state who will now have access to a safe, effective treatment for a number of debilitating ailments”.

Tuesday, November 8th voters decided Medical Marijuana is Legal in Florida the Sunshine State of Kind!

Rock In Peace! Classic Rock’s iconic piano man, Leon Russell, the legendary multiple instrumentalist, songwriter, live and studio musician has departed at age 74 on November 13th. Leon Russell is a respected Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame inducted musician. His own "A Song for You" opened doors for major collaborations with artists Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones, George Harrison and many more. Russell’s official site states, “The Master Of Space And Time was a legendary musician and songwriter originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma who performed his gospel-infused southern boogie piano rock, blues, and country music for over 50 years." Born Claude Russell Bridges, Leon Russell ignited the historic Concert For Bengladesh at Madison Square Garden in New York City in a double header afternoon matinee and main show on August 1st in 1971. Beatle George Harrison joined Indian sitar genius Ravi Shankar and assembled a grand scale super group featuring Ringo Starr, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Billy Preston, Badfinger, bassist Klaus Vorrman, drummer Jim Keltner and on keyboards and vocals Leon Russell. The concept of a benefit concert for the suffering masses in Pakistan and India united the effort. The Concert For Bengladesh was the first epic benefit concert and documentary and was recorded with 44 microphones. Over 40,000 people attended The Greatest Arena in The World where The Grateful Dead hang their tie dyed banner honoring the record for the fastest selling tickets for the most events ever in the history of The Garden, performing 15 consecutive concerts for an entire month. The Concert For Bengladesh event was a portal to International stardom for all on stage and, Leon Russell, born Claude Russell Bridges lit up the monumental gathering. One of the most impressive highlights of The Concert For Bengladesh was Leon Russell's rousing energized masterful live medley of The Rolling Stone’s classic gem, “Jumping Jack Flash” into the lusty, soulful version of “Youngblood”. Leon Russell’s first shining signature song released in 1970, “A Song For You” was successfully covered by Ray Charles, Willie Nelson, Herbie Hancock and Christina Aquilera. Russell also penned The Carpenters hit “Superstar", the 1972 hit "Tight Rope" and "This Masquerade," featuring guitarist and vocalist George Benson winning the 1977 Record of the Year Grammy. His historic studio production credits included Bob Dylan's, "Watching the River Flow" and "When I Paint My Masterpiece”, a Bob Weir favorite frequently covered by The Grateful Dead. His 1975 hit "Lady Blue" and his cover of Jimmy Buffet's "Back To The Islands" define the laid back vibes of a half century of empowering music. Russell worked with a multiple music genre of stellar artists including Frank Sinatra, The Rolling Stones, Beatles George Harrison and Ringo Starr, Elton John, Joe Cocker's Mad Dogs and Englishmen, The Beach Boys, Sam Cooke, and The Gap Band. Leon Russell had a string of live Florida shows scheduled illustrating his dedicated love of live dynamic concerts, soulful music. conscious lyrics and the road warrior essence of his incredible music journey, doing what he loved to the very end. http://www.leonrussellrecords.com/

America's Concert! Farm Aid Keeps America Growing! On The Road Again! Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp organized the first Farm Aid concert in 1985 to raise awareness about the loss of family farms and to raise funds to keep farm families on the land. Dave Matthews joined the Farm Aid Board of Directors in 2001. Farm Aid has raised more than $50 million to promote a strong and resilient family farm system of agriculture. Farm Aid is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to keep family farmers on the land. September 17th Farm Aid 2016 features Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, Alabama Shakes, Sturgill Simpson, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Jamey Johnson, Margo Price, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Insects vs. Robots and Ian Mellencamp at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Virginia. 1 • 800 • FARM • AID https://www.farmaid.org/

Jimmy kicked 2016 into high gear! Jimmy Buffett and The Coral Reefer Band recently headlined The New Orleans Bal Masque to benefit the youth of New Orleans! Bal Masque is a celebration of New Orleans' Creole carnival roots, capturing the spirit of a classic Bal Masqué with music, dance and food. Florida’s Margaritaville Man lit up The Crescent City to help nourish and educate the youth of New Orleans. The legendary Jimmy Buffett and his talented and incredible Coral Reefer Band were joined by very special guests, New Orleans famed Preservation Hall Horns. The concert event helped manifest much needed support for those in need in New Orleans! http://www.margaritaville.com/

The Rolling Stones “Concert for Amity” rocks Cuba! Mick Jagger’s legendary Classic Rock icons, The Rolling Stones performed a historic free concert in Havana, Cuba on Friday, March 25th at The Ciudad Deportiva de la Habana. The event is the first outdoor live concert in Cuba highlighting President Barack Obama’s support of charitable projects in the fields of education, athletics, cultural literacy, healthcare and tourism. http://www.rollingstones.com/

Stephen "Stevie" Ray Vaughan was born to play the electric blues on October 3rd, 1954 in Dallas, Texas. His love of edgy roadhouse blues, psychedelic rock, and tunes that tell a story launched him into early stardom. Stevie Ray’s legendary undisputed lightning guitar dexterity and embraceable clean raspy velvet voice bore a distinctive signature that is honored and emulated by countless musicians. In 1978 at the peak of the Disco Era, the blues music genre was a part of diminished history. Based out of the relatively unknown Austin, Texas, yet to become a major music mecca, Stevie Ray Vaughn and his rock solid power quartet Double Trouble featuring bassist Tommy Shannon, drummer Chris Layton and keyboardist Reese Wynans created a Texas tornado that blew the rocking blues world away. In late 1982 the incredible debut of Stevie Ray’s first album, “Texas Flood” caught major global attention earning the band a coveted invitation to perform at the prestigious Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland at the rebuilt Montreax Casino. The original Montreax Casino had burned down during a Frank Zappa performance in 1971 and inspired the Deep Purple classic rock gem, “Smoke On The Water”, the first rock guitar riff every player learns. Stevie Ray and Double Trouble’s scorching performance caught the attention of the legendary Jackson Browne who was in attendance. Stevie Ray’s stage persona, masterful guitar trickery and Texas swagger shocked the audience playing his guitar behind his back better than anybody had ever played a guitar in front. His don’t mess with me blues fueled chill vibe was more than the jazz influenced audience could grasp. Jackson Browne jammed with the Texas wildcats until the sun came up at The Montreaux Casino and subsequently offered complimentary studio time at his famous Los Angeles studio. Upon returning to the United States the high octane band recorded ten songs in two days. As they wrapped up the super session Stevie Ray received ‘the’ phone call from Mr. David Bowie who had met him at Montreaux to join him in the studio. In January of 1983 Stevie Ray headed to New York City’s famed Power Station Studio to lend his brilliant road honed guitar magic to Bowie’s groundbreaking album, “Let’s Dance”. Stevie Ray ignited the famed collaboration laying down the historical tracks on six of the album’s eight songs including the title track and blazed like no other on Bowie’s stellar anti - racist hit “China Girl”. Released in April of 1983, “Let’s Dance” propelled David Bowie beyond international stardom, and proved to be his last single to reach number one on the Billboard 100. The sonic Niles Rogers produced masterpiece earned global mega Platinum success and continues to ride the airwaves of Classic Rock radio becoming Bowie’s soul mark at the peak of the Disco Era. Bowie’s prophetic conceptual lyrics were in part gleaned from a Hans Christian Anderson poem that read, “Lets dance for fear your grace should fall”. Bowie sings, “put on your red shoes and dance the blues”, an obvious nod to Stevie Ray’s blues brilliance. Vaughn’s incendiary guitar riffs kick the song into hyper space with ground control wondering can you hear me Major Tom? Stevie Ray and Double Trouble returned to the magnificent Swiss Lake Geneva shoreline at The Montreaux Jazz Festival in 1985 to headline the international event. It was in 1989 that SRV’s album “In Step” galvanized his inimitable guitar genius after barely beating the double trouble life by the drop cocaine and alcohol demons. The fresh newly sober, Texas twister was hitting his mid 30’s and ready to take the world by storm. On a balmy but beautiful mid - western Saturday, August 26th in 1990, Vaughan performed with his heroes at The Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, Wisconsin a few hours drive just north of Chicago in the sprawling farmland of Wisconsin. “The Blues Summit” featured headliner Eric Clapton in a pure white suit, Stevie Ray Vaughn’s Double Trouble, the legendary iconic Chicago blues grand daddy Buddy Guy, smooth blues rocker Robert Cray and younger blood brother Jimmie Vaughn and The Fabulous Thunderbirds. The show was a grand success and back stage plans were being made for a massive United States and global tour. After a couple of hours of meeting and greeting, dining on Wisconsin’s finest fresh fish, grilled barbecue, watermelon, bratwurst and corn and with a gleeful abundance of smiles, hugs and handshakes several of the musicians, management and entourage boarded four Chicago-bound helicopters. The ominous whirling metal machines were idling loudly in a row on The Alpine Valley Resort Golf Course a short walk just a couple hundred feet down a sloping sidewalk from the back stage area. A dense low lying haze and ground fog with patches of low clouds had accumulated over the Alpine Valley Golf Course and Ski Resort Area ski and hiking hill. Despite the lack of visibility and questionable flight conditions, the pilots were instructed to fly over the 1000-foot ski hill that was directly across the golf course that had been recently raised up an extra 100 feet or so at the summit to create a steeper slope. A series of green metal chairlift ski towers and thick cables connecting the towers carried the chairlifts to the top, aloft the small Wisconsin hill designed especially for novice skiers. The experienced pilots had landed and taken off out of Alpine Valley on several occasions without incident and had flown dozens of military missions. Stevie Ray Vaughan, along with three members of Eric Clapton's entourage, agent Bobby Brooks, bodyguard Nigel Browne, and assistant tour manager Colin Smythe, boarded the third of the four helicopters, a Bell 206B Jet Ranger with a flight plan to Meig’s Field on Chicago’s lakefront, a three to four hour drive and a brief 45 minute flight. At about 12:50 a.m. on Sunday, August 27th, at the end of Saturday’s concert event back stage party the helicopter carrying Stevie Ray departed and from an elevation of about 850 feet, veered to the left and crashed into the hill, approximately fifty feet from the summit. The thundering noise of the fourth helicopter preparing to take off obscured the sound of the crash less than a couple of thousand feet away as the deadly chopper hit a ski lift cable and cascaded down the back side of the hill breaking into hundreds of pieces in complete darkness. There was no fire and no one saw the crash. All on board, including the pilot, Jeff Brown, were killed instantly on impact. There had been no reports of any crash, debris or emergency landing over the Wisconsin farmland nor was any debris found in Lake Michigan where the nighttime search began as the helicopter was heading to the lake front before turning south to Illinois but never landed at the planned destination. As the sun rose a massive search party gathered on ATV’s, jeeps, horseback and foot crossing the golf course as the crow flies to track the flight path. The rescue team did not get very far as they climbed over the small hill and discovered the carnage. In “Clapton: The Autobiography”, Clapton explains that, contrary to rumors, his seat was not given to Vaughan however, three members of Clapton's entourage were on board with Vaughan and perished in the horrible debacle. One can wonder why Clapton was not on board especially if you are a major superstar paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to a body guard, manager and agent as your traveling entourage and your keepers. One would also wonder why Stevie Ray was aboard with all of Clapton’s key touring team. One would also question why the three super stars, Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughn were not together on the same helicopter celebrating the historical day. There was a last minute shuffling of who was getting on which helicopter as the heavy fog rolled in intensifying the long forgotten mystery. One would also be curious as to who was deciding what helicopters that the artists, management and entourage would fly in. Touring standards would dictate that the headliner has the final word about everything, especially travel plans. Concert headliner, Eric Clapton delivered a standard, moderate show later admitting to be suffering from alcohol and cocaine addiction at that point of his incredible storied super star career. That evening ‘Slowhand’ never reached the soaring inspired levels of Stevie Ray’s historical swan song. Stevie Ray’s final show included songs from Buddy Guy, Albert Collins and Guitar Slim as the humble Stevie Ray never forgot his roots. The 35 year old clean and sober Stevie Ray Vaughn’s prophetic song selection built to a fierce frenzy with over the top versions of Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition”, his own “Couldn't Stand the Weather”, The Moloch cover song, “Going Down”, and a blazing version of the SRV Double Trouble classic, “Crossfire”. The final sacrificial offering came as a sonic volcano exploded with a rage inside the Alpine Valley wood covered amphitheater with a nine minute walk through the fire of The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s “Voodoo Child (Slight Return) leaving the audience sweaty and breathless. Stevie's final lyrics, "I'll meet you in the next world. don't be late" still echo through the valley of the shadow of death. The thundering crowd applause was deafening. Stevie introduced the band and his brother Jimmie who had sat in and his actual final words as he departed the stage were "and I'm still Stevie Ray". He strolled off the stage with his own low key style, smiling and cool. To seal the days stellar jams all of the blues rock superstars gathered together on stage for a grand finale exchanging solos, smiles and respect. The incredible concert event was capped by a bluesy laid back encore of Robert Johnson’s “Sweet Home Chicago”, where the next stop was to be as Stevie Ray was rumored to be secretly jamming with Buddy at Buddy Guy’s Legends blues club in the heart of Chicago the following night. The vision and the sonic synchronicity of the five guitars of Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, and Jimmie Vaughan onstage together was overwhelming. For a brief moment Stevie Ray Vaughn had become the prince of the electric blues guitar ready to take the king’s throne, a prominent position held by Clapton since 1967 for 23 years. Seven months and less seven days after Vaughn’s deadly helicopter crash on Wednesday, March 20th, 1991 Eric Clapton's 4 1/2-year-old son Conor, dressed in red pajamas, was killed in a 49 story fall in New York City after a six foot window was left open by the housekeeper. Eric Clapton remorsefully toned down his song writing going acoustic with the inspired dedication single and album, “Tears In Heaven,” winning several Grammy Awards and selling millions. Clapton’s fortune was fueled by the immense grief of his loss and is reflected in the album’s funeral like tempo of “Layla” with Clapton’s soulfully begging, “darling won’t you ease my worried mind”. The multiple Biblical references regarding the sins of the Father being visited upon the son inspires deep reflection. Did Stevie Ray’s Jimi Hendrix - like guitar attack, silky vocals and blazing live performances unseat Eric Clapton, the reigning ‘guitar god’ who had never been challenged? Was Stevie Ray’s Texas size blues heart too large for the declining Clapton? With Jimi Hendrix long passed away in London, England, the native country of Clapton did the powerful talent of Stevie Ray spell double trouble for the electric blues world’s iconic ruler? On August 27th in 2000 I returned to Alpine Valley for a pair of Dave Matthews Band concerts and to honor the 10th Anniversary of Stevie Ray’s tragic departure and decided to camp at the crash site behind the Alpine Valley Ski hill. I played SRV’S songs all day until it was showtime for the high energy Dave Matthews Band. Following the final night of Dave’s two shows I hiked by flash-light across the Alpine Valley Golf Course and up the moderate grade ski hill to my stealthy camp site at the scene of the devastating crash. At the break of dawn I suddenly awoke to a profound feeling outside the tent and climbed out into the rising sun’s rays. Standing fearless and motionless less than a few feet away was a rare bushy tailed Red Fox. We stared at each other for what seemed like an eternity. As suddenly as I awoke the Red Fox turned and ran with bright bushy tail bobbing rhythmically into the nearby thicket of trees. I turned around to see my girlfriend’s smiling face as she had watched the incredible encounter form inside the tent. A crystalline sun shower cascaded from a cloudless sky and I climbed back inside. Still mystified by the entire experience my minds eye kept seeing the fox’s tail wagging into the woods, melting into the fancy white bushy tail that hung on the back of Stevie Ray’s gambler's hat as he walked off stage indelibly etched into the souls of blues and rock lovers forever. Stevie Ray Vaughn garnered a six pack of Grammy Music Awards, and Ten Austin Music Awards. Vaughn was posthumously inducted into The Blues Hall of Fame in 2000, inducted into The Musicians Hall of Fame in 2014 and upon eligibility in 2015 inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Sunday, August 27th, 2016 marks the 26th year anniversary of the sad day that electric blues rock music stood still.

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Pick Up My Old Guitar! The Grateful Dead's relationship with Alvarez began in the 1980's, when both Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir collaborated with professional luthiers to create their own signature models. The Alvarez team experimented with many shapes, from Dreadnoughts to Jumbos, and incorporated favorite attributes from both band mates, like a Modulus neck and Tree of Life inlay. These designs culminated in Bob Weir's WY1BW, the result of years of fine-tuning, which Bob still plays today. To commemorate the epic 50th Anniversary of The Grateful Dead, Alvarez is proud to present the Grateful Dead series, limited edition, signature guitars. Grateful Dead enthusiasts will love the official artwork, applied to the cedar tops by an innovative screen printing process, and all guitarists will appreciate the fine construction, and tone of these instruments. Simply stunning and unique, just like the Dead themselves. Each Grateful Dead Series guitar is very slightly unique due to the screen printing process developed to apply the artwork. This process allows the color and grain pattern of each top to contribute towards the aesthetics. Since every piece of wood is unique then the look of each guitar is, too. The printing process also gives the Grateful Dead series a cool vintage vibe and the color of the solid western red cedar top is allowed to be part of the artwork, again adding individuality, making each one of these guitars a unique, and special instrument. http://alvarezguitars.com

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Cats down under the stars! NASA recently released a purple image of “Alice in Wonderlands”s smiling Cheshire Cat’ created by bending by gravitational lens from light emitted from a group of galaxies. One hundred years ago Albert Einstein published his theory of general relativity that proved to be one of the most significant scientific achievements ever. Matter warps space and time, and a massive object can cause an observable bending of light from a background object. The theory was first observed during a solar eclipse as light from a distant background star was deflected and calculated as it passed near the sun. Gravitational lensing aids in probing through many light years to visually visit distant galaxies and groups of galaxies. The mass that distorts the faraway galactic light is found surrounding the two giant “eye” galaxies and a “nose” galaxy. The multiple arcs of the circular “face” arise from gravitational lens of four different background galaxies well behind the “eye” galaxies. The individual galaxies of the system, as well as the gravitationa lens arcs, are seen in optical light from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. Each “eye” galaxy is the brightest member of its own group of galaxies and these two groups are racing toward one another at over 300,000 miles per hour. Data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory show hot gas that has been heated to millions of degrees, which is evidence that the galaxy groups are slamming into one another. Chandra’s X-ray data also reveal that the left “eye” of the Cheshire Cat group contains an actively feeding super-massive black hole at the center of the galaxy. Astronomers think the Cheshire Cat group will become what is known as a fossil group, defined as a gathering of galaxies that contains one giant elliptical galaxy and other much smaller, fainter ones. Fossil groups may represent a temporary stage that nearly all galaxy groups pass through at some point in their evolution.

Blues Awards Winners! The Blues Music Awards winners shine in Memphis for the world to hear and see! http://www.blues.org

Damn Right I Got The Blues! Buddy Guy was born George Guy on July 30th, 1936 in Lettsworth, Louisiana in the heart of the swamps of the bayou. Music is his blood and at age 78 his blazing guitar pyrotechnics remains vital and explosive. Buddy played his guitar behind his head long before Jimi Hendrix and he could throw a guitar up in the air and catch it without missing a beat. Each year the Annual Grammy Awards and The Recording Academy present Special Merit Awards to recognize contributions of significance to the recording field, highlighted by the Lifetime Achievement Award. The Lifetime Achievement Award honored the legendary Chicago blues man Buddy Guy. Buddy's live performances and major recordings influenced the electric blues and rock and roll and his contribution to modern rock is monumental. His incendiary, lightning rod electric guitar showmanship has influenced the world’s elite musicians including Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Keith Richards, Stevie Ray Vaughan and many other great performing artists. Buddy's early experiences in the Chicago, Illinois blues circles and his historical run at Chess Records playing with Muddy Waters led him to the pinnacle of master guitarists and vocalists in the blues 'n' rock genre. The 59th Grammy Awards show will air on Sunday, February 12th, 2017 at 8 p.m. from the Staples Center in Los Angeles and is always an enlightening evening of music. The Nominations will be announced on December 6th, 2016. http://www.grammy.com

One Way Out! Peakin’ At The Beacon! Florida's Allman Brothers Band’s final live performance and rocked New York City's incredible Beacon Theatre, the famed location of over 200 Allman Brother's Band music family live music concert events. Three For The Road That Goes On Forever! After 45 Years, millions of albums sold and countless miles on the road The Allman Brothers Band performed an epic final show delivering a lengthy triple-set concert event that ended after midnight and found the group celebrating a memorable and vast history while welcoming the spirit of dearly departed original co-founder Duane Allman. “I think Duane’s presence is part of the moment by moment journey that this band is still on, both musically and from a vision standpoint,” guitarist Warren Haynes told The Wall Street Journal before the show. “A lot of times, if there’s a musical question the answer somehow relates to what Duane’s approach would be. Musically, he’s very much with us, and always has been.” “He gave me hell and drove me crazy quite often,” added keyboardist and distinctive vocalist Gregg Allman, “But he lit a fire under me and under all of us.” Guitarist Derek Trucks performed slide guitar on several songs with Duane Allman’s classic 1957 Gold Top Les Paul guitar engaging the spirited brotherhood and pure roots of Southern Rock and Roll. The final swan song, ‘Trouble No More" is the first song ever performed by the original Allman Brother’s Band lineup and served as an upbeat closer. The final notes rang out in the early morning hours of October 29th, the day Duane Allman passed into legendary status in 1971. The celebrated swan song show caps a memorable Forty Five Year Career as Pioneers and Royalty of Southern Rock and Roll Music. http://www.allmanbrothersband.com

Taking On The World One Scorching Solo At A Time! All the way from Seattle, Washington and on the cover of The Rolling Stone, Foo Fighter front man Dave Grohl rocks! http://www.foofighters.com/

The Florida Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative, Amendment 2 reached a majority vote at 57% which is over One Half of Registered Voters and should have passed as it is extremely difficult to gain the legislated minimum 60% margin for ANY ISSUE UNDER ANY GUIDELINES. Some legislators know and counted on this unfortunate and unbalanced defeat. The pharmaceutical companies, tobacco and alcohol institutions and the medical community at large stands to lose the constant flow of sin tax as people would not only stop smoking cigarettes, but reduce alcohol use, reduce violent crime, reduce pharmaceutical abuse, free up the court and prison system and free up those who serve and protect to not target marijuana users. To argue that medical marijuana would fall easily into minors hands is an argument that could pertain to guns, alcohol, legal medical drugs, and virtually anything society deems dangerous. The State of Florida as an Initiated Constitutional Amendment Medical Legalization stands to gain millions of dollars in tax, business and agriculture revenues as Colorado, Washington State, Alaska and our own Capital Washington, D.C. have documented. The measure, upon future voter approval, would legalize medical marijuana. Specifically, the measure would guarantee the following: • That medical use of marijuana by a qualifying patient or personal caregiver is not subject to criminal or civil liability or sanctions under state law. • That a licensed physician is not subject to criminal or civil liability or sanctions for issuing medical marijuana to a person diagnosed with a "debilitating medical condition" under state law. • That registered medical marijuana treatment centers are not subject to criminal or civil liability or sanctions under state law. The measure defines a "debilitating medical condition" as cancer, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, hepatitis C, HIV, AIDS, ALS, Crohn's disease, Parkinson's disease "or other conditions for which a physician believes that the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the potential health risks for a patient." The Florida Department of Health would be responsible for regulating medical marijuana. The department would issue and regulate patient identification cards and personal caregiver identification cards, develop procedures related to medical marijuana treatment centers and institute regulations defining reasonable amounts of marijuana for medical use. The department would be required to protect the confidentiality of all patients. The constitutional amendment contains six limitations on how the amendment's language can be construed: • The amendment does not “affect laws relating to non-medical use, possession, production or sale of marijuana.” • The amendment does not authorize “the use of medical marijuana by anyone other than a qualifying patient.” • The amendment does not allow for the “operation of a motor vehicle, boat, or aircraft while under the influence of marijuana.” • The amendment does not require accommodations for medical marijuana use “in any place of education or employment, or of smoking medical marijuana in any public place.” • The amendment does not require “any health insurance provider or any government agency or authority to reimburse any person for expenses related to the medical use of marijuana.” • Supporters of Amendment 2 say the measure will help people with debilitating medical conditions. Opponents, on the other hand, argue the amendment is “de facto legalization" of marijuana. For a referred amendment to win in Florida, it must win a super-majority vote of 60 percent of those voting on the question, according to Section 5 Article XI. This change was made via Amendment 3 in 2006. Medical Compassion Is The Power of Free Choice and Individuals Must Be Insured Safe Care and The Right To Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness! Mother Nature Is Always Right and The Medical Marijuana and Compassion for those in need efforts will continue and much like all prohibitions will be proven to be a necessary part of a healthy and progressive culture. With time and more awareness perhaps a stronger based Amendment for The Legalization of Medical Marijuana will be drafted and eventually passed as Florida observes the gross realization that millions of adults want to live with the honor and right of privacy with free choice without prejudice in a democratic society of equality. Like All Truths, The Best Solution Will Arise, All Good Things In All Good Time! Manifest The Beacon of Freedom in 2016!

Thank You Sun Sentinel News! The Illustrated Dark Green Square Is The Home of The Sun Sentinel Newspaper and Media, Florida Atlantic University, major high tech corporations, and the most expensive and beautiful real estate in the world! Florida's Palm Beach County is the epicenter for the wealthy, the famous, the successful and practical innovative entrepreneurs that have shaped and developed culture. Florida's Premiere Music and Entertainment Source, Gig Mag FL.com Rocks The Super Green Sunshine State of Kind Palm Beach County and we Urge Floridians to Unite for Compassion and Choice!

Ganjapreneurs Unite! There is a Natural Mystic Blowing in the Air! Burning and Saluting “Marley Natural”! The Bob Marley reggae royalty family of the legendary freedom advocate and global music icon has announced that they have teamed up with a Seattle, Washington-based private equity firm to produce “a premium cannabis brand rooted in the life and legacy” of Bob Marley. The naturally mystical name, “Marley Natural” is the product of a multiple generation cloning of “heirloom Jamaican cannabis” plants and the famous inspired beautiful buds that Bob Marley loved. Recently, NBC’s Today Show revealed the exciting Marley pioneering partnership with Privateer Holdings, the owners of "Marley Natural". Privateer Holdings CEO Brendan Kennedy said, “This is what the end of prohibition looks like…Bob Marley started to push for legalization more than 50 years ago. We’re going to help him finish it”. The tasty “Marley Natural” brand will be available in late 2015 where the purchase and sale of marijuana is legal. The United States of America has liberated recreational adult use in Colorado, Washington, Alaska, Oregon and The Nation's Capitol Washington, D.C.! Many more States will follow in the months and years to come, ending cannabis prohibition and gaining economically, socially and politically with smart cannabis business. “Marley Natural” is the official cannabis brand of Bob Marley and is the cannabis to awaken well being, promote joy and nurture a positive connection to the world. A promotional video announcing the launch of "Marley Natural" can be viewed at: http://www.marleynatural.com/

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Sunshine of Your Love! Jack Bruce, born May 14th, 1943 in Scotland is the celebrated singer, songwriter and bassist for the 1960’s super rock band Cream. Mr. Jack 'Bass Master' Bruce sadly passed away from liver disease on October 25th, 2014 at the age of 71. The monumental bassist for Cream co-wrote, performed and sang rock and roll mega - hits including "Sunshine of Your Love”, "White Room”, “I Feel Free” and “Politician”. Cream’s psychedelic soul blues sound was created by guitar legend Eric Clapton and master drummer Ginger Baker. Selling over 35 million records globally and ruling Classic Rock Radio the power trio was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. Jack Bruce was diagnosed with liver cancer in the early summer of 2003 and received a successful liver transplant. Bruce’s family revealed that he was ill most of this year. In the wake of his death, many famous fans have turned to Twitter to express their sadness. Guitar legend and Cream band -mate Eric Clapton wrote, “It is with great sadness that we learned that Jack Bruce had passed away this morning at his home in England. He was a great musician, composer, and a tremendous inspiration to me.” Bruce is considered one of the best bass players of all time and a major influence on every rock and roll bass player and countless musicians. Cream had the very first Platinum Record with “Wheels of Fire”. Electric guitar guru Jimi Hendrix blazed his Fender Stratocaster on “Sunshine of Your Love” and admired Jack Bruce’s groove steady bass line that has anchored many amazing psychedelic versions. “White Room” stands as one of the most powerful and visually illustrative songs in rock music. Jack Bruce’s rollicking bass signature attack at the penultimate point of guitar sonic interface with Eric Clapton and the rolling thunder of drum legend Ginger Baker remains unparalleled. Rock In Peace Jack. http://www.jackbruce.com/

David Thomas Mason was born on May 10th, 1946 in Worcester, England. Dave Mason is a living rock and roll legend still living the dream of performing his great songs with memorable live concerts. His career spans nearly 50 Years and encompasses producing, performing and song writing. Mason’s distinctive and soulful voice blends a magical synergy with his amazing guitar playing. Dave Mason was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 as a founding member of the super group Traffic with the stellar B 3 Organ King Steve Winwood. In 1968, at 19, Mason wrote the rock and roll anthem "Feelin' Alright" and performed the upbeat tune with Traffic and many other performers, including Joe Cocker, who had a major hit with the song in 1969. A prolific artist, Mason has penned over 100 songs and recorded hit singles “We Just Disagree”, Mason's 1977 major solo US hit written by Jim Krueger has become a staple of US Classic Hits and Adult Contemporary radio playlists. Mason's karmic “Only You Know And I Know” remains a golden gem. Dave Mason is a true classic rocker who has collaborated with numerous members of rock and roll's historic elite. Mason has recorded and jammed with Jimi Hendrix, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, Cass Elliot, Rita Coolidge, Delaney & Bonnie, Leon Russell, Ron Wood, Phoebe Snow, Steve Winwood, Eric Clapton, and Jim Capaldi. When Dave is not touring you can find him writing and producing new music in his home studio, as well as tirelessly supporting philanthropic causes near to his heart, including "Work Vessels for Vets", "Yoga Blue", "Michael Bolton Charities", and Kid’s Rock. He's a great cook and has a wonderful sense of humor! Dave Mason's Traffic Jam Rocks! http://www.davemasonmusic.com/

Let It Grow! Green Go For United States Farmers! Farm Aid 2016 Rocks an all-day music and food festival featuring delicious local and organic foods with its own Homegrown Concessions. In Farm Aid's Homegrown Village, attendees will have the chance to meet farmers, engage in hands-on food and farm activities, and learn about the ways family farmers are enriching our soil, protecting our water and growing our economy, in addition to bringing us good food for good health. The Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews headline The Annual Farm Aid concert to bring together a wide variety of musicians, farmers and fans for one mission: keeping family farmers on their land! Farm Aid is the longest running benefit concert series in America, raising more than $50 million to help family farmers thrive all over the country while inspiring millions of people to learn about the Good Food movement. http://www.farmaid.org/

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Florida's Outlaws Rock! Homegrown Green Grass, High Tides and The Sunshine State of Kind! Florida Music Rocks! The Classic Southern Rock Legends The Outlaws’ Biggest Hit, “Green Grass and High Tides” is Southern Rocks Finest Guitar Flaming Florida Song • It is the tenth and final track on the band’s debut album, The Outlaws, released in 1975 • The song is notable for having two extended guitar solos that stretch the song to nearly 10 minutes. • The song is playable in the music video game Rock Band. • Outlaws founding member Hughie Thomasson has said: “I wrote that song in Saint Augustine, Florida. We went to a cookout on the beach and everybody forgot to bring their guitars. I was standing by the ocean and there was a breeze and the words kept coming to me. It’s about all the rock stars I liked that died, who had come back and were playing a show just for me. Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison, and eventually more of course.” • The title was taken from the 1966 “Best Of” collection by the Rolling Stones album "Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass)" • The song was the usual show-closer for The Outlaws and the 20 minute+ version can be found on the concert album "Bring It Back Alive " in 1978 • The song is mentioned in Molly Hatchet’s tune “Gator Country” and was featured on the "Harley Davidson Road Songs" album in 1995. The song is featured in a tribute to the departed members of Lynyrd Skynyrd • Recently it was featured in Televisions Emmy Award Winning TV series "Breaking Bad", in the second season episode “Phoenix.” http://www.outlawsmusic.com/

The Outlaws Rock! http://www.outlawsmusic.com/

David Nesta "Ziggy" Marley is the oldest son of Jamaica’s reggae music legend Bob Marley. He was the first of Bob’s offspring to gain international reggae stardom. Ziggy, named by Bob and Rita Marley for his 'zig zag' running style as a child soccer player continues to spread love through the conduit of music all over the world. Ziggy has released Twelve Albums to major acclaim and celebrated global sales solidifying his own legendary status. His early immersion in music came at age ten when he sat in on recording sessions with Bob. Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers have released Eight Albums Winning Three Grammy Awards with great songs including "Look Who’s Dancing”, "Tomorrow People" and "Tumbling Down”. Ziggy's first solo album, “Dragonfly”, was released in 2003. His second solo release, “Love is My Religion”, won a Grammy Award in 2006 for “Best Reggae Album”. His third solo album, “Family Time” Received a Fifth Grammy Award for “Best Children’s Album”. In 2011, Ziggy released his critically acclaimed Fourth studio album “Wild And Free”, which soared to Number One on the top of the Billboard Album Charts. It become one of the year’s best reggae albums receiving a Grammy Nomination. Ziggy’s 2012 live album “Ziggy Marley In Concert” earned him his Sixth Grammy Award for “Best Reggae Album”. Earlier this year on April 15th, in conjunction with the recent release of his album “Fly Rasta”, Ziggy released his debut children’s book “I Love You Too” which is co-produced by Akashic Books and Tuff Gong Worldwide. The multicultural picture book is based on one of Ziggy’s most beloved songs of the same title from his Grammy Award Winning Album “Family Time” which explores a child’s relationship with family, nature and the power of love. Ziggy Marley Shines in The Sunshine State of Roots, Reggae Kind vibes! Visit Ziggy at http://ziggymarley.com/

Easy To Love Every Little Thing To The Maxi! International roots reggae rocker Maxi Priest delivered his latest album “Easy To Love” with an International Tour and rave reviews. Maxi’s first album in nearly a decade is a fine representation of pure ‘Lovers Rock’! As ‘Dance Hall’ music got hotter and the rub a dub vibes lit up the dance floors, ‘Lover’s Rock’ groove style ruled the adventurous spirit of the exotic Jamaican flavored sensual bass and drums. The cool easy moving signature of playful physical dance caught a fire of passion and continues to inspire courting fashion. The title track features the legendary Jamaican drum and bass duo riddim twins, Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare. Sly and Robbie have performed on over 50,000 Songs and have lent their symbiotic talents on Maxi’s biggest hits, including “Wild World”, “Some Guys Have All The Luck”, “Close To You” and “Housecall” featuring Shabba Ranks. The great Jamaican vocalist Beres Hammond shines on “Without A Woman” on “Easy To Love”. With sales of over 15 million albums worldwide, multiple Grammy Nominations and several Top 10 Billboard Hits, including the Number One Hit “Close To You” Maxi is the most successful solo act in British reggae history. Maxi Priest continues to hit the road and looks forward to Roots Rocking Florida! http://www.vprecords.com/

Furthur In The Phil Zone With Bass Guitar Guru Phil Lesh On Tour Forever! Celebrate the epic 50th Anniversary in Chicago! http://www.phillesh.net

Rocking The Cap! The Capitol Theater is located at 149 Westchester Avenue in Port Chester, New York. 914 • 937 • 4126 http://www.thecapitoltheatre.com/

The Cap Rocks! The Capitol Theater is located at 149 Westchester Avenue in Port Chester, New York. 914 • 937 • 4126 http://www.thecapitoltheatre.com/

Phil Zone Happy '77th' Birthday on March 15th! The legendary Grateful Dead bass guitar guru Phil Lesh rocks The Phil Zone! http://www.phillesh.net

Legendary Bass Guru Phil Lesh Smiles Igniting The Phil Zone Bass Grateful Dead Foundation built to last with a fortress of incredible songs indelibly etched into the hearts of thousands of music lovers! Phil Lesh and Friends were photographed at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, California by the great Dead Photographer Jay Blakesberg. http://www.phillesh.net

The Phil Zone Launches A Sonic Psychedelic Cornucopia of Grateful Tricks and Treats! Legendary Grateful Dead Bass Guru Phil Lesh Rocks! http://www.dead50.net/

Meet You at The Terrapin Crossroads! Grateful Dead Bassist Phil Lesh & Friends and family carry the grateful vision further! “Inspiration, move me brightly” is the keynote phrase from the Dead masterpiece, “Terrapin Station” written by Jerry Garcia and the legendary Dead lyricist Robert Hunter. Terrapin Crossroads features great live music, a delicious restaurant and cool concert events! Phil Lesh's home zone rocks San Rafael at the crossroads of California fun!! http://www.terrapincrossroads.net/

Jerome John "Jerry" Garcia was born August 1st, 1942 and is an American musician who was best known for his distinctive lead guitar work, soulful vocals and enduring songwriting with the San Francisco psychedelic band The Grateful Dead. Garcia, aka “Captain Trips” was regarded as the leader and spokesman for The Grateful Dead, an uncomfortable role he avoided. Garcia was a cornerstone co - founder of The Dead and performed a well documented legendary run of 2,318 shows with The Grateful Dead for their entire Thirty Year Career from 1965 through the final performance in the summer of 1995 in Chicago, Illinois. Garcia also founded and solidified a variety of side projects, including the Saunders-Garcia Band with longtime friend, the great late singer and B 3 Organ King Merl Saunders. Saunders was instrumental in reorienting the song structures of over two hundred songs to Garcia when he awoke from a near death Diabetic coma in 1986 and suffered memory loss. Garcia starred in several projects including the amazing acoustic and electric “Jerry Garcia Band” and the Americana roots acoustic band “Old and In The Way”. The funky and soul fueled early 1970’s project “Legion of Mary” featured Merl Saunders and the inimitable John Kahn on bass with the rock solid drumming of Ron Tutt. Jerry played a hot licking banjo, acoustic guitar, electric guitar and lent his electric pedal steel talents to The New Riders of the Purple Sage he co-founded with John Dawson and David Nelson. His incomparable high lonesome distinctive sound signature ignited the Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young landmark album “Deja Vu”. Jerry joined mandolin master David Grisman for the incredible ‘Shady Grove’ acoustic duo sessions near his home in San Rafael, California. Garcia also released several solo albums and contributed to a number of monumental albums by other artists from the world of country rock, blues, jazz and constantly explored the psychedelic musings of The Woodstock Generation. Throughout an amazing and historical career The Grateful Dead toured relentlessly and Garcia was constantly sought after for studio and session work, recording numerous epic albums. Jerry loved music, his loyal family of dedicated fans and his distinctive guitar playing style remains number one to thousands and was ranked 13th in “Rolling Stone Magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”. Garcia was physically challenged by diabetes and he struggled with his weight. Ironically at the end of his rock and roll lifestyle he had defeated his physically destructive heroin and cocaine addictions. Jerry privately checked himself into a drug rehabilitation facility in Forest Knolls, California where he passed away from complications and a heart attack on August 9th, 1995. The perpetual love for Jerry Garcia and his wonderful music will never fade away and his massive contributions to the world's rainforests, generous gifts to multiple charity organizations including SEVA. Garcia's inspired free thinking philosophy and progressive freedom fighter integrity encouraged multiple generations to embrace Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness in spite of mediocrity, chaos and hypocrisy.

Join your favorite artists to help fight childhood hunger this summer. Millions of kids in America go hungry during the summer when school is out. But you can help ensure kids have access to nutritious meals all summer long through Why Hunger’s Summer Meals Rock for Kids campaign. Your support will help connect millions of children in need with access to free, nutritious meals this summer. Whether you bid on our assortment of auction items, make an online donation or spread the word, you can have an impact this summer. http://www.whyhunger.org/

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Save The Music! Save The Children! Reading, Writing, Rhythm Rocks! Math, Music, Manners Matter! V H 1 Save The Music Foundation is a 501 c 3 non-profit organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music education in America's public schools while raising awareness about the importance of music as part of each child's complete education. The benefits of music education are astounding, and studies have consistently exposed the tremendously positive effect music education has on a child’s academic performance, sense of community, self­-expression and self­-esteem. Schools across the nation increasingly face budget cuts and pressures and music education, instruction and events are the first entities to be cut and deleted. VH1 Save The Music Foundation has raised over $51 Million in new musical instruments, for 1,900 Public Schools in 192 School Districts and 2.3 Million children have been directly empowered with the power of music. The key to Saving The Music is to give every child anywhere in The United States access and ownership to a musical instrument if so desired. http://www.vh1savethemusic.org/

Juke Box Heroes! Five Grand To Foreigner From Florida! St. Petersburg businessman Matt Digennaro is the Founder and CEO of Seabridge Wealth Management has donated $5,000 to the iconic rock band Foreigner’s ‘Music In Schools Program’ to benefit The Grammy Foundation and The Shriners Hospitals For Children! Foreigner has donated in excess of $400,000 over the past several years! Foreigner founding member, guitarist Mick Jones presented Mr. Digennaro with a coveted signed electric guitar as a big Thank You for his generous support and financial contribution! Foreigner has a longtime partnership with the Grammy Foundation supporting the vast mission of music education and instruction. Teach Your Children Well! http://www.grammyintheschools.com/

Where’s Eric! Mr. Eric ‘Slowhand’ Clapton recently paid tribute to his long time musician pal the great late J J Cale who gave the music world “Cocaine” and “After Midnight” as well as many more inspired songs! Clapton recently concurred that "The road has become unbearable”. In a new interview with Uncut Magazine in London. England Eric Clapton revealed he is considering retiring from the road. The global guitar god explained that “It’s become unapproachable, because it takes so long to get anywhere. It’s hostile everywhere, getting in and out of airports, traveling on planes and in cars.” In a previous interview with Rolling Stone magazine last year, Clapton mentioned that when he turns 70 on March 30th, 2015 he will stop touring. 'Slowhand’s Big 70th Birthday' is soon approaching as he was born in Ripley,Surrey, England on March 30th, 1945. E C continued that, “For me, the struggle is the travel, and the only way you can beat that is by throwing so much money at it that you make a loss.” Eric Clapton is the only Three-Time Inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a Solo Artist, as a member of the Yardbirds and Cream. Clapton has been referred to as one of the most important and influential guitarists of all time. Clapton ranked second in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" and fourth in Gibson Guitar's "Top 50 Guitarists of All Time". In the mid-1960s Clapton left the Yardbirds to play blues with John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers. Immediately after leaving Mayall, Clapton joined Cream, a power trio with drummer Ginger Baker and bassist Jack Bruce in which Clapton played sustained blues improvisations and "arty, blues-based psychedelic pop". For most of the 1970s, Clapton's output bore the influence of the mellow style of J J Cale and the reggae of the legendary Bob Marley. His epic version of Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff" launched reggae music into a massive global market. Two of his most popular recordings were "Layla", recorded in Miami while he was a member of Derek and the Dominos and Robert Johnson's "Crossroads" recorded by Cream. Eric began his amazing music journey in 1962 and for over a half a decade has perpetually created great music and performed countless memorable, global concert events. Clapton has been the recipient of 17 Grammy Awards, The Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, and an Honored CBE Ceremony at Buckingham Palace for Services to Music. Following the accidental falling death of his Two year old son Conor in 1991, Clapton's grief was expressed in the song, "Tears In Heaven”. The acoustic hit album “Unplugged” garnered numerous music and social accolades. In 1998, Clapton, a fully recovering alcoholic and drug user, founded The Crossroads Centre on the Island of Antigua as a medical facility and beautiful tropical center for recovering substance abusers. Regarding a possible Cream reunion, Clapton said that, “he hasn’t spoken to band mates Jack Bruce or Ginger Baker for quite a time” and that there “hasn’t been any line of dialogue between any of us or between me or them since the American affair.” He added that, “At this time in my life, I don’t want blood on my hands! I don’t want to be part of some kind of tragic confrontation.” Eric Clapton loves Florida and the faithful Classic Rock fans who have steadfastly fanned the flames of super hot rock and roll in The Sunshine State of Kind! We look forward To E C's Sunshine Of Your Love swansong US tour! Stay Tuned! Thanks and Great Job Uncut Magazine! http://www.uncut.co.uk/magazine

Tribut To A Great Musician! Eric Clapton & Friends “The Breeze Mini-Documentary” Chronicles The Making of J J Cale Tribute Album! Eric Clapton will honor the legacy of J J Cale with a special collaborative album entitled “Eric Clapton & Friends The Breeze”. An Appreciation of J J Cale due out July 29th. Fans can watch the mini-documentary behind the album exclusively at Amazon.com The guitarist brought together John Mayer, Tom Petty, Mark Knopfler, Willie Nelson, Derek Trucks and Don White, among others, to compile a 16-track album of beloved J J Cale songs. The album’s title is derived from Cale’s 1972 single “Call Me the Breeze”. "The Breeze" track list is ‘Call Me the Breeze’ (Clapton) ‘Rock and Roll Records’ (Clapton & Tom Petty) ‘Someday’ (Mark Knopfler) ‘Lies’ (Clapton & John Mayer) ‘Sensitive Kind’ (Don White) ‘Cajun Moon’ (Clapton) ‘Magnolia’ (John Mayer) ‘I Got the Same Old Blues’ (Clapton & Tom Petty) ‘Songbird’ (Clapton & Willie Nelson) ‘Since You Said Goodbye’ (Clapton) ‘I’ll Be There’ (If You Ever Want Me) (Clapton & Don White) ‘The Old Man and Me’ (Tom Petty) ‘Train To Nowhere’ (Clapton, Don White & Mark Knopfler) ‘Starbound’ (Willie Nelson) ‘Don’t’. http://www.ericclapton.com/

In the July 31st issue of Rolling Stone Magazine, senior editor David Fricke talks to Eric Clapton about his new album, heading back to the studio this August and hanging up his guitar for good. Clapton tells Fricke he decided to record his homage to JJ Cale while flying to the U.S. for Cale's memorial service. As the interview ranges further from the “The Breeze”, Clapton talks about the state of his songwriting, the music he's listening or not listening to, the future of the guitar and retiring from the road. When asked about another Crossroads Festival, he tells Fricke, "No, I think this could be it. I don't want to work that hard, that much, anymore.” http://www.ericclapton.com/

Clapton, Eric is The English blues and rock guitarist, singer, and composer known throughout the world as a certified, exhaled guitar god and legendary musician. Eric Clapton's Blues Charged Classic Rock Jewel “Crossroads” features an incendiary guitar attack with lightening bolt accuracy and an urgent blues vocal expression that is unmatched. Clapton's potent archetypal stratocaster licks embellished Cream's lyrical madness and solidified the power trio guitar god at the apex of rock and roll's pyramid of guitar heroes! • “I went down to the crossroads, Fell down on my knees. I went down to the crossroads, Fell down on my knees. Asked the Lord above for mercy, "Save me if you please." I went down to the crossroads, Tried to flag a ride. I went down to the crossroads, Tried to flag a ride. Nobody seemed to know me, Everybody passed me by. • I'm going down to Rosedale, Take my rider by my side. I'm going down to Rosedale, Take my rider by my side. You can still barrel house, baby, On the riverside. You can run, you can run, Tell my friend-boy Willie Brown. You can run, you can run, Tell my friend-boy Willie Brown. And I'm standing at the crossroads, Believe I'm sinking down.” Lyrics, Lead Guitar and Vocals by Eric “Slowhand” Clapton and Cream

Clapton’s first studio album since 2010 features two new original songs and a collection of some of Clapton’s favorite songs that highlight his vast appreciation and knowledge of music. From Leadbelly to J.J. Cale; Peter Tosh to George Gershwin; Hank Snow to Gary Moore and Taj Mahal, this record is a celebration of so many who have inspired Clapton’s rich musical life. The album explores romantic standards of the 30's, reggae, soul, rock, and includes a stand out playful collaboration with Paul McCartney, to create an experience that is quintessential Clapton. An expanded & remastered version of Unplugged, Eric Clapton’s multi-Grammy winning album will be available October 15th. http://www.ericclapton.com/http://www.ericclapton.com/

Wheres Eric! Guitar god Eric Clapton's Fanatical Fans Know at: http://www.whereseric.com

The Legendary American blues guitarist and singer Johnny Winter died Wednesday, July 16th at age 70 in a hotel room in Switzerland. Winter was a Texas born raspy blues vocalist and band leader best known for his virtuoso slide-guitar solos. His brother, Edgar Winter, also a well known blues musician emulated and electrified the Chicago to New Orleans African-American blues tradition. The Winter Brothers began performing in their early teens and enjoyed a storied career on the edge of the rocking blues highway. A new Johnny Winter album, on which Eric Clapton and Ben Harper appear is set to be released on September 2nd. A boxed collections of his main tracks since the 1960s was released this year, complete with tributes from other performers who said he'd been a music influence. Winter recently said, “I think about legacy a lot”, "Hopefully at the end of the day they say I was a good blues man. That's all I want." Thank You For The Blistering Guitar Explosions and Your Truthful Lyrics. Rock In Peace Johnny!

Congratulations to The Best Blues Album 2015 Grammy Winner Johnny Winter! Winter was voted as one of the worlds top 100 guitarist in Rolling Stone Magazine and is a true legendary guitar hero. Signing with Columbia Records in 1969, he immediately laid out the blueprint for his fresh take on classic blues with a powerful combination of authentic Texas funk and his own high energy blistering blues interpretations. Johnny Winter expressed the electric blues to energize three generations of rocking blues music. Discovering the blues through Johnny and Edgar Winter, The legendary Chicago blues master guitarist and vocalist Buddy Guy, Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, The Rolling Stones Keith Richards, Guitar god Eric Clapton, contemporary blues giant Robert Cray and others solidifies the legend. Johnny shifted between primal country blues in the vein of Robert Johnson to the electric slide guitar that drove and defined southern rock. He was a respected singer and a clear link between British blues rock and American Southern rock. The incendiary guitars of southern rock elevated The Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd and both Winter brothers. Throughout the 70s and 80s Johnny Winter served as a road warrior spokesman for blues music and he lent his dedicated talents to the careers of his own idols Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker. The Johnny Winter story is legend beginning in Beaumont, Texas a rough and tumble oil town. He grew up listening to and then playing Blues and Rock 'n' Roll at a very early age. A story about Texas music in Rolling Stone Magazine in 1968 ignited a bidding war among record labels to record and tour with Winter's phenomenal talent. Since 1969 and his self-titled debut, "Johnny" he has recorded 40 albums of classic rock and blues and was one of the top arena rock acts in the mid-70s. In the late 70s he produced and played on a stunning series of Grammy Award winning albums with Muddy Waters, who affectionately referred to Johnny as his "son." The recordings served as a "comeback" for his idol while also refreshing his own deep and unwavering love of the blues. Johnny Winter was enjoying an unparalleled resurgence performing to sold out shows worldwide even after a long life full of honors and accomplishments such as a triumphant appearance at Eric Clapton's 2007 Crossroads Festival with Derek Trucks, Buddy Guy and Clapton that has been immortalized on the Emmy Award Winning DVD. In a ceremony in Nashville Slash presented the Gibson Guitars signature Johnny Winter' Firebird' guitar that was his beloved trademark for years. "Live through the 70s " DVD and his" Live Bootleg Series" CDs have all entered the Top 10 Billboard Blues charts. Two unique instructional DVDs have been produced by Cherry Lane/Hal Leonard to the gratitude of players around the world. Earlier this year he performed with the The Allman Brothers Band at the Beacon Theater in New York. Winter headlined many prestigious events including the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Chicago Blues Festival, Swedish Rock Fest, Warren Haynes Christmas Jam and Europe's Rockpalast and has been viewed and enjoyed by millions. Warner Brothers Records has now released a "40th Anniversary DVD of “Woodstock: 3 Days of Love and Peace” with the director's cut featuring, for the first time, Johnny playing his smoking classic "Meantown Blues." The latest highly acclaimed release “Roots” on Megaforce/Sony records and recent performance on The David Letterman Show solidified his Texas-sized reputation. Joining him on the current CD is his road-tested 'Triple Trouble' touring band consisting of guitarist Paul Nelson, bassist Scott Spray and drummer Vito Liuzzi.

Feels Like the First Time! So far the 1970's Classic Rock Giant Foreigner has celebrated Ten Multiple Platinum Albums and Sixteen Top 30 Hits! Foreigner is universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world armed with a formidable musical arsenal that continues to propel global album sales and currently exceed over 80 million units. Foreigner recently celebrated another milestone as Six of their iconic anthems received Gold and Platinum Digital Certification by the esteemed RIAA. Foreigner exceeds any other of Classic Rock Radio's Top 15 Artists. Atlantic Records Chairman & CEO, Craig Kallman presented Foreigner's founding member, Mick Jones, with the multiple Gold and Platinum Records. Foreigner's songs receiving official RIAA Certification celebrating sales of more than 500,000 Digital Downloads (Gold) or 1,000,000 Digital Downloads (Platinum) include: "Cold As Ice" (Gold), "Feels Like The First Time" (Gold), "Hot Blooded" (Gold), "I Want To Know What Love Is" (Platinum), "Juke Box Hero" (Platinum), and "Waiting For A Girl Like You" (Gold). Foreigner's skyrocketing sales and renewed popularity among a whole new generation of fans is the result of the music's pop culture renaissance and the dynamic current lead since 2005 Kelly Hansen. Hansen's engaging stage persona and vocal range give today's Foreigner an authentic solid front. The band's songs have stood the test of time and the lyrics continue to resonate today as relevant reminders of life's sound track. Recently inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Foreigner founding member Mick Jones says, "Our music has touched a lot of people worldwide. Unwittingly, we've been weaved into the fabric of people's lives." Foreigner continues to be one of the 15 most-played artists on Classic Rock radio, has been featured on the Billboard Top 200 album chart multiple times this year, and hit the Top 50 on SoundScan's Catalog chart. http://www.foreigneronline.com/ Classic Rock giant Foreigner Rocks Florida on Saturday, September 27th at The Hard Rock Live at The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood! http://www.myhrl.com

Blues Music Awards Shine! Mr. Buddy 'Chicago, Damn Tight I Got The Blues' Guy is considered one of the major cornerstones of blues infused electric rock and roll. Guys flaming electric guitar sounds have laid a golden road map sculpting modern Classic Rock. Guy's signature lightning bolt digital language remains ominous and evident in the music of Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Jerry Garcia and virtually every major electric guitarist on Earth. Many name the legendary blues man Buddy Guy as the number one music influence of their careers. Http://www.buddyguy.com

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Blues Messenger Robert Cray Drops “In My Soul”! The signature Robert Cray guitar riffs embody a cool crackling lightning precision that carves deeply into the heart of truth. Cray’s soulful storied silky smooth vocals add a road warrior richness and echo a life of serious blues dedication. Top flight blues cats join Cray in the studio with long time Cray touring bassist Richard Cousins, Les Falconer on the drums and Dover Weinberg on keyboards. The legendary Steve Jordan also appears on percussion, drums and as an added guitar on the song “Pillow.” A two piece horn section featuring Trevor Lawrence on tenor sax and Steve Madaio on trumpet embellish the blues soul train. http://robertcray.com/

Living Loving Blues! The Annual Living Blues Awards Shine! The Living Blues Anniversary honors the best of the blues! Living Blues Magazine. http://www.LivingBlues.com

The Blues Music Awards Winners Shine! http://www.americanbluesscene.com/

Keeping The Blues Alive! Jay Sielman, President of the Blues Foundation has started construction on The Blues Hall of Fame in Memphis, Tennessee on June 1st! http://www.blues.org/

 

On A Blues Mission! Charles "Charlie" Douglas Musselwhite was born on January 31st, 1944 and is a legendary American electric blues harmonica player and bandleader. Musselwhite is one of the non-black blues musicians who came to prominence in the early 1960s along with Mike Bloomfield and Paul Butterfield. Though he has often been identified as a "white bluesman", he claims Native American heritage. Musselwhite was reportedly the inspiration for Dan Aykroyd's character in the hit film ‘The Blues Brothers’. Mississippi born Musselwhite is one of the most revered blues musicians in the world. The harmonica master is also a respected singer and songwriter and has won countless awards during his legendary career including induction into the Blues Hall of Fame. He continues to collaborate with innumerable musical giants of the past 50 years including Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Big Joe Williams, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, Tom Waits, Eddie Vedder, John Lee Hooker and most recently won a Grammy Music Award with Ben Harper! http://www.charliemusselwhite.com/

I Can Hear It Beat Out Loud! Photographer Ralph De Palma Captures The Vibe! “The Soul of Key West”, Ralph De Palma’s new book captures vibrant and compelling Key West music community in photos and stories. Writer and photographer Ralph De Palma has an unabashed passion for capturing images of music and the people who make it. “Photographing musicians and performances to me is like photographing lightning on a dark summer night,” says De Palma. “I have to be patient and prepared but more importantly I have to know what I’m looking for and how to look for it.” De Palma has just released “The Soul of Key West”, a 104 page anthology of the Key West, Florida music scene, as told by the musicians. The stories are the true descriptions of the lives of the professional musicians who call Key West home. The book includes 46 interviews, and over 200 photographs selected from a collection of over 2500. De Palma has been an avid photographer for years and bought his first camera while in the Army. “My camera and I have driven my wife and children crazy for years,” laughs De Palma, who is a software developer by trade. “I learned about digital imagery and Photoshop in 1998. Digital has changed everything, especially low light photography in dimly lit bars and cabarets.” De Palma has lived in Key West since 2001 and over the years became enamored with the unique musicians that play the local bars and venues. De Palma’s passion for Key West’s vibrant music scene led him to spend countless hours photographing and interviewing dozens of musicians. His vivid photographs capture the rocking spirit of a tiny island filled with over fifty venues featuring live music, and his words roll out the stories, struggles, and triumphs of musicians who play in Key West night after night. “The book started out as a typical coffee table book project,” admits De Palma, who credits his wife for encouraging him to compile the book. “Then I started interviewing some of the people that I wanted to present with a small caption. The stories became so compelling that the tenor of the book changed dramatically-for the better. It’s still a photo book but the stories of these great musicians take the tone of the book to another level.” “A really defining moment for me in the creation of the book came a few years ago when my wife and I were attending the second annual Key West Musicians Festival at The Smokin’ Tuna,” says De Palma. “While enjoying the great bands performing on stage, I looked over at the bar and there were a group of musicians supporting their fellow players on stage. The stage was filled for the two day festival, but many musicians still did not get to perform. I knew then there was something very special about this tiny island with a huge music scene; it also has a huge music heart.” De Palma is not a musician but seems to have a unique understanding and eye when it comes to photographing the moments that matter during a performance. “Capturing images of performances is challenging but oh so compelling. The moment when a performer gets into that special place where he or she quits thinking about the song or the audience and can take the music almost anywhere? That’s magic. That’s the moment my shutter goes click and I know I’ve grabbed a moment of true musical art.” http://www.rwdepalma.com/

Dark Star Orchestra Eclipses Dead Milestone! How Dead Can You Get! The Grateful Dead played a legendary 2,318 live shows for their family of fans over three decades from 1965 until Jerry Garcia's departure in 1995. On one more Saturday night on Saturday, April 12th, 2014, Dark Star Orchestra performed 'live show number 2,318' at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. Amazingly enchanted and true road warriors, DSO achieved the epic journey over a seventeen-year span channeling the Dead and sonically replicating entire Grateful Dead shows at the first Chicagoland gigs in 1997 until the recent historical west coast event. Dark Star Orchestra is Rob Eaton on rhythm guitar and 'Bobby' vocals, Rob Barraco on keyboards and vocals, Lisa Mackey on vocals, Skip Vangelas on bass and vocals, Rob Koritz on drums and percussion, Dino English on drums and percussion and Jeff Mattson on lead 'Garcia' guitar and 'Jerry' vocals. Show 2,318 at The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco was sold out, and cameras roamed throughout as filmmakers archived interviews and dancing footage for the upcoming documentary, 'Dead For Life'. http://www.darkstarorchestra.net/

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Rocky Bottom High! Bassist Mark Andes anchored an impressive array of artists including Heart, Spirit, Firefall, Canned Heat, Stevie Nicks, Dan Fogelberg, Whitesnake, Jo Jo Gunne, Chris Hillman, Kim Carnes, John Fahey, Iain Matthews, Kelly Willis, Jim Lauderdale, Eliza Gilkyson, and Joe Walsh. The solid musicianship of Mark Andes punctuates song structure and elevates musical visions to chart-topping status. He has been the rock solid bass guitar, songwriter and vocals. Mark’s CD ‘Real World Magic’ is testament to his storied bass brilliance. http://www.markandesmusic.com/

“The Beautiful Bones” Is Kelly Hunt’s Sixth Gospel Inspired Album! Kelly Hunt is a soulful roots rhythm and Blues Americana singer, songwriter, piano player and guitarist. Kelly Hunt’s new album has Gospel Inspired Soul and the subtle tonality of salvation and miracles. “The Beautiful Bones” available on 88 Records, is a 50 minute infinite journey into Kelly Hunt’s musical soul and her blessed gospel voice of light, clarity and wisdom. Born in Kansas City, Hunt’s love for her craft was ignited listening to early blues, R&B, roots rock, jazz and Gospel influences embracing artists like Ruth Brown, Mahalia Jackson, Billie Holiday, Ann Peebles, Ray Charles, Dinah Washington, Aretha Franklin, Charles Brown, Wanda Jackson and the New Orleans and Saint Louis and Kansas City piano traditions of Professor Longhair, Toots Washington, Johnnie Johnson and Kansas City masters Jay McShann and Mary Lou Williams. http://www.kelleyhunt.com/

Australian musician, activist, and surfer Xavier Rudd has released his Seventh Studio Album entitled “Spirit Bird”! http://www.xavierrudd.com

“Spirit Bird” Flies Off The Shelf! Australian musician, activist and surfer Xavier Rudd has released his Seventh Studio Album entitled “Spirit Bird”! Rudd burst upon the live music scene in 2002 with the album “To Let” and began a journey that would see him become one of the most iconic voices in Australian music. Xavier Rudd is a conscious artist with an the ability to marry uplifting melodies with potent themes producing music that feels good and provokes retrospection. Armed with an array of guitars, yidakis, didgeridoos, a stomp box bass and exotic percussion, Rudd re-introduced a lot of Australians to the sounds and stories of the land’s original Aboriginal owners and introducing the rest of the world to an entirely new sounds. Over the course of a decade he has taken his distinctive sonic message to every corner of the globe producing Seven Studio Albums, Two Live Albums, Receiving Multiple ARIA Nominations and garnering a grand scale global fan-base of like minded souls. Xavier Rudd’s most moving music creation, “Spirit Bird” is a storied journey truly befitting the positive cultivation of a global following. Rudd’s embraceable hypnotic ceremonial rhythms segue effortlessly into roots folk songs with gritty blues guitar and entrancing passages. Rudd’s voice is the voice of his ancestors and clearly bears truth and knowledge. http://www.xavierrudd.com

Florida Music Recently Lost Corey Dwyer, A Great Friend, Brother, Awesome Guitarist, Singer and Producer on May 10th after his long struggle to regain consciousness from his tragic car accident. Corey Performed and Inspired Music Lovers with Florida's Grateful Dead Tribute Band Crazy Fingers and The Music Community is Shocked and Saddened. Crazy Fingers asks that everyone who knew Corey simply to keep him and his family in their thoughts, and to send their prayers for his peaceful transition into the light of the next world.

Brian Farmer Joins The Great Gig In the Sky! Electric guitar wizard Warren Haynes, Government Mule, The Allman Brothers Band, the Derek Trucks family and the entire music community are deeply saddened by the passing of longtime master guitar tech Brian Farmer. The popular guitar technician passed away in his sleep on Sunday, August 24th at age 53 at his home near Nashville, Tennessee. Warren Haynes recalls, “He was a close friend, a devoted worker, and a lover of life and we traveled around the world together and shared many experiences, mostly while laughing. He will be missed by a huge circle of friends and family." Farmer began working for Gov’t Mule in 1998, brought to the band by his old friend, bassist Allen Woody, who died almost exactly 14 years earlier on August 26th, 2000. Prior to joining the Govt. Mule family, Farmer worked for the super star country music legends Johnny and June Carter Cash for eight years before the ‘Man in Black’ retired from touring. Farmer was exceedingly proud of his close relationship with Johnny and June Carter Cash. “When Johnny retired, I ran into The Allman Brothers Band bassist Allen Woody and told him: ‘You need to hire me, you need to hire me,’ Farmer related to “Hittin’ The Note Magazine”. The golden opportunity arose and Gov’t Mule needed a guitar tech so Woody called his old friend. In the subsequent years, Farmer became an indispensable part of the touring organization and Haynes personal trusted partner changing hundreds of guitar strings, tuning and perfecting guitar sound and standing guard over Warren Haynes’ priceless guitars collection. Farmer served as the band’s equipment manager and stage manager and would often walk out on stage moments before curtain time and in the dim lights the crowd would roar thinking it was Warren Haynes as the two could be easily mistaken. Everyone would always laugh at ‘Warrens stunt double’ and of course Farmer always smiled back loving each gig. Being the wing man behind the magic guitar arsenal of Warren Haynes and the legendary Johnny and June Carter Cash indelibly etched Brian Farmer’s hard working name into live music history. Farmer was by Haynes’ side for every gig the guitarist has played and recorded since 1998 including Warren Haynes Solo Acoustic, Gov’t Mule, The Allman Brothers Band, The Warren Haynes Band, The Dead, Phil Lesh and Friends. Respected for countless collaborations, the ever supportive Warren Haynes has lent his distinctive vocals and guitar playing in the studio and on stage to a who's who of rock legends and jam band artists on the rise. Farmer and Haynes developed an extremely close and symbiotic working relationship, developing a sixth sense and together manifested live improvisational music’s finest sessions all over the world. “We have looks that we give each other,” Farmer once explained to “Hittin’ The Note Magazine". "An eyebrow, a flick of the wrist… a shrug of his shoulders …I've learned to listen for things. I can tell sometimes when he's close to breaking a string. With the Mule, I sometimes come out to adjust his amplifier before during and after songs.” "He was one of a kind,” says Haynes. “He lived and breathed his job. He knew a lot more about guitars and gear than I did so I could trust him to keep things working in a technical manner so I could concentrate on the music.” Says long standing Allman Brothers Band manager Bert Holman, ”Brian was a very dedicated, very loyal, very skilled technician. He was from the old school and would help anybody and everybody do their job. If something of Derek Trucks or Gregg Allmans’ blew up, he’d be the first guy to grab a flashlight or tool and run across the stage because he was a team player. His standard line to any request was, ‘Just tell me what you need.’ Brian always had your back. He was kind to the fans and tried to give them as much time as he could without taking his eyes off the ball, which he never, ever did.” Alan Paul, author of “One Way Out: An inside History of The Allman Brothers Band” recalled Farmers cool interface with the extended family of fans and music lovers. “Brian was extraordinarily dedicated to his craft, to the world of guitars and amps, to Warren Haynes and all his projects and to the music itself, guys like Brian keep the wheels turning and the gears greased and the guitars in tune. The shows don’t happen without them and no one did any of this better, with more dedication, heart and soul than Farmer. His passing is a tremendous loss on many levels.” Farmer’s death was greeted with shock and grief across the internet by fans and musicians alike. It is hard to imagine many other rock and roll road crew members who were more respected and beloved. Among those expressing sorrow and respect on Social Media were The Grateful Dead bass legend Phil Lesh, quoting one of Jerry Garcia's favorite lyrical passages from the song "Black Muddy River", "Fare thee well, Farmer. I love you more than can words can tell”. Legendary Grateful Dead guitarist and vocalist Jerry Garcia also sadly passed away at age 53 on August 9th, 1995. The Allman Brothers Band and The Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks Band lead guitarist Derek Trucks summed up the thoughts of many when he wrote: “People like Brian Farmer are the backbone of all live music. Without the hard work of folks like Farmer we'd be lost.” Many musician’s lives were dramatically touched by Brian Farmer and were made better by his presence. He worked tirelessly to create great music and gave guitar legend Warren Haynes the peace of mind to know he had the best guitar tech in the business behind his amp right up until his sad departure.

The Allman Brothers Band 45 Years Strong!

Enriched With Road Tested Talent, The Love of Live Music Performance and The Spiritual Union of Higher Communications, The Allman Brothers Band and The Plethora of Side Projects Keeps The Vibes Rolling On Forever!

The Final Curtain Call at The Beacon Theatre in New York City and Nothing Left To Do But Smile! The Road Goes On Forever! The Allman Brothers Band Rocks Eternally!

Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks Have Officially Announced Their Respective Departures from Allman Brothers Band at Year’s End. Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks have announced that they will leave the Allman Brothers Band at the end of 2014. This year marks the 45th anniversary of the group and the pair will perform with the band through the Beacon Theatre run, The Wanee Music Festival and Several Summer Dates Confirmed. Haynes joined The Allman Brothers in 1989 and remained with the band until 1997. After the ABB parted ways with founding member Dickey Betts, Haynes rejoined the group in 2001. Derek Trucks officially joined the Allmans in 1999. The current incarnation of The Allman Brothers Band is the group’s longest-standing lineup since its formation. Both musicians have released official statements regarding their departure. Warren Haynes says: "I joined the Allman Brothers Band in 1989, at age 28, for a reunion tour with no promise or expectations of it going any further. Based on the success of the tour and the uncanny chemistry between the original members and the new members, we decided to continue and see where it all led. Now, here we are, 25 years later, and it has been an amazing experience. I’ve always said that if I were to join a band that I grew up listening to the ABB would be at the top of that list. The original version of the band was a huge influence on me and I’m sure that the countless hours I spent listening to and studying that music helped shape me as a musician. As proud as I am of being a member of such a legendary band, I’m even more proud of the music that we’ve made together and of being a part of carrying their original vision into the future. As someone who’s been fortunate enough to juggle a lot of musical projects and opportunities I look forward to maintaining a vigorous schedule which will include many more years of touring and recording with Gov’t Mule in addition to my solo projects and to enjoying more family time as well. Being part of the ABB has opened a lot of doors for me and that’s something I don’t take for granted nor do I take for granted the friendship and musical relationships I have with each of the members. The 45th Anniversary of the ABB is a milestone amidst too many highlights to count and I’m looking forward to an amazing year creating music that only the Allman Brothers Band can create." Warren and His Band Govt. Mule Remain A Potent Power Quartet featuring Matt Abts on Drums, Danny Louis on Keyboards, and Jorgen Carlsson on Bass! http://www.mule.net

Guitar Blazer Warren Haynes Leads The Govt. Mule Rock Attack!

Govt Mule's Recent Release 'Shout'!

Made Up My Mind! Derek Trucks explains: "I got the call to join the Allman Brothers while on tour with my own band at the age of 19. It was out of the blue and felt surreal. I leapt at the chance. This was the music that I had cut my teeth on and it was the distinctive sound of Duane’s guitar that inspired me to pick up the instrument in the first place. When I started with ABB I didn’t know how long it would last, only that I would let the music lead me and teach me. Amazingly that led me past the band’s 40th anniversary, to the band’s 45th, and now my 15th year as a member of this incredible band. Five years ago the 45th seemed like a lofty goal but I thought if we could make it to that milestone it would be a logical time to move on. While I’ve shared many magical moments on stage with the Allman Brothers Band in the last decade plus, I feel that my solo project and the Tedeschi Trucks Band is where my future and creative energy lies. The Tedeschi Trucks Band tour schedule keeps growing, and I feel the time has finally come to focus on a single project, which will allow me to spend that rare time off the road with my family and children. It’s a difficult decision to make, and I don’t make it lightly. I’m proud to have made a small contribution to the masterful music they have created over the past forty years, and will continue to create. Now seems like a good time to go out on a high note with a great 45th anniversary in 2014, and the mutual respect and friendship of the other six members of ABB." Derek's Wife and Band Mate Susan Make Amazing Music in The Awesome Grammy Winning Susan Tedeschi / Derek Trucks Band! The Road Goes On Forever!

The 45 Years of The Allman Brothers Band has segued into many side projects by former members and new and exciting creative roads to shine! http://www.allmanbrothersband.com/

The Grammy Award Winning Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks Band Rock!s http://www.tedeschitrucksband.com/

Made Up My Mind is The Recent Release from the Awesome Tedeschi Trucks Band! Great Music From A Great Band of Talented Musicians and Kind Souls!

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