My Morning Jacket Covers Willie Nelson In Knoxville

My Morning Jacket’s lengthy tour in support of The Waterfall continued last night in front of a capacity crowd at the Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville, Tennessee. The Louisville rockers switched it up from the setlist they presented at Friday’s tour opener in Athens and even threw in a spontaneous Willie Nelson cover before the night was over.

[Photo via My Morning Jacket Facebook]

While MMJ performed eight songs off their new album on Friday, they took it a step further by playing all ten of the new tunes in Knoxville on Saturday night. The show was not without its classics as 1999’s The Tennessee Fire was represented by “The Dark,” while “Bermuda Highway” and “X-Mas Curtain” off 2001’s At Dawn made the setlist and “Magheetah” and “Steam Engine” from 2003’s It Stills Moves were also performed at the Tennessee Theatre. “Steam Engine” featured what fan reports describe as a “crazy heavy jam” and was followed by a debut cover of Willie Nelson’s “Funny How Time Slips Away” that wasn’t on the pre-planned stage setlist. 

Fans had a hand in determining Saturday’s setlist via the Spontaneous Curation program. My Morning Jacket headlines the action at the Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama on Sunday. The band’s set is listed on the webcast schedule as of press time. Use the hashtag #MMJHangout to tweet song suggestions to @MyMorningJacket

Watch fan-shot footage of MMJ’s “Believe” thanks to Eric Groves: