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Early Allman Bros. With Bassist Berry Oakley To Be Released

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Berry-OakleyEarly Allman Bros. With Bassist Berry Oakley To Be Released… The Allman Brothers Band is set to release two high-quality vintage recordings of their early incarnations on February 12.  One of rock’s most iconic live acts, and members of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame,  the Allmans fortunately recorded many of their live shows and are selectively releasing their personal choices through their own label, distributed through Entertainment One Music.
The new releases include two especially unique shows: a 2/11/72 concert in their Macon, GA hometown, which was the band’s first show there after the death of founding guitarist Duane Allman. It features the group as a five-piece with all original members, including keyboardist Gregg Allman, drummers Butch Trucks and Jai Johanny Johanson (aka “Jaimo”), bassist Berry Oakley and guitarist Dickey Betts. Never-before-heard in the bootleg market, the Macon performance showed the band in ferocious form, just two months before their legendary Eat A Peach live album was released.

Also set for release is the band’s 5/1/73 show at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY, which marked a much different Allman Brothers line-up. Keyboardist Chick Leavell (who would later go on to the Rolling Stones) had joined the group in mid 1972, just before Oakley’s untimely death. Jaimoe’s childhood friend Lamar Williams was chosen to replace Oakley six months prior to the Nassau recording. Four songs from this set had not appeared on any of the previous live or archival releases: “Come & Go Blues,” “Wasted Words,” “Jessica” and “Ramblin’ Man.”  Like the ’72 Macon show, this concert is from a two-track reel-to-reel soundboard master tape.

Track listings for the newly-released shows are:

ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND / CITY AUDITORIUM, MACON, GA 2-11-72

DISC 1:

STATESBORO BLUES     4:09
DONE SOMEBODY WRONG     3:34
AIN’T WASTING TIME NO MORE     4:15
ONE WAY OUT     6:49
MIDNIGHT RIDER     2:55
YOU DON’T LOVE ME     21:37
STORMY MONDAY     7:58
HOOCHIE COOCHIE MAN     4:40
HOT ‘LANTA     5:07

DISC 2:

LES BRERS IN ‘A’ MINOR     11:14
TROUBLE NO MORE     3:53
WHIPPING POST     15:45

ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND / NASSAU COLISEUM, UNIONDALE, NY 5-1-73

DISC 1:

WASTED WORDS     4:58
DONE SOMEBODY WRONG     3:52
STATESBORO BLUES     4:15
ONE WAY OUT     7:42
STORMY MONDAY     8:46
MIDNIGHT RIDER      3:13
JESSICA     10:25
COME AND GO BLUES     4:58
RAMBLIN’ MAN     7:55
IN MEMORY OF ELIZABETH REED

DISC 2:

TROUBLE NO MORE     4:02
YOU DON’T LOVE ME     6:19
LES BRERS IN ‘A’ MINOR     19:12
WHIPPING POST     18:40
MOUNTAIN JAM     31:05:00

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Check out our top 10 favorite basses on Instagram this week…

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Check out our top 10 favorite basses on Instagram this week…

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New Gear: Elrick Bass Guitars Headless Series

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New Gear: Elrick Bass Guitars Headless Series

New from Elrick Bass Guitars, Headless Series added to Custom Lineup…

Elrick Bass Guitars is excited to announce the addition of a headless option on hand-carved series bass guitars. Initially previewed on the 2023 Gold Series SLC MkII bass of prolific solo bass practitioner and educator Steve Lawson, a headless bass option is now available to all. According the Elrick, “The excitement surrounding Steve’s MkII SLC bass at 2024 NAMM confirmed that the time is right to add a headless option to our extensive range of custom options.” To date, Elrick instruments have only been offered with traditional headstock construction but, in response to market demand, custom features will now include a headless option in 4-, 5- and 6-string models.

Headless bass guitars share these features with the traditional headstock series:

24 frets + zero fret
exotic wood top
hand-rubbed oil finish
2-way adjustable truss rod
custom Bartolini pickups
custom Bartolini 3-band preamp
fully shielded control cavity
Hipshot bridge
Dunlop Straploks
Elrick Fundamental strings

The headless option can now be selected when submitting custom order requests via the form on elrick.com, contacting the Elrick Sales Office directly, or working with your favorite Elrick dealer.

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Bruegel Masterpiece (1565) Inspires BITE Masterpiece (2023)

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Bruegel Masterpiece (1565) Inspires BITE Masterpiece (2023)…

Flemish Master Pieter Bruegel the Elder probably had many things in mind when painting his Hunters in the Snow in oil on oak wood in 1565. This masterpiece tells plenty of little stories about winterly pastimes and precarious livelihoods in the Early Modern Age. What Bruegel presumably did not have in mind was that this painting would, several centuries later, become one of the most popular ones in fine arts globally, displayed in a permanent exhibition at Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Fine Arts) Vienna. The painting’s popularity was lately taken to a different level as it was replicated by hand to design an exclusive BITE bass.

An international art collector and bass player who regularly visits Vienna to immerse himself in the wonderworld of Kunsthistorisches’ Bruegel Hall asked BITE to replicate the painting on a bass body. BITE Guitars, an Austrian premium manufacturer exporting most of their basses to the US, has become renowned for colorful artwork basses, offering a range of manual and digital techniques. The firm’s art director Peter, a trained scenic painter of Oscar and Palme d’Or rank, specializes in photo-realistic reproductions. He also painted the bass for Robbie Williams’ 2023 world tour by faithfully replicating Robbie’s own stage design onto the tour bass.

Peter copied the Bruegel motif onto the bass body in minute detail, little twigs even by one-hair-brush. Positioning the rectangular image section on the body shape proved to be a special challege that he met by repositioning little elements, a bird here, a horse and cart there.

It all came together in a memorable video shooting in front of the original painting in the Museum’s Bruegel Hall: venerable fine arts, premium handicraft and groovy jazz tunes.

View video at the museum: www.youtube.com/shorts/2evdqfR6gUE

What’s the conclusion of BITE’s client, our Vienna, art and bass lover? “It’s a magical bass! When I touch the strings, I feel warm inside.”

Specs highlights:
Bass model: BITE Evening Star, the proprietary BITE premium model with inward curved horns
Pickups: 2 x BITE 1000 millivolt passive split-coils (PP)
Neck: roasted maple neck and roasted flamed maple fretboard

Price tag incl. insured door-to-door express shipping:
New York: 4726 USD
London: 3645 GBP
Berlin: 4965 EUR

Full specs available at bite.guitars/old-master-bass/

Bruegel Hall at Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna: 
khm.at/en/visit/collections/picture-gallery/the-best-of-bruegel-only-in-vienna/

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Interview With Bassist Ciara Moser

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Bassist Ciara Moser…

Ciara and I sat down for this interview a few months after the launch of her debut album, “Blind. So what?”

Blind since birth, she is a powerhouse of talent; she is not only a professional bassist, but also composes music, and is a producer and educator. I am just blown away by her talent and perseverance.

Join me as we hear about Ciara’s musical journey, the details of her album, how she gets her sound, and her plans for the future.

Visit online:

www.ciara-moser.com 
IG @ moserciara
FB @ ciara.moser

Photos by Manuela Haeussler

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