We don’t feature a lot of live recordings on the Track feature, but that doesn’t mean we never feature lice recordings on Tracks. Today’s first offering is very live, with Warren Haynes proudly releasing the first single from ‘The Benefit Concert Volume 20,’ a soul-stirring rendition of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Gold Dust Woman’. Performed alongside My Morning Jacket’s Jim James and the enchanting Grace Potter, this track sets the stage for the electrifying live album recorded at the 30th Annual Christmas Jam on December 7th and 8th, 2018 in Asheville, North Carolina. The trio brings a raw, magnetic energy to the classic song, creating a version that resonates with both nostalgia and fresh, fiery passion.
Starting in December of 1988, Warren Haynes launched what would become a cherished tradition in his hometown of Asheville, North Carolina. Despite its name, the “Christmas Jam” was less about festive tunes and more about gathering local musicians to celebrate the holidays and give back to the community. Over 30 years later, this humble event transformed into a nationally recognized spectacle, raising over $2.8 million for Asheville Area Habitat for Humanityand the construction of over 50 homes in the region. Reflecting on its growth, Haynes notes, “As an Ashevillean, it’s heartening to see the progress Asheville has witnessed over these three decades. In many ways, Christmas Jam mirrors this city’s vibrant spirit.”
‘The Benefit Concert Volume 20’ will be available physically on four different double vinyl volumes (in different colors: purple, orange, blue, red), 2-CD + DVD set, and 3-CD + 2 Blu-ray set, along with a digital-only format. Release date is 8th December.