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  posted on 9/3/2011 at 04:47 AM
I hope it's ok, but we just wrapped up a show down here in Sarasota and I felt the urge to post a thread. A thread that is not addressed to anyone on the site but rather the man that started it all. If it weren't for Duane Allman, a man of 24 years old when he went home, none of us would be here.
I want to thank him for everything that he put forward. Duane, not only have you inspired the musical masses with the unmatched talent that God gave you, you have also inspired me and hundreds of thousands of struggling musicians to never give up.
You taught us to strive against all odds and that no matter what is thrown at you all you ever really have to do is make music. Just make music. Whatever it takes to get where you need to be...crashing on the floor with nothing but a coke machine in the whole place, pitching a tent in the parking lot of the studio just to hang around and jam. Thats what it takes. The reason that I make music is because of you.

Thank you Duane.

Now everyone else...what does Duane mean to you?

 

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  posted on 9/3/2011 at 05:34 AM
I thank Duane for turning me on to Roland Kirk, John Coltrane , Miles Davis and a lot of other GREAT music I might not have ever gotten into .

[Edited on 9/3/2011 by Russvergara]

 

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  posted on 9/3/2011 at 05:39 AM
Duane Allman,gone way too soon!! luckily he influenced players like dickey,warren,jackie p,derek trucks,dan toler all in their own way and us fans have got to enjoy all these cats in the Brothers.
 

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  posted on 9/3/2011 at 07:10 AM
Lots of good times and more to come.

 

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  posted on 9/3/2011 at 10:26 AM
Like it says on the rock carving near Vicksburg Mississippi:



[Edited on 9/3/2011 by CanPeach]

 

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  posted on 9/3/2011 at 10:42 AM
I stood in the middle of a field along a river in Libby Montana a couple of weeks ago. Had just heard the best live guitarist I had heard in ages, Phil Gates. While playing in the typical, non jam, structured blues format, where certain times and in the middle are strecth it out solo times, he was a marvel. I could tell that he was playing from the soul and heart in his solos. That likely every night was little different twist (or a lot different) as he appeared to be straight playing not from the mind but the soul at times. The guitar was a voice, not an instrument. We all know what I mean. That "moment" where it transcends the technical. So this unknown to me was pure joy to watch. Anyone that mid solo is so excited they are jumping up and down in one spot has "the fever".

Duane Allman had "the fever"

Where is the tie in? I was at the CD stand after his set, he was there. His saleslady asked me about my ABB tattoo. I said it was for Duane Allman. Phil overheard. and he immediatly ignored everyonein line wanting signed CD's and a Duane Allman conversation ensued. "A moment"..... (in life)

So later I am wandering by myself out in this field back from concert area as it was break time. And who comes up, searching me out, was Phil. He needed to talk some more on Duane.

So what is Duane to me?
He changed how 90% of the slide players play slide is all.
Lit a fire in musicians that is being passed on through generations now.
Most of all, Duane hit such rounded perfectly on tone, on note, on perfection Gibson sounds that he is the bar set, he is the unattainable goal, of how to play a note PERFECTLY.
And he was pretty cool fellow in spirit and thought, no less.

 

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  posted on 9/3/2011 at 10:48 AM
Listening to his music is a privilege.
 

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  posted on 9/3/2011 at 11:04 AM
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Like it says on the rock carving near Vicksburg Mississippi:



[Edited on 9/3/2011 by CanPeach]




Just listen to almost anything Duane played on, like Loan Me A Dime or IMOER, and you'll be appreciating him in no time.

 

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  posted on 9/3/2011 at 11:32 AM
Duane taught me to play slide guitar. Yep. he was my teacher... I read everything I could get my hands on....If an article even mentioned Duane, I read it. All of that reading led me to some of the people who influenced him, who in turn opened my ears to numerous other musicians...But it was the time alone Duane and I had that means the most to me. The countless hours of sitting next to the turntable, spinning the Anthologies, and attempting to play along with Duane on the likes of : "Goin' up the country" "The road of love" "shake for me" "rollin' stone" "The weight" "Down along the cove" & "mean old world"...Slide on my finger, I would pull up my chair nice and close to the stereo, lean over and place the needle on the track and play along....over and over again and again, until you thought you nailed that Duane sound,... then, as you continued to grow and more and more shapes became clear, I could see and play some of the things he had left behind for me to benefit from....

"Done somebody wrong" holds a special place for me because it was the first tune I traced backwards in time, seeking out the "Best of Elmore James"..just for that song....because I had been playing along with Duane on LAFE... I "got" the song immediately, for the first time understanding the true meaning of musical interpretation...and when I acquired my first "Bootleg" of the brothers with "Done somebody wrong" on it...wow...just wow...

 

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  posted on 9/3/2011 at 11:51 AM
He was partly responsible for making some of the best music of the late 60s and early 70s and LAFE is one of the albums that helped switch my musical tastes to what it is today

 

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  posted on 9/3/2011 at 11:53 AM
I miss him greatly, but I never knew him as a person. Yet, whenever I find a new tape of a show I haven't heard, its like I meet him again.

The spacey stuff they did is beyond category.

 

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  posted on 9/3/2011 at 02:56 PM
Thanks to Duane, I get to here young uns like you play the hell out of a guitar Tony.

 

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  posted on 9/3/2011 at 09:30 PM
I loved the introduction that Duane's daughter Galadrielle Allman wrote to one of Duane's songbooks. Here is some of what she said:

"Duane's gift was his single minded love of playing; when he played, everything else fell away. What he found was a sound so intimate and specific, that his tone and his approach can be recognized like the inflections of the human voice and its ability to sing, cry, and express true delight or pain...

He sought every opportunity to play with other committed and passionate musicians and founded a band of brothers who loved music and needed it as much as he did...the only thing that can soothe the huge pain of losing him is the sound of his playing and the joy he took in it."

in learning to play Duane's music...you share Duane's desire to be the best player you can be. Listen to him play and hear what is possible if you really love it. Be inspired by him; don't be content with merely copying him. Commit yourself as he did and express yourself with honesty-beautiful, adventurous music will follow."

........................................................................... .............................................

Beautifully written, what a lot of us fans think but may have found hard to express. I have picked up my guitar after not playing for awhile. Got it tuned to open E and I'm learning to play "Little Martha". It's not up to tempo yet, but I'm getting there and I know one day I'll be proud to play it all the way through

 

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  posted on 9/3/2011 at 10:21 PM
I was 17 back in 72' and had 2 years of listening to the "blues" under my belt. It was my favorite genre of music and still is. I was especially fond of electric guitar blues, BB, Fleetwood Mac, Bloomfield and on and on. Then I heard AFE...I was dumbstruck. I remember telling my brother that AFE was the music I'd been waiting to hear all my life. The band was incredible. Stormy Monday just slayed me. Duane's solo in IMOER blew my mind. Statesboro was beyond words, just whole different level of slide and soul. And it's been like that ever since.

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  posted on 9/3/2011 at 11:06 PM
Hey Slimzimm, that album was also big for me. I was also around your age when I went into the local K-Mart and spent $7.99 (I still remember the price) for the Fillmore East double album (which I still have by the way).

That album blew me away and I was sold on the Allman Brothers Band. There's not one bad note on that album, they were playing on another level that night.

And playing it today some 40 years later it still sounds fresh and can't be duplicated...amazing!

 

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  posted on 9/3/2011 at 11:16 PM
Duane has been my mentor, my friend, my brother in times of solitude. Duane has taught me all I know about slide guitar, Duane taught me to say hell with a scale and play what's in your heart, Duane taught me " just keep building them chops man, keep building them chops". Duane has taught me to play using bass notes in the 2nd octave of the fretboard, Duane has taught me everything I've needed to play hte blues. Daune and I jam practically every day....we have since 1971. But the most importat thing Duane has taught me is what my rhythm guitarist told me last week " Dude, that's a great lick, but it needs to sound a little more like John than Duane and/or DIckey. Duane taught me that it's OK to play John's licks....just keep building them chops man, keep building them chops. And help a cat that you see with potential however you can. Spread the music, spread the love, and "man, if you would've been here 15 mins. ago, hey I was hitting a lot better licks then than I am now man". Duane takes me from smiles to goose bumps to tears in very short order. Duane Allman is the greatest guitarist I've ever heard.

 

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  posted on 9/4/2011 at 09:45 AM
Spring or early summer 1969 I was 17 and making deliveries in one of my Dad's trucks. I was going down College St in Macon and saw some long haired guys wearing hippie clothes and a lot of chicks in halter tops. Such a sight had never been seen in Macon before. They were all playing Frisbee in the front yard. I was still looking over my shoulder when....WHAM....drove right into the back of a car. Nobody was hurt just the radiator coolant leaking from the truck...my first wreck. All the people from the yard came running over to where I was standing,I'm thinking "My old man is going to kill me". Everybody is asking if I'm OK and 'What happpened?". One of the guys, I later found out was Duane, laughed and said "What happened?.... He was looking at the chicks!" He sat down, introduced himself, and waited with me until the cops came and said everything would be OK. We never spoke again but would run into each other around Macon or at a show. Duane would always smile and nod "Hello".
I've always appreciated the support Duane gave me that day....also it's a small window into his character.

 

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  posted on 9/4/2011 at 10:52 PM
Listening to Duane play, you can actually hear how much he loved to play the guitar. Not just the talent and skill level but an actual relationship between him and a guitar. It wasn't about being a rock star or competing with others. It was about how the guitar could add to a beautiful piece of music.

I have always loved the guitar since a very young age. I had a brother who went out and got me a guitar at that time. I have so much respect and admiration for anyone who inspired me with that kind of love. There are/were thousands of amazing players but only a handful gave me that kind of feeling and inspiration. Duane is at the top of that list.

In a perfect world, Heaven is a place where people continued to create and nurture that love. I look forward to hearing all the amazing things he has done since he passed on.

 

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  posted on 9/4/2011 at 11:01 PM
duane was the man. no doubt. Footpattin, that is an amazing story !
 

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  posted on 9/4/2011 at 11:06 PM
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duane was the man. no doubt. Footpattin, that is an amazing story !


Great story. I love how you mention that it was your first wreck which implies that many more followed. Glad you are still around to tell it.

 

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  posted on 9/5/2011 at 08:52 AM
There were a few more...not much more than fender benders. What has always stood out was that although Duane was only a few years my senior, he seemed much older and certainly wiser. They were unknown as the Allman Brothers then but everybody in town knew that Phil Walden had brought a new band in and they were living on College St.
 

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  posted on 9/5/2011 at 09:24 AM
Music is my Church and Duane Allman is the Greatist Preacher to ever Grace the Pulpit.

Also, Dreams from the Stonybrook show is in my opion the greatest music ever put on tape.

 

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I stood in the middle of a field along a river in Libby Montana a couple of weeks ago. Had just heard the best live guitarist I had heard in ages, Phil Gates. While playing in the typical, non jam, structured blues format, where certain times and in the middle are strecth it out solo times, he was a marvel. I could tell that he was playing from the soul and heart in his solos. That likely every night was little different twist (or a lot different) as he appeared to be straight playing not from the mind but the soul at times. The guitar was a voice, not an instrument. We all know what I mean. That "moment" where it transcends the technical. So this unknown to me was pure joy to watch. Anyone that mid solo is so excited they are jumping up and down in one spot has "the fever".

Duane Allman had "the fever"

Where is the tie in? I was at the CD stand after his set, he was there. His saleslady asked me about my ABB tattoo. I said it was for Duane Allman. Phil overheard. and he immediatly ignored everyonein line wanting signed CD's and a Duane Allman conversation ensued. "A moment"..... (in life)

So later I am wandering by myself out in this field back from concert area as it was break time. And who comes up, searching me out, was Phil. He needed to talk some more on Duane.

So what is Duane to me?
He changed how 90% of the slide players play slide is all.
Lit a fire in musicians that is being passed on through generations now.
Most of all, Duane hit such rounded perfectly on tone, on note, on perfection Gibson sounds that he is the bar set, he is the unattainable goal, of how to play a note PERFECTLY.
And he was pretty cool fellow in spirit and thought, no less.


That my friend is so cool

 

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  posted on 9/6/2011 at 05:34 PM
foot pattin'-

See, that story keeps Duane alive for the rest of us!

Listening right now to Whipping Post from The Warehouse in Sept. of '71. Devastating.

 

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  posted on 9/7/2011 at 09:09 AM
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Spring or early summer 1969 I was 17 and making deliveries in one of my Dad's trucks. I was going down College St in Macon and saw some long haired guys wearing hippie clothes and a lot of chicks in halter tops. Such a sight had never been seen in Macon before. They were all playing Frisbee in the front yard. I was still looking over my shoulder when....WHAM....drove right into the back of a car. Nobody was hurt just the radiator coolant leaking from the truck...my first wreck. All the people from the yard came running over to where I was standing,I'm thinking "My old man is going to kill me". Everybody is asking if I'm OK and 'What happpened?". One of the guys, I later found out was Duane, laughed and said "What happened?.... He was looking at the chicks!" He sat down, introduced himself, and waited with me until the cops came and said everything would be OK. We never spoke again but would run into each other around Macon or at a show. Duane would always smile and nod "Hello".
I've always appreciated the support Duane gave me that day....also it's a small window into his character.


THAT...is a fantastic story. I laughed out loud reading it.

Thanks for sharing!

 

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