Warren Haynes, “Warren Haynes Presents The Benefit Concert Vol. 16” (Evil Teen Records)
Since the late 1980s, Warren Haynes has made a tradition of his Christmas Jam, an annual event in Asheville, North Carolina, benefiting the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
Haynes has also made a tradition of releasing albums from the concerts, usually years after they were recorded.
Volume 16 of the series continues in that vein, presenting the 2014 show in more formats — from CD and DVD to vinyl and Blu-ray and beyond — than you’ll find Christmas jelly bean colors. The album includes 10 songs, the film, 16.
A who’s who of jam bands and Southern rockers — from Haynes’ own Gov’t Mule and Bill Kreutzmann’s Billy & the Kids to Jason Isbell, Hard Working Americans, Col. Bruce Hampton, Duane Trucks, Paul Riddle and many others — perform spirited renditions of songs from the Marshall Tucker Band (“Can’t You See,” “Southern Woman”) Neil Young (“Cinnamon Girl,” “Tonight’s the Night”) the Grateful Dead (“Shakedown Street”), The Band (“The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”) and more.
They may not have much, if anything, to do with traditional Christmas songs, but it’s the thought that counts — and the millions of dollars raised so far for a great cause.
— Pablo Gorondi (twitter.com/PabloGorondi)
Bring On The Music Out Now!
New live release features over 5 hours of music. Available on CD, DVD, Blu-Ray, Vinyl and Digitally.