Photos And Review | Lockn' Festival Sunday And Final Thoughts

The Tedeschi Trucks Band brought soul-drenched gospel to the festival. Susan Tedeschi has a strong and bellowing, gospel-rooted voice, as demonstrated on lovely songs such as the soulful “Midnight In Harlem,” and the doo-wop styled “Part Of Me,” with brassy horn fills. Eric Krasno sat in for a gorgeous reading of John Prine’s “Angel From Montgomery,” which Tedeschi dedicated to the late JJ Cale. Chris Robinson and Jackie Greene of The Black Crowes and Furthur's Bob Weir sat in on the rousing closing number of “Sing A Simple Song > I Want To Take You Higher.”

The Black Crowes greatest hits tour continued, as they kicked off their Sunday set with a aching and bluesy rendition of “Seeing Things” that saw Adam MacDougall lean all over his organ and piano keys. “Ballad In Urgency > Wiser Time” was the jam/improv segment of the set and included one of the finest musical transitions in modern rock. Having just finished a double bill tour, the entire Tedeschi Trucks Band and The Crowes got together to sing the Ashford & Simpson penned “Let’s Go Get Stoned” made popular by Ray Charles, with Robinson and Tedeschi trading verses and bellowing the chorus together, while Derek Trucks ripped a soulful solo. Bob Weir joined the ensemble for a run through Bobby Bland’s “Turn On Your Love Light,” which, played here with the TTB Horns blowing and gospel-backing vocals, sounded eerily similar to the original recording.

There is just something astoundingly awesome about seeing and hearing a live set from Widespread Panic in a dusty field in the South as the sun is setting. The second set of the weekend from the Southern jam kings certainly had this one-time Atlanta resident reminiscing on Panic festival sets of the past. “Conrad The Caterpillar” and “Pleas” were rocking enough openers; the latter moving directly from “Pleas” into Neil Young’s “Mr. Soul” which saw the ever-versatile Jimmy Herring tear through finger bleeding guitar feedback.

Derek Trucks joined Panic for the final three numbers. A rumbling bass roll from Dave Schools led into “Chilly Water.” Herring and Trucks were seamless in time, tone and melody, as though they’d been performing together for years – they do have a history of playing together, just briefly. Jimmy stepped back on the low, bluesy “Me and The Devil Blues,” a Robert Johnson tune, which gave Trucks a moment to shine on the slide guitar – a perfect fit. Panic brought the energy back with a fiery run through “North,” giving 25,000 fans and freaks the moment to sing-a-long once more.

Taking the headlining spot originally meant for Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Furthur’s festival closing set was one to remember. Loose tuning moved into “Terrapin Station,” a classic Garcia/Hunter composition. Vocalist/guitarist John Kadlecik’s vocals and guitars were on the mark – not an imitation of Garcia, but a fine and passionately delivered reading of the classic Dead tune. Jimmy Herring joined the band on “Brown Eyed Women,” giving the tune a southern twinge on guitar and sounding every bit like Duane Allman reincarnated. “Let It Grow” was a high point, an upbeat and rousing rendition that had the crowd singing along. Furthur closed the set where it began, rolling through “Terrapin Flyer >Terrapin Reprise.”

“May The Four Winds Blow You Safely Home,” said bassist Lesh, in way of an encore. But rather than “Franklin’s Tower,” the song which the lyrics were quoted from, the band serenaded the fans with a beautiful, acoustic take on “Brokedown Palace,” with lovely vocal harmonies on the sweet lullaby. It was a glorious and sentimental way to close the musical festivities of the first Lockn’ music festival.

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