Warren Haynes Announces Live Christmas Jam Album and Film

Warren Haynes performing at an annual Christmas Jam.
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As a lead up to the announcement for Christmas Jam 2019, GRAMMY Award-winning vocalist, songwriter, producer, revered guitarist, and Gov’t Mule frontman Warren Haynes has announced a never-before-released live album and film, Warren Haynes Presents: The Benefit Concert Volume 16, out Wednesday, Dec. 13, via Evil Teen Records.

Recorded at Warren Haynes’ Christmas Jam on Dec. 13, 2014, The Benefit Concert Volume 16 features two hours of live music from Warren Haynes, Gov’t Mule with Jackie Greene, Billy & The Kids (Bill Kreutzmann of Grateful Dead, Tom Hamilton of American Babies & JRAD, Reed Mathis of Tea Leaf Green & Aron Magner of Disco Biscuits), Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Hard Working Americans (Todd Snider, Neal Casal, Dave Schools & Duane Trucks of Widespread Panic, Chad Staehly of Great American Taxi), Paul Riddle (Marshall Tucker Band Co-Founder) & Friends, and many special guests such as Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers, Dead & Co.), Jack Pearson, Col. Bruce Hampton, The Revivalists’ Michael Girardot and Rob Ingraham, American Idol Winner Caleb Johnson, and Audley Freed.

Capturing the live magic and unique collaborations for which the Christmas Jam is renowned, The Benefit Concert Volume 16 features one-of-a-kind covers of Grateful Dead, Phish, The Band, Neil Young, Marshall Tucker Band and The Faces songs. The release will be available in several different configurations: CD/DVD package, digital album, standard CD, film, Blu-ray, double vinyl, and digital film. The album features 10 songs while the film includes 16 songs – full track listings below.

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Warren shares, “I’m very proud that Christmas Jam has become a place where musicians feel comfortable taking risks on stage. 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.”

Bill Kreutzmann shares, “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.”

Visit warrenhaynes.net for additional information.

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