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Published: 2012/03/22

Bernie Williams, Ruthie Foster, Susan Tedeschi and More Join The Allman Brothers Band

Photos by Dino Perrucci

The Allman Brothers Band delivered one of their most high energy performances of the year at New York’s Beacon Theatre last night. Mixing things up, the group opened with “One Way Out,” their traditional set closer or encore, with former Yankee outfielder Bernie Williams on guitar. Williams practiced classical guitar when he was younger and has studied jazz guitar at Purchase College after retiring from baseball. Later in group’s first set, Williams returned alongside noted singer—and former Warren Haynes Band member—Ruthie Foster for Haynes’ “River’s Gonna Rise” (a song Haynes recorded on his new solo album). The Juke Horns then emerged for the rest of the group’s first set, marking their fourth appearance this run.

As The Allman Brothers Band’s Beacon run has progressed, the group’s second set acoustic segment have gotten longer and more unique. Last night, Haynes, Derek Trucks and blues guitarist Rocky Lawrence opened the segment with “Dear Mister President.” Haynes and Foster then moved into Son House’s “Grinnin’ in Your Face,” before Susan Tedeschi and the younger members of The Allman Brothers Band joined in for “Death Came A Knocking.” Haynes and Gregg Allman then closed the segment with a powerful rendition of Jackson Browne’s “These Days.” After The Allman Brothers Band plugged in for the recently revived Dickey Betts classic “Blue Sky,” Foster, Tedeschi and The Juke Horns for a cover of The Band’s “The Weight.” The evening’s final guest was banjo player Tony Trischka, who sat in at the end of the night for “Les Brers in A Minor.”

The Allman Brothers Band will return to the Beacon this Saturday.

Here’s a look at last night’s setlist via The Allman Brothers Band’s homepage

Wednesday, March 21, Beacon Theatre, New York, NY

Set I:
One Way Out w/Bernie Williams
Midnight Rider
High Cost of Low Living
Bag End
River’s Gonna Rise (w/Bernie Williams and Ruthie Foster)
Blind Willie McTell (w/The Juke Horns)
Stand Back l (w/The Juke Horns)
Soulshine l (w/The Juke Horns)
The Same Thing l (w/The Juke Horns)

Set II
Dear Mister President (w/ Rocky Lawrence)
Grinnin’ in Your Face (w/ Ruthie Foster)
Death Came A Knocking (w/Ruthie Foster andSusan Tedeschi)
These Days
Blue Sky
The Weight (w/The Juke Horns, Ruthie Foster, Susan Tedeschi)
Les Brers in A Minor (w/Tony Trischka)


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