Jay Blakesberg, Author: Jay Blakesberg is a photographer and music industry insider; he has created images in dressing rooms, recording studios, and artists’ homes. His work appears regularly in many magazines, including Rolling Stone and Guitar Player. Over the last 30 years, his rock-and-roll journey has seen him work with many legendary artists, including the Grateful Dead, Santana, Tom Waits, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Radiohead, and Phish, to name just a few. He has published several volumes of his work, including books on the Grateful Dead, Primus, and the Flaming Lips.
Warren Haynes, Contributor: In addition to his three solo albums, seven albums with the Allman Brothers, and Gov’t Mule’s sixteen studio and live releases, Warren Haynes has accumulated stacks of accolades for his efforts. They range from Grammy wins and nominations to his ranking number twenty-three on the Rolling Stone’s list of “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” Haynes has played New York City’s historic Beacon Theater nearly 300 times, more than any other artist. Gov’t Mule has sold over two million song downloads from their own MuleTracks web site. And a wide range of stars, including Garth Brooks, Gregg Allman, Phil Lesh, Little Milton, John Mayall, George Jones, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, and Buckwheat Zydeco, have recorded his songs, in addition to the twenty-five songs he’s written for the Allman Brothers Band.