March Madness Live Covers Tournament Round 1

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JamBase presents the March Madness Live Covers Tournament, a fan-voted competition that will start with 32 competitors (and in some cases special guests) and will end with one live cover being named this year’s champion. Each cover song is by a different artist and each competitor could only appear once, though not counting those guest spots.

The March Madness Live Covers Tournament is powered by the JamBase Live Video Archive (JBLVA), which features over 100,000 live music videos that are easy-to-find, filter and watch all in one convenient place.

Round 1 will be a choice between two renditions of the same song, with the winning cover moving on to next week’s round. Subsequent rounds will be different covers competing against each other. Voting for this round is open between now and 11:59 p.m. PT Sunday night.

To keep the playing field level, we present the entries without comment or commentary, letting the cover performances speak for themselves. Clicking the videos below with multiple songs will start the footage at the indicated cover.

Some of the opening round matchups include Goose vs. Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, JHa vs. BB, Dave Matthews Band with Warren Haynes vs. Widespread Panic with Jerry Joseph, GSBG vs. JRAD, Bisco vs. Ween and Phish vs. SCI, among other exciting Round 1 pairings.

Now Go Vote On Live Music!

ROUND 1

1. Little Wing By Jimi Hendrix

Tedeschi Trucks Band with Trey Anastasio | August 24, 2019


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TTBFromTheRoad (See 60 videos)
Tedeschi Trucks Band (See 169 videos) and Trey Anastasio (See 141 videos)

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Phil Lesh & Friends | February 15, 2015

Samwise Gamgee (See 34 videos)
Phil Lesh & Friends (See 183 videos) , Stanley Jordan (See 31 videos) , John Molo (See 109 videos) , Jeff Chimenti (See 75 videos) and John Kadlecik (See 71 videos)

Who covered Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing" better?

  • Tedeschi Trucks Band with Trey Anastasio 84%
  • Phil Lesh & Friends 16%
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2. The Weight By The Band

moe. with Zac Brown | May 25, 2014


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SummerCampFest (See 111 videos)
moe. (See 244 videos) and Zac Brown (See 3 videos)

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Dead & Company | July 13, 2018


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nugsnet (See 548 videos)
Dead & Company (See 140 videos)

Who covered The Band's "The Weight" better?

  • moe. with Zac Brown 54%
  • Dead & Company 46%
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3. Tomorrow Never Knows By The Beatles

Goose | December 21, 2019

Goose (See 76 videos)
Goose (See 107 videos)

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Pigeons Playing Ping Pong | December 31, 2019

Pigeons Playing Ping Pong (See 129 videos)
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong (See 272 videos)

Who covered The Beatles' "Tomorrow Never Knows" better?

  • Goose 73%
  • Pigeons Playing Ping Pong 27%
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4. Kashmir By Led Zeppelin

Umphrey’s McGee with Kanika Moore | February 16, 2019


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Umphrey’s McGee (See 351 videos)
Umphrey’s McGee (See 738 videos) and Kanika Moore

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Dopapod with The Blend Horns & Turkuaz Horns | June 11, 2016


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mk devo (See 2,145 videos)
Joshua Schwartz (See 3 videos) , Greg Sanderson (See 4 videos) , Dopapod (See 334 videos) , Vicky Medieros (See 6 videos) , Mike Oehmen (See 6 videos) , John Mundy (See 6 videos) , Mike Bafundo (See 6 videos) and Chris Brouwers

Who covered Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir" better?

  • Umphrey's McGee with Kanika Moore 77%
  • Dopapod with The Blend Horns & Turkuaz Horns 23%
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5. Cortez the Killer By Neil Young

Dave Matthews Band with Warren Haynes | November 30, 2018


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ChesterCopperpot5 (See 594 videos)
Dave Matthews Band (See 884 videos) and Warren Haynes (See 205 videos)

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Widespread Panic with Jerry Joseph | July 3, 2016


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Widespread Panic (See 289 videos)
Widespread Panic (See 409 videos) and Jerry Joseph (See 24 videos)

Who covered Neil Young's "Cortez The Killer" better?

  • Widespread Panic with Jerry Joseph 55%
  • Dave Matthews Band with Warren Haynes 45%
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6. Whipping Post By The Allman Brothers Band

Frank Zappa | May 15, 1988

Clownsec Television
Frank Zappa (See 41 videos)

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Spafford | November 2, 2019


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SpaffordMusic (See 15 videos)
Spafford (See 39 videos)

Who covered The Allman's Brothers Band's "Whipping Post" better?

  • Frank Zappa 69%
  • Spafford 31%
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7. Wish You Were Here By Pink Floyd

Yonder Mountain String Band | July 16, 2016


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JamGrass TV (See 392 videos)
Yonder Mountain String Band (See 202 videos)

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Gov’t Mule | September 14, 2018

Pat Myers (See 146 videos)
Gov’t Mule (See 89 videos) and Ron Holloway (See 18 videos)

Who covered Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" better?

  • Gov't Mule 68%
  • Yonder Mountain String Band 32%
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8. Take Me Home, Country Roads By John Denver

Mountain Man | Fall 2020


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Mountain Man (See 3 videos)
Mountain Man (See 8 videos)

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Brandi Carlile | September 16, 2017

LessThanFace Productions (See 1,684 videos)
Brandi Carlile (See 85 videos)

Who Cover John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads" better?

  • Brandi Carlile 73%
  • Mountain Man 27%
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9. Wharf Rat By Grateful Dead

Billy Strings | January 18, 2020


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Billy Strings (See 67 videos)
Billy Strings (See 282 videos)

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Yo La Tengo with William Tyler, Steve Gunn & Fred Armisen | December 22, 2019

Larry Rulz FORE! (See 18 videos)
Yo La Tengo (See 77 videos) , William Tyler (See 20 videos) , Fred Armisen , Steve Gunn (See 29 videos) and Greg Hetson

Who covered the Grateful Dead's "Wharf Rat" better?

  • Billy Strings 86%
  • Yo La Tengo with William Tyler, Steve Gunn & Fred Armisen 14%
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10. Let’s Dance By David Bowie

The Disco Biscuits | July 19, 2019

The Disco Biscuits (See 184 videos)
The Disco Biscuits (See 276 videos)

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Ween | April 14, 2011


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FunkItBlog (See 1,092 videos)
Ween (See 375 videos)

Who covered David Bowie's "Let's Dance" better?

  • Ween 55%
  • the Disco Biscuits 45%
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11. American Girl By Tom Petty

Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit | October 13, 2017

Jason Isbell (See 4 videos)
Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit (See 33 videos)

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Fruition | April 3, 2018


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88.5 FM Southern California
Fruition (See 106 videos)

Who covered Tom Petty's "American Girl" better?

  • Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit 59%
  • Fruition 41%
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12. Purple Rain By Prince

My Morning Jacket | May 28, 2016

Pat Myers (See 146 videos)
My Morning Jacket (See 71 videos)

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TAUK | April 13, 2009


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TAUK (See 7 videos)
TAUK (See 47 videos)

Who covered Prince's "Purple Rain" better?

  • My Morning Jacket 69%
  • TAUK 31%
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13. Angel From Montgomery By John Prine

Jennifer Hartswick, Strangefolk & Friends| June 2, 2019


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JamBase (See 149 videos)
Reid Genauer (See 26 videos) , Jon Trafton (See 2 videos) , Jennifer Hartswick (See 57 videos) and Nick Cassarino (See 15 videos)

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Brendan Bayliss | April 10, 2020

Umphrey’s McGee (See 351 videos)
Brendan Bayliss (See 49 videos)

Who covered John Prine's "Angel From Montgomery" better?

  • Jennifer Hartswick, Strangefolk & Friends 77%
  • Brendan Bayliss 23%
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14. Atlantic City By Bruce Springsteen

Greensky Bluegrass | July 14, 2016


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JamGrass TV (See 392 videos)
Greensky Bluegrass (See 401 videos)

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Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | September 26, 2019

nugsnet (See 548 videos)
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead (See 318 videos)

Who covered Bruce Springsteen's "Atlantic City" better?

  • Greensky Bluegrass 56%
  • Joe Russo's Almost Dead 44%
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15. This Land Is Your Land By Woody Guthrie

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings | November 6, 2014


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Café Corsari
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings (See 30 videos)

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The Avett Brothers | October 23, 2020

theavettbrothers (See 7 videos)
The Avett Brothers (See 80 videos)

Who covered Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land" better?

  • Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings 66%
  • The Avett Brothers 34%
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16. Boogie On Reggae Woman By Stevie Wonder

Phish | December 29, 1998

The Phish Jams (See 62 videos)
Phish (See 3,793 videos)

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The String Cheese Incident | March 17, 2016


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grunzy (See 3 videos)
The String Cheese Incident (See 279 videos)

Who covered Stevie Wonder's "Boogie On Reggae Woman" better?

  • Phish 80%
  • The String Cheese Incident 20%
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Be sure to explore the JamBase Live Video Archive (JBLVA) for even more live covers that might make next year’s tournament. Stay tuned for next week’s Round 2 to see who wins this week’s head-to-head covers competition. Remember, voting is open until 11:59 p.m. PT on Sunday night (March 7).