Last night was absolutely mind-blowing, and the current state of my brain definitely confirms that. I still have a smile on my face (and grass stains on my feet) even though I’m at work and running on few hours of sleep + lots of coffee. The performance (and the whole experience) exceeded all of my expectations. The weather was picture perfect, the lawn was open for business, and the crowd was just the right size. We met quite a few colorful characters – one guy in the beer line who was our own personal stand-up comedian.
The band took the stage at 9:00pm, and the music didn’t stop for two glorious hours.
Hot ‘Lanta, Statesboro Blues, Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More, Midnight Rider, Maydell, Soulshine (with Ron Holloway on sax), Wasted Words, Good Morning Little Schoolgirl (with Jeff Chimenti on keys), Leave My Blues At Home, Trouble No More, Same Thing > Bass > Drums >Same Thing (with Ron Holloway on sax)
Encore: Melissa, Jessica
Sunday night, the show started off at a simmer. Last night, they came out scalding with “Hot ‘Lanta” into the unshakable crowd-pleaser, “Statesboro Blues”. They kept the hits coming with “Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More” and another audience favorite, “Midnight Rider”. Then it was time for some Warren Haynes originals. “Maydell” sure put the squeeze on me – the guitar work and Warren’s vocals had me crying out to the heavens. I didn’t think it could get better, but that opening riff of “Soulshine” nearly brought me to my knees. One of the best songs ever written in my humble opinion, and Ron Holloway on sax sends it soaring. Our other guest of the evening, Ratdog’s keyboardist Jeff Chimenti, laid down some vicious piano on “Schoolgirl” while Gregg took a break. There was no relenting once Gregg came back out. Willie Dixon’s “Same Thing” was perhaps the pinnacle of the evening for me, if I had to choose. Also, I am in love with the bass and drums combo they have going on now. As I said before, it’s great to see Oteil getting more of the limelight. The night ended with the two beautiful belles of the ball, “Melissa” and “Jessica”, leaving me with an entirely different setlist than Sunday night. I wish I had more hands so I could give this show TEN thumbs up!