Warren Haynes Presents the Benefit Concert, Vol. 4

Warren Haynes Presents the Benefit Concert, Vol. 4


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How many musicians would kill to get a peek into Warren Haynes' address book? He has been holding his annual benefit Christmas jam concerts in Asheville, North Carolina since 1988, and each time, the lineup is more impressive than the year before. This one, recorded December 21, 2002 but not released until nearly nine years later, documents his 14th such gig, featuring Robert Randolph, moe., John Hiatt, Bob Weir & Friends, and a closing free-for-all with Haynes' Gov't Mule and guests such as DJ Logic and Widespread Panic's Dave Schools. Haynes lends his talents to about half the tracks on this nearly two-and-a-half-hour, double-disc set as he shares the spotlight with Hiatt, moe., Jerry Joseph, Weir, and others. With Weir around, there's a heavy Dead vibe to much of the music, as moe. even covers Dark Star (sounding arguably better and tighter than vintage Dead) and Weir rolling out the Dead's "Truckin'," "Shakedown Street," and "The Other One" with somewhat surprisingly sprightly results. Since Haynes was touring as a temporary member of that band for a while, the connection is logical. Randolph lights a fire under all that noodling with a propulsive nine-minute take on Slim Harpo's "Shake Your Hips" that just about burns the stage down with its intensity. Bluegrass is usually present at these Haynes gatherings, and for this one, he invites Ashville's Sons of Ralph. The band features some lightning-fast mandolin playing from Don Lewis that will have most listeners Googling the group to learn more about them. John Hiatt delivers inspired versions of some of his better-known songs including a ten-minute romp through "Memphis in the Meantime" (with Haynes sitting in). Having the always stellar Sonny Landreth on slide helps raise the temperature substantially. The final 30 minutes are spent on three Gov't Mule tunes, including a raw cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Simple Man," with that group's drummer Artimus Pyle, that closes the concert by paying tribute to Haynes' 70s and Southern rock roots. These shows usually run over eight hours, so even at a hefty 150 minutes, this is just a sampler of the music soiree that night. As with the three previous double-disc packages, the recording is pristine and the live setting adds a sharp edge to every performance. The CD's profits, as well as those from the shows, goes to Habitat for Humanity. That gives the proceedings an even more positive vibe, making this a logical purchase for any American roots rock or Dead fan.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/06/2011
Label: Evil Teen Records
UPC: 0651751120822
catalogNumber: 1208
Rank: 24870

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Hiatt   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Bob Weir   Guitar,Vocals
Sonny Landreth   Guitar,Group Member
Warren Haynes   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Matt Abts   Drums,Keyboards,Group Member
Audley Freed   Guitar
Jerry Joseph   Guitar,Vocals
Don Lewis   Fiddle,Mandolin,Group Member
Marty Lewis   Guitar,Group Member
John Molo   Drums
Greg Rzab   Bass
Dave Schools   Bass
Jon Smith   Saxophone
Danny Louis   Keyboards,Group Member
Gary Wiley   Bass,Group Member
Rob Derhak   Bass,Vocals,Group Member
Chuck Garvey   Guitar,Group Member
John Ginty   Organ,Group Member
Schnier   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Robert Randolph   Pedal Steel Guitar,Vocals,Electric Dobro,Group Member
Jim Loughlin   Percussion,Group Member
Kenneth Blevins   Drums,Group Member
Vinnie Amico   Drums,Group Member
Rob Barraco   Keyboards
Marcus Randolph   Drums,Group Member
Mike Barnes   Guitar
Danyel Morgan   Bass,Group Member
Richard Foulks   Drums,Group Member
Artimus Pyle   Drums
Ralph Lewis   Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals,Group Member
Dave Ranson   Bass,Group Member
Dan Matazzo   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Merle Travis   Composer
John Hiatt   Composer
Warren Haynes   Composer,Producer
James Taylor   Composer
Don Lewis   Composer
Robert Randolph   Composer
Stefani Scamardo   Executive Producer
Jerry Wayne Joseph   Composer

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