01. Intro by Hannibal Buress
02. Eleanor Rigby [The Beatles cover]
03. Keep On Growing [Derek & The Dominos cover]
04. Who Knows What Tomorrow May Bring [Traffic cover]
05. Darlin’ Be Home Soon [The Lovin’ Spoonful cover]
06. Kissing My Love [Bill Withers cover]
07. Respect Yourself [The Staples Sisters cover]
08. Everybody’s Gotta Change Sometimes [Taj Mahal]
09. I Can’t Turn You Loose [Otis Redding cover]
10. Statesboro Blues [The Allman Brothers Band cover]
11. These Arms Of Mine [Otis Redding cover]
12. Space Captain [Matthew Moore / Joe Cocker cover]
13. You’ve Got A Friend [Carol King / Donny Hathaway cover]
14. Signed, Sealed, Delivered [Stevie Wonder cover]
15. What Is And What Should Never Be [Led Zeppelin cover]
16. Until You Come Back To Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do) [Stevie Wonder / Aretha Franklin cover]
17. Tell Me Something Good [Rufus & Chaka Khan]
18. Shining Star [Earth Wind & Fire cover]
19. Sing A Simple Song > I Want To Take You Higher [Sly & The Family Stone cover]
Derek Trucks – guitar Susan Tedeschi – guitar, vocals Tim Lefebvre – bass JJ Johnson – drums Tyler “Falcon” Greenwell – drums David Hidalgo – guitar, vocals (Who Knows What Tomorrow Will Bring) Eric Krasno – guitar Nigel Hall – keys, vocals (lead vox on Respect Yourself, You’ve Got A Friend & Shining Star) Kofi Burbridge – keys, flute? The Shady Horns: Ryan Zoidis (sax), James Casey (sax), Eric Bloom (trumpet) Alecia Chakour, Jasmine Muhammad, ?Mark Rivers? & Mike Mattison – background vocals Willie Weeks – bass James Gadson – drums (enters on t6) Adam Deitch – drums (enters on t6) Saunders Sermons – vocals, trombone (on Kissing My Love) Taj Mahal – guitar, vocals (on t8 to t11) Anthony Hamilton – vocals (on These Arms Of Mine & Signed Sealed Delivered) Ben Folds – piano, vocals (on Space Captain) Chaka Khan – vocals (t14 to t17) Andrew Bird – ?? Karl Denson – ??
I had the pleasure of spending last Christmas in New Orleans. I was also fortunate enough to catch George Porter Jr‘s annual Birthday Bash at the Howlin’ Wolf on the last night of my stay (before driving 12 hours back to Kentucky the next morning).
With George’s permission, I mounted my new HD video camera to the side of Nick Burlison’s audio recording rig, and when the crowd poured out onto the chilly St. Peters Street at 3:15am I had nearly 4 hours of footage! I even shot a few songs from the front row with my iPhone4, which allowed me to make a 2-cam mix for several tunes. The audio on this one is simply top notch. It’s a matrix mix of Louie Liokis’ on-stage schoeps mics and a soundboard patch.
The night began with a 90 minute set from George Porter’s Runnin’ Pardner‘s band. This set featured several classic Meters tunes like Borro, What’Cha Say, & The Dragon, as well as a reworking of Curtis Mayfield‘s “Check Out Your Mind” which exemplifies the way George holds down the groove. George’s wife brought out a cake and his granddaughter came out and sang a diva-like rendition of Happy Birthday. The set ended with a solo performance of a song from George’s new EP of Christmas songs, “Christmas In New Orleans.”
The second set was a free for all of guest players: Stanton Moore, Anders Osborne, Kirk Joseph, Brian Stoltz, June Yamagishi, Tony Hall, Russell Batiste, Eric Bolivar, Terence Higgins, etc. Seven different drummers and five different guitarists! At one point, you had a triple guitar threat of Tony Hall, June Yamagishi, & Brint Anderson ripping through Them Changes & Third Stone From The Sun.
To close out the night, George brought out Billy Iuso & CR Gruver for some Grateful Dead tunes, topping it off with a cover of Sugaree, a song that George has really made his own while touring with Bill Kreutzmann & Papa Mali in their new band, 7 Walkers.
UPDATE with 2 new videos added on 12/27/13:
Christmas In New Orleans:
Is Pray > Dance To The Music > I Want To Take You Higher > Them Changes (w/ Third Stone From The Sun tease):