As always, a fucking fantastic time. Show started at 7 pm, ended at 4 AM. Opener was "Wild Horses" acoustic Warren and Jackie Greene. Jackie's set was great - he did Bob Dylan's "Isis" and nailed it; not only the highlight of the night for me but one of my favorite Xmas Jam moments ever! Col. Bruce Hampton, Jimmy Herring, George Porter, Jr and Brad Whitford played a sick sick "Spoonful". Stax legend William Bell had a great R&B set with Porter, Ron Holloway and Trombone Shorty on horns, playing all of the great songs he wrote for Stax including "Hard to Handle: and "You don't Miss Your Water". First time I had seen Ani diFranco - was pretty impressed and I also enjoyed all the lipstick lesbians dancing by me. moe - eh. Counting Crows set had the "hits" plus the second half of Side 2 of "Abbey Road". Mule set very strong - I really dig the new bass player. Here is Mule setlist - will put up whole Xmas Jam setlist once some of the tapers wake up and post it. Great times with good friends and fantastic music - and all for Habitat for Humanity. As it is every year, Xmas Jam my favorite concert of the year.
Broke Down On The Brazos >
Frozen Fear >
Devil Likes It Slow with Jimmy Herring, Ron Hollaway & Fred Eltringham
Patchwork Quilt >with Jimmy Herring & Fred Eltringham
Sugaree with Jimmy Herring, Jackie Greene & Fred Eltringham
Don't Let Me Down with Jackie Greene & Fred Eltringham
Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody's Home with Brad Whitford, Ron Hollaway & Fred Eltringham
Train Kept A Rollin'with Brad Whitford & Fred Eltringham
I Shall Be Released with Everybody!
THE 21ST ANNUAL WARREN HAYNES CHRISTMAS JAM (12.12.09)
Wild Horses (with Jackie Greene)
The World I Know
XMAS JAM BAND (Fred Eltringham, Audley Freed, Robert Kearns, Kevn Kinney)
I Ain't Waitin on Tomorrow
Underground Umbrella w/ Brad Whitford & Danny Louis
Last Child w/ Edwin McCain & Ron Holloway
Spoonful w/ Col. Bruce Hampton, Duane Trucks & Warren Haynes
Ball & Chain w/ Jackie Greene & Danny Louis
Animal w/ Jackie Greene & Danny Louis
GEORGE PORTER JR., ERIC KRASNO, ADAM DEITCH, NIGEL HALL
Little Ole Money Maker
Leave Me Alone w/ Troy Trombone Shorty Andrews and Craig Sorrells (aka From this point forward - XMas Horn Section)
Fire on the Bayou w/ Jimmy Herring & XMas Horn Section
Hard to Handle w/ William Bell and Audley Freed & XMas Horn Section
Everyday is a Holiday w/ Willaim Bell, Warren Haynes & Audley Freed
You Don't Miss the Water Till Your Well Runs Dry w/ William Bell, Audley Freed and Xmas Jam Horn Section
Everbody Loves a Winner w/ William Bell, Audley Freed & X-Mas Jam Horn Section
Born Under a Bad Sign w/ William Bell, Brad Whitford, Audley Freed, Xmas Jam Horn Section and Warren Haynes on Last Verse
Fuel w/ Nigel Hall
Which Side Are You On w/ Warren Haynes & Jeff Austin
Overlap w/ Adam Deitch, George Porter Jr., Jeff Austin, Nigel Hall, Warren Haynes, Eric Krasno & Xmas Jam Horn Section\
Captain America w/ DJ Logic
Together at Xmas
Zed Naught Z
Happy Hour Hero w/ Jimmy Herring
Abbey Road Medley
Good night la
Rain king w/ Warren Haynes
This Land is Your Land w/ Warren Haynes
Broke Down on the Brazos
Devil Likes It Slow w/ Jimmy Herring & Ron Holloway
Patchwork Quilt w/ Jimmy Herring
Sugaree w/ Jackie Greene & Jimmy Herring
Don't Let Me Down w/ Jackie Greene
Feel Like Breaking Up Somebodies Home w/ Brad Whitford & Ron Holloway
Train Kept A Rolling w/ Brad Whitford
I Shall Be Release w/ The Xmas Jam Ensamble
i've been to the past nine xmas jams. this one had both the best set and the worst set i've seen in all my years going. best set: ani difranco. holy fuck was that good! she was on fire, and that powerful band behind her on overlap was just amazing. wow.
but then, things crashed and burned after moe. the counting crows have to be the worst band on the planet. and i went into it thinking i might even like them, but no, they were hands down the shittiest band EVER. the lead guy was wasted and stumbling around, acting pathetic and whiney. what a serious buzzkill of a band! they set a whole new standard of sucky, and the bar is now really, really low. ugh.
mule was good but it was hard to recover from the counting crows trainwreck, which wore me out completely. i enjoyed mule, esp devil thru feel like breaking up somebodies home. very good stuff with jimmy, jackie and ron h.
all in all, a great time, if a bit uneven.
A great time was had by all! I spent most of the Counting Crows set walking laps around hallway getting ready for the mule set. Not a fan of the counting crows, I find them rather depressing.
I was expecting to see the building about 60% full because of the line-up, but it was just as full as both nights last year.
And last but not least, Eric Krasno is the MAN!!! what a great set at Stella Blue and a few hours later at the Jam. See you next year Asheville!
"but it was just as full as both nights last year."
Except they blocked off all the seats behind the stage this year. My guess is 6000-6500 folks this year - capacity 7200
True, I forgot about that. I like it when you can go behind the stage.
As more time goes by more of my memory comes back!! thanks for reminding me.