On Saturday, the 28th Christmas Jam benefit for for the Asheville Area Habitat For Humanity was held at U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville, North Carolina. Among the all-star performances was host Warren Haynes leading The Last Waltz Band tribute the legendary The Band concert that took place 40 years ago.
Haynes played guitar and sang alongside keyboardist John Medeski, bassist Don Was, drummer Terence Higgins, keyboardist/vocalist Michael McDonald, guitarist/vocalist Jamey Johnson and Mark Mullins & Levee Horns. The set featured such beloved The Band favorites performed at Winterland Ballroom on Thanksgiving 1976 as “Up On Cripple Creek, “The Shape I’m In,” “Stage Fright,” “Ophelia” and “It Makes No Difference.”
Johnson sang “Georgia On My Mind” and Bob Weir and Alison Krauss helped out on “The Weight.” Krauss returned to help sing “Helpless” as well. Original The Last Waltz performer and former Muddy Waters guitarist Bob Margolin emerged to lead renditions of “Mannish Boy” and “Further On Up The Road” aided by Smoky Greenwell on harmonica. A stirring “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” brought the special tribute set to a close.
The complete The Last Waltz Band performance from Christmas Jam was captured by Josh Daniel, watch here:
Set: Up On Cripple Creek, The Shape I’m In, Stage Fright, Georgia On My Mind, The Weight*, Ophelia, It Makes No Difference, Helpless**, Mannish Boy^, Further On Up The Road^, King Harvest, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
- * with Bob Weir & Alison Krauss
- ** with Alison Krauss
- ^ with Bob Margolin & Smoky Greenwell