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Published: 2012/04/12
by Rob Turner

Geoff Achison Collaborates with Oliver Wood

Geoff at the Fur Peace Ranch

Australian-born guitarist Geoff Achison returned Decatur, GA—the one US city he once called home—on Saturday night for a performance at Eddie’s Attic. It was the guitarist’s first Decatur, GA appearance since he sat in with The Allman Brothers Band at New York’s Beacon Theater last month.

While performing with the American version of his Souldiggers band, Achison brought out Wood Brothers guitarist Oliver Wood for “Sugar Sweet”— a song written by Mel London, but made famous by Freddie King. Wood then remained onstage as the band jumped into a blistering take on The Neville Brothers’ “Voodoo” and moved into the second set-ending, sing-a-long version of Kim Wilson’s, “Walking To My Baby.”

Though that collaboration was spontaneous, Achison and Wood are scheduled to share the stage at Lake Worth, FL’s The Bamboo Room on April 19. It is the final night of Achison’s current US jaunt but the guirarist will return to the United States for a tour which will begin at The Venue in Camden, SC on May 18. Meanwhile, The Wood Brothers will return to the stage on May 12 for a performance at Black Mountain, NC’s Lake Eden Arts Festival.

Achison’s recent American run also included a return to New York’s Iridium (where he once sat in with Les Paul) with Yonrico Scott, a sold out show at New York’s Terra Blues with Randall Bramblett, an instructional session at Jorma Kaukonen’s Fur Peace Ranch (Geoff’s association with FPR now extends beyond a decade), and a well-received stop at Live Oak, FL’s Suwannee Springfest.

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