[photo by Sidney Smith] Brandon “Taz” Niederauer has been gaining the momentum he deserves since before even entering middle school. The guitar prodigy was initially recognized by the Internet for his Allman Brothers Band covers when he was only eight years old. When he was nine, he attended a music camp called Roots Rock Revival with founding member and drummer Butch Trucks and then-current bassist Oteil Burbridge. It was there that he impressed the right group of people with his performances of songs like “Stormy Monday” and “Southbound.” Just a few months later, he was invited to sit in with The Revivalists at the Brooklyn Bowl in New York City and wowed the audience with a blistering version of “Whipping Post.” In that same year, he performed for Ellen DeGeneres on The Ellen Show, playing a few popular snippets including the Allman Brothers Band’s “Jessica.”When founding member, lyricist, vocalist, and organist Gregg Allman caught site of these videos, he invited the ten-year-old to join him and his band in early 2014 at the Peabody Auditorium in Daytona Beach, Florida. The plans were initially for Brandon to sit in for “Hot Lanta,” but after a successful soundcheck, Gregg Allman invited Taz to return for a “Whipping Post” encore. See why in the video below:The day after this performance, Brandon Niederauer embarked on his first and only appearance to date on Jam Cruise to perform alongside a boat full of even more of his idols. It was on Jam Cruise that he met Col. Bruce Hampton, a friend and collaborator of the Allman Brothers Band since the very beginning, earning his guidance and mentorship. Niederauer’s success story ever since has been a direct result of these experiences.Stranger Than Fiction: The Cosmic Curtain Call Of Col. Bruce HamptonWhile performing a lead role as guitarist “Zack” in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock The Musical for the last two years, Brandon Niederauer’s name has circulated the jam scene for many more reasons than that. His fate became clear earlier this month when he performed the final solo of “Turn On Your Lovelight” at Hampton 70, while Bruce majestically laid beside him. In what was initially interpreted as a Zambi prank, time made it clear that the “Grandaddy of Jam” had passed the torch to Brandon on that very stage.Brandon’s relationship with the Allman Brothers Band goes far beyond their music. Now engrained as an official part of the band’s history, the fourteen-year-old is utilizing the last several years of mentorship to the best of his ability. See below for some of the posts he’s written since the passing of Gregg Allman, Col. Bruce Hampton, and Butch Trucks.
“We’re doing a full investigation of everything we can to learn how it is the case that this virus got away, got out into the world and now has created so much tragedy — so much death — here in the United States and all around the world,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox News.He did not reject the reports and said that the United States knew that the Wuhan laboratory “contained highly contagious materials.””In countries that are open and transparent, they have the ability to control and keep them safe and they allow outside observers in to make sure all the processes and procedures are right,” Pompeo said.”I only wish that that had happened in this place. We would know more about it and we would know more about what has transpired there, if anything, today.” Trump, asked about the laboratory theory at a news conference on Wednesday, said that “more and more, we’re hearing the story” and that the United States was “doing a very thorough investigation.”Trump, who has faced wide criticism at home for his handling of the pandemic that has killed more than 30,000 people in the United States, has repeatedly blamed China and the World Health Organization.The origin of the virus is a popular topic on social media, with conspiracy theorists suggesting it is a Chinese bioweapon and a Chinese official outraging Washington by saying that US troops may have brought it to Wuhan.Neither Fox News nor The Washington Post said that the virus was spread deliberately or that the laboratory was definitively determined as the source.A column by Washington Post columnist Josh Rogin said that US Embassy officials visited the Wuhan Institute of Virology two years before the pandemic and warned of inadequate safety at the laboratory, which studied bats blamed for the SARS coronavirus in 2003.Fox News said that “patient zero” in the new pandemic may have been infected by a bat at the laboratory and gone into the population in Wuhan.Foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian — the official who had suggested that the US army may have brought the virus into China — rejected the Fox News report, saying the World Health Organization has said there was no evidence the virus was produced in a lab.”Many well-known medical experts in the world also believe that the so-called laboratory leak hypothesis has no scientific basis,” Zhao said at a regular press briefing. President Donald Trump’s administration is investigating the origins of the coronavirus pandemic, saying it doesn’t rule out that it came from a laboratory researching bats in Wuhan, China.Chinese scientists have said the virus, which has killed more than 138,700 people worldwide, was likely transmitted to humans late last year at a Wuhan “wet market” that slaughtered exotic animals — a longtime focus of concern for public health experts.But The Washington Post and Fox News both quoted anonymous sources who voiced concern that SARS CoV-2 may have come — accidentally — from a sensitive bioresearch center in the metropolis. Topics :