Cover Wars: Sweet Virginia Edition

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Counting Crows & Augustana: The Counting Crows, Michael Franti & Spearhead, and Augustana have been touring the country together performing one long set with a rotating cast of musicians onstage. I believe this version features members of Counting Crows & Augustana but no Spearhead folks, but I could be wrong. Source: 8-28-2009


Derek Trucks Band: This cover was brought to the stage during DTB’s NYE 2006 run, the same run of shows that was featured when we looked at covers of Will It Go Round In Circles. Source: 12-28-2006


Phish: Sweet Virginia opened this 1999 show in New Orleans, Phish’s first show in the city since their appearance at Jazzfest in 1996 – and they haven’t been back since. Not exactly a coincidence that both this week’s and last week’s Cover Wars are selections off of albums that are still in the running for performance at Festival 8. Here’s a question for those that were at the show: why does the crowd let out an audible yelp as the band starts to wrap up the song? Seems like something must have happened…lights, someone on stage, anyone know what that’s all about? Source: 9-26-1999


String Cheese Incident: Todd Park Mohr of Big Head Todd & The Monsters joined SCI for a couple of tunes, including this one, at this show at the Fox Theater in Boulder, Colorado. Covers of Eric Clapton’s Forever Man and The Beatles Taxman (performed instrumentally) were also debuted at this show. Source: 6-11-2001


Checking in on last week’s Life On Mars? Cover Wars, Phish has emerged victorious with 50% of the vote. All seven contestants received votes (love it when that happens) and The Bad Plus and Seu Jorge share second place honors.

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9 thoughts on “Cover Wars: Sweet Virginia Edition

  1. Matlock Reply

    The crowd cheer near the end of Sweet Virginia at UNO was for a bird (a seagull I think) that landed on mic stand near Trey’s stack. It was a surreal moment. The crowd’s cheering prompted the bird to fly back up into the arena’s rafters.

  2. DaveO Reply

    Matlock – thanks so much! Was hoping someone could shed some light on that one.

  3. Billa Reply

    VVVV That’s so awesome…

  4. lmt Reply

    you are correct- no spearhead on CC/Augustana, but it’s also w/Emmy Rossum on vocals, at least at the Summeratge version:

    Great version! heard it twice this summer!

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  9. alex Reply

    countingcrows all the way!

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