The Word from Wanee
The Allman Brothers Band segued right from its annual Beacon Theatre residency into its annual Florida-based Wanee festival this April. In addition to a pair of performances by the Allman Brothers Band and family projects like Govt Mule, the Derek Trucks Band, Oteil and the Peacemakers, Devon Allman’s Honeytribe and Scrapomatic, this years line up featured appearances by Nickel Creek, Robert Randolph, Keller Williams, Sister Hazel, The Radiators, Backyard Tire Fire and Rose Hill Drive. As expected collaboration played a key role in the weekends festivities. On Friday the Allman Brothers Band brought out Derek Trucks Band drummer Yonrico Scott for most of its set, including Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’, Woman Across The River, Every Hungry Woman, Trouble No More, Rocking Horse, Black Hearted Woman and One Way Out. On Trouble No More Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers keyboardist, and local Florida hero, Benmont Tench also made a surprise appearance. Tench spent a good chunk of time on the road last year when the Allman Brothers Band opened for the Heartbreakers. Longtime Allman Brothers Band collaborator Ron Holloway later played saxophone on Desdemona.. Saturdays set also featured a number of surprise guests, including guitarist Chris Anderson on Good Morning Little Schoolgirl, Devon Allman on Midnight Rider and Holloway on In Memory of Elizabeth Reed.
Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi used the festivals late night spot to debut their Soul Stew Revival project, which featured the entire Derek Trucks Band and a Holloway-led horn section. The troupe ran through a selection of popular covers like The Bands The Weight, Trucks and Tedeschi originals and blues standards. During a short sit-down portion of his set which included Walking Blues, Trucks even played a Gold Top guitar which belonged to Duane Allman. Trucks also performed with Robert Randolph during the pedal steel aces set with his Family Band.
As usual, Warren Haynes remained busy throughout the weekend. In total, Haynes performed four shows, two with the Allman Brothers Band and two with Govt Mule. On Friday Govt Mule also brought out Benmont Tench for That’s What Love Will Make You Do, while on Holloway helped Govt Mule close its set with the powerhouses Mule and Soulshine.
The Allman Brothers Band will appear next at Memphis Beale St. Music Festival on May.