Waxahatchee Covers The Judds At Red Rocks

Katie Crutchfield and company honored Naomi Judd at the famed Colorado venue.

By Scott Bernstein May 4, 2022 11:44 am PDT

Waxahatchee paid tribute to the late Naomi Judd by debuting a cover of The Judds’ “Why Not Me” at Red Rocks Amphitheatre near Denver last night. “Why Not Me” came during Waxahatchee’s set on Tuesday opening for Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit at the scenic Colorado venue.

Naomi Judd died on Saturday, April 30 at the age of 76. “Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness,” wrote Naomi’s daughters Wynonna and Ashley Judd in a statement confirming their mother’s death. “We are shattered. We are navigating profound grief and know that as we loved her, she was loved by her public. We are in unknown territory.”

Wynonna and Naomi performed as The Judds. “Why Not Me” is the title track of the country music duo’s 1984 debut studio album. The song penned by Harlan Howard, Brent Maher and Sonny Throckmorton opens the 10-track LP.

Waxahatchee, the project of Katie Crutchfield, played a 16-song set at Red Rocks. “Why Not Me” was premiered by Crutchfield and her bandmates towards the middle of last night’s performance. Katie handled lead vocals on the cover. The night also featured nine cuts from the 2020 Waxahatchee album Saint Cloud, “La Loose” off 2015’s Ivy Tripp, “Recite Remorse” off 2017’s Out In The Storm and. Additionally, the group covered Lucinda Williams’ “Fruits Of My Labor” and Dolly Parton’s “Light Of A Clear Blue Morning.”

Watch a brief clip featuring Waxahatchee’s “Why Not Me” cover below:

Setlist

Waxahatchee at Red Rocks Amphitheatre

  • Oxbow
  • Chapel of Pines  
  • Can't Do Much
  • Recite Remorse
  • The Eye
  • Hell
  • Lilacs
  • Why Not Me  
  • Ruby Falls
  • Singer's No Star  
  • Witches
  • La Loose
  • Fruits of My Labor  
  • St. Cloud
  • Fire
  • Light of a Clear Blue Morning  

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