More Horns, Krasno & Return Of Butch | Allmans Night 4

The fourth night of the Allman Brothers Band’s 2014 Beacon Theater residency had all the hallmarks of a classic mid-week show: a workmanlike set of songs with a bunch of gems scattered throughout. It was also the first night of the run to include several special guests, including the return of the Juke horns and two sit-ins by Soulive/Lettuce guitarist Eric Krasno.

[Photos by Adam McCullough]

Most reassuring as the band got underway was the re-appearance of drummer Butch Trucks, who’d missed Tuesday’s show with an unspecified illness. Late in the first set, Warren Haynes pointed to the drum riser and said, “Welcome back, Butch,” to a predictable roar from the crowd.

Rather than more breakouts, Wednesday’s show was a smorgasboard of repeats from the earlier nights run, starting with a straightforward “Midnight Rider” and moving into a typically fierce “You Don’t Love Me.” Warren and Derek had their first extended interplay of the night on “Leave My Blues at Home,” and the whole band got right and tight for “Hot ‘Lanta,” churning with plenty of energy.

It was in the next two selections, however, where the pilot light finally lit; Warren blazed through the jam segment of “Woman Across the River” – one of JamBase’s recently listed “15 Best Repertoire Additions” – and both guitarists contributed top-flight solos to a roiling “Egypt,” which has gone in and out of the band’s playlist since its 2005 debut but tonight was a showcase version.

Out came the always-welcome Juke horns for a run of songs, starting with a moving version of Wilson Pickett’s “I Found a Love” that featured some of Gregg Allman’s most impassioned vocal work of the night. After pleasant but perfunctory versions of Bob Dylan’s “Blind Willie McTell” and longtime Warren staple “Soulshine,” the band was joined by Krasno for “Feel Like Breakin’ Up Somebody’s Home.” The Ann Peebles-penned classic had a trudging, boogie-blues feel, colored by the horn section and featuring plenty of guitar action.

Following the mid-set break came a run of staples, including “Statesboro Blues,” an appropriately protracted “Revival” and a biting “Trouble No More.” But the real action awaited, and what ultimately proved the highlight of the set, if not the whole night, was “Into the Mystic,” featuring soulful Warren vocals, gorgeous horn fills and an extended jam segment that found both lead guitarists wandering afield from the Van classic’s main melody.

A Hittin' the Note sleeper song, “Who to Believe,” was up next followed by the simmering swamp-rock of “Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’,” given an injection of Stax/Volt by the full-on horns attack and featuring Duane Trucks, who’d spelled uncle Butch for much of the previous night on drums and here made a return appearance.

With the horns dispatched, the band got down to serious psychedelic business with the cover of Jimi Hendrix’s “1983 (A Merman I Should Turn To Be)” it began playing a year ago. Predictably, the coarse guitar breakdown in “1983” led into the first “Mountain Jam” of this year’s Beacon run, sending cheers from the orchestra to the upper balcony as Warren and Derek teased out the familiar guitar line, synced up with the timpani, and entered jam space.

With the horns in their second consecutive appearance, a “Southbound” encore was almost certain. “Southbound” is a typical closer and guest showcase, and tonight’s cake-icing version didn’t disappoint, with Krasno returning to the stage to play pass-the-baton with Warren and Derek and the horns providing signature flourish. The jam was much like the show itself: somewhat predictable and straightforward yet not without its aural charms.

Call it a sturdy Wednesday night as this potentially final Allman Brothers Band Beacon residency continues.

Set 1: Midnight Rider, You Don’t Love Me, Leave My Blues at Home, Hot ‘Lanta, Woman Across the River, Egypt, I Found a Love*^, Blind Willie McTell*, Soulshine*, Feel Like Breakin’ Up Somebody’s Home*#

Set 2: Statesboro Blues, Revival, Trouble No More, Into the Mystic*, Who to Believe*, Don’t Keep Me Wonderin*^, 1983 (A Merman I Should Turn To Be) > Mountain Jam > 1983 (A Merman I Should Turn To Be) > Mountain Jam

Encore: Southbound*#

* with Asbury Jukes horns
^ with Duane Trucks, drums
# with Eric Krasno, guitar

The Songs - Allman Brothers Band Beacon Run 2014:

1983 - 1
Ain't Wastin' Time No More - 1
Black Hearted Woman - 1
Blind Willie McTell - 1
Blue Sky - 1
Come and Go Blues - 1
Come On In My Kitchen - 1
Done Somebody Wrong - 1
Don't Keep Me Wonderin' - 2
Don't Want You No More - 1
Dreams - 1
Dusk Till Dawn - 1
Egypt - 2
End Of The Line - 1
Every Hungry Woman - 1
Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody's Home - 1
Get On With Your Life - 1
Good Morning Little Schoolgirl - 1
Hoochie Coochie Man - 1
Hot 'Lanta - 2
I Found A Love - 1
In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed - 1
Into The Mystic - 1
It's Not My Cross To Bear - 1
I Walk On Gilded Splinters - 1
Jessica - 1
Leave My Blues At Home - 2
Les Brers In A Minor - 1
Little Martha - 1
Low Down Dirty Mean - 1
Melissa - 1
Midnight Rider - 2
Mountain Jam - 1
No One To Run With - 2
Old Friend - 1
One Way Out - 1
Please Call Home - 1
Rain - 1
Revival - 2
Rocking Horse - 1
Sailin' 'Cross The Devil's Sea - 1
Same Thing - 1
Seven Turns - 1
Soulshine - 1
Southbound - 2
Spots of Time - 1
Stand Back - 1
Statesboro Blues - 2
That's What Love Will Make You Do - 1
The Sky Is Crying - 1
The Weight - 1
Trouble No More - 2
True Gravity - 2
Whipping Post - 1
Who's Been Talking - 1
Who To Believe - 1
Woman Across The River - 1
Worried Down With The Blues - 1
You Don't Love Me - 2

[Published on: 3/13/14]

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