Here at the mag we’re finishin’ up the next issue, which is going to include a couple of articles about different approaches to playing slide guitar. Well, that got me prowling the web for interesting acoustic slide performances, and I stumbled on this one from two acknowledged masters of rock slide: Derek Trucks (currently killing it with Tedeschi Trucks; truly one of the best bands out there!) and Warren Haynes of Govt. Mule (and any number of any other bands at any given time. He’s the hardest working man in show business!). They’re captured here backstage at some gig rehearsing a version of the bluesy, raucous Haynes-penned song “Old Friend” which appeared as an acoustic duet on what turned out to be the final Allman Brothers Band studio album, Hittin’ the Note, released in 2003.
You’ll recall that Haynes helped spark the group’s creative re-birth/renaissance when he joined the veteran band in 1989 (the ABB’s 20th anniversary), ably filling the Duane Allman guitar spot, as well as singing and writing new material. He stayed in the group through 1996; Derek Trucks, nephew of ABB drummer Butch Trucks, joined in 1999 (at the age of 20!), and brought even more of Duane’s vibe back into the group. After a few other messy twists and turns in personnel (don’t ask!), Haynes rejoined the band in 2001, and both he and Trucks remained a dynamite guitar duo in the ABB until the group disbanded for good in 2014. —Blair Jackson