Last Week’s Sauce: December 6th – 12th

Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds – Christmas Song
Date & Venue: 2010-12-07 McCaw Hall, Seattle, WA
Taper & Show Download: Eric Morgensen

As you can tell from the roar of the crowd, Christmas Song is still a crowd-favorite, especially this time of year. Oh admit it, you owned Live At Luther College and you know the words to this song. Well if you don’t, you should. Two bands in and I have no future tour dates to tell you about for either, oh no!


Video of The Stone:

Jeff Tweedy – Passenger Side, Give Me Back the Key to My Heart, God
Date & Venue: 2010-12-08 Paramount Theater, Charlottesville, VA
Taper & Show Download: Mark Lynn

Jeff Tweedy has done an amazing job the past few years of balancing his Wilco touring duties with the occasional solo performance. Last week, he had his bandmates John Stirratt and Pat Sansone open up for him with their side-project The Autumn Defense. Not surprisingly, all parties involved were playing together by the end of the night for a great encore, some of which is featured here. The clear highlight being a fantastic rendition of John Lennon’s God in observance of the anniversary of his assassination. Be on the lookout for an epic lyric change in the Lennon cover. Jeff Tweedy [tour dates] next plays January 7th-8th, solo shows at The Boulder Theater in Colorado.


Tweedy & The Autumn Defense perform California Stars earlier in the encore:

Steve Miller Band – Fly Like An Eagle
Date & Venue: 2010-12-11 Asheville Civic Center, Asheville, NC
Taper & Show Download: Z-Man

I’ll admit I haven’t listen to a whole lot of live Steve Miller Band, maybe there are a lot of 18-minute versions of Fly Like An Eagle, I just don’t know. But if anyone can help make them happen, it’s Mr. Warren Haynes on additional guitar – and that is of course, what happens here for the set closer of this set. Warren also joined the band earlier on for more standard renditions of Don’t Cha Know, Further On Up The Road and How Blue Can You Get.


Video of the Fly Like An Eagle:

Umphrey’s McGee – Ain’t No Sunshine
Date & Venue: 2010-12-11 Asheville Civic Center, Asheville, NC
Taper & Show Download: Z-Man

The list of covers that Umphrey’s McGee hands their potential guest musicians to choose from is massive at this point. John Bell of Widespread Panic joins a small list of guest vocalists who have blown the doors off this Bill Withers tune with UM in the past. In September of 2005, Jennifer Hartswick destroyed it at The Higher Ground in Vermont and just a couple months later Ugochi also performed it with the band at New York City’s Irving Plaza. Umphrey’s McGee [tour dates] next hits the stage for a 3-night New Year’s Eve Run at The Riviera Theater in Chicago.


Video of the Triple Guitar action:

Warren Haynes Band – Sneakin’ Sally Through The Alley
Date & Venue: 2010-12-11 Asheville Civic Center, Asheville, NC
Taper & Show Download: Z-Man

And last, but certainly not least, we have the Warren Haynes Band. We here at Hidden Track love us some Gov’t Mule, but we are all very excited to see this band hit the road next year. Just exactly who will be in the touring band we don’t know yet, but for this gig he was backed by Ron Johnson on bass, Ivan Neville on keys and vocals, Ron Holloway on sax, Terrance Higgins on drums and Ruthie Foster on vocals. Gov’t Mule [tour dates] next plays December 28th at The Warner Theater in Washington DC before heading to New York City’s Beacon Theater for a two-night New Year’s Run.


Video of the Sneakin’ Sally:

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