Pullin’ ‘Tubes: The White House Brings The Blues

Last week a slew of the best blues musicians around descended on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for a special concert hosted by President Barack Obama honoring the genre, as a long standing American tradition. The show featured a incredible all-star line-up of musicians from the last 60+ years, with the likes of B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Mick Jagger, Trombone Shorty, Warren Haynes, Jeff Beck, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Keb Mo, Gary Clark Jr. and Shemekia Copeland taking the stage at The White House to perform with the house band that was directed by the legendary Booker T. Jones. The show, which was webcast live, will be broadcast tonight on PBS as a special called Red, White and Blues as part of their ongoing In Performance At The White House series (check your local listings for the exact time and channel).

In anticipation of the two-hour special, whose set list can be seen here, The White House has uploaded a pair of fantastic and intimate backstage performances from HT faves Warren Haynes, who does a solo take on River’s Gonna Rise from his most recent solo effort Man In Motion, and husband and wife tandem Derek Truck and Susan Tedeschi doing an acoustic run through of the blues classic Rollin’ and Tumblin’, a tune that was made famous by Muddy Waters. Let’s check them out..

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