October 2009, Knoxville, TN

October 2009, Knoxville, TN


Oteil Burbridge (The Allman Brothers Band and The Tedeschi Trucks Band) and I sat down for a conversation about his Christian faith, God, music, politics, and appearing with Peter Sellers in Being There. Recorded on the Allman Brothers' tour bus, in Knoxville, TN, before a show (October 2009), the interview is slightly edited for content and length, and split into two parts.  There's no fancy high production value - just us sitting on the bus. 


In September 2009, Bert sat down with Kofi Burbridge (now of Tedeschi-Trucks Band, at the time he was with the Derek Trucks Band) in an upstairs room, backstage, at the Lyric in Oxford, MS. 

No slick sound effects, no fancy theme music to open and close, just the raw (slightly edited) interview ... talking about spirituality, music, and his life.


In 1992, I was a graduate student working on a project for a class on the 1960s.  Armed with a cheap cassette recorder, I traveled up to Great Barrington, Massachusetts, (just outside Stockbridge) to interview Arlo Guthrie.

Sitting on the front steps of the legendary Church from Alice's Restaurant mythology, Arlo talked about his dad, Pete Seeger, McCarthyism and the John Birch Society, how he helped Pete go electric, and the Spirit of Woodstock that changed the world. You can also learn why he left college in Billings, Montana (which led directly to his experience at the Church one fateful Thanksgiving).

One more thing - this recording was made on a cheap cassette recorder simply to have as personal reference while I completed a project and research paper for a class.  I turned in the paper, made an "A" for the semester, and tucked the tape away for my occasional trip down memory lane.  

Despite the background noise and the flies that fell in love with the microphone, I realized that there are some stories here that are too good not to share.  Besides, over twenty years later, there's something really cool about having an "unprofessional" interview on the front steps of the Church with Arlo just being, well, just being Arlo.

Enjoy.  Then go and listen to hours and hours of Arlo's songs.  It will make the world a better place.

Part One: Just a Kid With a High School Education

Part Two: Learning Woody Songs at School

Part Three: Woody, Communism, and Meeting the John Birch Society at a Pete Seeger Concert

Part Four:  When Dylan Came Around

Part Five: Everly Brothers, Pop Music, and Electrifying Pete Seeger

Part 6: The Draft Board and Threats to America

Part Seven: The Spirit of Woodstock