GUEST POST: WARREN HAYNES presents: THE BENEFIT CONCERT VOL. 3

Hey guys. Sorry for no post yesterday. I was planning on doing a Top 5 but an unexpected road trip kept me on the long black ribbon all day yesterday. Our guy, Adam Fenwick, checks back in on this here Thursday morning with a review of a cd that came out this month but was recorded back in 2001. Sound confusing? I’ll let Adam take it from here:


It’s always a special day when a concert that you’ve attended gets released on CD. I got to enjoy one of those special days recently when Warren Haynes presents The Benefit Concert Volume 3 was released to record stores across the nation.

For those not in the know, let me school you for a split second. Warren Haynes, the lead man of southern rock/jam band quartet Gov’t Mule, hosts the Warren Haynes Christmas Jam in Asheville, N.C., every year as a benefit to the local Habitat for Humanity organization.

The event, which will be in its 22nd year in 2010, started in a small bar in Asheville and has grown into a multi-night event at the Asheville Civic Center featuring some of the top musicians from all over the country.

Back on topic, this particular record chronicles the happenings of the 13th annual Warren Haynes Christmas Jam on Dec. 21, 2001, for which myself and several other members of my family were in attendance.

Admittedly I’d forgotten much of what I saw during this concert by the time I heard they were finally releasing it to the general public, so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the record and refresh my ears.

Those appearing at the show in 2001 included the host Haynes and his band Gov’t Mule, Phil Lesh & Friends, Blues Traveler, Drivin’ ‘N’ Cryin, Alvin Youngblood Hart and a number of other special guests (including Robert Randolph, Edwin McCain, Jimmy Herring, Oteil Burbridge and Audley Freed, just to name a few).

The two-disc effort does a good job sampling songs from each set during the show, which started early and ended VERY late in the evening. The final song on the second disc (and of the evening) is a rocking version of Neil Young’s “Rockin’ In The Free World” prefaced by a short “Masters of War” intro, performed by Gov’t Mule with the help of several other musicians.

It was a great way to end the show and really sums up what the show is all about: Making great music, having fun and supporting a good cause. Speaking of supporting a good cause, all proceeds from the sale of the CD will benefit Habitat for Humanity.

With that said, I suggest you go out and buy some good music for a good cause. You’ll feel good afterwards, I promise.

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