Audio: Nels Plays Duane Allman’s Guitar

Back on Wednesday, at Wilco’s first of two shows at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center near Atlanta, guitarist Nels Cline used Duane Allman’s famed 1957 Les Paul for a few songs at the gig.

One of the tunes that Nels utilized the historic instrument on was Impossible Germany, a song which features a solo that is a showcase for Cline’s sizzling guitar work in the same way that Inca Roads was for Frank Zappa or Reba is for Phish’s Trey Anastasio.

We’ve downloaded an audience recording of this gig and were blown away by the tones Nels got out of Duane’s axe during his potent Impossible Germany solo. Take a listen to see if you agree…

Wilco – Impossible Germany (9/28/11)


Jeff Tweedy took a moment out of the show to introduce the guitar as a “native Georgian” who was a special guest. He explained that Nels playing Duane’s guitar was like “getting to use Noah’s hammer.” Check it out…

Jeff Tweedy – Duane Allman Banter (9/28/11)


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4 Responses

  1. Yes, both shows were sick. Nels played the 1957 LP with great respect to the original owner, more than I can say towards his Jassmaster.

    My problem is that Wilco fans cannot decide whether to sit or stand. It’s incredibly confusing. I was on the floor the first night, standing happily, and in the balcony the next night, sitting, uncomfortably.

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