After 23 years in operation, Hittin’ The Note Magazine has printed its final issue. The publication that made its mission to unifying the fans of the Allman Brothers Band will be sorely missed as it always included some of the most interesting features and interviews concerning all things ABB, and operated one of the most outstanding band merchandise outlets on the web. A statement posted on the publication’s website reads in part:

In our wildest dreams we never would have imagined all of the incredible experiences that would take place over this 23 year journey. Back when we started this none of us had gray hair, if we had children they were in diapers. Now the kids are out on their own, the hair is gray (or gone) and we are starting to wind down what has been a major part of our lives. After 23 years of helping found, fund, volunteer and work for HTN, Joe and Vicky Bell are ready to retire; Kirk West has been working on his Gallery and pictorial book and John Lynskey had a major promotion that has taken away much of his free time.

As a result our current issue, HTN #85, is our last. We had hoped to publish one more magazine but family issues and a lack of time have caused those hopes to fade. We want to be as honorable as possible to our valued subscribers. Any issues that you have remaining can be converted into credits towards the purchase of any merchandise we have left. We will either e-mail you or send you a letter indicating how much of a credit you have. Or, if you order something, put a note in the order that you are a subscriber and we will issue you the appropriate credit. We also promised those that pre-ordered the Gregg Allman Live: Back to Macon a free digital issue of HTN#86. Given that issue will not be published, those who pre-ordered are welcome to a free digital copy of any other issue. Please bear with us as we figure out a way to accomplish this. Obviously, if we have a huge volume of phone calls we will not be able to keep up. Let’s try to make this happen via e-mails if at all possible.

Regarding the future of the merchandise portion of our business – we hope to move this to the Big House in the New Year. That may or may not happen. Either way, we will be working towards reducing our inventory as we wrap up the business. So, if there is an item you want, you should purchase it now as we will not be re-ordering items that go out of stock.

It is so hard for us to let go of something that has been such a big portion of our lives. It gave us immense pleasure to be able to create items for you that we ourselves wanted as fans. It caused us substantial frustration to not be able to deliver some products that we knew you wanted. Hopefully those things will happen in the future. Thank you for being with us on this incredible journey!


The Staff at Hittin’ the Note

Read the entire message from the staff here.