This show could easily have been the best show of the year.
After almost a week, I believe I have processed this show enough to write my own notes. I have floated all week from this gig, and many of my friends have also experienced the same. Chad Berndtson has written two great write-ups for Glide Magazine, and Jambands also has reviewed the show. I will try not to replicate, but put my own skewed view on it.
For a Southern Rock lover, this whole show was bliss. From Warren’s first line, “Thanks for being part of this special night, we really appreciate it.” to the ending song by the Allman’s (Wish You Were Here), the place stood on their feet for six hours and we all lifted off the ground a few feet. The ticket was pricey ($117 from Ticketmaster), but it was worth it. Here are my own personal highlights, and why…
The line up consisted of:
7:45 pm Set 1: Warren Haynes Acoustic (Warren Haynes, Edwin McCain & Kevin Kinney):
Edwin McCain on vocals during the second song, The Lucky One, literally made tears form in my eyes, the lyrics tugged at my heartstrings… seriously. I knew we were in for a show, we were no more than 10 minutes in and here I was… moved to tears and goosebumps already. They end with I Shall Be Released which was àpropos since Edwin McCain sounded (to my ears) very Dylan-esque. What a beautiful acoustic way to slide into this night’s magical soundtrack.
8:15/8:30 pm Set 2: The North Mississippi Allstars (Luther Dickinson (guitar, vocals) and Cody Dickinson (drums, keyboards, electric washboard) with special guests: Gordie Johnson)
They came out like a bat outta hell, raging on those guitars. They sounded crisp and clear, and they looked like they were having a blast. These guys are so fun, they have that beautiful twang of the guitar that makes me melt. Slowing down for a second after the first 3 or 4 songs with Glory Glory, then bringing up Gordie Johnson for Po Black Maddie, this set really set the tone. Shake up the audience a bit with nice lookin’ men up there with their twangy, slidy, southern guitars. Mmhmm… The Roseland was lifting higher to the stratosphere…
9ish Set 3: Gov’t Mule (Warren Haynes (guitar), Matt Abts (drums), Jorgen Carlsson (bass), Danny Louis (keys, trumpet) with special guests: Gordie Johnson, Jim Loughlin, Vinnie Amico, Chuck Garvey, Hook Herrera, Luther Dickinson, Cody Dickinson, Artemis Pyle, Rich Robinson, Robert Kearns, Audley Freed, Savannah Woody
If you know me at all, you know I’m a Mulehead. So, obviously, I was in heaven the minute these guys took the stage. But a few songs standout to me, and the only way I know this is because I’ve put these selects on repeat on my iPod since the show ended.
Gov’t Mule Highlights: Simple Man, Soulshine, Dear Prudence, 32/20 Blues
Um, 32/20 was incredible, harmonica by Hook Herrera, Luther Dickinson on guitar, Cody Dickinson on some sort of washboard instrument around his neck. The music was coming at you in 100 mph speeds…
Dear Prudence was killer with moe. guitarist Chuck Garvey joining in on the fun.
But for me, the one that blew me away…. Simple Man with Skynyrd’s Artemis Pyle and Robert Kearns … holy hell, my head exploded, heaven…seriously…no words. Look below for the video. Good lord.
Then Soulshine with Woody’s beautiful daughter singing with Warren. Savannah Woody’s voice is sweet and angelic, she seemed a little shy up there, but all the musicians around her on stage were propping her up, you could feel the love on the stage, from the audience and back again. She stood up there, and Artemis ran up to her with a tambourine. This song with Savannah – again it was a goosebump moment…. Breathtaking.
11:45ish – Allman Brothers Band (Gregg Allman (vocals, keys), Warren Haynes (guitar), Derek Trucks (guitar), Oteil Burbridge (bass), Butch Trucks (drums), Jai “Jaimoe” Johanson (drums, percussion), Marc Quiñones (drums, percussion, background vocals) with special guests: Hook Herrera, Berry Oakley Jr., Rich Robinson, Audley Freed, Danny Louis, Chuck Garvey, Vinnie Amico, James Van de Bogard, Luther Dickinson, Cody Dickinson, Gordie Johnson, Matt Abts
After a loooong set break, setting up for the last set, we got started probably sometime around the midnight hour with ABB in all their guitar glory.
Allman Brothers Highlights: Black Hearted Woman/Other One Jam, Southbound, Whipping Post
My personal “woohoo” ABB moments: (1): Jorgen Carlsson making eye contact with me at the bar, after he checked out my chest/Dose symbol t-shirt. (2): Being so close to the stage that I made eye contact with Derek Trucks. I am sure he was making eyes at me (hah!)
My feet were killing by this point. Standing since 7pm by midnight my dogs were barking. However, you endure amazing things while under the influence of incredible music.
Black Hearted Woman/Other One Jam was incredibly fast, loud, shredding glorious guitar banter. Oteil dancing, turning his back to the audience, the whole stage jamming hard, fast, greatness. Almost 13 minutes of tasty licks. Yeah the boys are in town, and making a raucous about it.
Southbound was a guitar lovers feast, while Warren and Derek play tit for tat with each other. Two mindblowing guitarists, trying to up each other with their licks. Hook Herrera on harmonica brings this baby up another 10 notches. Good frikkin lord, hot stuff, so hot.
At 1:30, I was willing to sacrifice what I would miss, unbelievably, as I made my way towards the door. Right then, Whipping Post came on, and I couldn’t leave. Derek Trucks wailed on that guitar, and it was the perfect way to end a perfect evening. Close to 2am, floating out of the Roseland, I was grateful to be there and experience, speechless for days, and riding high on the whispers of southern guitars raging in my head.