Thursday, December 9, 2010

Roots Goes 8 Miles High!

Words and Photos by Butch Worrell

Chris Hillman (Byrds fame) and his old friend Herb Pedersen stopped in at the Loveless barn and joined the Roots' Dec 8 show. They rounded out a diverse line up of talented Americana talent*, hosted that night by the Nashville Tennessean’s senior music writer Peter Cooper.
Chris and Herb brought the music of the Byrds with a Americana bluegrass feel, the highlight of their set being a beautiful rendition of 8 Miles High. But it was the Roots Jam’s finale that got the crowd singing along to Dylan’s “You Ain’t Going Nowhere”

Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen
Kristi Rose & Fats Kaplin
Holy Ghost Tent Revival
Eric Brace and Peter Cooper
Jennifer Niceley
Peter Cooper - Host

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Warren Haynes Christmas Jam

Warren Haynes is coming home to Asheville for the 22nd annual Warren Haynes Christmas Jam. The benefit concert has raised over 1 million dollars for Habitat for Humanity since the holiday extravaganza began. The diversity of bands and collaborative performances have ranged from blues to bluegrass to funk to good ol' Rock and Roll.  Mountain music legend Dr. Ralph Stanly, Dumpstaphunk, William Bell, Grace Potter and The Nocturnals, SerialPod with Trey Anastasio and Mike Gordon of Phish with Bill Kreutzmann of the Grateful Dead on drums, Phil Lesh & Friends, Widespread Panic, Allman Brothers Band, Derek Trucks Band and of course Warren Haynes' band Gov't Mule have all performed at previous Xmas Jams in Asheville, NC.

The Warren Haynes Christmas Jam has been expanding to include many events across the City of Asheville which is Warren Haynes' hometown.  The Pre-Jam to the Xamas Jam, held the night before the Saturday night concert has been held at The Orange Peel and broadcast live on the local public radio station and the web, WNCW.  The live broadcast will be available online and will take place again this Friday night, December 10 and can be listened to live here:  WNCW Warren Haynes Pre-Jam Broadcast.  Also part of the fund raising festivities is the Christmas Jam by Day.  A short walk from the Asheville Civic Center over to Lexington Ave, The Lab, one of Asheville's newest breweries and bars will be hosting performances on Friday from 12 noon till 5 pm.. Performers include Kevn Kinney, Drivin' N Cryin', Jake Haldenwang, Aaron LaFalce, Jamie Dose & Dorsey Parker of Velvet Truckstop.  Saturday at The Lab, performances include Kevn Kinney, Drivin' N Cryin', Mac Arnold and Plate Full O'Blues and Bobby Miller & The Virginia Daredevils + more acts are expected both days.

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The Satellite Gallery in Asheville is again hosting the Christmas Jam by Day Art Show.  The gallery will feature art and photography with sales benefiting Warren's charity, the W&S Charitable Foundation, Inc., which works closely with Habitat for Humanity.

Also part of the Christmas Jam by Day will be Saturday afternoon performances at Stella Blue (Correction - Stella Blue events will now be held at The Emerald Lounge) by The Last Straw, Caleb Caudle & The Bayonets, Velvet Truckstop and Sanctum Sully also running from noon through 5p.m..

The 22nd annual Warren Haynes Christmas Jam is featuring the debut of Warren Haynes' new band, The Warren Haynes Band comprising of New Orleans based funkateers George Porter, Jr., Ivan Neville, and Raymond Weber along with Ian McLagan, Ron Holloway and Ruthie Foster and of course, Warren Haynes.

The Drive-By Truckers had to cancel their scheduled performance due to being run down on their European tour and exhaustion by Mike Cooley and he/they are following doctor's advice to take a break from touring.

The 2010 Warren Haynes Christmas Jam lineup is headlining the Steve Miller Band, Umphrey's McGee, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band along with Missing Cats, Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band, John Bell of Widespread Panic along with special guests: Mike Barne, Cody Dickinson, Fred Eltringham, Sherman Ewing, Ruthie Foster, Audley Freed, John "JoJo" Hermann, Terence Higgins, Ron Holloway, Ron Johnson, Robert Kearns, Kevn Kinney and Ivan Neville.  For more details about the weekend's events or to make a donation, go to the Xmas Jam website.  The 2010 Christmas Jam is sold out but don't miss the live broadcast of the Pre-Jam this Friday and day events in town this weekend.  Photos from the past 5 Warren Haynes Christmas Jams at Performance Impressions.  Watch a slide show from the past 5 Xmas Jams on Flickr.
Warren Haynes Christmas Jam photos at Performance Impressions:

2010 Warren Haynes Christmas Jam Photos  coming soon!

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