On Friday, Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann brought his Billy & The Kids project featuring bassist Reed Mathis, keyboardist Aron Magner, guitarist Tom Hamilton and special guest guitarist Eric Krasno to the Wanee Music Festival at The Spirit Of The Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida. Reprising a similar festival treat seen at last year’s Gathering Of The Vibes, the afternoon set also saw another special guest guitarist in the form of Warren Haynes.
Krasno, who also performed at Wanee with his band Soulive, was on hand for the “Shakedown Street” opener that transitioned into a cover of The Beatles’ “Dear Prudence.” The standard Dead cover “Me And My Uncle” was followed by a pairing of “Cassidy” and “Playing In The Band.” The ensemble moved through “Scarlet Begonias” before a take on the ballad “Stella Blue.” The penultimate song of the performance “Uncle John’s Band” preceded the emergence of Haynes, whose own Gov’t Mule was set to immediately follow Billy & The Kids on the same stage, sitting-in on the closing rendition of “Deal.”
Audience-shot video highlights of the guest-filled set can be seen in the clips below:
Listen to audio captured by Butch Almberg:
Set: Shakedown Street > Dear Prudence, Me And My Uncle, Cassidy > Playing In The Band, Scarlet Begonias, Stella Blue, Uncle John’s Band, Deal*
* with Warren Haynes
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