Whipping Post

Playing Bass to the Allman Brothers Band’s “Whipping Post”

This is one of my all time favorite songs by the Allman Brothers Band. It was released in 1969, and not long before the death of guitarist Dwayne Allman who was killed when he wrecked his motorcycle on a street in Macon Georgia. Almost a year later, Dwayne’s close friend and bassist Berry Oakley would also loose his life on his motorcycle not far from that same Macon Georgia intersection.

The band was known for it’s unique use of not only two lead guitarist’s, but also two drummers. Their sound at the time was an eclectic mix of rock, blue eyed soul, jazz, and country – something that would soon come to be known as “Southern (or Country) Rock”.

This song hits home in a lot of ways for me. From my life growing up as a kid, then the time I spent in the military, to today as a retired American citizen.

When I decided to do a bass cover of this song I knew that I wanted to use one of my Precision Bass’s. My “Ocean Turquoise” Fender “P” was the perfect match – especially after I spent endless hours adjusting each string and each individual pickup in order to get that “Just Right” aggressive yet dark and moody tone that I wanted to match the songs groove… I even went so far as trying different types of strings, and finally decided that the DR “Pure Blues” Round Wounds were the perfect match for this song…

When I recorded the song, I used two cameras at different angles in order to provide different prospectives of playing – somewhat similar to showing the different prospectives of how the song too can be interpreted.

Enjoy! Feel free to leave any comments below!

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