Trey Anastasio Band Debuts Willie Nelson & Hozier Covers In Austin

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The most extensive Trey Anastasio Band tour in years continued on Saturday night in Austin. Anastasio and his Trey Anastasio Band ensemble threw a few surprises into their performance at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater.

The Trey Anastasio Band opened last night’s show with “On The Road Again” in honor of Willie Nelson’s 84th birthday. Nelson scored a big hit with “On The Road Again” upon its initial release in 1980. Anastasio’s horn section of James Casey, Jennifer Hartswick and Natalie Cressman brought the cover to a close with a horn line based around “Happy Birthday To You.” Trey had previously performed the song with Mike Gordon at various GRAB shows in 2006 and once with Phish at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Denver on August 31, 2013.

The other cover debut at last night’s TAB concert came within the second set. Apparently on the way to the show the group heard Hozier’s 2015 single “Work Song” and decided to learn it. Trey shared vocals on the a capella version with Casey, Hartswick and Cressman. Otherwise, Saturday’s show featured recently debuted originals (“Come Together”/”Everything’s Right”), covers (“Feel It Still”/”The Parting Glass”), plenty of TAB staples (“Cayman Review”/”Night Speaks To A Woman”/”Gotta Jibboo”) and more.

Here’s audio taped by Lee Hart of “On The Road Again”:

Watch fan-shot video of “Work Song” captured by Chaz Ripoll:

Setlist

Set One: On The Road Again, Cayman Review, Sometime After Sunset, Magilla, Sand, Feel It Still, Everything’s Right, Burlap Sack & Pumps, Dark & Down, Curlew’s Call, 49 Bye Byes, Drifting, Gotta Jibboo

Set Two: Money Love & Change, In Rounds, Mozambique, Simple Twist Up Dave, Tide Turns, Work Song, Come Together, Shine, Valentine, Clint Eastwood, Dazed & Confused

Encore: Soul Rebel, Tuesday, Parting Glass

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