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  posted on 6/9/2011 at 07:10 PM
Vince Gill, back in May.

VINCE GILL PLAYS DUANE ALLMAN’S
1957 LES PAUL GOLD TOP STANDARD GUITAR

Guitar Makes Rare Appearance At Gill's Macon, GA Show


NASHVILLE – June 8, 2011-- Vince Gill got a rare opportunity recently when he was given the chance to play a guitar owned and often played by the late guitar wizard, Duane Allman. Gill was in Macon, Georgia, home of the Allman Brothers Band, on May 5 to do a benefit concert for the Alzheimer’s Association of Georgia.

“I have chills running down my spine,” said Gill as he showed off the instrument to the crowd. “This was the guitar that Duane Allman played with the Allman Brothers.” The Country Music Hall of Fame member amped up the crowd’s energy playing songs with extended guitar solos like his own hit, “Pretty Little Adrianna.” View a clip of this performance at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BuC8gNv6pD0&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Like Allman himself, the guitar has had an amazing life. The 1957 Les Paul Gold Top Standard is the piece on which Allman actually recorded the rock classic “Layla” with Eric Clapton on the Derek And The Dominoes’ immortal set, 1970’s ­Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs. Allman also played this guitar on the first two Allman Brothers Band albums.

Allman traded the guitar a mere week later, obviously with no inkling of the importance the instrument would have in the history of rock music. He died in a motorcycle wreck the following year. The guitar had been played in public at the band's annual March Beacon Theater run in NYC—by band members Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks—but this is the first time it was played in Macon, GA since Allman’s death.

“It was a spiritual experience for me,” said Gill, who was given the honor of playing the guitar by owner Scot Lamar and E.J. Devokaitis, Curator / Archivist at the Allman Brothers Band Museum at the Big House in Macon. “The moment that Vince first took a solo with the guitar was extremely emotional for the proud Maconites in attendance," commented Devokaitis. “There wasn't a dry eye in the building, and the combination of the guitar's tone and Vince's heartfelt playing transcended the concert...to me, it felt like Duane was speaking to us through Vince and his reverence - extremely special."

This week, during the CMA Music Festival, Gill will once again play in the City Of Hope's Softball Game, as well as host a private party for his fan club. His upcoming dates include June 15-16 Moncton, NB, Canada; June 18 St. John's, NL, Canada; June 23 Bluegrass Nights at Ryman Auditorium; June 24-25 Lake Charles, LA and June 26 Lafayette, LA. Check out www.vincegill.com for more information. For more information on the guitar and the Allman Bros. Museum, visit www.bighousemuseum.org


 
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  posted on 6/9/2011 at 07:46 PM

 

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  posted on 6/9/2011 at 08:23 PM
Wow ! I really enjoyed that. Thanks for the post. Really cool .
 

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  posted on 6/9/2011 at 08:31 PM
That is a really cool article. Great stuff

 

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  posted on 6/9/2011 at 09:25 PM
Sweet!

Vince is a fine, fine player and he done Duane's axe proud! Solo at about 6:00 contains several Duane and Dickie nods.

Great video and audio from a cell phone? Nice job, here!

 

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  posted on 6/9/2011 at 09:31 PM
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Sweet!

Vince is a fine, fine player and he done Duane's axe proud! Solo at about 6:00 contains several Duane and Dickie nods.

Great video and audio from a cell phone? Nice job, here!


enough to put a lump in your throat

 

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  posted on 6/9/2011 at 11:12 PM
he touched the magic

 

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  posted on 6/10/2011 at 02:58 AM
Great,thanks for the link.

 

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  posted on 6/10/2011 at 05:42 AM
Just Beautiful

 

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  posted on 6/10/2011 at 06:05 AM
Oh My.. as DanB said A lump in the throat, moment.. it was quite emotional to watch and hear.. Oh MY...

Vince Gill has always been a fantastic guitar player, singer and well respected musician ...

B E A U T I F U L .... Duane Allman lives on...

 

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  posted on 6/10/2011 at 06:14 AM
Thanks E.J for keeping the spirit alive...................

 

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  posted on 6/10/2011 at 06:43 AM
Thank you so much for posting this Brock! It is so beautiful... amazing and touching. I have a tear of joy.... BEAUTIFUL!!!!

 

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  posted on 6/10/2011 at 06:44 AM
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Thanks E.J for keeping the spirit alive...................

AMEN!!!

 

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  posted on 6/10/2011 at 06:55 AM
Thanks. That is a beautiful piece of music.

 

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  posted on 6/10/2011 at 07:52 AM
Very cool.

 

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  posted on 6/10/2011 at 08:32 AM
Thanks for the link Brock- that was very cool indeed. Vince Gill just has so much talent and has the heart to match. That is the combination, in my opinion, that infuses music with magic. The Allman references in his solo really bring Dickey to mind though - Blue Sky and then Jessica. God bless Dickey Betts - another brother who has that magic combination
OK - forgive me for being picky now, but the article is not well written. “Allman also played this guitar on the first two Allman Brothers Band albums… &#8232;&#8232;Allman traded the guitar a mere week later (?), obviously with no inkling of the importance the instrument would have in the history of rock music. He died in a motorcycle wreck the following year. (?)”
This band deserves a well researched, well written book that captures the magic of the music, gets the facts straight. I guess nothing will ever be as eloquent as the music – it is the reason I play and the reason I keep coming back to this forum.
Rock on brothers.
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  posted on 6/10/2011 at 08:49 AM
I really enjoyed reading this article. Vince is a great player. So cool that Duane is being recognized by current musicians.

 

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Thanks for the link Brock- that was very cool indeed. Vince Gill just has so much talent and has the heart to match. That is the combination, in my opinion, that infuses music with magic. The Allman references in his solo really bring Dickey to mind though - Blue Sky and then Jessica. God bless Dickey Betts - another brother who has that magic combination
OK - forgive me for being picky now, but the article is not well written. “Allman also played this guitar on the first two Allman Brothers Band albums… &#8232;&#8232;Allman traded the guitar a mere week later (?), obviously with no inkling of the importance the instrument would have in the history of rock music. He died in a motorcycle wreck the following year. (?)”
This band deserves a well researched, well written book that captures the magic of the music, gets the facts straight. I guess nothing will ever be as eloquent as the music – it is the reason I play and the reason I keep coming back to this forum.
Rock on brothers.
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[Edited on 6/10/2011 by Billyrock]


It says he used it on Layla in 1970, then traded it. The following yr then was the wreck. I am not sure if he in fact traded it a week after Layla, but if he did, the article reads fine.

 

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  posted on 6/10/2011 at 09:29 AM
The Blue Sky and Jessica teases were sweet. I knew of Vince Gill from his Pure Prarie League days but was kind of oblivious as to just how great of a player he is until seeing him on the Crossroads II DVD, not sure how it escaped me but glad I know now.
 

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  posted on 6/10/2011 at 09:49 AM
I was there and he DID NOT want to give that guitar back...... you could so feel the presence of Duane once again in MAcon. And E.J. is right, most of us were crying before he was through, that understood what that Guitar menat to the world of not only Rock and Roll but music in general......... It was very touching......

 

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  posted on 6/10/2011 at 10:25 AM
That was sweet. Vince is usually more of a Telecaster guy(big surprise!), but he knows his way around a Les Paul! Very tasty playing.
I remember when David Hildalgo got to play the Goldtop at the Beacon this year, there was a moment when he was laying back a bit; he turned the guitar face-up,stared at it, and this look of awe went across his face that was priceless. And when the song was done, Warren had his guitar off and was reaching for the Goldtop right away!

 

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  posted on 6/10/2011 at 10:58 AM
Wow. Just beautiful.

I love Vince's playing to start with, but his nods to Duane and Dickey and reverence for this instrument were really touching.

 

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  posted on 6/10/2011 at 11:16 AM
Wow, beautiful and very tocuhing.
It's certainly one of the most beautiful things I've heard in a while.

 

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I love Vince's playing to start with, but his nods to Duane and Dickey and reverence for this instrument were really touching.


Couldn't agree more.

 

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  posted on 6/10/2011 at 01:05 PM
VERY nice, and I'm VERY glad Vince got to play it.

A couple Vince stories...

Vince played a couple years in a row here in Augusta at James Brown Arena, and the first year was a sell out. I can't remember the show dates, though. He had a nice stage set up, two drummers, bass player standing in between them, reminiscent of The ABB. He did a 2 hour and 15 minute show, then came out for the encore. He spoke to the crowd, thanking them for the sell out. He then proceeded to play a 45 minute encore, and there was a LOT of guitar soloing going on. It was him and his instrument, and they were getting off together. MAGICAL, indeed!

Another time, may have been the same shows, but my friend, Doug Flowers, was in downtown Augusta with his wife and they were about to ride by the arena, so Doug said, "Let's stop by and see if we can see Vince." Doug knew Vince from his early bluegrass days and had jammed with him some. They went in through the load in ramp, doors were rolled up and no one seemed to notice the two walk in. They're in the bowels of the arena when Vince walks into the hall, looks at Doug, does a double take, and then then hollers, "Hey Doug! What are you doing here?" They hadn't seen each other in a while, so they chatted a long time, and Vince invited them into the green room, offered them food, and then hooked them up with back stage passes to that evening's show.

I've never met Vince, myself, but you can tell he's a great guy with a good heart. Doesn't hurt that he can play the crap out of a guitar and sing like a bird.

[Edited on 6/10/2011 by BigDaveOnBass]

 

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