Videos | Haynes, Phish, Bush & More – Star Spangled Banner

By Scott Bernstein Jun 4, 2014 8:00 am PDT

Despite Soundgarden’s authorship claims, Francis Scott Key wrote “The Star Spangled Banner” in 1814 -two hundred years ago. On June 14, aka Flag Day, the The National Museum of American History will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the song with an event called Anthem For America in which organizers aim to present the largest group sing of the national anthem in history at 4 p.m. ET.

The museum has put together a playlist of stellar versions of “The Star Spangled Banner” in honor of Anthem For America featuring the likes of Phish, Warren Haynes, Sam Bush and Rebirth Brass Band.

Here’s a few of our favorites:

Warren Haynes utilizes one of the cleanest guitar tones we’ve heard him use for a gorgeous solo version of the anthem.

New Orleans’ Rebirth Brass Band delivers a horn-heavy take on “The Star Spangled Banner” before a Texas Rangers baseball game.

Phish has performed their acapella take on “The Star Spangled Banner” in concert 18 times between 1996 and 2012 as well as at a handful of sporting events. The version above took place at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City in 2010.

Sam Bush and his band do the anthem justice in an inventive version that combines elements of The Beatles’ “Within You, Without You” and “Third Stone From The Sun” by Jimi Hendrix before moving on to the familiar bits of “The Star Spangled Banner.”

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