Remembering Sharon Jones Guest Spots With Phish, Tedeschi Trucks Band & Umphrey’s McGee

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Yesterday it was revealed soul singer extraordinaire Sharon Jones had lost her long battle with pancreatic cancer. Reactions have been pouring in from around the world about Jones’ death, many of which noted her many collaborations over the past 20 years. Some of those collaborations took place within the jam scene including guest spots with Phish, the Tedeschi Trucks Band and Umphrey’s McGee.

On October 31, 2009 Jones sat-in with Phish for the first and only time as part of the quartet’s Festival 8 event at the Polo Fields in Indio, California. Phish enlisted a horn section and vocalists Jones and Saundra Williams to back them up on a complete performance of The Rolling Stones’ iconic Exile On Main Street LP. Jones first emerged for “Tumbling Dice” and “Sweet Virginia” and returned for “Loving Cup” to add to the rest of the Exile set including takes on such Stones classics as “Happy,” “Let It Loose,” “Shine A Light” and “Soul Survivor.” Sharon was also among Phish’s guest for a festive “Suzy Greenberg” encore.

Watch Phish, the horns and vocalists including Sharon rehearse “Suzy” and perform “Loving Cup”:

Check out the actual performance of “Suzy” captured by Tyler Penn:

Here’s footage of the entire Exile On Main Street set from 2009:


In 2015 the Tedeschi Trucks Band embarked on the inaugural Wheels Of Soul Tour, which found them joined by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings as well as Doyle Bramhall II. Sharon would guest with the TTB throughout the tour on a number of songs such as Etta James’ “Tell Mama,” The Boxtops’ “The Letter” and Sam Cooke’s “Bring It On Home To Me.” Watch a handful of official videos shared by the Tedeschi Trucks Band:

[Tell Mama]

[She Ain’t A Child No More]

[Bring It On Home To Me]

[Sly Stone Medley]


Sharon Jones made her Umphrey’s McGee debut earlier this year at the 2016 installment of the Major Rager in Augusta, Georgia – just miles from where the vocalist was born. Jones and Amy Christian led UM through a debut cover of James Brown’s “I Got You (I Feel Good)” that also featured Keith Jenkins replacing Brendan Bayliss on guitar and a horn section of Natalie Cressman, Jennifer Hartswick and Mike Quinn. Watch how it went down via fan-shot footage from Andy C: