Umphrey’s McGee Enlists Sierra Hull & Daniel Donato For Doobie Brothers Classic At Greenbelt Music Festival

Listen to the mandolin and guitar virtuosos join the band for “Black Water” the festival in Clive, Iowa.

By Scott Bernstein May 20, 2024 12:04 pm PDT

The Greenbelt Music Festival ended in collaborative fashion on Saturday night as headliners Umphrey’s McGee recruited mandolinist Sierra Hull and guitarist Daniel Donato to join them for the penultimate song of the night. UM, Hull and Donato treated festivalgoers in Clive, Iowa to a well-jammed cover of The Doobie Brothers‘ “Black Water.”

Daniel Donato and Sierra Hull each performed on the Outdoor Stage with their respective bands before Umphrey’s McGee closed out main stage action at the two-day music festival. 2024 marked the second year of the Greenbelt Music Festival with the Railroad Revue featuring Lindsay Lou, Yonder Mountain String Band, Tall Tall Trees and Maygen & The Birdwatcher among other acts on this year’s lineup.


Umphrey’s McGee went with classic “In The Kitchen” to start their Greenbelt Music Festival set at Clive’s Horizon Event Center. Next, the sextet pulled “Hiccup” off their latest studio effort, 2022’s Asking For A Friend, and laid a path for oldie “Phil’s Farm.” Guitarist Jake Cinninger then fronted the group on the groovy “Booth Love” before UM delivered a “Remind Me” that featured “Small Strides” within.

“Do you guys mind if our friends Sierra Hull and Daniel Donato come out for this next one and help us take it to 11 … maybe 12?” Umphrey’s McGee guitarist Brendan Bayliss asked the audience following “Booth Love.” Hull and Donato then joined UM on their first cover of “Black Water” since September 2023 and just second since March 2018. Bayliss and Cinninger traded lead vocal duties on The Doobie Brothers’ 1974 single.

Both Sierra Hull and Daniel Donato weaved in powerful melodies as Umphrey’s worked through the start of “Black Water.” Donato and Cinninger exchanged riffs to start the second solo before Hull got in on the action with mesmerizing licks of her own. At points, the seven musicians blew past the song’s structure and drummer Kris Myers reeled them in leading to the vocal outro. UM said farewell with a guest-less “The Triple Wide” finale.

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Setlist (via All Things Umphreys)

Set: In The Kitchen, Hiccup > Phil’s Farm, Booth Love, Remind Me > Small Strides > Remind Me, Black Water[1], The Triple Wide

[1] with Sierra Hull on mandolin and Daniel Donato on guitar

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