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Musical palate cleanser, Good Lord, I feel like I’m dyin’ edition

Well, shit.

Gregg Allman, a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, the incendiary group that inspired and gave shape to both the Southern rock and jam-band movements, died on Saturday at his home in Savannah, Ga. He was 69.

His publicist, Ken Weinstein, said the cause was complications of liver cancer.

If you were a Southern boy growing up in the sixties and seventies and you didn’t listen to The Allman Brothers Band — a lot — well, buddy, that made you a little different.  Even  a certain US President was known to do that.

Sure, the guitar play between Duane and Dickey was mesmerizing, but for me even more, it was that voice.  From the first moment “yeah, yeah, yeah” came blasting out of my speakers on “Not My Cross To Bear”…

… I was stunned.  How could a white kid sound so emotionally authoritative delivering the blues?

Beginning with a show at Georgia Tech, I saw the band more times than any other during my high school years.  I remember the sadness I felt upon learning of Duane’s passing and the shock of Berry Oakley’s death the next year.  Somehow it came out all right once I felt the comfort in the sound of Greg’s voice on Eat A Peach’s first cut.

I still remember Rolling Stone’s review of Eat A Peach, particularly the send off:

The Allman Brothers are still the best goddamned band in the land, and this record with three sides of “old” and one side of “new” is a simultaneous sorrowed ending and hopeful beginning. I hope the band keeps playing forever — how many groups can you think of who really make you believe they’re playing for the joy of it?

The spirit lived on.  It still does.  Rest easy, indeed.

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Musical palate cleanser, we all need a laugh today edition

Friends, without further ado, here’s the Reverend Billy C. Wirtz performing his immortal “Stairway to Freebird”.

Can I get an “amen”?  (Or is it “ay-mayen”?)

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Musical palate cleanser, eye candy edition

This is the official music video of Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game”.

Consider this my apology for leaving the name that caption post up top all weekend.

Song ain’t half bad, either.  Always loved that guitar.

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Musical palate cleanser, “Neil surprised everyone” edition

We’re at the 47th anniversary of the Kent State shootings, one of the strangest events of my adolescence.  I wasn’t politically aware at the time, but the news of killing four unarmed students on campus was unsettling to me, to say the least.

It inspired what The Guardian called “arguably the perfect protest song: moving, memorable and perfectly timed”, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young’s “Ohio”.

I think what really makes that song work is that Young wasn’t trying to change the world with it, so much as vent his anger.  He’s right that it was the best thing he ever did with the group.  It’s still a moving piece of work after all these years.

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Musical palate cleanser, it’s bluegrass, bitch! edition

Continuing in the spirit of yesterday’s MPC, here’s Rick James as you’ve never heard him before.

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Musical palate cleanser, just for funsies edition

Imagine, if you will, the Hokies entering Lane Stadium to the accompaniment of this version of “Enter Sandman”.

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Musical palate cleanser, Jagger-Richards songbook edition

I like The Verve’s “Bitter Sweet Symphony” on its merits…

… but it’s the backstory that really makes the song.

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