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Published: 2013/07/03

AmericanaramaA: John Prine Joins My Morning Jacket, Charlie Sexton Rejoins Bob Dylan

A few unexpected faces took the stage at Memphis, TN’s AutoZone Park last night during the fifth show of the traveling AmericanaramaA festival. Last night’s four-act show marked both the first night of the tour without Bob Weir and the first AmericanaramaA with Richard Thompson Electric Trio.

After Thompson’s opening set, My Morning Jacket took the stage for a 12-song performance. My Morning Jacket opened with “Outta My System” and ran through the likes of “Anytime,” “I’m Amazed,” “ Lay Low,” “Slow Slow Tune” and “Wonderful (The Way I Feel).” Then, they brought out an unannounced but fitting guest, American country/folk singer-songwriter John Prine, to play on his own “All the Best.” My Morning Jacket recorded a version of the song for Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine but have not performed the tune live since 2005. Prine has collaborated with My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James in the past too, including a high-profile appearance on Late Show with David Letterman in 2010. My Morning Jacket closed their set with “Victory Dance,” “Circuital,” “Wordless Chorus,” “Off the Record” and “Phone Went West.”

Wilco were the next act to take the stage. Until yesterday, Wilco had opened each of their AmericanaramaA shows with a song from their Mermaid Avenue collections of reworked Woody Guthrie lyrics. However, last night the band decided to open their set with the Yankee Hotel Foxtrot classic “Ashes of American Flags” before charging into the Mermaid Avenue song “Christ for President.” They continued to look back on their history with this year’s second take on “New Madrid,” from frontman Jeff Tweddy’s old band Uncle Tupelo, and the Mermaid Avenue Vol. 3 song “Listening to the Wind That Blows.” This is only the second known time Wilco have performed the latter track and first time they have performed the Mermaid Avenue Vol. 3 song since 2000.

But perhaps the night’s biggest surprise took place during Bob Dylan’s show-closing set. Earlier this year Rhode Island native Duke Robillard replaced Charlie Sexton as the lead guitarist in Dylan’s band. Many speculated that Dylan had stuck even closer to his standard setlist than usual as he broke in his new guitarist. However, last night Sexton rejoined Dylan’s band while Robillard was conspicuously absent. It is not known who will play lead guitar with Dylan for the rest of his tour. Sexton toured with Dylan from 1999 to 2002, as well as from 2009 to 2012.

The traveling festival moves on to Tuscaloosa, AL’s Tuscaloosa Amphitheater this evening.

Here’s a look at My Morning Jacket and Wilco’s setlists via Setlist.fm

My Morning Jacket, Tuesday, July 2, AutoZone Park, Memphis, TN

Outta My System
Anytime
I’m Amazed
Lay Low
Slow Slow Tune
Wonderful (The Way I Feel)
All the Best (John Prine cover with John Prine)
Victory Dance
Circuital
Wordless Chorus
Off the Record
Phone Went West

Wilco, Tuesday, July 2, AutoZone Park, Memphis, TN

Ashes of American Flags
Christ for President
New Madrid
Listening to the Wind That Blows
Kamera
Say You Miss Me
I Must Be High
Dawned on Me
At Least That’s What You Said
Art of Almost
Via Chicago
Whole Love
Hate It Here
The Late Greats
Heavy Metal Drummer
A Shot in the Arm

Here’s a look at Bob Dylan’s set via Boblinks.com

Bob Dylan, Tuesday, July 2, AutoZone Park, Memphis, TN

Things Have Changed
Love Sick
High Water (For Charley Patton)
Soon After Midnight
Early Roman Kings
Tangled Up In Blue
Duquesne Whistle
She Belongs To Me
Beyond Here Lies Nothin’
A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall
Blind Willie McTell
Simple Twist Of Fate
Summer Days
All Along the Watchtower

E:
Ballad Of A Thin Man

Comments

There are 4 comments associated with this post

Pete July 3, 2013, 13:00:24

No love for richard thompson? (rolling stone top 25 guitarists of all time), time to get a clue people. Expand your musical knowledge, richard thompson is a living legend and better guitar player than anyone who played after him in memphis.

Mark Epstein July 3, 2013, 13:08:27

Pete, I was thinking the same thing. I love the dead and Bobby, but RT is the greatest acoustic guitar player on earth and a great singer song writer. I just don’t get the lack of love

Dana July 3, 2013, 15:45:00

I’d like to know if RT played Vincent Black Lightning, I’m going tonight and that is one of my all-time favorites!

dj spellchecka July 5, 2013, 13:28:04

big fail for lack of richard thompson electric trio recap

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