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Published: 2011/10/04

Wilco’s Nels Cline Channels Duane Allman

During the Allman Brothers Band’s Beacon Theater residency this past March, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks and several other artists played Duane Allman’s 1957 Les Paul Goldtop onstage. Allman used the classic guitar for several recording sessions, most notable for Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs. Last week, guitarist Nels Cline had a chance to play Allman’s 1957 Les Paul Goldtop as well during Wilco’s Southeast run. Cline borrowed the guitar from Macon, GA’s Allman Brothers Band for shows at Atlanta’s Cobb Energy Centre last Wednesday and Thursday. He then brought the guitar to Nashville, TN for Wilco’s shows at the Ryman this past weekend. Not only was Allman based in Georgia for several years but he was born in Nashville.

During Wilco’s Nashville performances, opening act Nick Lowe also sat in with the group on “36 Inches” and “I Love My Label.” Wilco will perform at St. Louis, MO’s Peabody Opera House tonight.


There are 6 comments associated with this post

Shockadow October 4, 2011, 17:45:09

Here’s another good video that I took from that night starring the Goldtop Les Paul. Security was tough but I’m a sneaky lil devil!

Potsnob October 5, 2011, 10:14:06

What a disgrace letting Wilco use Duane’s guitar. Worst band ever

Easy, Potsnob October 5, 2011, 10:27:44

I promise you Duane would have admired Nels Cline’s skills on the guitar.

yeabuddy October 5, 2011, 12:33:11

todays music has dumbed down a bit from the ’60s and ’70s.if the Allman Bros. of the 60’s and early ’70s were around today, folks would say the music is’nt accessible ‘cuz the leads are too long and the ending to Layla is far too strange.

Adks12020 October 5, 2011, 12:56:00

@yeabuddy: Take a look at how much of the popular music in the 60s and 70s was “dumbed down”...there was a lot of it and there always will be. It’s about finding the stuff that isn’t and there is plenty of it today. @Potsnob: Try listening to some Nels Cline’s solo albums or the jazz albums he played on in the 70s and then tell me Duane would be upset. Nels can literally play anything. He’s played with Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, Willie Nelson and renowned jazz bassist Charlie Haden. He did John Coltrane’s “Interstellar Space” on guitar. The list goes on. My guess is that Duane would probably have much respect for Nels as should anyone that knows anything about music. Just because you don’t like his current project, which happens to be one of the best touring bands today, doesn’t mean he isn’t extremely talented.

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