Warren Haynes has recently announced a never-before-released live album and film, Warren Haynes Presents: The Benefit Concert Volume 16, out December 13th via Evil Teen Records. Recorded at Warren Haynes’ Christmas Jam on December 13, 2014, The Benefit Concert Volume 16 features two hours of live music from Warren Haynes, Gov’t Mule with Jackie Greene, Billy & The Kids (Bill Kreutzmann of Grateful Dead, Tom Hamilton of American Babies & JRAD, Reed Mathis of Tea Leaf Green & Aron Magner of Disco Biscuits), Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Hard Working Americans (Todd Snider, Neal Casal, Dave Schools & Duane Trucks of Widespread Panic, Chad Staehly of Great American Taxi), Paul Riddle (Marshall Tucker Band Co-Founder) & Friends, and many special guests such as Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers, Dead & Co.), Jack Pearson, Col. Bruce Hampton, The Revivalists’ Michael Girardot and Rob Ingraham, American Idol Winner Caleb Johnson, and Audley Freed.
Capturing the live magic and unique collaborations for which the Christmas Jam is renowned, The Benefit Concert Volume 16 features one-of-a-kind covers of Grateful Dead, Phish, The Band, Neil Young, Marshall Tucker Band and The Faces songs. The release will be available in several different configurations: CD/DVD package, digital album, standard CD, film, Blu-ray, double vinyl, and digital film. The album features 10 songs while the film includes 16 songs. Proceeds from the album will be donated to Habitat for Humanity via Haynes’ W&S Charitable Foundation.
Glide is thrilled to premiere “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” (below) featuring Billy & The Kids, a valiant show closer that serves as the video’s inspirational anthem and musically integrated spirit. With help from Haynes on vocals and guitar, this version proves Billy & The Kids can hold up a five-minute song with the same passion they tackle a 15 minute plus improvisational Dead anthem.
Kreutzmann shares, “That Christmas Jam was special for me, not only because it was our first show, but also because it was one of the last times I got to play music with my dear friend Col. Bruce Hampton, darn it. We took the music to improvisational places we never could’ve rehearsed, and that immediate willingness to go far-out like that was just us responding to the fantastic energy of a sold-out arena, full of music fans who didn’t know what to expect from this band but who were just as excited as us to find out. There’s always been a certain magic surrounding Billy & the Kids shows, but this was, as they say, where it all began.”
“This was the finale — took place well after 2 am. Great ending to a great night,” adds Haynes.