Warren Haynes Announces Live Christmas Jam Album & Movie

via Billboard

Allman Brothers Band & Gov’t Mule legend Warren Haynes is getting into the holiday spirit with the release of a live album and film spotlighting a star-studded Christmas Jam concert. Warren Haynes Presents: The Benefit Concert Volume 16, out. Dec. 13 via Evil Teen Records, features more than two hours of music from the Dec. 13, 2014 Christmas Jam benefit concert that boasted Haynes, Gov’t Mule with Jackie Greene, Billy & The Kids (fronted Bill Kreutzmann of the Grateful Dead), Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit and more. PRE-ORDER HERE.

“I’m very proud that Christmas Jam has become a place where musicians feel comfortable taking risks on stage,” Haynes tells Billboard of the 31-year-old tradition. “It’s not often that a band has the opportunity to play their debut show in a sold-out arena in front of a fully engaged crowd, but Billy Kreutzmann has actually done it twice at Christmas Jam. First in 2005 with Serial Pod, his revered super-trio with Trey Anastasio and Mike Gordon of Phish; then again, here, with the debut of Billy & The Kids. I remember how excited Billy, Tom, Aron, and Reed were to hit the stage and finally share this project with the world. That energy is fully present in ‘Shakedown Street,’ the opening song of their set. It was a very special moment.”

Kreutzmann echoes Haynes’ sentiments. “That Christmas Jam was special for me, not only because it was our first show, but also because it was one of the last times I got to play music with my dear friend Col. Bruce Hampton, darn it. We took the music to improvisational places we never could’ve rehearsed, and that immediate willingness to go far-out like that was just us responding to the fantastic energy of a sold-out arena, full of music fans who didn’t know what to expect from this band but who were just as excited as us to find out. There’s always been a certain magic surrounding Billy & the Kids shows, but this was, as they say, where it all began.”

Check out the video premiere of Kreutzmann’s shakedown below.

Asheville, N.C.-born Haynes has worked with his hometown’s Habitat for Humanity for more than two decades, and the long-running Christmas Jam has become the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity’s largest annual contributor. Details for Christmas Jam 2019 will be announced next week.

Check out the track list for Warren Haynes Presents: The Benefit Concert Volume 16.

CD TRACK LISTING:
Hard Working Americans:
1. Is This Thing Working
2. Stomp And Holler

Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit:
3. Stockholm
4. Danko/Manuel

Paul Riddle & Friends (Warren Haynes, Jack Pearson, Oteil Burbridge & Danny Louis):
5. Southern Woman featuring Craig Sorrells & Mike Barnes
6. Can’t You See

Gov’t Mule featuring Jackie Greene:
7. Cinnamon Girl
8. Tonight’s The Night

Billy & The Kids:
9. Shakedown Street
10. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down featuring Warren Haynes, Mike Barnes, Rob Ingraham, Michael Girardot & Craig Sorrells

DVD TRACK LISTING:
Hard Working Americans:
1. Is This Thing Working
2. Guaranteed
3. Stomp And Holler

Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit:
4. Stockholm
5. Danko/Manuel
6. Cover Me Up
7. Super 8

Paul Riddle & Friends (Warren Haynes, Jack Pearson, Oteil Burbridge & Danny Louis):
8. Southern Woman featuring Craig Sorrells & Mike Barnes
9. Can’t You See

Gov’t Mule:
10. Cinnamon Girl featuring Jackie Greene
11. Tonight’s The Night featuring Jackie Greene
12. Stay With Me featuring Caleb Johnson & Audley Freed

Billy & The Kids:
13. Shakedown Street
14. Chalk Dust Torture
15. Turn On Your Lovelight featuring Col. Bruce Hampton
16. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down featuring Warren Haynes, Mike Barnes, Rob Ingraham, Michael Girardot & Craig Sorrells

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