Cover Wars: Will It Go Round In Circles Edition

The Bridge: The Bridge are becoming Cover War regulars. Every time I’m putting this together, and I’m on the Archive and I hit play to preview one of their tracks, I’m always impressed with the time they take to make their own arrangements. Rarely do I see The Bridge performing a “straight” cover, and for that they get a good grade for effort in my book. Source: 4-8-2009


Derek Trucks Band: Looks like this was a one-time played on New Year’s 2006. A stellar show, and on this cut Derek welcomes his wife Susan Tedeschi (vocals) and his younger brother Duane (drums) to the stage. Source: 12-31-2006


Juggling Suns: New Jersey based Juggling Suns, a group featuring members of Solar Circus and Splintered Sunlight, makes their Cover Wars debut this week with a strong rendition that features a nice guitar solo. Source: 3-26-2005


Martin Sexton: A great solo rendition here from Martin Sexton. This track actually comes from the same show that was featured when Sexton won the Wind Cries Mary Cover Wars. Source: 8-18-2006

Some Bonus Video of Martin Playing with band:

North Mississippi All Stars: For this take, the NMAS are joined by Kirk Smithhart (guitar) and Ed Cleveland (drums). Essentially, it’s Hill Country Revue. Source: 12-27-2008

Robert Walter: This recording is from this year’s JamCruise and Robert Walter put together a group called Robert Walter’s Super Heavy Organ. Featured on this track (it was a rotating cast all set) is Ivan Neville (keyboards), George Porter Jr. (bass), and Russell Batiste (drums). Source: 1-8-2009


String Cheese Incident: Sitting in with String Cheese Incident on this take is George Porter Jr. (bass), who also is featured on the previous contestant, and this time it’s Art Neville (Ivan’s brother) on keyboards. Source: 2-21-2000


Trey Anastasio: Trey has kept this cover in somewhat steady rotation over the last ten years. He first played it as part of the Trey Trio tour in 1999 and it was played frequently. Trey was quick to keep it in the rotation when the horns were added to the band in February of 2001 and played it four times in the Summer of 2001, the first tour to feature Ray Packowski on keyboards. Summer 2002 saw just two appearances of the cover and then it disappeared for five years, reappearing from the stage of a 70-volt parade show in 2005. It made two final appearances in 2006 after Billy Preston’s death. Oh yeah, and Phish played it twice in 1999 as well. Source: 7-31-2001


Some Bonus Video:

Billy Preston 1973:

With Eric Clapton:

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