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A brief preview glance at an Honest Tune New Year’s Eve….

Looking back on an Honest Tune in 2011 is a very humbling experience. Thanks to our readers, the growth during the past year has been exponential. It is our constant hope that our gratitude shows through our continued and concerted efforts to bring the most compelling content, and to do so to the best of our ability as we strive to be your main source for reviews, interviews, exclusive video performances and a contest or two, here or there.

As we prepare for 2012, we are trying to go out with a bang by covering events across the country that hopefully are taking place in an area near you.

Here is coverage that we  will have for your viewing and reading pleasure we wind into 2012 and as the month of January gets into full stride, there will be a few extra special surprises that we are bursting at the seams to get on your computer screens! We invite you to tell us where you will be in the Facebook comment section below.


The Avett Brothers, 12/30/11 in Chattanooga, TN


2011 was quite the year for The Avett Brothers. From their most successful touring year to date to one of the most memorable Grammy moments in recent history when they took the stage alongside fellow folksters Mumford and Sons and arguably the greatest songwriter of all time, living legend Bob Dylan.

The DeGaetano  duo (Brian & Jill) will be on the scene in Chattanooga to do their thing and bring back the moments from what promises to be a spectacular evening of music.


Here is a look back at our Avett coverage from 2011 through the lenses of Amber Jennings, Brian DeGaetano and Ian Rawn


The Disco Biscuits, 12/31/11 in Chicago, IL


Catching The Disco Biscuits in 2011 has been like trying to find a needle in a Where’s Waldo? haystack. With Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner devoting the majority of their 2011 time to Conspirator, we caught up with them in Atlanta to discuss that project.

This said, we did manage to track the Biscuits down on a couple of the few stages that they graced: Camp Bisco and IDentity Fest.

Chris Baldwin will be out in full force as the Biscuits close out 2012 and though their future is uncertain — from our vantage point at least — the Biscuits never fail to bring down the house on NYE. (See: “Countdown Medley” from 2009)


Here is a look back at our Disco Biscuits coverage from 2011 through the lenses of Clint Bliss, Brad Kuntz and Andrew Blackstein


The Flaming Lips, 12/31/11 in Oklahoma City, OK


While every Flaming Lips gig seems like a NYE show for most bands, the Lips take the New Years Eve celebration to a whole new level of madness.

Julie Collins of Rose Mountain Photo will be on the scene to capture the event in a way that will be all her own.


Here is a look back at our Flaming Lips coverage from 2011 through the lenses of Brad Kuntz, Ian Rawn, Zach Mahone and Julie Collins


Perpetual Groove, 12/31/11 in Atlanta, GA


Perpetual Groove is closing out the year and opening up 2012 with a bang. Having welcomed back founding member, keyboardist Matt McDonald, PGroove is taking a step back to 1.0 while steadily looking toward 3.0. Set to sail on the 10th sailing of Jam Cruise, the band is starting fresh and, without a doubt, it is an exciting time to be a “perp” (Perpetual Groove fan).

Honest Tune closed down 2010 with a documentary and a few months ago, sat down with front man Brock Butler while he played a trilogy of deeply personal new songs.

PGroove never fails to put on a spectacular show for NYE and David Shehi will be in Atlanta to see how the caper comes down.


Here is a look back at our Perpetual Groove coverage from 2011 through the lens of David Shehi...


Tedeschi Trucks Band, 12/31/11 in San Francisco, CA


2011 is a year that the Trucks clan is sure to always look back on with a glimmer in their eyes. With their debut release, Revelator, critics hailed. It was the only album to make four out of six “Best of 2011” lists from the Honest Tune staff in the annual look back at yearly releases.

We spoke with Derek earlier in the year and the excitement in his voice when speaking about the project made it even clearer in regards to how much stock that the power-duo was placing in their ensemble.

The live shows have been just as spectacular and we have been fortunate to catch up with them at multiple stops.

Susan Weiand will be out at The Warfield in San Francisco to witness the Trucks bringing down the house.


Here is a look back at our Tedeschi Trucks coverage from 2011 through the lenses of Vernon Webb, Andi Rice, David Shehi and Ian Rawn


Umphrey’s McGee, 12/31/11 in St. Louis, MO


This year brought even more success to the progressive jam veterans, Umphrey’s McGee. With their most experimental album yet, Death By Stereo, Umphrey’s continues to shine across the country, topping bills and growing an already gigantic fanbase.

This band, that earned its Wheaties in the live format, has seemingly crossed a threshold… but the smart money isn’t betting on them slowing down anytime soon.

Brian Spady will be in Missouri for the three night stand that the UMphreaks have been clamoring to get to since it was announced.


Here is a look back at our Umphrey’s coverage from 2011 through the lenses of Brad Hodge, Ian Rawn, Rex Thomson, Chad Smith and Brian Spady


Widespread Panic, 12/31/11 in Charlotte,NC


Widespread Panic  did what few bands will ever do this year; they celebrated a 25th anniversary. The year also came with news that the boys would also be embarking on a hiatus through 2012.

It was a huge year for the veterans of the scene and we caught up with them at every opportunity, interviewing John Bell, Jimmy Herring and Dave Schools and covering shows from Athens to Red Rocks.

It wouldn’t be an Honest Tune New Year if Panic wasn’t on our bill and Brad Kuntz will be in Charlotte for a NYE performance that — as far as we know — will be the last until 2013.


Here is a look back at Widespread Panic through the lens of Ian Rawn, Susan Weiand and Amber Jennings


Hot August Blues: Nearing Twenty and Still Perfect


Nearing its 20th year, Hot August Blues has quietly established itself as one of the true hidden gems of the seemingly ever expanding festival season. From humble roots in the backyard of founder Brad Selko — which, in its initial year,  found him shuttling bands

from the hotel to his house in his own car — to its present day status as one of the great mid-size festivals in the country, Hot August Blues has stuck to Selko’s long held belief that favors quality over quantity. As opposed to many other festivals that try and shoehorn as many acts as possible into the day, Selko prefers to give each band ample time to get up and stretch their musical legs, offering up full length sets for each band on the day’s schedule instead of the normal truncated “festy” type set. 

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Derek Trucks news

From the Derek Trucks Band: 

The Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Soul Stew revival tour is under way!

After a great rehearsal at Derek and Susan's house the band has worked up some new tunes and reworked some of the tunes you've come to know and love.  This tour should prove to be a unique adventure for everyone involved.

We're proud to have Scrapomatic on board to open all of these dates, giving many of you west coasters your first chance to hear Mike's own brand of soul with his partner in crime Paul Olsen.  Tix are going fast for this tour so check the website for the latest info.

The dTb will be headed to Europe in October!  The first batch of confirmed dates are listed below with more dates to be added soon.

We have a new dTb Ticketing presale that went up this week for a Derek Trucks Band show on Nov 11 in Mammaroneck, NY.  Go to dTb Ticketing for tix and information.

The latest tour dates for both the Soul Stew tour and the dTb tour are listed below.  Note that we've added the Iowa City Jazz Festival in July.


Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Soul Stew Revival Tour Dates:

6/7: Dallas, TX – House of Blues
6/8: Santa Fe, NM- Paolo Soleri Amphitheatre
6/9: Denver, CO – Historic Paramount Theatre
6/10: Salt Lake City, UT – Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre
6/13: San Diego, CA – 4th & B
6/15: Los Angeles, CA – John Anson Ford Theatre
6/16: San Francisco, CA- The Fillmore
6/17: Saratoga, CA – The Mountain Winery
6/19: Jacksonville, OR – The Britt Festival
6/21: Tulalip, WA (Seattle) – Tulalip Amphitheatre
6/22: Portland, OR – Oregon Zoo Amphitheatre
9/3: Snowmass Village, CO – Jazz Aspen Snowmass


The Derek Trucks Band Tour Dates:

6/23: Victoria, BC, Canada – Royal Theatre
6/24: Vancouver, BC, Canada – The Commodore Ballroom
6/25: Calgary, Canada – Bowness Hall
6/26: Sherwood Park, AB, Canada – Festival Place Theatre
6/28: Winnipeg, MB, Canada – Cool Jazz Winnipeg Festival
6/30: Toronto, ON, Canada – Toronto Jazz Festival
7/1: Iowa City, IA – Iowa City Jazz Festival
7/4: Montreal. QC, Canada – Le Spectrum De Montreal
7/5: Quebec City, QC, Canada – Quebec City International Summer
7/20: Sioux Falls, SD – Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Festival
7/21: Detroit Lakes, MN – 10,000 Lakes Festival
7/28: Chicago, IL – Clapton Crossroads Festival
10/13: Nancy, France – Nancy Jazz Pulsations Festival
10/14: Clermont-Ferrand, France – Cooperative de Mai
10/15: Paris, France – Trabendo
10/17: Rome, Italy – Stazione della Birra
10/18: Cortemaggiore, Italy – Fillmore
10/19: Gracciano, Italy – Sonar Live
10/20: Milan, Italy – Transilvania
10/25: Frankfurt, Germany – Jazzfestival Frankfurt at Hessischer Rundfunk Sendesaal

Allman Brothers Band hits the note in NYC

The Allman Brothers Band has a long history of playing New York City, dating back to the first year of their existence, 1969.

Be it the Fillmore East, where they were a favorite of Bill Graham and recorded arguably the greatest live rock album of all time, or Central Park, where they made a surprise reunion in 1978 after breaking up, the Allmans seem to raise their game in the Big Apple.

Decades later, the band calls the city home each March, as they take the stage at the Beacon Theatre for an extended run of shows.  Usually, this means great guest appearances and break-out covers.

It always means the best music on the planet. 

This year, the first weekend of the run meant the third and fourth show, as the band had already played a private party on the preceding Tuesday, and kicked off the official run on Thursday.

Friday’s (3/23) show opened with a whopper of a jam,"Les Brers in A Minor," and with that the band was off and running. 

They ripped through "Can’t Lose What You Never Had," and Warren Haynes belted out one of what would be many covers during the show with a version of "The Sky is Crying" that just oozed with soul.

Routinely it seems that, even though there are two lead guitarists in the band, one of them steps up each night and "claims" the show as their own.  Friday was definitely a Derek Trucks show.  His solo at the end of "Who To Believe" was monstrous in the way that only Derek can define the word.

Susan Tedeschi and saxophonist Jay Collins came out for a stellar rendition of the Band’s "The Weight."  Tedeschi’s voice is second to none, and she and Haynes traded verses; Tedeschi’s voice was the perfect complement to Haynes’s.  The tune closed out the first set, leaving the room begging for more.

The second set opened with a searing "You Don’t Love Me" that did as much justice to the version on the band’s seminal At Fillmore East as could be done.  Again, Trucks was the man here with a vicious solo.  As the tune came to a close, the licks from King Curtis’s "Soul Serenade" could be heard seeping out of Haynes’ Les Paul, just like Duane Allman’s version on the classic live album.

The Allmans have a way of making each Beacon run special.  Two years ago, at the start of the second set at most of the shows ,they rolled a baby grand piano out for Gregg, who took the stage on his own and did a solo tune before being accompanied by one of the guitarists. 

Last year, each night the band invited special guests to join them, ranging from legends like Peter Frampton and John Hammond to actor Bruce Willis. 

This year in the early going, the band seems to be making an effort to debut new cover tunes.  Thursday night’s show featured Miles Davis’ "In A Silent Way."  During the second set on 3/23, bassist Oteil Burbridge took the mic and led the band through Jimi Hendrix’s "Manic Depression," much to the delight of seemingly everyone in the room.

After a great "Trouble No More" another cover emerged, a raunchy "Walk On Gilded Splinters," with a drum solo that featured Burbridge on a horizontally-laid marching band bass drum, sandwiched in the middle.  The band came back on stage, and after finishing up "Gilded Splinters," launched into "Black-Hearted Woman."

Mid-jam during "BHW," the band started the tribal-esque beats of the Grateful Dead’s "The Other One," completely tearing it apart before returning to the original tune and closing the second set.

Only Trucks and Haynes returned to the stage following the break and played "Preachin’ Blues" as a duet before being joined by the rest of the band and Collins on saxophone for a show-closing "Southbound."

The doors opened, and the packed house filed onto the New York streets, abuzz with both the excitement of the night’s show and anticipation of the next evening.




Saturday (3/24) night started off like many Allman Brothers shows – with Gregg Allman’s counting off of "Statesboro Blues."  The band seemed a little off early; there just didn’t seem to be as much energy on stage as the previous night.  "Revival" was pretty solid – both Trucks and Haynes had great solos – but and "Leave My Blues At Home" was good but nothing to write home about.

During "Rocking Horse," Haynes took his solo first, and as things progressed, inched closer and closer to Trucks, who seemed not to notice for a while; he eventually played a solo of his own.  After saxophonist Ron Holloway came out for the requisite "Soulshine," things changed.

During "High Cost of Low Living" someone finally decided to hit the on-switch for the band.  Trucks showed up big here, and as his solo closed out the song, the entire room was silent in a sort of "we’re at the symphony so let’s show some respect" kind of way. 

If someone had dropped a penny on the floor downstairs, those in the upper balcony would have heard it. 

Trucks wrapped his solo up, and after a few seconds of eerie silence, the room exploded.

After a set-closing "One Way Out," the band took their set break.

During the break, guitar tech Brian Farmer grabbed Trucks’ Les Paul from its stand on stage, plugged in, and tuned up.  The band came back from the break with North Mississippi Allstar Luther Dickinson in tow, and they opened with a triple-slide attack on Robert Johnson’s "Come On In My Kitchen," each guitarist getting a little time to strut their stuff.

The band then played the first "Dreams" of the run, after which things got especially hot.

As the shuffling beat that kicks off "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" came out of the PA, the crowd cheered, really having no idea what they were in for.  The band shredded the song, and as Gregg and Warren left the stage for the drum solo, Trucks and Oteil stayed up front. 

Derek set his guitar down, walked over to Oteil’s back-up bass and picked it up, beginning to play as Oteil scatted along to his own bass solo.

Midway through his solo, Oteil broke a string with an extremely audible "POP!"  As the string lay hanging from its peg head, he kept playing before taking over the drum kit for Butch Trucks.  

Eventually, the band came back out and instead of finishing up "Elizabeth Reed," the drum section kicked off  "Mountain Jam."  The band played around with that for a while, before quickly changing pace.

There are very few cover tunes that have been played better than the original.  However, when the Allman Brothers shifted from "Mountain Jam" to Led Zeppelin’s "Dazed and Confused," they entered into that pantheon. 

Haynes’ vocals were spot-on, and the dual guitar attack was just more powerful than Jimmy Page could ever render on his own.  Trucks’ screeching slide melted every face in the room, and "Dazed and Confused" got the loudest ovation of the weekend as the band finished it up and played their way back into "Mountain Jam."  Even a "Whipping Post" encore couldn’t top the magic that the Zeppelin cover brought.

There’s a myth that bands consciously play better in some venues than others.  If there is any exception, it’s the Allman Brothers Band at the Beacon. 

After playing the same room ten-plus times a year for over a decade, they’ve got the sound nailed.  They can bring their families along without having to shuffle them from tour bus to hotel, from hotel to venue, and back to the bus. 

Most of all, they have a love affair with the city that dates back decades.

The first weekend of the Beacon run left everyone dazed, but certainly not confused.  It’s been over 35 years since Duane Allman played "Soul Serenade" in the middle of "You Don’t Love Me."  The Fillmore East may be long gone, but now the Brothers have the Beacon, and the magic’s just the same.





Set 1: Les Brers In A Minor, Can’t Lose What You Never Had, Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More, Sky Is Crying, Who To Believe, Stand Back, The Weight*#
Set 2: You Don’t Love Me, Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’, Manic Depression, Trouble No More, Gilded Splinters > Drums > Gilded Splinters, Black Hearted Woman > The Other One > Black Hearted Woman

Encore: Preachin’ Blues, Southbound#

* w/ Susan Tedeschi
# w/ Jay Collins



Set 1: Statesboro Blues, Revival, Leave My Blues At Home, Rockin’ Horse > Soulshine*, High Cost Of Low Living, One Way Out
Set 2: Come In My Kitchen#, Dreams* > In Memory of Elizabeth Reed* > Drums/Bass$ > Mountain Jam > Dazed & Confused > Mountain Jam

Encore: Whipping Post

* w/ Ron Holloway On Sax
# w/ Luther Dicinson On Guitar
$ w/ Kofi Burbridge On Flute

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 all photos by Josh Mintz / photosbyjosh.com  

 Friday, 3/23


Saturday, 3/24